On September 8 and 9, I had the pleasure of joining other members of the NHLBI leadership team in recognizing staff members who made significant contributions to the NHLBI mission.
Staff members received awards in three categories: Excellence in Support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Excellence in Mentoring, and Excellence in Administrative and Technical Support. All NHLBI staff members, except for the senior executives, are eligible for Star Awards.
I was particularly proud of the staff members who were recognized for their contributions to the NHLBI as mentors to others, and this recognition is appreciated by our employees. After receiving the Star Award, one of our employees told his supervisor, "I never really thought of myself as a mentor, but now I do."
At the NHLBI, mentors play a critical role in our efforts to support research and education to prevent and treat heart, lung, and blood diseases. Not only do mentors help other staff members to do their jobs better and more efficiently, they also make the NHLBI a better place to work—a place where we grow as individuals and as professionals.
The award recipients received an engraved crystal heart with the NHLBI logo and the words, “Star Award.” To see a group photo of the recipients, visit the NHLBI Leadership Journal.
|Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, NHLBI Director, [left] and Dr. Robert S. Balaban, NHLBI Scientific Director, [right] with one of the Excellence in Mentoring NHLBI Star Award recipients, Dr. Yasuhiro Katagiri.|