CCID Spectrum
Volume 1, Number 4 September 2006


Building 18 award recipients

At R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year awards, CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Building 18 was awarded “Laboratory of the Year Special Mention for Technical Excellence.” Shown left to right are Jon Crane, principal of CUH2A, the architectural engineering firm for Building 18; Tim Studt, editor in chief, R&D Magazine; Steve Milby, CDC, OD, B&F, CIMO, Building 18 project officer; Jennifer Kina, CDC, OD, B&F, CIMO, Building 18 team member; and Julie Higginbotham, editor, Lab Design Newsletter.

Building 18 EID Lab wins Laboratory of the Year Special Mention Award

CDC’s new Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Building 18 has won a “Laboratory of the Year Special Mention” award from R&D Magazine.

Presented for more than 60 years, the award is recognized as a significant measure of excellence. R&D Magazine is an international publication serving the scientific research community. Each year, the publication appoints a selection panel of independent experts representing laboratory design, construction, operations, and user disciplines to select the most outstanding laboratories completed worldwide during that year.

In 2006, R&D Magazine presented awards to four exceptional laboratories including:

  • The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University—“Laboratory of the Year”

  • The CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Building 18—“Laboratory of the Year Special Mention for Technical Excellence”

  • The Technology II Laboratory at Arizona State University—“Laboratory of the Year Special Mention for Technical Excellence”

  • The Sanger Institute of the Welcome Trust in the United Kingdom—“Laboratory of the Year Special Mention for Technical Excellence”
In presenting the award, Tim Studt, editor of R&D Magazine, said, “CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory establishes new criteria and standards of excellence for BSL4 — no question about that. That was unanimous. Nothing like this has ever been done before.”

Steve Milby and Jennifer Kina of the CDC Building and Facilities Office accepted the award for Building 18 on behalf of CDC and the entire Building 18 Core Team during an April 4 awards ceremony hosted by R&D Magazine in Atlanta. The Building 18 Core Team included representatives from all of the CCID programs who will occupy the building: FEMO, OHS, PGO, CIMO, DEMO, OSEP, ITSO, CDC OD and other groups who will support the building. The success of the Building 18 design is the result of 6 years of dedication to the design and construction effort by these Core Team representatives.

Also sharing in the award presentation was the architectural design team headed by CUH2A, which made essential contributions to the success of Building 18.

Containing the highest level of bio-safety laboratories in the world, the open, bright, and flexible Building 18 is considered to be the largest facility in the world dedicated to human health.

Trish Adams receives a World Bank Development Marketplace award

CDC Foundation Fellow and Emory Global Center for Safe Water Fellow Trish Adams receives a World Bank Development Marketplace award for the CDC/Emory proposal “Entrepreneurial Approach to Safe Water in Kenya” from World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz at a ceremony in May at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.

CCID team wins funding to improve water safety in Kenya

The 2006 Global Development Marketplace competition, sponsored by the World Bank, has selected a CDC/Emory proposal to improve water safety in Kenya as one of 30 winners from 119 programs competing for funds. Rob Quick, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases in the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED, proposed), formerly the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and colleagues from the Emory University Center for Global Safe Water submitted the winning proposal, titled “Entrepreneurial Approach to Safe Water in Kenya,” also known as the “Rotary Safe Water Project.” Other partners in the project are Rotary and the CDC Foundation.

The competition was held in May at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme was “Innovation in Water, Sanitation, and Energy Services for Poor People.”

In Kenya’s Nyanza Province, 72% of the population relies on unsafe water sources for their daily needs. As a result, diarrhea is a major health problem among children under the age of 5 and people living with HIV/AIDS. The water safety project incorporates the procurement of storage units and the disinfectant solution WaterGuard through commercial distribution and local artisans. A bottle of WaterGuard can treat 1,000 liters of water at an estimated cost of US$0.26. Local HIV/AIDS self-help groups are mobilized to teach community members about health and home-based approaches to water treatment.

The goal of the project is for the self-help groups to become local distributors of the affordable treatment products to local communities, which will generate income for the rural women in the groups. By the end of the second year, the project aims to mobilize 700 such self-help groups, train 4,400 women, provide 1,200 of the women with micro loans, provide another 1,800 of them with business training, establish 1,500 vendors, and sell 25,000 bottles of WaterGuard per month to serve 200,000 people.

