State Health Department's Wadsworth Center Recognized Nationally as a Top 10 Place to Work for Second Consecutive Year

ALBANY, November 17, 2005 - State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced that for the second consecutive year, the Wadsworth Center has been honored by The Scientist magazine as one of the nation's 'Best Places to Work in Academia.'

This year's recognition award was announced in the November 7, 2005 issue of the national publication for life scientists. Each year The Scientist conducts a survey to assess the working conditions that are most important to scientists at universities and other research institutions worldwide. Wadsworth Center was ninth among the 91 U.S. institutions ranked.

More than 2,600 tenure-track life scientists responded to the magazine's 2005 survey. They were asked to assess their working conditions by indicating their level of agreement with 41 criteria in eight different areas. High on the U.S. researchers list of factors important for job satisfaction were relationships with their peers, a sense of accomplishment in their work, and access to research resources, including adequate core facilities.

"Governor Pataki has created an atmosphere in which science and technology has flourished in New York State," Commissioner Novello said. "Wadsworth's continued success is a tribute to the Center's commitment to creating a vibrant place to work and one in which scientists are offered the opportunity to explore new ideas and research."

Wadsworth received the same honor in 2004, and earlier this year was named one of the 2005 Best Places to Work for post-graduate doctors by The Scientist.

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. Wadsworth's graduate program trains the next generation of researchers through a partnership with the University at Albany's School of Public Health.