Applause

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Kudos to: Dr. Jeanne Conry, UC Davis reproductive health leader

Accomplishment: Honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a champion in advancing understanding of the risk to fetal health from environmental toxins

Details: Research indicates pregnant women have substances such as lead or flame retardants in their bodies that can affect fetal health. Prenatal exposure can affect birth size and may increase the risk of birth defects. Conry was lauded for her efforts to promote better health for babies and women.

Kudos to: Lowe's and Health Professions High School

Accomplishment: The Sacramento City Unified School District campus received a $3,000 grant from Lowe's to improve the school's garden

• Details: According to the school district, teacher Erich Richards and his students have been working hard on the garden, but a lack of funding had stalled the effort. Now, the grant provides just the needed green to get things growing.

Kudos to: Sacramento State Professor Cheryl Osborne

Accomplishment: Selected as a fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Details: Osborne, a nurse and gerontologist, has directed the university's gerontology program since 1996. As early as age 5, she wanted to be a nurse. The fellowship award recognizes her work at the local, state and national levels in both gerontology and nursing.

- Bill Lindelof

blindelof@sacbee.com

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