Before preparing their final poster presentation, the CDC/Emory team consulted with several entities in the National Center for Health Marketing, including the Marketing and Communication Consultation Branch (MCCB) of the Division of Health Communication and Marketing Strategy and the Division of Creative Services. MCCB offered assistance on enhancing the presentation to focus on the innovation, financial viability, and sustainability of the project.

The preceding story was adapted from a story by Mindy Frost for the September 2006 Health Marketing Matters webpage of the National Center for Health Marketing and from proposal material furnished by Rob Quick.

CDC and FDA avian flu collaborators win award

Janet Nicholson, PhD, associate director of laboratory science, Office of the Director, National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID, proposed), and the entire CDC Avian Influenza Lab Team who worked on the Influenza A/H5 (Asian lineage) virus 510(k) have received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award. The award, which recognized both the CDC team and an FDA group that worked with them, was presented on June 23 at FDA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The citation reads: “For providing scientific, legal, and policy expertise to support the rapid clearance of a new laboratory assay to detect Avian Influenza A/H5 (Asian Lineage).”

In a letter informing Nicholson of the award, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, acting commissioner of food and drugs, said, “You have been chosen for this award because you have provided invaluable assistance to FDA. To be selected for special recognition should be most satisfying since accomplishments such as yours impact the well being of the public.”

The FDA Special Recognition Award honored the organization, preparation, and timely submission of a 510(k) submission to FDA for clearance of the Influenza A/H5 (Asian lineage) Virus Real-Time PCR Primer and Probe Set in preparation for Influenza A/H5 (Asian lineage) testing. The work was a collaborative effort between FDA and CDC to gain clearance of the first assay that can detect the Influenza A/H5N1 strain. This assay has been distributed to the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratories with the facilities, experience, and equipment to perform real-time polymerase chain reaction.

Steve Gutman, director, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics at FDA, received the award at the ceremony on behalf of the two interagency groups. In an e-mail to Spectrum, Gutman noted, “This award … proves the point we do work well collaboratively to advance public health.”

Gutman explained FDA’s role in the collaboration: “FDA’s Office of In Vitro Diagnostics worked in real time to establish the scientific and regulatory roadmap needed for a de novo classification of avian lineage influenza. Collaborative work resulted in a scientific and administrative package that met FDA regulatory thresholds for data and labeling and allowed clearance of this novel and critically important public health diagnostic tool in a record 2-week time period.”

The CDC group receiving the award included the following staff: Stephen Lindstrom, Alexander Klimov, and Steve Monroe in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (NCZVED, proposed); Lisa Rotz, Michael Miller, Richard Meyer, Richard Kellogg, Jonas Winchell, David Nichelson, Marcella Odle, Judith Sheldon, and Laura Rose in the Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response; and Hye-Joo Kim, Rima Khabbaz, and Janet Nicholson in the Office of the Director (NCPDCID, proposed), formerly NCID.

Bernier named a Purpose Prize Fellow

Roger Bernier, NIP/OD, now the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD, proposed), has been honored for his work in public engagement as a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures, a San Francisco-based think tank and program incubator, which is seeking to identify the most outstanding social innovators/entrepreneurs from the baby-boom generation now entering the second phase of their lives. The idea behind the new program is to tap the enormous size and skill of this generation to redefine the retirement years in socially useful ways.

More than 1,200 nominations were received for accomplishments in multiple fields and only 70 selected as Purpose Prize Fellows, according to Bernier. “We are described as leaders in the movement to invent new ways to solve society's toughest challenges,” Bernier said. Fifteen of the 70 fellows have been selected as finalists, and five of these will be selected in September as winners of five $100,000 awards. Although Bernier is not on the list of finalists, as a fellow he plans to attend the Innovation Summit on September 7-10, 2006, at the Stanford University Center for Social Innovation.

To Civic Ventures, the strongest aspect of Bernierís candidacy was that he is working within a large federal bureaucracy, which was seen as “incredibly ambitious,” and one of the only fellows working in the area of participatory democracy. Bernier believes he is the only federal employee in the group of 70 fellows.

