By CYNTHIA BULIK
Published: April 5, 2014
Typically the Order of the Chocolate Fish goes to the team member of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders who has gone above and beyond the call of duty working toward our mission. This month, for the first time, we go not only beyond our program walls, but also across a large body of water to bestow the Order of the Chocolate Fish on writer, blogger, advocate, and friend, June Alexander. My intention had been to give June her fish at the ICED meeting in New York, but a brief stay on my part and around 1300 attendees made it harder than ever to catch up with friends and colleagues. So the fish will just have to swim airmail to Australia!
June has been an enthusiastic supporter of ANGI and Charlotte’s Helix. Her own enthusiastic participation launched our Australian site and her blog entries, interviews, and personal story have done so much to explain why genetic research in anorexia nervosa is so critically important. And she does it so much more effectively than we as scientists ever could. June is a champion of science and does whatever she can to help us do what we have to do to figure out what makes anorexia nervosa tick. She is a critical member of the ANGI team! In recognition of her dedication, energy, positivity, and contribution to science, it is my distinct pleasure to induct June Alexander into the Order of the Chocolate Fish. Congratulations June!