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June 1, 2006



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Constance Newman, Former Assistant Secretary of State and Director of Office of Personnel Management, to Deliver Keynote Address


WASHINGTON - The Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission has named 11 of the most talented and accomplished staff serving the federal government as recipients of the 57th annual Flemming Awards.  Recognized by the President of the United States, agency executives, and the private sector, the Flemming Awards honor those with three to 15 years of public service experience for their extraordinary contributions to the federal government.  The awards ceremony will take place at The George Washington University's Marvin Center Ballroom located at 800 21st St., NW, on Tuesday, June 13, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. 


"With half of the federal workforce eligible for retirement in the next five years, devoted public servants are in great demand," said Kathryn Newcomer, director of GW's School of Public Policy and Administration and a member of the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission.  "This year's Flemming Award recipients reflect the type of women and men who provide the leadership our country needs in these challenging times.  I hope those considering careers in public service will look to these award winners as examples of successful professionals who have found rewarding careers inside of government."


The ceremony is presented by The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission, in cooperation with the National Academy of Public Administration, and cosponsored by BearingPoint Inc., Sapient Corporation, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  The keynote address will be delivered by Constance Newman, a former Assistant Secretary of State and director of the Office of Personnel Management, who now serves as Special Counsel for African Affairs at the Carmen Group, a lobbying and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. During her career, Newman has completed seven different presidential appointments and has extensive experience managing both public and private organizations.


"When The George Washington University agreed to take over the Arthur S. Flemming Awards, it was one of the best things that could have happened to the program," said Peter Williams, president of the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission.  "The level of recognition given to the award by GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Kathryn Newcomer has been most gratifying.  The University is the ideal home for this very prestigious award."


            This year's Flemming Award winners are:


Administration Category


Major Wilson Ariza, assistant product manager for the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) System, Department of the Army

Ariza's contributions have helped deploy 12,000 medical information management systems to more than 250 Army medical units in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, and Afghanistan, making an important difference in the Army's healthcare practices.  The MC4 system improves battlefield healthcare by replacing World War II-era paper systems with laptops and handheld electronic devices that record medical-encounter information that enables the sharing of medical information at electronic speed at multiple locations.  These techniques currently are used in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.


Dr. Laura Williams Cheever, deputy associate administrator, chief medical officer, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Cheever is an academic and organizational leader in the care and treatment of people living with HIV, both domestically and internationally.  In her current position, she administers the Ryan White CARE Act, program that funds treatment for more than 571,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.


Catherine L. Cordova, acquisition manager, Office of the Deputy Director for BMDS Integration, Missile Defense Agency, Department of Defense

Cordova integrated new hardware and software into the Ballistic Missile Defense System to improve the system's overall deterrence capabilities.  Cordova's innovation, leadership, critical thinking and problem resolution skills enable the Missile Defense Agency to deliver Bock 2004, an integrated, layered Ballistic Missile Defense System to the defend the United States and allies against ballistic missile attack.


Applied Science and Mathematics Category


Bradley K. Alpert, computer scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Alpert is a premier researcher in scientific computing, including the development of fast algorithms for solutions to computational physics.  The impact of his work has been greatly increased by his collaborations with other scientists and engineers.  His contributions have led to advances in wave propagation, antenna design, microcircuits and transducer design, and climate modeling.  Alpert has been a mentor and leading proponent of mathematics careers for students at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.


Yoshihiro Ohno, group leader, Optical Technology Division, Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Ohno is known in his field as "The Father of Modern Photometry."  His research into the development of semiconductor-based lighting could potentially reduce total electricity use in the United States by 10 percent.  He is being recognized for his innovative research and international leadership as a supervisory electronics engineer in the optical sciences of photometry and colorimetry.


Michelle Ricketts Reardon, forensic chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reardon is a forensic chemist who has been the principal investigator in a research project that aids the forensic science, law enforcement, and homeland security communities.  Her research on analyzing C-4 explosives will help federal and international law enforcement agencies identify the potential source of this type of high explosive.  She provides technical assistance in numerous federal investigations as a member of ATF's national response team.  Reardon is a role model to future scientists, speaking with students interested in pursuing careers in the scientific arena and serving as a judge for science projects.


Major Paul A. Roelle, commander, Detachment 11, 7th Weather Squadron, U.S. Air Force

Roelle served as the first Meteorological and Oceanographic Officer in the Iraq War, where he analyzed battlefield weather conditions.  His scientific research has focused on identifying the sources of trace gases in the atmosphere that reduce battlefield visibility and cause health problems.  The Department of Defense has recognized his work in the community by awarding Roelle the Volunteer Service Medal and also his heroism for risking his life to help others during the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta in 1996.


Christopher S. Tripp, senior nuclear process engineer (criticality), the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Tripp is a nuclear process engineer whose work has led to a greater understanding of safety issues surrounding nuclear criticality.  With 10 years of experience, his expertise was pivotal in the resolution of unprecedented technical issues affecting national priorities through the application of innovative approached to complex criticality safety issues.


Scientific Category


David M. Anderson, supervisory physical scientist, National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Anderson is a supervisory physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Anderson's work with colleagues from the United States and India provided novel reconstruction of major aspects of the climate system, including the Asian monsoon, El Nino, and the carbon cycle.  His work has improved overall understandings about how climate processes vary over time.  He recently published four articles on these topics in Science and Nature just over one year.

Edward S. Buckler, research geneticist, U.S. Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Buckler has developed new ways to identify the genes that make up complex traits in organisms.  His discovery of the genes that control starch content will allow for the breeding of corn that is more efficient for ethanol production and discovery of genes involved in flowering time will permit the rapid adaptation of corn from one climate to another.  In 2005, he was recognized as the Agricultural Research Service Herbert Rothbart Outstanding Early Career Scientist of the Year and received a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.


Carl J. Williams, chief, Atomic Physics Division, Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Williams is a world leader in applying quantum mechanics to model the collision of atoms and molecules at temperatures near absolute zero.  His work on ultracold quantum mechanics has been applied to precision measurement and atomic clocks, and is laying the foundation for future quantum computing.


About the Arthur S. Flemming Awards


In a speech before the Washington, D.C., Downtown Jaycees in the late 1940s, Arthur Sherwood Flemming suggested that the group create an award to recognize exceptional young employees within the federal government.  In 1948, the Downtown Jaycees established and presented the first Flemming Awards. Past Flemming honorees include Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1965), former astronaut Neil Armstrong (1969), and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (1971).  More than 400 individuals have received the award to date. GW first presented the awards for the 1997 winners.


Flemming's exemplary career spanned seven decades of service to the federal government and higher education.    His time in the federal government focused on a range of issues, including civil service, health care, defense, aging, education, and civil rights.  He was president of three universities.  In 1994, President Clinton awarded Flemming the Medal of Freedom in recognition of his peerless dedication to his country.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Flemming's birth.  He died in September 1996.


This year's awards are being presented in cooperation with the National Academy of Public Administration, (, an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability; and cosponsored by BearingPoint Inc.(, one of the world's largest management and technology consulting firms; Sapient (, a leading business innovator that partners with government change agents to accelerate mission impact; and SAIC (, the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the nation.


During the 2005-2006 academic year, GW was selected as one of six pilot schools in the Call to Serve Campaign, a campaign by the Partnership for Public Service to investigate how to attract young graduates to careers in the federal sector. GW was selected as a pilot school because of its location and reputation for dedication to public service. In the survey released May 2, 2006, results confirmed GW students are among students most interested in careers in the federal government. With half of the 1.8 million federal employees eligible to retire over the next five years, students like those at GW will help ensure the continued growth and efficiency of the federal sector.


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