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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
May, 1995

Staff Highlights

NIDA Director, Dr. Alan Leshner was presented with a special recognition award by the Society for Social Work and Research and the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research at their first national meeting held in April. This award acknowledged Dr. Leshner's "scientific leadership in addressing the serious human and social problems confronting our nation" and his "enabling vision and support of social work's contribution to building scientific knowledge for human services."

Susan Coyle received her Ph.D. in Sociology from George Washington University in March.

Peter Hartsock, Ph.D. received a letter of appreciation from the German Embassy for technical assistance on issues in drug abuse research.

Dr. Rosemarie Nemeth-Coslett was on detail from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the Food and Drug Administration for the period September 23, 1994 to April 1, 1995. The purpose of the detail was to provide expert advice to the Commissioner of FDA on issues relating to nicotine and tobacco and to review and research published articles, abstracting and summarizing them for the Tobacco Task Group. During this period of detail, Dr. Nemeth-Coslett continued to perform her regular full time duties at NIDA.

David Shurtleff, Ph.D. joined the Division of Basic Research in April as a Health Scientist Administrator in NIDA's new Behavioral Sciences Research Branch. Dr. Shurtleff came to NIDA from the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda MD, where he conducted research on the effects of environmental stress on behavior and cognitive performance.

The following NIDA staff have been selected to receive the NIH Director's Award for outstanding accomplishments:

Individual Awards:

Richard Harrison
Syed Husain, Ph.D.
Constance Latzko
David McCann, Ph.D.
Audrey Thomas, M.S.

Group Award (members of the NIDA Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee):

Lula Beatty, Ph.D.
Mona Brown
Arturo Cazares, M.D., M.P.H.
Carol Cushing
Mary Custer, Ph.D.
Richard Harrison
Arthur M. Horton, Ed.D.
Davey Jones
Theresa Kopajtic
Rao Rapaka, Ph.D.
Rita Liu, Ph.D.
Charles W. Sharp, Ph.D.
Nancy Soulen, J.D.
Jewell Webb

Grantee Honors

NIDA grantee Robert Carlson, Ph.D. received the 1994 AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Annual Paper Award for the chapter he, H. Siegal, and R. Falck contributed to Global AIDS Policy, entitled "Ethnography, Epidemiology, and Public Policy: Needle Use Practices and HIV-1 Risk Reduction Among Injecting Drug Users in the Midwest." In: Feldman, D. (ed.) Global AIDS Policy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., pp. 185-214, 1994.
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