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Call for Nominations: 2014 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health, which recognize innovative individuals, programs, institutions, and organizations that are advancing public health in the Americas.
Sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), the awards highlight key aspects of public health as a way to stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas.
The six awards in this call for nominations are the:
Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Public Health
Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service
Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Public Health Literature
Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health
Sérgio Arouca Award for Excellence in Universal Health Care
Manuel Velasco Suarez Award for Excellence in Bioethics
The nomination period is open now through May 30, 2014. Application forms are available online at: http://www.pahef.org/nomination.
Established in 1975, the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health have become known throughout the Americas as respected honors and career milestones. They provide a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions of those who have dedicated their careers to improving public health in the Western Hemisphere.
For each award, an independent jury of distinguished public health professionals, peers, and academicians appointed by PAHO and PAHEF reviews the nominations and recommends a winning candidate to the PAHEF board of directors for its approval. Each award includes a cash prize or research grant, a certificate of honor, and a symbolic representation of the award.
Awardees are also invited to Washington, D.C., during the annual PAHO Directing Council meeting to be recognized during an evening event with dignitaries, including ministers of health from throughout the Americas, ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS), U.S. government officials, and private sector representatives.
About PAHEF: The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is dedicated to improving health in the Americas. Founded in 1968, PAHEF is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) public charity that works with the PAHO and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities. With a deep knowledge of major health concerns and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, PAHEF builds successful partnerships and projects that advance health in the Americas. For more information, please visit: www.pahef.org
About PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world’s oldest international public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people in the hemisphere, while also serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, please visit: www.paho.org
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International Foundation for Ethical Research Graduate Fellowship Program for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science
Pre-Proposal Application Deadline is March 30th
The purpose of IFER’s Fellowship Program is to provide financial incentives to graduate students in science that encourage them at the earliest stages of their career to integrate innovation and discovery with ethics and respect for animals. Fellowships are awarded to those candidates whose program of study shows the greatest potential to replace the use of animals in science. Graduate Fellowships to develop alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing and education are open to students enrolled in Master’s and Ph.D. programs in the sciences, and human or veterinary medicine. Fellowships will also be considered for graduate students in other fields, such as education, psychology, humanities, journalism, and the law, for projects that show promise to increase public awareness or to promote changes in the legal system or public policy regarding the use of animals in research, testing, and education.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Awards Program
The AALAS Awards Selection Committee (ASC) has made significant progress in refining the awards criteria and scoring system to ensure a fair and consistent process. The six awards which will require nominations are the Griffin, Garvey, Bhatt, Brewer, Collins, and Technician of the Year. These awards all require the same basic nomination information to be considered.
Summary of the Awards Selection Process
The award nomination forms are submitted via email. The AALAS office notifies the nominee they have been nominated for a specific award. The nominee should they desire to be considered for the award should submit their completed information to the AALAS office prior to April 1. Copies of the packets are then sent to the ASC members for review. Each packet receives a score based on the established criteria. Committee members then rank the nominees for each individual award based on the scores and send them back to the national office to be tallied with the other committee members ranks. A tally of these rankings and scores is sent back to the ASC members for their review. A conference call is then set up for the ASC members to discuss the nominees with the highest ranks or scores and finalize the award selections. The chair of the ASC notifies the Executive Director of the committees' recommendations which are subsequently submitted to the AALAS Board of Trustees for approval.
Nominees for all awards must be national members of AALAS. Each of the awards require the following information be provided to be considered a complete nomination.
• Curriculum vitae or resume
• 3–5 letters of support
• Provide any additional information as requested and outlined on the judge's evaluation sheet for each award.
• Nomination forms must be submitted to the AALAS office by email by April 1.
Awards cannot be given posthumously. If you have questions about the nomination or selection processes, feel free to contact the AALAS office.
To submit a nomination form:
• Download the appropriate form from the AALAS website.
• Fill out the requested information and save the PDF to your computer.
• Email the PDF as an attachment to email@example.com.
Nathan R. Brewer Lifetime Achievement Award
The Nathan R. Brewer Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual for outstanding lifelong contributions to the improvement of care, quality, and environment of animals used in biologic and medical research.
The Nathan R. Brewer Award was established in 1994 in honor of Nathan R. Brewer, DVM, PhD, first AALAS President and a founding father of AALAS. Dr. Brewer was the first recipient of the award, which was presented to him at the 45th AALAS National Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
Nominees have significant, consistent dedication to, and focus on, laboratory animal science and AALAS.
1. Demonstrated distinguished lengthy career in field of laboratory animal science (minimum of 20 years).
2. Demonstrated leadership and accomplishments that have contributed to improvements in laboratory animal science.
3. Examples include publications, presentations and/or innovations, which help expand the laboratory animal knowledge base and contribute to improved quality of research animals; development of special techniques, products or services to enhance laboratory animal care; promotion of improved standards through training; involvement in public outreach / education.
