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Olden Honored for Scientific Achievement

By Eddy Ball
July 2010

Ken Olden, Ph.D.
Olden, above, shown during a lecture at Harvard University, has said he hopes the CUNY School of Public Health will be "the Mecca, the epicenter for modern public health." (Photo courtesy of Harvard University)

NIEHS Director Emeritus Ken Olden, Ph.D., recently added yet another award to his long list of honors. At the annual gala of the Bronx Community College (BCC) Foundation held at the New York Botanical Garden, Olden was one of five distinguished New Yorkers recognized for their support of a quality educational environment at BCC ( Exit NIEHS, according to a June 1 press release issued by The City University of New York.

At the gala, organized around the theme "Building on a Dream," Olden received the Robert L. Clarke Award for Scientific Achievement. The award is named for one of BCC's most beloved chemistry professors.

Olden is founding dean of the new CUNY School of Public Health ( Exit NIEHS, the first of its kind school of public health with an urban focus. In 2011, the new program will begin offering graduate programs in its new facility, which celebrated its groundbreaking in November 2009.

Olden served as director of NIEHS/NTP from 1991 to 2005, and he remained at the Institute as principal investigator of the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis Metastasis Group until he left for New York in September 2008 (see story (

Also receiving awards at the event were four other BCC supporters:

  • Allan Dobrin, CUNY executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer
  • Van Thompson ( Exit NIEHS, project manager for the New York office of Skanska USA Buildings, Inc.
  • Howard Stein, New York businessman and BCC supporter
  • Beverly Spitzer, New York entrepreneur and BCC supporter

Founded in 1957, BCC is the oldest of six community colleges in the CUNY system. Its campus overlooks the Harlem River at University Avenue and West 181st Street. In addition to its 30 associate degree and certificate programs, BCC also has initiatives that are normally not associated with community colleges. These include the National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA), which is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges, and the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities.

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