Bernier was involved in the public engagement pilot project on pandemic influenza for several years. The consortium’s report was published in December 2005 and is available on the Keystone website. Keystone is a nonprofit organization based in Keystone, Colorado, which worked with CDC in 2003 to develop a new model for working with the public, Bernier said.

Upon learning of the award, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of NCIRD (proposed), wrote in an e-mail to Bernier, “Congratulations to our local visionary!  It is wonderful to hear of this recognition for your leadership and innovation. I know this passion has been a challenge at many times, but it is wonderful to learn of this honor and recognition well beyond the health, government, and scientific fields, and it is incredibly well deserved.”

For more information about the awards and profiles of the finalists and fellows, visit the Lead With Experience website.

Anthony Fiore

Anthony E. (Tony) Fiore

NCHHSTP PHS Officers honored

Public Health Service Officers CPT Anthony E. (Tony) Fiore, MD, MPH, of the Division of Viral Hepatitis and CDR Julia Ann Schillinger, MD, MSc, of the Division of STD Prevention were honored with Outstanding Service Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service. Fiore was cited for leadership in investigating and controlling foodborne hepatitis A and Schillinger was cited for her continuous outstanding leadership in creating and enhancing systems that have measurably improved the control of sexually transmitted diseases in New York City. The PHS Commissioned Corps Awards Board approved these high-level awards when they met in June 2006 in Rockville, Maryland.

Bicego wins the NCHHSTP Directorís Recognition Award for August

George Bicego

George Bicego

Congratulations to George Bicego, PhD, recipient of the NCHHSTP Director’s Recognition Award for August. Dr. Bicego, who is regional adviser-strategic information in the Global AIDS Program (GAP), provides monitoring and evaluation support to the Southern Africa regional USG offices (USAID and CDC) in Pretoria, South Africa, which serve Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. For many months, Bicego was the only full-time member of the CDC GAP South Africa Regional Office. Both USAID and CDC regional offices have undergone major staffing changes in the past year, and Bicego’s position as a jointly funded adviser has been integral in the development of joint USG planning and joint project implementation.

The USG regional offices facilitate communication and coordination among USG country offices in the region between USAID and CDC agencies, and among the USG and other regionally positioned organizations, including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. Bicego has developed vehicles for collaborating operationally and for communicating lessons learned about gathering and using strategic information (SI).

In addition, with colleagues from the USAID and CDC regional offices, he helped to develop and implement Embassy-led USG Task Forces in Swaziland and Lesotho, and provided support to overall USG planning and implementation of SI activities. He also played a major role in drafting the USG 5-year country strategies (2006-2010) for Lesotho and Swaziland for submission to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which oversees the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

The director’s award cites the exemplary actions Bicego took to gain expertise and lead collaboratively and effectively, at times going beyond the scope of his position. The successes experienced by the CDC South Africa Regional Office are due in large part to Dr. Bicego’s perseverance and accomplishments.

CCID boasts numerous winners at 54th Honor Awards Ceremony

The 54th Annual CDC & ATSDR Honor Awards Ceremony was held July 13, 2006, in the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center on the Roybal Campus. To report the awards won by CCID employees, in this summary we are using the then existing, not the proposed, names of the CCID national centers: National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), National Immunization Program (NIP), and National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP).

Kevin M. DeCock, MD, a former director of NCHSTP, was a winner of the William C. Watson, Jr., Medal of Excellence for his visionary leadership and dedication to improving the lives of people with HIV/AIDS.

Constance D. Henderson, NCHSTP, won an award for public health administrative support, in particular for her support of the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium mission.

The 52-person NCID Measles Outbreak Response Team for Refugees from Nairobi, Kenya, received the Silo Busters: Collaborative Success award for outstanding leadership, scientific excellence, and exemplary teamwork in protecting the health of 3,000 Somali and Ethiopian refugees and the public during a measles outbreak.

Ray W. Butler, NCHSTP, was a winner of the Contributions to Health, Safety, and Workplace Wellness award for exemplary service as branch safety officer in ensuring the safe operation of laboratories in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch.

