Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
Honors and Awards
The following awards were presented at NIDA's 2000 Employee Appreciation Day event held on October 3, 2000:
NIDA Director's Awards
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR)
James Colliver, Ph.D.
Susan David, M.P.H.
Peter Delany, D.S.W.
Jerry Flanzer, D.S.W.
DESPR Group Award
Elizabeth Robertson, Ph.D.
Kathleen Etz, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience & Behavioral Research (DNBR)
Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D.
Division of Treatment Research & Development (DTR&D)
Jamie Biswas, Ph.D.
Harold Gordon, Ph.D.
Richard Kline, Ph.D.
Intramural Research Program (IRP)
Jean Lud Cadet, M.D.
Office of the Director (OD)
Office of Extramural Affairs (OEA)
William C. Grace, Ph.D.
Rita Liu, Ph.D.
Office of Planning and Resource Management (OPRM)
Terry King Wheeler
Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC)
Behavioral Science Working Group Award
Lynda Erinoff, Ph.D., DESPR
Kathleen Etz, Ph.D., DESPR
Joseph Frascella, Ph.D., DTR&D
Teresa Levitin, Ph.D., OEA
Minda Lynch, Ph.D., DNBR
Lucinda Miner, Ph.D., OSPC
David Shurtleff, Ph.D., DNBR
Mark Swieter, Ph.D., OEA
Marina Volkov, Ph.D., OEA
Herbert Weingartner, Ph.D., DNBR
Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D., DNBR
NIDA EEO Award
Gary Fleming, M.A., J.D., OPRM
John Hamill, OPRM
Commissioned Corps Awards
Captain Robert Adams, (IRP) -- Commendation Medal
Lieutenant Commander Carlo Contoreggi, M.D., (IRP) -- Commendation Medal
Captain Kesinee (Kay) Nimit, M.D., (OEA) -- Commendation Medal
Length of Service Awards
30 Years of Service
David Conrad, OPRM
Stephen Gane, OPRM
Terry King Wheeler, OPRM
Nancy Soulen, OSPC
40 Years of Service
Joseph Reckley, OPRM
Nancy Hurd of NIDA's Contracts Management Branch, OPRM, as an active member of the NIH team responsible for developing, improving, and maintaining the NIH Contractor Performance System (CPS), received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government's (NPR) Hammer Award on December 5, 2000.
Dr. Leslie Cooper, ERB, DESPR, received a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps award, the Hildrus A. Poindexter Award for "her untiring leadership, demonstrated excellence, personal dedication, community involvement, and commitment to public health in improving the health of minority and underserved populations," which was presented November 2000.
Dr. Leslie Cooper, ERB, DESPR, received a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps award in November, 2000, through the Minority Officers Liaison Advisory Committee (MOLC) to the US Surgeon General, as the Minority Officer of the Year. The award was given for "her leadership in representing minority officers; her undying mentoring activities for Commissioned Officers, Civil Servants, and the public; policy development; management; and career development within the PHS."
Dr. Jean Lud Cadet, IRP, received the 2000 EEO Award in recognition of ongoing commitment and work in support of EEO and affirmative action within NIDA.
Dr. Jessica Campbell joined CAMCODA's Human Development Program in August 2000. Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Campbell completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where she was involved with a longitudinal study of early child-care effects on children's social, emotional, and cognitive development. Dr. Campbell will be focusing on program development in the area of developmental consequences of drug abuse during middle childhood, preadolescence, and adolescence.
Mark Fleming joined OSPC in December 2000 as the webmaster in the Public Information and Liaison Branch. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Arts in visual communications from Ohio University. For the past 14 years, he has worked as a NIDA contractor in Baltimore. He established the Visual Media Unit to provide photographic and graphic arts support for NIDA research. In addition, he established the NIDA web site in 1995 and has worked since then to increase its scope and exposure.
Dr. Mark Green joined OEA in December 2000 as Chief of the Clinical, Epidemiological and Applied Sciences Review Branch. Dr. Green brings over 20 years of experience in extramural programs. Prior to joining NIDA he was Chief of the Extramural Project Review Branch at NIAAA, where he directed both grant and contract review committees which evaluated research in the areas of prevention, epidemiology, clinical trials, health services, neuroscience and physiology. Dr. Green has also managed reviews and Center site visits dealing with treatment trials and prevention intervention trials and worked extensively on the CSR integration of prevention and epidemiology sciences and the development of the new services research and other review committees at CSR. Dr. Green received a Ph.D. in pharmacology from New York Medical College.
Dr. Karin Johnson joined CAMCODA in August 2000 as a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science Executive Branch Fellow. Her work at NIDA is focusing on pediatric neuroimaging, health consequences of adolescent substance use, and rural drug abuse/health issues. Dr. Johnson is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has a doctorate in Public Health. Most recently, Dr. Johnson was the Assistant to the President of Salisbury State University.
Dr. Suman A. Rao joined the Science Policy Branch in the Office of Science Policy and Communications in December 2000. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Clinical Psychology and completed postdoctoral work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rao's research interests include prevention, law, psychopharmacology, multidisciplinary evaluation, and treatment issues.
Dr. Deborah M. Smith joined CAMCODA in December 2000 as a special expert. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist who received her medical degree from Howard University where she was appointed as an associate professor. Her MPH was obtained at UC Berkeley. Dr. Smith was previously in federal service as the first medical advisor in the Office of Women's Health at the Food and Drug Administration working on issues related to women in clinical trials and gender analysis.
Dr. Yonette Thomas joined the Epidemiologic Research Branch of DESPR as a Health Scientist Administrator in September 2000. Formerly Dr. Thomas was a senior program officer in the National Research Council's Commission on Behavioral and Social Science and Education and served as study director under the Division on Social and Economic Studies. Dr. Thomas will oversee the research program on the social epidemiology of drug abuse which will include issues such as the development of health beliefs and practices, the longitudinal impact of drug use among social and drug-specific cohorts, and the socialization of young people in drug abusing environments. She holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology and demography.
Song Hee (Dianne) Yoo joined DTR&D's Clinical/Medical Branch as an Office Automation Clerk on November 5, 2000.
Dr. Rita Liu was appointed Associate Director for Grants Activities, Office of Extramural Affairs, NIDA, in December 2000. In this role, she is responsible for managing NIDA's Receipt and Referral activities for grant applications, consulting with program divisions, and advising the Director, OEA, on application processing. Dr Liu also continues to serve as the SRA of the Centers Review Committee.
Dr. M. Patricia Needle, Director, NIDA International Program, OSPC, has been named Director, Executive Secretariat for the 2002 World AIDS Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain. She assumed that temporary position in January 2001. Dr. Steven W. Gust, Special Assistant to the Director, NIDA, has been named Acting Director for the NIDA International Program.
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