Awards

NCI Scientists Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Schiller, Lowy, President Obama, and military aide holding medal at ceremony.

John Schiller, Ph.D., left, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., stand with President Obama to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation award at a White House ceremony in November. Photo reproduced from Whitehouse.gov.

Two NCI scientists received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. The award was announced by President Obama in October. The honorees, John Schiller, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cellular Oncology (LCO), Center for Cancer Research, NCI, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., also from LCO and NCI deputy director, received their medals at a White House ceremony on Nov. 20.

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NCI at Frederick Employees Recognized at the 2013 NCI Director’s Awards Ceremony

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The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research Website Development Team, from left: Susan Fox, Frank Blanchard, Li Gwatkin (NCI), Dianna Kelly, Julie Hartman, NCI Director Harold Varmus, Jillian Deshazer, Christopher DeVaughn, James Cherry, and Walter Hubert. Photo courtesy of Ernie Branson, NIH Medical Arts.

By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer, and Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

More than 60 NCI at Frederick government and contractor employees were recognized at the NCI Director’s Awards Ceremony on Nov. 14, held on the main NIH campus in Bethesda.

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WHK Interns Sweep Entire Category at Frederick County Science Fair

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Werner H. Kirsten student interns display winning posters. Seated: Madelyne Xiao; standing, from left, Dahlia Kronfli, Maria Hamscher, and Ashley Babyak. Not pictured: Maham Ahmed, Hanna Perez, and Sam Pritt.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The competitors in the cellular and molecular biology category of the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair on March 22–23 didn’t stand a chance against the Werner H. Kirsten student interns at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick.

These interns swept the entire category, with Madelyne Xiao, a rising intern, winning first place; Maria Hamscher, second place; Ashley Babyak and Dahlia Kronfli tying for third place; and Maham Ahmed receiving an honorable mention.

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Morrison Receives NIH Award for Major Ras/Raf Breakthroughs

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Deborah Morrison, Ph.D., Laboratory Chief, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, Center for Cancer Research

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Deborah Morrison, Ph.D., laboratory chief, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, Center for Cancer Research (CCR), received an NIH Director’s Award in June “for major breakthroughs in elucidating the mechanisms of Ras/Raf signaling that will be critical for diagnosis and treatment of disease,” according to the NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony brochure.

She was nominated by Ira Daar, Ph.D., senior investigator, Developmental Signal Transduction Section, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, CCR.

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