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Angeline Andrew, a graduate student in Dartmouth Medical School's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Graduate Fellow in Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Program Project, has been selected to receive this year's Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NEIHS). Andrew, who works in Aaron Barchowsky's laboratory, will receive the award and give a keynote research talk at the national Superfund Basic Research Program meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in December.
The NIEHS established the award three years ago to honor Dartmouth chemistry professor Karen Wetterhahn, who died in June, 1997, after an accidental exposure to highly toxic methylmercury in her laboratory. Wetterhahn was the initial program director of Dartmouth's Superfund Basic Research Program, and was also instrumental in establishing the Women in Science Project at Dartmouth, which provides mentors and support to undergraduate female students in the sciences. Wetterhahn's contributions to the understanding of metals toxicology include the development of the chromium uptake-reduction model and the importance of cellular metabolism of chromium to its toxicity.
The Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award is given each year to a young scientist within the national NIEHS-funded Superfund Basic Research Program. The award recognizes investigators working on some aspect of metal toxicology who exemplify Karen Wetterhahn's dedication to both scientific research and the mentoring of young women scientists. Angeline Andrew is doing research on the mechanism of nickel-induced lung disease as the basis of her Ph.D. thesis project. She is expected to complete her doctoral degree this year and plans to continue working on environmentally related human health issues.
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