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Drs. Michael Lauer and Clare Waterman to receive Arthur S. Flemming awards for exceptional federal service
Office of the Director - May 29, 2012
Michael Lauer, M.D., director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, and Clare Waterman, Ph.D., chief of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research's Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, are among the 12 recipients of this year's Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Established in 1948, the awards recognize outstanding service in all areas of the federal government.
The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission bestow the annual awards in several categories. Lauer received his honor for Managerial or Legal Achievement; Waterman received hers for Basic Science. Congratulations to them both for this recognition of their continuing dedication to and leadership in biomedical research.
Lauer and Waterman join a list of distinguished past recipients, including Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Neil Armstrong, Mary Elizabeth Hanford (now Elizabeth Dole), Robert Gates, journalist John Chancellor, Nobel laureate William Phillips, and NIAID director Anthony Fauci. Lauer, Waterman, and the other 2011 award recipients -- including NCI's Tom Misteli, Ph.D. -- will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 4.
Lauer was selected for his exceptional leadership at the NHLBI. His award citation reads:
"This is a great honor," said Lauer. "I want to thank my colleagues in the Cardiovascular Sciences Division and in the Office of the NIH Director, NHLBI Acting Director Susan Shurin, and NIH Director Francis Collins for their inspiring support and encouragement. I am most grateful and appreciative."
Waterman was selected for her world-leading expertise in basic cell biology research. Her award citation reads:
"Having spent the first half of my career in a private research institute, it is a particularly great honor to be chosen for the Flemming federal service award," said Waterman. "I came to work at the NIH because I wanted to do research for the benefit of the public. I am thus deeply touched to be honored for my public service and am grateful for the support of the NIH and NHLBI leadership."