Jona Consentino and Daniele S. Lantagne, both NCID, each won a Global Health Achievement award. Consentino was cited for outstanding leadership, administrative excellence, and exemplary performance in managing domestic and international travel for the division, resulting in accomplishing NCID research and development on a global scale. Lantagne was honored for contributions toward global health by supporting, evaluating, and improving the technologies and implementing the CDC Safe Water System.

Also winning a Global Health Achievement award was the 45-person Global Measles Branch, NIP, for tireless dedication and outstanding contributions toward reducing measles mortality by 60% during the last 5 years, vaccinating more than 200 million children, saving millions of lives.

NCID’s Anatoly S. Frolov, PhD, MS, was given an Information Services award for innovation and creativity in developing a software package that allows statistically valid sample surveys to be conducted in difficult environments using only handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Individuals and teams submitted by NCID and NCHSTP were presented Partners in Public Health Improvement awards. Citations went to Sharon Rolando (NCID) for outstanding collaboration and partnership with CDC in working to reduce the foodborne and diarrheal disease burden in the United States and globally; the TB Program Area Module Team (NCHSTP) for exceptional performance in planning and overseeing the development of the TB PAM and software transition, while supporting the legacy of the TB Information Management System; and the U.S. Air Force Aerial Spray Flight Team (NCID) for containing the threat of mosquitoes and minimizing their negative impact on the morale of those working and living without electrical power following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Maggie LaGuins and Tracy Badsgard, both NCID, won Excellence in Business Systems and Services awards—LaGuins for exceptional support to NCID’s business services and systems as a management and program analyst with NCID’s Office of Administrative Services and Badsgard for outstanding service in support of the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Arbovirus Diseases Branch.

An Excellence in Systems for Program Operations award went to Darlene C. Brady, NCID, for outstanding achievement in office automation and for single-handedly supporting the Mycotic Diseases Branch in travel, timekeeping, purchasing, audiovisuals management, and administrative support.

Customer Service Awards were presented to Winda Graves-Teal, NCHSTP, for outstanding, compassionate service to New Orleans residents, CDC staff, and volunteers who provided assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; to Michele Russell, NCID, for developing and maintaining the Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic Registry, an invaluable service to both travelers and state health departments; and to the 28-person Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Response Team, NCID, for outstanding service to the state of Texas and the San Antonio Health Department following Hurricane Katrina and during Hurricane Rita, which enabled public health assistance to an unprecedented influx of hurricane evacuees.

NIP’s Elizabeth T. Luman, PhD, won a Public Health Epidemiology and Laboratory Research award for establishing the first systematic immunization coverage assessments in U.S. affiliated jurisdictions, and for developing a new approach to measuring childhood immunization coverage based on timeliness. Also winning this award was the 19-person Pandemic Emergency Preparedness Group, NCID, for collaborative dedication to pandemic emergency preparedness.

The Public Health Protection Research award went to NCID’s Patricia I. Fields, PhD, and the Safe Water System Research Team of Ezra Barzilay, Sundeep Gupta, and Ciara O’Reilly. Fields was cited for innovative research toward enhancing the National Salmonella Surveillance System and working toward the Healthy People 2010 goal of reducing salmonella infections by 50%. The team won for outstanding contributions in research into measures to protect the health of populations subject to hazardous environmental conditions in developing countries.

Fangjun Zhou, PhD, of NIP, won the Public Health Statistical Research and Services award for developing a cost-effective analysis of the childhood vaccines program.

Ethleen Lloyd, NCHSTP, was selected for the Contributions to Employee Motivation and Development award for exceptional visionary leadership in establishing a consistent, fair, and competitive recruitment process for the Global AIDS Program field positions.

A James Virgil Peavy Workforce Development Award went to Audriene C. Bishop-Cline, NCHSTP, for outstanding team leadership to CDC, CCID, and NCHSTP by spearheading numerous educational opportunities, both international and domestic, for NCHSTP headquarters and field staff.  

Robert C. Holman, NCID, won a Health Equity Award for extraordinary innovation toward improving CDC’s international operations and programs to achieve the goal of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. And the TB African Americans Awareness Group (Michael Frazier and Gail Grant), NCHSTP, also won a Health Equity Award for outstanding work in reducing tuberculosis in African Americans in the southeastern United States by coordinating three highly successful demonstration projects. 

