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Vol. LXIV, No. 16
August 3, 2012
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Milestones

Dean Honored for Excellence in Mentoring

Dr. Donna Dean (l) receives the Award for Excellence
in Mentoring from AWIS representative
Romina Heymann.
Dr. Donna Dean (l) receives the Award for Excellence in Mentoring from AWIS representative Romina Heymann.

Dr. Donna Dean recently won the 2012 AWIS-Bethesda Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award was presented during a career development seminar sponsored by the Association for Women in Science, Bethesda chapter.

Dean is not only a past Bethesda chapter and national AWIS president, but also someone whose name is synonymous with mentoring. Her motto “Move Forward, Reach Back” has been exemplified in her dedication to mentoring other women in STEM fields and advocating inclusion in the science workforce.

Dean has had a distinguished career, with 27 years in the federal government at NIH and FDA, followed by 5 years as a senior science advisor at Lewis-Burke Associates, a D.C.-based government public relations consulting firm. While her own career has included many highly respected positions in government laboratories and service with the National Academies, she always remembered to “reach back” to others.

In addition to the many women Dean has mentored, she has also been a leader in the development of the nation’s STEM human resources as a result of her advocacy for the inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in the scientific workforce. She recently compiled her experiences in a guide titled Getting the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in STEM.

Prakash Leads NEI International Program

Dr. Donna Dean (l) receives the Award for Excellence
in Mentoring from AWIS representative
Romina Heymann.

Dr. Gyan “John” Prakash has joined the National Eye Institute as associate director for international program activities. He brings to NEI a wealth of knowledge and leadership gained during more than 25 years of work in global health research and development.

Originally from India, Prakash holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. in pharmaceutical managing/marketing, which he obtained through programs at UCLA School of Management and St. Joseph’s University. For much of the 1990s, Prakash managed international clinical programs for antifungal and anticancer therapeutics, including therapies for eye diseases, for Pfizer International, Inc.

During the past decade, Prakash worked as a senior drug development expert for NIAID and a director at the Department of Defense, providing guidance for the development of drugs and biologics. He most recently comes from AMAR International, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in life science programs and clinical research support, where he served as chief operating officer and principal scientist for industry, academic and government clients including NIH.

“Dr. Prakash’s unique expertise and perspective will help the NEI better engage the global health community and leverage our international research efforts,” said NEI director Dr. Paul Sieving.

NCI Workforce Management Office Awarded

Members of NCI’s training and development team include (from l) Yasmin Nasser, Nicole Vennell, Shannon Connolly, Carrie Crum and Teresa Estrada. Not shown are Safiya Stewart-Sagoua and Agustina Boswell.
Members of NCI’s training and development team include (from l) Yasmin Nasser, Nicole Vennell, Shannon Connolly, Carrie Crum and Teresa Estrada. Not shown are Safiya Stewart-Sagoua and Agustina Boswell.

The NCI Office of Workforce Management and Development (OWMD) recently received the Leadership Development Award from the federal government’s Training Officers Consortium. Created in 1938, the consortium is a non-profit organization of federal trainers and other professionals from industry and academia interested in contributing to the knowledge and practice of human resources and training. TOC is the primary organization for federal training professionals.

OWMD’s award-winning team designs and delivers professional and leadership development workshops and programs to all NCI staff and provides resources for ongoing training and development. Examples of opportunities offered include the Senior Executive Enrichment and Development Program, the Empowered Supervisor Program, Supervisor Seminar Series, the Leadership Education and Action Program, Leadership Forum, Knowledge Management: A Mentoring Program, Building Your Professional Toolkit Series, Executive Coaching and a variety of individual assessments such as 360-degree feedback and a work style assessment.


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