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NCI Director’s Award Ceremony, Many DCEG Staff Recognized

Posted on December 06, 2018

Peggy Tucker recieves NCI Director's Award from Norman Sharpless and Robert Hoover

Robert Hoover, Peggy Tucker, Ned Sharpless

On November 8, 2018, many deserving DCEG staff were recognized at the NCI Director’s Award ceremony. Two awards stand out in particular:

Dr. Margaret "Peggy" Tucker received the NCI Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her extraordinary epidemiological and genetic research to improve prevention, early detection, and cancer care in high-risk populations.

Three DCEG principal investigators were awarded for excellence in mentoring: Barry I. Graubard, Ph.D.Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Choonsik Lee, Ph.D. DCEG mentors were three of the four recognized at this year’s award ceremony. DCEG takes pride in its commitment to mentoring early-career scientists, as exhibited by these three exceptional individuals, as well as the overall culture they represent.

A complete list of the award projects and winners follows:

Choonsik Lee, Barry Graubard, and Neal Freedman recieve NCI Outstanding Mentor Awards from Norman Sharpless

Choonsik Lee, Barry Graubard, Neal Freedman, Ned Sharpless

In recognition of her extraordinary epidemiological and genetic research to improve prevention, early detection, and cancer care in high-risk populations:
Peggy Tucker

NCI Outstanding Mentor Award:
Neal Freedman, Barry Graubard, Choonsik Lee

In recognition of the HPV Genomics Team for their innovative development of novel HPV assays and discoveries that led to greater understanding of the virus:
Joseph F. Boland, Michael Cullen, Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D., Maisa Pinheiro, Ph.D., Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., Sarah Wagner, Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., Ph.D., Meredith Yeager, Kai Yu, Ph.D.

For exceptional team work, collaboration, and innovation in updating the NCI risk assessment tools, advancing the Institute's mission to improve cancer prevention and detection:
Victoria Fisher, Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., Cora Hersh, Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P., Ruth M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Peggy Tucker

A program of research addressing the major underlying causes of premature mortality in the United States, providing a strong evidence base to advance public health:
William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., Ana F. Best, Ph.D., Yingxi Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Pavel Chernyavskiy, Neal Freedman, Sahar Khan, Philip S. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., Diana Withrow, Ph.D.

For the landmark study of cancer risk and exposure assessment in a nationwide epidemiologic study of 140,000 radiologic technologists exposed to low to moderate-dose radiation:
David Borrego, Ph.D., Elizabeth K. Cahoon, Ph.D., Michele M. Doody, M.S.D. Michal Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Cari M. Kitahara, Ph.D., Martha S. Linet, M.D., M.P.H., Mark Little, D.Phil, Steven L. Simon, Ph.D., Daphnée Villoing, Ph.D.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the NCI mission to enhance scientific workforce diversity by supporting recruitment, retention, and inclusion in the workforce:
Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Stephen J. ChanocK, M.D.

40 Years of Service: Peggy Tucker
30 Years of Service: Paul S. Albert, Ph.D. and Marianne K. Henderson, M.S.