Lynn Mercer, NCHSTP, won an Excellence in Innovation Award for extraordinary innovation to improve CDC’s international operations and programs to achieve the goal of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Also winning this award was the Yellow Book Publication Group, NCID, for establishing a public-private partnership between CDC, the CDC Foundation, and Elsevier Inc., to improve the quality and increase the distribution of CDC’s Yellow Book. The group is made up of Paul Arguin, MD, Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, and Joseph Foster, JD


Other CDC and ATSDR awards also were presented at the Honor Awards Ceremony.

Charles C. Shepard Science Award(s)

Laboratory and Methods
Terrence M. Tumpey, Christopher F. Basler, Patricia v. Aguilar, Hui Zeng, Alicia Solorzano, David E. Swayne, Nancy J. Cox, Jacqueline M. Katz, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, Peter Palese, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre.

Characterization of the Reconstructed 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic Virus
Science 2005; 310(5745); 77-80

Prevention and Control
Stephen P. Luby, Mubina Agboatwalla, Daniel R Feikin, John Painter, Ward Billhimer, Arshad Altaf, and Robert M. Hoekstra

Effect of handwashing on child health: A randomised controlled trial
The Lancet 2005;366:225-233

Lifetime Achievement
Robert V. Tauxe, MD, MPH
National Center for Infectious Diseases


Awards Presented at the 2006 EIS Conference

Alexander D. Langmuir Prize Manuscript Award
Changes in Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Among HIV-Infected Adults in the Era of Childhood Pneumococcal Immunization
Brendan Flannery, Richard T. Heffernan, Lee H. Harrison, Susan M. Ray, Arthur L.Reingold, James Hadler, William Schaffner, Ruth Lynfield, Ann R. Thomas, Jianmin Li, Michael Campsmith, Cynthia G. Whitney, and Anne Schuchat

Paul C. Schnitker International Health Award
Kevin Cain, NCHSTP

Iain C. Hardy Award
Gustavo Dayan, NIP


2006 CDC and ATSDR Employee of the Year

“All Star” Employee Award
Kevin DeCock, MD, NCHSTP, was nominated in the Outstanding Supervisor category.


The HHS Secretary’s Employee of the Month Awards for CDC and ATSDR

Ted Misselbeck, public health adviser, NCHSTP, August 2005, for exemplary action in providing leadership and creative problem solving in coordinating an innovative public and private partnership to halt an outbreak of TB in a homeless shelter.

Loan Thornton, program operations assistant, NCID, November 2005, for outstanding administrative support to the Foodborne and Diarrheal Disease Branch.                

Drew Posey, medical officer, NCID, January 2006, for outstanding contributions to improving the health of Liberian and Sudanese refugees. 

Michael Vance, management and program analyst, NCHSTP, February 2006, for outstanding contributions to CDC, NCHSTP, and the NCHSTP ADS Office, including service to the EIS program and USPHS Commissioned Corps. 

Lillian Orciari, microbiologist, NCID, April 2006, for outstanding laboratory diagnostic work and a history of contributions to domestic and international rabies prevention and control.

FY 2005 Commissioned Corps Approved Honor Awards

CAPT Harold S. Margolis, medical director, NCID, was a co-winner of the Distinguished Service Medal for recognition of his career service, extraordinary leadership, and critical contributions in addressing the national and global public health challenges presented by viral hepatitis.

Winners of a Meritorious Service Medal included

CAPT Scott F. Dowell, medical officer, NCID, for outstanding leadership and initiative in establishing and directing CDC’s First International Emerging Infections Program.

CAPT Alan E. Greenberg, medical officer, NCHSTP, [for] outstanding career leadership for HIV epidemiology spanning 20 years of service at [the] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CAPT Ali S. Khan, medical officer, NCID, for his visionary and dynamic leadership in establishing our domestic public health biological terrorism preparedness program.

CAPT Allyn K. Nakashima, medical officer, NCHSTP, for continuous outstanding leadership and career contributions in carrying out the public health mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the past 23 years.

CAPT Ida M. Onorato (deceased), medical officer, NCHSTP, for outstanding public health leadership and career contributions in the science-based prevention of important infectious diseases, especially tuberculosis, HIV, pertussis, and polio.

