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Research colleagues win awards

Congratulations to Leticia Nogueira and Rebecca Siegel

Two of our Research Department colleagues were recently honored with awards in their fields.

Leticia Nogueira, PHD, MPH, principal scientist, health services research, recently received an Emerging Alumni Award as part of the Hall of Honors at the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas – Austin. The Hall of Honor celebrates friends and alumni who have shown support for the college and who have brought distinction to themselves. The Emerging Alumni Award honors alumni who, in deed or action, reflect and recognize the importance of his or her education at UT, demonstrate pride, and whose interest and loyalty to the university and the college are evident. Specific criteria include contributions to their profession and recognitions from contemporaries, integrity, and demonstrated ability and stature that the faculty, staff, students, and fellow alumni of the college will take pride in.

At the Society, Leticia is responsible for investigating determinants of health disparities in the cancer care continuum that can be addressed by policy changes. Prior to joining ACS, she served as the director of the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit (EIET), and as the epidemiology manager at Texas Cancer Registry, both at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Rebecca Siegel, MPH, scientific director, surveillance research, recently received the inaugural National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) Award for Distinguished Research. Co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a collaboration of more than 100 public, private, and voluntary organizations committed to fighting colorectal cancer, the NCCRT includes many nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery. The Distinguished Research award was conceived to recognize leaders in colorectal cancer research who have made outstanding contributions in support of our mission of saving lives from colorectal cancer. 

In a letter to Rebecca, NCCRT co-chairs Richard Wender, MD and Robert Smith, PhD, wrote, "Your leadership in producing Cancer Statistics and the Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures publications, alongside your more recent contributions to understand early-onset colorectal cancer, are of invaluable importance to both national and international efforts to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem." 

Congratulations to these outstanding ACS employees!

PHOTOS: Pictured above is Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH, with Paul Goldbart, PhD, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas-Austin. Pictured in the smaller image is Rebecca Siegel, MPH. 




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