Former NCBI Director Dr. David J. Lipman & NCBI GenBank team nominated for Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award


Former NCBI Director Dr. David J. Lipman and the NCBI GenBank Team have been nominated for the Sammies People’s Choice Award. In addition to the People’s Choice Award, Dr. Lipman and the GenBank team, as well as the other nominees, are up for awards in seven categories; those winners will be selected by a committee of leaders in government, business, media, the non-profit community, and other areas.

The Sammies, known as the Oscars of government service, are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. Named for the Partnership for Public Service’s late founder, Samuel J. Heyman, who was inspired by President Kennedy’s call to serve in 1963, these awards align with his vision of a dynamic and innovative federal workforce that meets the needs of the American people.

We are all invited to vote for the federal employees whom we think have made the most admirable contribution to the American people. The poll is open now at servicetoamericamedals.org/peoples-choice. Individuals are allowed to vote for multiple people/groups, up to once per day.

For the People’s Choice Award, organizers will be narrowing the field of finalists at several points, before announcing the winner at the Sammies gala on September 27th in Washington, DC.

Key dates to remember:

  • August 1: Top 12 announced (out of first round of 26)
  • September 1: Top 4 announced
  • September 15: Voting closes

We congratulate Dr. Lipman, the GenBank team, and all the Sammies finalists.

NCBI’s Bryant and Bolton receive 2016 Herman Skolnik Award for PubChem database


On August 23, Drs. Stephen Bryant and Evan Bolton received the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2016 Herman Skolnik Award for their work in developing, maintaining, and expanding the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s PubChem database of chemical substances and their biological activities. The award was presented at the ACS 252nd National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia.

Figure 1. Drs. Bryant and Bolton receive the American Chemical Society 2016 Herman Skolnik Award.

Figure 1. Drs. Bryant and Bolton receive the American Chemical Society 2016 Herman Skolnik Award.

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