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DCEG Honorees at 2012 NCI Director’s Awards Ceremony

March 2013 - Linkage Newsletter

At November’s NCI Director’s Awards ceremony, Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB), received an Outstanding Mentor Award from NCI Director Harold E. Varmus, M.D., for his exemplary mentoring and guidance of trainees in cancer research. In addition, several DCEG staff members received NIH Merit Awards and Service Certificates.

Individual Merit Awards

David P. Check, Biostatistics Branch (BB), was recognized for his instrumental role in implementing the Integrated Research Information System for use by the NCI Special Studies Institutional Review Board.

Eric A. Engels, M.D., M.P.H., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), was recognized for his contributions to improved understanding of the cancer risk and burden among immune-compromised populations.

Mark H. Greene, M.D., Chief of CGB, was recognized for the creation, growth, and leadership of an outstanding intramural program in clinical genetics within NCI.

Marianne K. Henderson, M.S., Chief of the Office of Division Operations and Analysis, received the 2012 John P. Hartinger Executive Leadership Development Award for her leadership, exemplary work ethic, and commitment to public service.

Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D. (BB), was recognized for his work in demonstrating the substantial benefit of incorporating human papillomavirus testing into cervical cancer screening programs.

Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB), was recognized for exemplary leadership in advancing the study of how physical activity and sedentary behaviors affect the development of chronic diseases, including cancer, and overall mortality.

June A. Peters, M.S., C.G.C. (CGB), was recognized for developing the Colored Eco-Genetic Relationship Map, an innovative research and counseling tool that efficiently captures clinically useful information on support and communication patterns in cancer-prone families.

Mark Purdue, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB), was recognized for conducting state-of-the-art molecular epidemiologic research, which has made important fundamental advances in elucidating the etiology of kidney cancer.

Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., Ph.D., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB), was recognized for developing DNA methylation biomarkers that enhance our understanding of the molecular epidemiology of gynecologic tumors.

Group Merit Awards

The DES Follow-up Study Team, including Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program (EBP) Director Robert N. Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., Deputy Director Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., and Rebecca Troisi, Sc.D., also in EBP, received a Group Merit Award for outstanding scientific and administrative leadership of the DES Follow-Up Study.

The NCI Women’s Health Activities Committee, which included Gretchen L. Gierach, Ph.D. (HREB), and Jennifer T. Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., Deputy Chief of CGB, was recognized for exemplary leadership in expanding research on cancers in women.

DCEG Length of Service Certificates

Several Length of Service certificates were awarded to DCEG staff:

Fifty years of service: Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., former Director of DCEG.

Forty years of service: Robert N. Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., Director of EBP, and Debra T. Silverman, Sc.D., Chief of OEEB.

Thirty years of service: Mindy P. Kaufman, DCEG Office of the Director.

Twenty years of service: Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of NEB.

Ten years of service: Maureen C. Hatch, Ph.D., Radiation Epidemiology Branch; Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. (OEEB); Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P., Office of Communications and Special Initiatives; and Geoffrey S. Tobias, Human Genetics Program.

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