CAPT Nathan Shaffer, medical officer, NCHSTP, for sustained, significant domestic and international scientific and programmatic leadership resulting in [the] prevention [of] HIV transmission from HIV-infected mothers to their children worldwide.


CCID staff who won the Outstanding Service Medal included

CDR Francisco M. Averhoff, medical officer, NIP, for demonstrating outstanding leadership in improving hepatitis B vaccine coverage and promoting disease prevention among adolescents in the United States.

CDR Kristine M. Bisgard, veterinary, NIP, for outstanding continuous leadership to protect the nation’s children from pertussis.

CDR Karen L. Cairns, medical officer, NIP, for outstanding leadership in reducing morbidity and mortality caused by measles in Africa.

CDR Kimberley K. Fox, medical officer, NCHSTP, for continuous outstanding leadership in treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

CDR Scott K. Fridkin, medical officer, NCID, for outstanding leadership in the investigation, prevention, and establishment of disease surveillance of antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in the United States.

CDR Reuben M. Granich, medical officer, NCHSTP, for outstanding leadership in the face of enormous difficulties to significantly strengthen India’s National Tuberculosis Control Program.

CAPT Venkatarama R. Koppaka, medical officer, NCHSTP, for exemplary and continuous leadership of tuberculosis control efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CDR Deborah A. Levy, scientist, NCID, for outstanding contributions in assessing, monitoring, and assuring the public health safety of drinking water.

CDR Nancy E. Rosenstein, medical officer, NCID, for outstanding leadership to improve control and prevention of meningococcal disease in the United States and Africa.

CAPT Anne Schuchat, medical officer, NCID, for enhancing the evidence base for prevention of bacterial meningitis in the African meningitis belt.

CDR Jeremy Sobel, medical officer, NCID, for outstanding contributions to control and prevention of foodborne disease through leadership in outbreak investigation, botulism clinical and research program development, and pioneering graduate education.

CDR Cynthia Whitney, medical officer, NCID, for contributions to preventing pneumococcal disease around the world.

Outstanding Unit Citations went to

Asia Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Response Team, NCID, for exemplary teamwork and scientific excellence in investigation and response to the outbreak of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus. The team was made up of 31 PHS and 36 civil service employees.

CDC Hurricane Jeanne, Haiti Response Team, NCID, for establishing emergency surveillance for vector-borne and waterborne diseases in Gonaives, Haiti, during a period of flooding and civil unrest following Hurricane Jeanne. The team members were LCDR Mark Beatty, LCDR Romulo Colindres, LT Seema Jain, and CAPT Eric Mintz. Civil service employee Anna Bowen also shared in the award.

Rubella Elimination Team, NIP,  of 12 PHS officers and 11 civil service employees for public health activities and scientific studies leading to the elimination of rubella in the United States.

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Preparedness Team, NCID, of 26 PHS officers and 41 civil service employees for exemplary teamwork, dedication, and scientific excellence in enhancing the nation’s preparedness for a recurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

West Nile Surveillance and Response Team, NCID, of 76 PHS officers and 133 civil service employees for exemplary teamwork and scientific excellence in the investigation and control of SARS during the acute public health response, March 14-25, 2003.

A Unit Commendation was presented to several CCID teams or panels:

Animal Technical Advisory Panel (ATAP), NCID, of CDR Glenda Galland, LCDR Gregory Langham, LCDR Allison Williams, Bobby G. Brown, and Paul E. Vinson for outstanding work on the Source Selection Evaluation Board.

Anthrax Laboratory Exposure Investigation Team, NCID, of CAPT Richard Ehrenberg, CDR Marc Fischer, LT Sarah Reagan-Steiner, CDR Nancy Rosenstein, and CAPT Robbin Weyant, plus civil service employees Lori Bane, Barbara Ellis, Mark Hemphill, Alex Hoffmaster, Ted Jones, Max Kiefer, Nina Marano, Sandy Martin, Jean Patel, Conrad Quinn, and Veran Semenova, for collaborating with state and local health agencies to assess and respond to an inadvertent B. anthracis laboratory exposure that occurred in California.

