Environmental Factor, November 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS selects 2010 ONES awardees
By Eddy Ball
NIEHS announced funding for eight early-stage tenure-track investigators as 2010 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) awardees. The highly competitive, five-year ONES grants will total approximately $4 million for the first year, and the awardees, like their predecessors in the five-year-old program, will visit NIEHS to present talks about their research projects.
This year's awardees are Jason Bielas, Ph.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington; Jared Brown, Ph.D. (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/pursuit_of_discovery_brown.cfm) , of East Carolina University; Sarah Delaney, Ph.D. (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://vivo.brown.edu/display/sdelaney&sa=U&ved=0CAQQFjAAahUKEwia8pTrju_HAhUWGJIKHXKVBXg&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNGHgRDO6N_XDejIji9wjr41BV1N7A) , of Brown University; Rebecca Fry, Ph.D. (http://www.sph.unc.edu/?option=com_profiles&Itemid=1891&profileAction=ProfDetail&pid=714233563) , of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; former NIEHS postdoctoral fellow Yu-Ying He, Ph.D. (http://biomed.uchicago.edu/common/faculty/he_yuying.html) , of the University of Chicago; Jill Poole, M.D. (http://www.unmc.edu/intmed/divisions/pulm/bio.cfm?MyID=1606§ion=Pulmonary%2C%20Critical%20Care%2C%20Sleep%20%26%20Allergy) , of the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Joseph Shaw, Ph.D. (http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/faculty/shaw-joseph.shtml) , of Indiana University; and Alexander Star, Ph.D. (http://www.pitt.edu/~astar/Star_as.htm) , of the University of Pittsburgh.
Five of the new ONES awardees have training ties to NIEHS. As a postdoctoral fellow at NIEHS from 2001 to 2007, Yu-Ying He was part of the photobiology group headed by former Principal Investigator Colin Chignell, Ph.D. She later returned as a special volunteer in the free radicals group headed by Principal Investigator Ron Mason, Ph.D.
Shaw completed a fellowship at Dartmouth, working with NIEHS grantees Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., Celia Chen, Ph.D., and Carol Folt, Ph.D. Delaney and Fry were postdoctoral fellows at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with NIEHS grantees John Essigmann, Ph.D., and Leona Samson, Ph.D. Brown completed his Ph.D. at the University of Montana with NIEHS grantee Andrij Holian, Ph.D.
Established in 2006, the ONES program identifies outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and intend to make a long-term career commitment to research in the mission areas of NIEHS. The program assists them in launching an innovative research program focusing on problems of environmental exposures and human biology, human pathophysiology, and human disease.
"This grant is designed to serve as the foundation of a successful research career," said NIEHS Training and Career Programs Health Scientist Administrator Carol Shreffler, Ph.D. "The program strives to build a long-term relationship between the awardees and NIEHS."
"We indeed have made this a very competitive process," Shreffler noted, "and we look forward to having these awardees make some very seminal contributions in the field of environmental health sciences."