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DCEG staff members often receive scientific and professional society awards and recognition. In addition, they present their research at scientific conferences and participate in other events. 

    • Lindsay Morton Appointed Director of Radiation Epidemiology Branch
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Dr. Morton is an international expert on cancer risks among individuals exposed to ionizing radiation, mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis, and the etiology and outcomes for patients with hematologic malignancies.

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    • Growing the Field: NCI Fellowship Opportunities in Data Science
      , by CBIIT Blog Post

      The NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) posted to their Cancer Data Science Pulse blog on training opportunities at the NCI for data scientists. “Growing the Field—NCI Fellowship Opportunities in Data Science” describes different programs across the Institute, including the DCEG Data Science Research Group, and features a quote from Dr. Monjoy Saha, Research Fellow in the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch.

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    • 6th Li Fraumeni Syndrome Association Symposium Convenes Researchers, Clinicians, and Patients
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      The 6th International Li Fraumeni Syndrome Association Symposium was held at in Maryland October 13-16, 2022.

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    • Jacqueline B. Vo Appointed Assistant Clinical Investigator
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      Dr. Jacqueline B. Vo was appointed assistant clinical investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch. She is the first assistant clinical investigator nurse in NCI.

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    • 2022 Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship Recipients
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      Drs. Batel Blechter, Jennifer McGee-Avila, Lola Étiévant, and Courtney Dill were selected for the 2022 Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship program. The program helps prepare female postdoctoral fellows for the transition to independent biomedical research careers.

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    • Mustapha Abubakar Appointed Earl Stadtman Investigator
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      Dr. Mustapha Abubakar was appointed Ealr Stadtman tenure-track investigator in the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch in September 2022. He integrates computational pathology methods with epidemiological studies to better understand the role of tissue ecosystem disruption in screen-detectable cancers.

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    • Inaugural Intramural Health Disparities Workshop
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      The Center for Cancer Research Health Disparity Steering Committee, DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Working Group, and Fellows Cancer Health Disparities Interest Group co-organized a workshop to communicate expectations of health disparity research, identify research resources, highlight opportunities for collaborations, and outline future directions.

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    • Sharon Savage Recognized by Her Undergraduate and Medical Schools
      , by Jennifer Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Dr. Sharon Savage received awards from her two alma maters, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

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    • Haoyu Zhang Appointed Earl Stadtman Investigator
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      Appointed in August 2022, Dr. Zhang will develop scalable statistical methods and software to analyze large-scale multi-ancestry genetic data to address questions related to health disparities and to advance genetic research in diverse populations.

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    • Stephen Chanock Recognized at Special Love Gala
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Dr. Chanock received the Randy Schools Light of Love Award "in grateful recognition of his nearly 30 years as Camp Fantastic medical director and his commitment and compassion to the children and families of Special Love."

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    • Erica N. Johnson Joins DCEG in the Role of DEIA Resource Specialist
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      Erica N. Johnson, Ph.D., M.A., joined DCEG in September 2022 to serve as the primary resource for developing the divisions' organizational strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and cross-cultural initiatives.

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    • Diptavo Dutta Appointed Earl Stadtman Tenure-track Investigator
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Diptavo Dutta, Ph.D., joined DCEG as an Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigator in the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch and affiliate member of the Biostatistics Branch. Dr. Dutta will integrate genetic and ‘omics’ data to understand the contribution of ancestry and genetic factors to cancer etiology.

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    • Alexander Keil Appointed Earl Stadtman Investigator
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Dr. Keil was appointed Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch in May 2022. He studies occupational and environmental exposures that consider exposure across the life course as well as the complex interactions between exposures and health.

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    • Amy Berrington Departs DCEG for the U.K.
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Dr. Berrington has been a major asset and made tremendous contributions through her robust research program, her superb leadership of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), and her vision in guiding DCEG through the process of developing the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Dr. Berrington has been an outstanding mentor to many and exemplifies the highest standard of leadership in cancer epidemiology.

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    • 2022 IARC/NCI Joint Workshop on HIV and Cancer
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Joint meeting of experts from IARC and the NCI to discuss HIV and cancer. Topics ranged from the state of the science, gaps in research, opportunities for future studies, and barriers and challenges in the field.

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    • Steven Moore Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH
      , by by Julian Cantella, M.A.

      In September 2022, Steven Moore, Ph.D., M.P.H., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH and promoted to senior investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Moore is an internationally recognized expert on the role of physical activity in cancer etiology and the uses of metabolomics in epidemiologic research. His findings have contributed to evidence-based public health recommendations for physical activity and cancer prevention.

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    • Jacqueline Vo and Jennifer McGee-Avila Received AACR Scholar-in-Training Award for Health Disparities Meeting
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      Dr. Jacqueline Vo and Jennifer McGee-Avila received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scholar-in-Training Award for the 2022 AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

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    • In Memorium: Professor Dame Valerie Beral
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Professor Dame Valerie Beral made tremendous contributions to the field of cancer epidemiology. She will be deeply missed by her colleagues and friends in DCEG.

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    • 2022 HHS Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Six DCEG staff were recognized by the department for their service at the southern border as part of Operation Artemis and Operation Allies Welcome, initiatives run by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement.

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    • 2022 Cancer Health Disparities Award Winners
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Drs. Jongeun Rhee and Charles Breeze, and Akemi Wijayabahu received funding for their projects. The DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Award aims to expand cancer disparities research within the Division by encouraging postdoctoral trainees to initiate new and highly innovative cancer disparity and/or minority health research projects that they will continue into their independent research careers.

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