4. Current Member of National AALAS
Successful candidates will have:
1. At least 20 years working in laboratory animal science.
2. Active or past participation in local or National AALAS through participation on committees or in leadership roles.
Award Details: Plaque and a $3,000 honorarium.
Charles A. Griffin Award
The Charles A. Griffin Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated ethical scientific and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices.
The Charles A. Griffin Award is the oldest AALAS award. It was first presented in 1956 and is named after its first recipient, the late Dr. Charles A. Griffin, an eminent bacteriologist and a pioneer in the development, refinement, care, and use of disease-free animals.
Nominees may be an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated ethical scientific and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices.
1. Contribution of scientific or technological advancements that results in humane experimentation and/or improved animal care practices.
2. Implementation of techniques or practices that promote these principles.
3. Contribution to the body of knowledge that advances the 3R's: replacement, refinement, reduction (publications or presentations, IACUC policies or practices, etc.)
1. Authored publications or presentations or marketed products in the spirit of or contributing to the 3R's.
2. Active in local or National AALAS through participation on committees or other volunteer commitments
Award Details: Plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.
Joseph J. Garvey Management Award
The Joseph J. Garvey Management Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in administration, management, or the support of programs relating to the care, quality, or humane treatment of animals used in biomedical research.
The Joseph J. Garvey award is named after AALAS' first Executive Secretary and was first presented in 1984.
Nominees may be directors, managers, supervisors or administrators
1. Demonstrated managerial or administrative leadership that contributed to improvement in the care of animals (e.g. creating program that inspires employees to improve job performance; creating a system for employees to make suggestions for how to improve animal care and implementing suggestions, leading an exemplary program).
2. Demonstrated accomplishments related to the care, quality or humane treatment of research animals.
3. Demonstrated specific achievements that have benefited AALAS or the candidate's workplace.
1. AALAS registered certification or equivalent educational or professional degree preferred.
Pravin N. Bhatt Scientific Investigator Award
The Pravin N. Bhatt Scientific Investigator Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding scientific accomplishments.
The Pravin N Bhatt Investigator Award was established in 1994 to encourage and recognize an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to the fields of laboratory animal science or comparative medicine. This award is named for Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt, who studied infectious diseases of laboratory animals for 25 years and made substantial contributions to our understanding of rat coronaviruses and ectromelia virus (the etiologic agent of mousepox); Dr. Bhatt selflessly mentored undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior scientists. In 2012 all scientific recognitions were concentrated within the Bhatt Award and the restriction to young scientists was abolished.
Nominees demonstrate significant effort engaged in scientific research.
1. Demonstration of a commitment to science as well as originality of thought and experimental design.
2. Research relevant to laboratory animal science and comparative medicine that advances current knowledge and contributes to the existing literature in those fields and is directly applicable to a variety of research settings.
3. Research contributes to the enhancement of local/national AALAS meetings, AALAS publications, and the scientific community. The candidate has presented research information in a variety of formats (posters, platform sessions, seminars, round tables) and frequently publishes scientific findings in CM, CT, and other high-quality scientific journals applicable to the area of expertise.
George R. Collins Education and Training Award
The George R. Collins Education and Training Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of laboratory animal training and education.
Formerly entitled the Animal Technician Award, the Collins Award is named after George R. Collins, a member of the first AALAS Animal Technician Certification Board and a pioneer in the animal technician education and certification.
Nominees have responsibility for training or education within their organization or have significant dedication to sharing skills and knowledge with fellow colleagues.
1. Demonstrated participation in local/national AALAS activities and dedication to promote and advance of the field of laboratory animal science through training and education.
2. Participation in learning or information programs (e.g. public outreach or education programs).
3. Demonstrated participation in developing, improving, implementing or providing training and education programs.
4. Demonstrated promotion of technician or management certification.
5. Current Member of National AALAS
Technician of the Year Award
The Technician of the Year Award recognizes an individual for their accomplishment and contribution to the promotion of laboratory animal care.
This award, formerly called the Technician Recognition Award, was instituted as a scholarship award in 1967. The award promotes the laboratory animal technician as an integral member of a research team and encourages continuing education. Nominees for this award are often individuals who have received the Technician or Technologist of the Year Award from their local branch.
Nominees have primary responsibility for feeding, handling, and/or care of laboratory animals.
1. Have daily contact with laboratory animals in the form of handling, feeding, watering, changing cages, or delivering veterinary technical services.
2. Contribution to the laboratory animal field at the institutional level through identification and implementation of new or improved techniques in the care of animals.
3. Demonstration of outstanding individual work performance, positive attitude, team work, and motivation.
4. Hold an animal care position with minimal supervisory responsibilities
5. Demonstrated interest in attaining additional education and training preferred.
6. Current Member of National AALAS
1. RALAT, RLAT, or RLATG certification
2. Participation in the AALAS Registry
3. Active in local or National AALAS through participation on committees or other volunteer commitments preferred.