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Packenham to be honored for career achievement

By Eddy Ball
October 2010

Joan Packenham, Ph.D.
Award winner Joan Packenham (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS scientist Joan Packenham, Ph.D., is the winner of a 2010 National Women of Color Award in the category of Career Achievement - Government. Packenham, who is director of the Institute's Office of Human Research Compliance, will join 27 other leading women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers honored at the 15th annual Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference ( Exit NIEHS Oct. 30 in Dallas.

Hosted by the Career Communications Group, Inc. ( Exit NIEHS Women of Color Magazine and IBM, the conference is focused on the development of minority women in STEM careers and ensures that the superior achievements and importance of these outstanding women are highly visible to all conference participants. WOC honors achievement in several areas of government, industry, military, research, and management, for professional development, career achievement, and leadership.

In his letter of nomination, Packenham's supervisor, Acting Clinical Director Darryl Zeldin, M.D., praised her for being "a visionary in her leadership in developing the infrastructure and necessary components for a successful human research protection program (HRPP) for the NIEHS. In addition," he continued, "under Joan's leadership, NIEHS has increased visibility on the NIH main campus, and the NIEHS HRPP serves as one of the model programs for NIH, as the organization prepares for national accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program."

As Zeldin explained in his nomination, Packenham has achieved several firsts in her scientific education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, postdoctoral training at NIEHS, and career at the Institute. "Joan also gives back to the community at-large through her educational outreach activities," he added, pointing to the summer science camp her sorority holds each year for Durham school children.

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