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Davis Named Veterinarian of Year

Capt. Judith A. Davis, director of the NINDS-NIDCD animal care program, recently received the PHS Commissioned Corps Veterinarian of the Year Award for sustained excellence in leadership, mentorship and commitment to duty. During her 7 years as director, she has transformed the program into one of the most respected animal care programs at NIH, setting trends in daily animal monitoring and care. The program also has received special recognition by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International for rodent enrichment. In addition, Davis created an animal care program for the new Vaccine Research Center in 2000. According to Capt. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller, NHGRI, and retired Capt. Lee Chedester, NIAAA — who wrote letters of support for the award nomination — Davis maintains a high commitment to the Commissioned Corps and provides mentorship to numerous new officers who contact her for advice. She also continues to publish timely articles in the field of laboratory animal medicine. Since her arrival at NIH in 1996, she has authored 14 publications — many co-authored with her animal care staff and other PHS officers as part of her effort to mentor and educate them. The award was presented at the annual veterinary category all-hands meeting held at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Frasier Accepts Honor from HHS

Diane Frasier, director of NIH's Office of Acquisition Management and Policy, recently accepted on behalf of the NIH acquisition community a group recognition award from the HHS Office of the Secretary for being the best overall large organization in the areas of customer service, executive leadership and workforce management. The award was presented by Marc Weisman, acting director, HHS Office of Acquisition Management and Policy, at the department's 2003 Acquisition Benchmark Symposium, a 2-day meeting that featured presentations and panel discussions on such issues as the President's small business management agenda, acquisition consolidation, electronic government and streamlining performance-based contracting.


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