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Vol. LXVII, No. 4
February 13, 2015


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Vinson “Vinse” Romero Oviatt

Pauline Hardy

Dr. Linda Aiken


Division of Safety Alumnus Oviatt Mourned

Vinson “Vinse” Romero Oviatt, 88, former assistant director of the Division of Safety at NIH, died Dec. 13 in Dundee, Scotland.

He was chief of the Environmental Safety Branch in the Division of Research Services from 1969 until 1979, when he joined the World Health Organization. Oviatt returned in 1987 to become assistant director of the Division of Safety and retired a few years later.

He was born in Huron, S. Dak., and received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University. He earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in the field of occupational and environmental health.

From 1954 to 1965, Oviatt was employed by the Michigan department of health, directing the environmental health activities of its division of hospital and medical facilities. Later, he worked for the Public Health Service and for the Health Services and Mental Health Administration.

At WHO, Oviatt was coordinator of a special program on safety measures in microbiology, Division of Communicable Diseases. He continued to be a member of the WHO biosafety advisory group until his death. He was also a consultant to WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS. He wrote almost 40 publications in the field of environmental health and biosafety.

Oviatt and his wife Fiona spent the past 25 years in Crail, Scotland, where he sang in the church choir, was a church elder, served on the Crail Festival Society committee and was involved in the creation and running of Crail Children’s Centre.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark and Stephen from a previous marriage, and William; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

NIDDK’s Hardy Dies

Pauline Hardy

Pauline Hardy, a long-time dishwasher in NIDDK’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, died peacefully on Oct. 27 at Southern Maryland Hospital after a long illness. She was 81 years old.

Hardy began her NIH career in 1974 and worked for the laboratory until she retired in 2002.

“Pauline was a wonderful person, always conscientious, always friendly and always ready to meet any request. It was a privilege to work with Pauline,” said Dr. Steven Zimmerman, her supervisor for many years.

Hardy and her husband adopted and reared 4 children, the last 2 coming after the first 2 were already grown.

Hardy was active in her church choir and cooked for many needy people.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fred Hardy; four children, Evelyn, Malcolm, Eugene and Dante Hardy; four sisters and a host of relatives and friends.

NINR Grantee Receives IOM Lienhard Award

IOM president Dr. Victor Dzau (l) and NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (c) congratulate Dr. Linda Aiken on her honor.

IOM president Dr. Victor Dzau (l) and NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (c) congratulate Dr. Linda Aiken on her honor.

Photo: Morgan Kanarek

NINR grantee Dr. Linda Aiken recently won the 2014 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine. She received a medal and $40,000 for her outstanding achievements.

Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin leadership professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her recent work reveals that the education and work environment of nurses greatly affect patient outcomes.

IOM president Dr. Victor Dzau praised Aiken’s “tremendous contributions to the quality of health care…and encouraging high levels of education for nurses.”

“This recognition by the IOM reinforces what we have known about Dr. Aiken for many years: that she is a visionary whose innovative work continues to increase nursing science’s impact on policy and practice across America and around the world,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “We congratulate Dr. Aiken and her colleagues on this well-deserved honor.”

Aiken has directed studies of the impact of nursing staffing and education on patient outcomes in more than 30 countries. Her seminal research demonstrating the impact of adequate nurse staffing on improving patient outcomes is widely used as a basis for managerial and policy decision-making.

Aiken’s studies have affected trends in nurse education, employment and public policies in the U.S. and the European Union.

An IOM member since 1981, Aiken also directs the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn.

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