Baldwin To Receive Public Service Award
Dr. Wendy H. Baldwin, NIH deputy director for extramural research, will receive the 1997 National Public Service Award for her outstanding accomplishments in the areas of science administration and reinvention. This award is cosponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration to recognize outstanding practitioners in public service -- individuals who have "made a difference" in public administration over a sustained period. She will receive the award at a luncheon in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 29.
Dr. Wendy H. Baldwin
Baldwin is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the NIH investment of $8.5 billion of grants, and cooperative agreements that are awarded annually in support of the scientific programs of the agency's institutes and centers.
She came to her current position 3 years ago following two decades of increasing responsibility and achievement at NIH. Building on her success as chief of demographic and behavioral sciences in the Center for Population Research, NICHD, and then deputy director for that institute, she brought both experience and fresh vision to the Office of the Director, NIH. For many years, she distinguished herself in the management of a nationally recognized program of research on adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. At NICHD she made outstanding contributions to research programs on behavior related to overall health, women's health, AIDS, and reproductive behavior and helped negotiate legislation pertaining to the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical research.
Her leadership is recognized not only across U.S. research agencies but also internationally. Baldwin represents the U.S. in the World Health Organization and the Human Frontiers of Science Program (a consortium of industrial nations supporting biomedical research). She also chairs the World Health Organization steering committee on social science research on reproductive health.
Baldwin developed a collaborative project with the Department of Labor that led to the development of a unique and cost-effective statistics database for researchers studying the impact of family and work experiences on children. This common set of statistics strengthened the scientific basis for understanding key components of a healthy, productive citizenry.
As one example of her leadership, she succeeded in having NIH's extramural program designated a National Performance Review "reinvention laboratory" under Vice President Gore. She provides leadership for this effort to streamline the administrative processes for receiving, reviewing, awarding and monitoring grants, to "streamline administration while maximizing the investment in meritorious research." This 3-year effort has already resulted in significant savings for both government and the scientific community.
She was selected for the National Public Service Award because she is a dedicated public servant and a model administrator who consistently sets a high standard of excellence in every domain of public service.
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