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NTP Staff Recognized by Environmental Mutagen Society

By Robin Mackar
December 2009

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NTP's Mike Shelby is recognized by Elsevier Publisher Elizabeth Perill for his long-term service as a co-editor of Mutation Research. (Photo courtesy of the Environmental Mutagen Society)

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Ray Tice, Chief of the Biomolecular Screening Branch, receives a prestigious award from the Environmental Mutagen Society. (Photo courtesy of the Environmental Mutagen Society)

Mike Shelby, Ph.D., of the National Toxicology Program (NTP)( was recognized by his peers at the 40th annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS)( Exit NIEHS, October 24-28, in St. Louis. Shelby was publicly thanked and received an award for his service as a longstanding editor of the journal, Mutation Research.

Shelby received a plaque from Elizabeth Perill, a publisher at Elsevier, at the EMS meeting banquet. Perill said, "On behalf of Elsevier and the editors, I would like to extend our warm appreciation to Mike Shelby for his contributions of 30 years, not only to Mutation Research, but to the field of mutation research as author, reviewer and editor. We wish him well in his future endeavors." Shelby will retire as co-editor of the journal at the end of this year.

The mission of the EMS is to promote critical scientific knowledge and research into the causes and consequences of damage to the genome and epigenome to inform and support national and international efforts to ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations.

Shelby was appreciative of the award and said, "It's amazing how fast three decades can go by when you are doing something you enjoy. I've seen the journal and the entire field grow tremendously and am thrilled that I was part of the effort." Shelby has been working in the mutagenesis area since he received his Ph.D. in radiation mutagenesis and DNA repair from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After serving as a research associate in the Biology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Shelby joined NIEHS in 1977. He started the NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction in 1998.

Ray Tice, Ph.D., ( the NTP, was also recognized by EMS. Tice was the 32nd recipient of the society's prestigious Alexander Hollaender Award. This award is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of human health, and for dedicated service to the EMS.

Tice was recognized "for his contributions to the development and application of the Comet and Micronucleus assays to environmental mutagenesis, biomonitoring and regulatory testing." While accepting the award, Tice said, "I am very honored to receive this award, especially because of my personal and professional interactions with Dr. Hollaender in the 1980s."

Tice plans to donate the cash award to the EMS Hollaender Fund, which supports workshops and training courses in countries where environmental mutagenesis and health issues are major concerns. "The Hollaender Courses have been, and continue to be, a unique contribution of the EMS to the international scientific community," Tice remarked. Tice is the third NTP member to receive this award. Errol Zeiger, Ph.D., received it in 1987, followed by Mike Shelby in 1988.

(Robin Mackar is the news director in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

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