NCI Reaches Out to Minority Journalists
Earlier this year, NCI's Office of Communications began a minority communications initiative to create an information pipeline between NCI and minority media outlets. As part of that effort, NCI participated in the recent UNITY 2004 conference for journalists of color, held August 4-8 in Washington, D.C. More than 8,000 Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and Native American media professionals attended the conference. NCI's goal for the conference was to encourage minority media to communicate cancer news and issues to their audiences.
NCI's Office of Communications sponsored an exhibit booth at UNITY 2004. Approximately 400 reporters, editors, producers, and editorial and opinion writers who wanted to learn more about NCI's work and its role in the cancer research continuum visited the booth, where they could select from a number of NCI educational and informational publications and watch a video presentation on the NCI Frederick campus. Media visiting the NCI booth included representatives from the New York Times, Washington Post, Knight Ridder, Black Entertainment Television, Univision, and various other outlets including academia and smaller targeted publications.
Behavioral Research Program Leadership Changes
Dr. Linda Nebeling has been appointed the new acting associate director for behavioral research in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), leaving her post as branch chief for the Health Promotion Research Branch (HPRB). She has been the leader of HPRB since 1998, and before joining DCCPS, was a nutritionist and cancer prevention fellow in the former NCI Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Nebeling replaces Dr. Scott Leischow, branch chief for NCI's Tobacco Control Research Branch and former acting associate director for behavioral research, who is performing a 4- to 6-month detail to the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, to facilitate the planning and implementation of trans-agency tobacco control initiatives. Dr. Louise Mâsse, a psychometrician with expertise in exercise psychology, succeeds Dr. Nebeling to serve as acting branch chief for HPRB.
Dr. Gary Kreps will leave his position as branch chief for the DCCPS Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch to accept a position as endowed chair and tenured professor of health communication and chair of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Dr. Brad Hesse, a senior health communication scientist, will serve as acting branch chief.
Gerberding to Speak at NCI
On Thursday, September 16, NCI will present a talk by Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The lecture, titled "Cancer Prevention and Obesity - How the Energy Balance Initiative Can Tip the Scales," will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on the NIH campus. Dr. Gerberding will provide an overview of the obesity epidemic and its implications for cancer research. She will also discuss CDC's new research initiatives and the need for increased collaboration with NCI, industry, and other partners. The lecture, featured as part of the NCI Director's Seminar Series, will be Webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, visit http://cancer.gov/directorscorner.
Blair Receives Environmental Epidemiology Award
Dr. Aaron Blair, chief of NCI's Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, received the 2003 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology. The award, presented by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), honors Dr. John Goldsmith, one of the organization's founders and early leaders, and recognizes environmental epidemiologists who serve as role models for excellence in research, unwavering promotion of environmental health, and scientific integrity. Dr. Blair was one of two recipients this year. The awards were presented at the ISEE annual meeting, held August 1-4 in New York City. Dr. Blair received his Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. He joined NCI as a Staff Fellow in 1976, was appointed to head the Occupational Studies Section in 1978, and became its branch chief when the group was elevated to branch status in 1996.
NCI Cancer Bulletin Publication Break
The NCI Cancer Bulletin will not be published on August 24 or 31. We will resume publication on our usual schedule with the September 7 issue.