Antimicrobial Resistance-Vaccine Impact Team, NCID, of CAPT Jay C. Butler, CAPT Thomas Hennessy, LCDR Henry Baggett, CAPT Anne Schuchat, CAPT Debra Hurlburt, CDR Michael Bruce, LCDR Karen Rudolph, LCDR Catherine Dentinger, LCDR Matthew R. Moore, LCDR Sarah Y. Park, and LCDR Terri B. Hyde for demonstrating the impact of routine introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine into the childhood immunization schedule on carriage or antibiotic resistant pneumococci among children in Anchorage.

Community-Onset Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Outbreak Response Team, NCID, of LCDR Henry Baggett, III, CDR Michael G. Bruce, CAPT Jay Butler, CDR Catherine Dentinger, CDR Cindy Hamlin, CAPT Thomas Hennessy, CAPT Debra Hurlburt, LCDR Richard Leman, LCDR Karen Rudolph, and CDR Gilbert Varney Jr. for outstanding performance during an investigation of an outbreak of MRSA skin infections in southwestern Alaska.

Foodborne Hepatitis A Investigations Team, NCID, of LCDR Joseph Amon, LCDR Rose Devasia, CDR Anthony Fiore, LCDR Priti Patel, LCDR Colin Shepard, and LCDR Tara Vogt, plus 19 civil service employees, for rapid response to multiple foodborne hepatitis A outbreaks, identification of a common source, and implementation of effective public health interventions.

Histoplasmosis Investigation Team, NCID, of CDR Scott Fridkin, LTJG Bradley S. King, CDR Juliette Morgan, LCDR Ben Park, and LCDR Sharmila Shetty, plus civil service employees Mary Brandt, Gregory A. Burr, Mark J. Lamias, Mark Lindsley, Alexandre Macedo, Christine Morrison, Brian Santucci, and David Warnock, for exceptional productivity, rapid response, and exemplary teamwork while investigating an outbreak of acute histoplasmosis among workers at an industrial corn processing plant in Nebraska.

HPV Workgroup (Human Papillomavirus Workgroup), NCHSTP, of CDR John Brooks, CDR Deblina Datta, CDR Catherine Dentinger, CDR Eileen F. Dunne, CAPT Kathleen Irwin, LCDR Nidhi Jain, CAPT Herschel Lawson, CAPT Lauri E. Markowitz, and CDR Mona Saraiya, plus civil service employees Rheta Barnes, Vickic Bernard, John Douglas, Alicia Edwards, Allison Friedman, Nicole Liddon, Donna McCree, Mary McFarlane, Hilda Shepeard, Chandra Smith-Collier, and Elizabeth Unger, for enhancing the collaboration and communication across CDC on HPV activities.

Rat Bite Fever Investigation Team, NCID, of CDR Marc Fischer, LT Sarah Reagan-Steiner and civil service employees Maryam Daneshvar, Diane Gross, Leta Helsel, Roger Morey, Chris Paddock, Claudio Sacchi, Wun-Ju Shieh, John Sumner, and Anne Whitney for increasing the public health awareness of rapidly fatal rat bite fever among adults.

2003 Epi-Aid North Carolina Investigation Team, NCHSTP, LCDR Chineta Eure, LCDR Lisa Fitzpatrick, LCDR Linda Grant, CAPT Alan Greenberg, and CAPT Scott Holmberg for their outstanding and exemplary contributions in leading the first in-depth epidemiological investigation of HIV among rural men who have sex with men (MSM) attending college.


Length of Service Recognition

35 Years
NCHSTP: Joseph Betros, Jerry Carolina, Robert L. Frey, Melvin F. Mixon, Harry A. Stern

NCID: Judith R. Aguilar, James W. Biddle, Leon G. Carter, Terry E. Crumley, Joseph Esposito, Craig L. Leutzinger, Errol Reiss, Arnold G. Steigerwalt

NIP: Herbert A. Loy

30 Years
NCHSTP: Robert C. Cooksey, John A. Cox, Carolyn D. Dawson, Marjorie R. Hubbard, Stephen L. Middlekauff, Victoria Pope, Elizabeth R. Puckett, Kenneth E. Robbins, Willie E. Robinson, Julie A. Wasil

NCID: William F. Bibb, Henry S. Bishop, Larry Cannon, Diana Curtis, Gregory A. Dasch, Rosamond R. Dewart, B. Sue Dillard, Irish A. Frey, Joy S. Goulding, Barbara A. Govert, Leta O. Helsel, Patricia F. Holder, Scott E. Johnson, Richard M. Kinney, Goro Kuno, Leonard W. Mayer, Joseph M. Posid, Susan J. Shaw, Susan B. Slemenda, Gary P. Stein, John W. Sumner, Jackie A. Ward, Linda A. Webb

NIP: Ellen A. Anderson, Samuel W. Crosby, Jr.

