Wadsworth Center Receives National Honor From The Scientist Magazine

Center Receives Prestigious "Best Places To Work In Academia" Award

ALBANY, November 23, 2004 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced that the Wadsworth Center has been honored by The Scientist magazine as one of the best places to work in academia.

The award was announced by the nationally recognized magazine in the November 8, 2004 issue. Each year a survey is conducted annually to assess the working conditions that are most important to scientists at universities and institutions worldwide. The Wadsworth Center was ninth among the 66 U.S. universities and institutions ranked, and the only government institution acknowledged in the publication's top 10.

"Research centers are drivers of innovation and incubators for growth. Recognizing the role they play in the state's economy and quality of life, Governor Pataki has created an atmosphere in which science and technology has flourished in New York State," Commissioner Novello said. "I am proud of the vibrant scientific community assembled at the Wadsworth Center and honored that it is viewed as a renowned place to work."

The Wadsworth Center, directed by Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D., is the most comprehensive state health laboratory in the country and is dedicated to science in the pursuit of health. It fulfills its mission of protecting and promoting the health of New Yorkers through analysis, research and education. As a public health laboratory, Wadsworth conducts programs in comprehensive clinical and environmental laboratory evaluation and accreditation.

The Wadsworth Center is unique among state public health laboratories for its long history of research, a commitment that enriches Wadsworth's analytical and regulatory missions. A complementary graduate program trains the next generation of researchers through a partnership with the University at Albany's School of Public Health, where many Wadsworth scientists hold faculty appointments.

This is the fourth year that the publication surveyed life scientists to determine how they feel about their employers. Respondents were asked to assess their working conditions and environments by indicating their level of agreement with 39 positive statements, as well as noting which factors were most important to them. High on U.S. researchers' list were support for interdisciplinary research, adequate laboratory and research facilities, good relationships with peers, and adequate health coverage.