National Council Awards honor scientist, volunteer, philanthropists

Date: July 28, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- The Jackson Laboratory's National Council honored an internationally renowned reproductive biologist, a Maine volunteer and a philanthropist couple at the 2010 National Council Dinner on July 16.

Jackson Professor John Eppig received the Award for Scientific Achievement. Dr. Eppig came to the Laboratory in 1975 and is today widely acknowledged as a pioneer in reproductive biology. His many honors include the 2007 Pioneer in Reproduction Research Lectureship Award from the Frontiers in Reproduction Research Program and the 2010 Carl G. Hartman Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

The Award for Distinguished Service went to longtime volunteer Marie Gerrity of Cumberland, Maine, wife of Jackson Laboratory Trustee Peter Gerrity. As a member of the Maine Chapter of the National Council, Mrs. Gerrity organizes and hosts events, recruits new volunteers and serves as an ambassador for the Laboratory in southern Maine.

Edwin and Cynthia Johnson of Philadelphia and Blue Hill, Maine, were honored with the Award for Philanthropy for their decades of service and giving. Mr. Johnson was a Laboratory Trustee for more than a decade and helped to establish several giving programs. As founding members of the Society for Discovery, the Johnsons have named The Jackson Laboratory as beneficiary of numerous planned gifts.

Besides the National Council Awards presentations, National Council Discovery activities on July 15-17 included a reception for past and current participants in The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program, a kick-off seafood dinner at Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes, tours and presentations by summer students, and the signature Discovery Day, which featured talks and presentations by Laboratory staff and scientists. Keynote speaker was Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco and former president of product development at Genentech.

The National Council was founded in 2007 as a nationwide organization of Jackson Laboratory supporters. Currently there are active chapters in Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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