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National Institute on Drug Abuse

Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse

May, 2000

Grantee Honors

Dr. Timothy B. Baker, Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin and Associate Director of the University's Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, was named Editor, Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Dr. Lloyd D. Johnston and Dr. Jerald G. Bachman received The University of Michigan's Distinguished Research Scientist Award. This award modifies their titles to Distinguished Senior Research Scientist.

Dr. Lloyd D. Johnston received The Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service, The University of Michigan.

Dr. Edward Kaplan, Yale University School of Organization and Management, has been awarded an endowed chair, the "Beach Professor of Management Sciences." Dr. Kaplan, who is also a professor of public health at the Yale School of Medicine, has been a leader in developing cutting edge methods of quantitatively evaluating HIV intervention programs. In this respect, he was the first federally (NIDA) funded researcher to evaluate the impact of needle exchange programs in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users. His needle exchange research has been the subject of special reviews by and accolades from the U.S. Congressional General Accounting Office, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Project STAR, a NIDA supported intervention created by Mary Ann Pentz, Ph.D., University of Southern California, was selected by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as a model program. Dr. Pentz was recognized for her achievements at the 1999 Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Awards ceremony on May 16, 2000. The award is jointly sponsored by CSAP, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, the National Prevention Network, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Dr. Phillip Portoghese, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Minnesota, and editor of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, received the Alfred Burger Award from the American Chemical Society for his career work on the structure and activity relationships of opioid compounds.

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