June 5, 2012

NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) marked the end of their fellowships at the Humphrey Fellowship Year-End Retreat, May 6–8, 2012, in Rocky Gap, Maryland. The retreat gathered all 204 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows who had participated in 1 of 18 host university programs. Brian Morales of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement encouraged the substance abuse fellows to put the networking skills they learned as Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows to use in making connections when they returned home. Fellows received certificates signed by President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Penny Jessop, M.P.H., the Tulane University Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships coordinator since 1979, was honored on her retirement. NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss and Fellowships Administrator Lisa Jordre of IQ Solutions attended the year-end retreat as well as graduation ceremonies at the VCU and JHU campuses. Ms. Weiss spoke at the May 22 JHU ceremony, telling the fellows that NIDA appreciates the difficulty of completing a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, and looks forward to the fellows’ contributions to the international drug abuse research community.