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DCEG Staff Are Honored with NIH Director's Awards

November 2011 - Linkage Newsletter

In August, two staff members were honored with special recognition at the NIH Director's Award Ceremony. Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D., a senior investigator in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch, was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award for "exemplary performance while demonstrating significant leadership, skill, and ability in serving as a mentor." Aaron E. Blair, Ph.D., M.P.H., a scientist emeritus in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, received two NIH Director's Awards for work performed with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The first award recognized the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Response Team for implementing public health protection programs for cleanup workers, developing an epidemiologic study, and assembling a research consortium. The second award recognized the Gulf Long-term Follow-up (GuLF) Study Team for rapidly developing a protocol for the GuLF Study and obtaining the necessary human subject protection clearances and other administrative requirements associated with longitudinal federal research studies.