25 Years
NCHSTP: Marilyn K. Billue, Harriet G. Brown, Mary C. Cagle, Irene Cason, Joy E. Dorsey, Juanita Elder, David R. Elmore, Edward E. Escudero, Nancy D. Haban, Alulu Hadgu, Suzanne Lebovit, Garrett K. Mallory, Eva Z. Margolies, Sheila McKenzie, Leanne M. Olea, Hilda Shepeard, Anne E. Shuttleworth, Louella Simonetti, Irma J. Solomon, Diane M. Vitro, Anthony Wade

NCID: Suzette L. Bartley, Nancy H. Bean, Tony T. Chheang, Terrence D. Daley, Shirley M. Davis, Alice C. Floyd, Machel M. Forney, John M. Fox, Charlene E. Gibson, Linda R. Hall, Vernitta B. Love, Terry C. Maricle, Sigrid K. McAllister, John A. Montenieri, Janet K. A. Nicholson, Wanda T. Phillips, Jacquelyn S. Sampson, Charles L. Thomas, Voughn S. Trader, Sam G. Trappier, Sean V. Williams, Leslie M. Wilson, Elizabeth R. Zell

NIP: Ivory R. Reid, Shirley D. Robinson, Charles R. Wolfe

20 Years
NCHSTP: Gail F. Burns-Grant, Timothy J. Bush, Juarlyn L. Gaiter, Annie D. Holmes, Robert D. Johnson, Joan S. Knapp, Richard L. Kline, Theresa A. Larkin, Bryan K. Lindsey, Edmund B. Morris, Bruce R. Nowak, Otilio P. Oyervides, Victoria D. Rayle, Lisa K. Roney, Charlotte R. Sinnock, Lisa K. Speissegger, Patricia A. Tate, Leisha J. Ware, Thomas J. White

NCID: Edwin W. Ades, Julie C. Beasley, Valerie W. Ceasar, Janice D. Corley, Mary B. Crabtree, Valerie J. Curry, Maryam I. Daneshvar, Veronica M. DeKozan, Margaret S. Eagleton, Mark L. Eberhard, Anna L. Humphrey, Eddie L. Jackson, Earl G. Long, Linda A. Moyer, Alice J. Muller, Christi N. Murray, Tyrone F. Norman, Karen A. Peterson, Mae B. Sanders, Marriane K. Simon, Kimetha G. Slater, Susan L. Stokes, Glenda M. Thornton, Brenda A. Upshaw

NIP: Jacqueline D. Dudley, John W. Glasser, Karen A. Wilkins

10 Years
NCHSTP: Audriene C. Bishop-Cline, Matthew D. Brown, Arnold R. Castro, Tracina C. Cropper, Regina S. Gore, Donna Y. Harris, Roderick L. Joiner, Kellie E. Lartigue, Kathleen McDavid, Kimberly T. Morgan, Robert Nelson, Victoria Stovall, Shambavi Subbarao, Reni Vaughn, Sandra J. Wright-Fofanah

NCID: Thomas J. Blanton, Michael D. Bowen, George L. Gallucci, Kaija H. Maher, Nia P. Mims, Lillian A. Orciari, Gerald J. Pellegrini, Jr., Silvia Penaranda, Thomas L. Stevens, Jr., Teresa R. Wallis, Patricia L. Shewmaker, Su Ju Yang, Patrick L. Zuber

NIP: Terrence E. Campbell, Patricia D. Cummings, Guillermo A. Herrera, Mary S. Johnson-Deleon, Marika K. Iwane, Dennis J. King, Kimberly S. Safford