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June 1, 2007

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GW to Host Awards Ceremony to Recognize
Outstanding Federal Government Service

WASHINGTON - The Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission has named eight of the most talented and accomplished federal government staff as recipients of the 58th 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.  Award winners have identified a range of innovations from sensors to detect nuclear activity to streamlined, money saving processes. The awards ceremony will take place at The George Washington University's Marvin Center Ballroom located at 800 21st St., NW, on Monday, June 4, 2007, from 6-8 p.m. 

"This year's winners represent some of the best and brightest minds as well as the most patriotic and selfless individuals in our nation," said Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of The George Washington University. "There is no higher calling than to serve one's country and these young men and women have done so admirably. Through their research, leadership, and hard work, our nation is safer, more technologically advanced, and more efficient. I applaud them for their efforts and am inspired by their commitment to serve." 
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver this year's keynote address. Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. He is widely credited with making seminal contributions to the understanding of how the AIDS virus destroys the body's defenses, leading to its susceptibility to deadly infections. He is a former Flemming Award winner and the recipient of 32 honorary doctorate degrees from universities worldwide. 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, an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.  The awards are cosponsored by GW Trustee, benefactor, and friend Phillip Amsterdam and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Peter Williams, president of the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission, said "The Flemming Award is one of the most prestigious for which federal government employees are eligible.  The Awards program was 'adopted' by GW in 1997 with the enthusiastic interest of President Trachtenberg; the move to GW was one of the best things ever to happen to the program. As a University community that focuses on intellectual rigor in addition to a commitment to their greater surrounding community, there is no better location than here to honor these young men and women for their achievements and selflessness."

This year's award winners are:

Administration and Program Management Category

Major Linda Guerrero, medical group administrator at the 314th Medical Group at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, Department of the Air Force
Major Guerrero's leadership in the Air Force Tele-radiology Integrated Process Team has saved the Air Force $1.4 million per year and mitigated a 50 percent shortage of radiologists. Guerrero's visions to streamline medical processes in the military sectors have led to her recommendation of the largest
re-structuring of Department of Defense medicine since World War II.

Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Savoie, deputy program manager, Joint Medical Information Systems Office, Theater Medical Information Program, Department of the Air Force
Savoie developed a Department of Defense suite of automated medical system solutions and coordinated with multiple government contractors to support soldiers in war zones. She deployed to Iraq and collected patient medical information to make it electronically available to medical providers anywhere a patient may be transferred, a technology that is now used around the world. Savoie also created a network of software for the armed services that resulted in the accumulation of 500,000 health records from Iraq to an electronic watchboard for medical surveillance.

Nathan Stong, lead engineer, Engineering Career Development Process Improvement Team, Department of the Air Force
Stong has promoted the advancement of engineering and excellence through team building and unique electronic solutions. He has mentored and shaped the science and engineering work at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, working with teams of upper-level managers to define 62 clear career categories instead of hundreds of scattered groups. His method was so successful it is under review for implementation Air Force-wide.

Applied Science and Mathematics

Kent Irwin, physicist and project leader in the Quantum Electrical Metrology Division of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Irwin invented and applied Transition-Edge Sensors to some of the world's most difficult detector problems, enabling highly sensitive measurements to be made in areas that would otherwise be impossible. Detectors based on his innovations are being used to analyze nanoscale defects for the semi-conductor industry, to search for the dark matter that makes up 80 percent of our universe, and to determine plutonium content of spent nuclear fuel. They will be used to probe the first moments of the universe by measuring the polarization pattern that gravity waves from the Big Bang imprinted on the cosmic microwave background. 

David Jacobson, physicist in the Ionizing Radiation Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Jacobson developed and applied neutron metrology techniques to address technical barriers to the development of robust and efficient hydrogen fuel cells. He had a leading role in creating the world's most advanced neutron imaging station to study water transport in fuel cells, which is now used by most major fuel cell manufacturers, automotive companies, universities, and national laboratories.

Through the research done at this facility, NIST and the entire Department of Commerce are playing a crucial role in the development of alternative power sources for the future, an area of extremely high national priority.

Greg Spanjers, demonstration and science experiments program manager, Integrated Experiments and Evaluation Division, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Materiel Command
Spanjers has had great success in developing flight experiments to investigate the harmful effects of space radiation on electronics and materials, and to explore a method to reduce the lethal effects of a high-level nuclear detonation on low earth orbit satellites. He also has shown leadership outside the laboratory: when faced with a budget cut, Spanjers avoided a potential program cancellation by skillfully re-base-lining the original $120 million program into two $60 million flight experiments. As a result of his managerial and experimental abilities, the Space and Missiles System Center selected Sanjers to lead a multi-agency technology assessment team to study alternate Space-based Infrared System architectures and develop a low-risk/low-cost alternative to the current $10 billion program.


Michael Mischenko, senior scientist, Goddard Institute, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mischenko's accomplishments have been in three major areas: aerosol and cloud remote sensing and particle characterization; radioactive transfer in planetary atmospheres, oceans, and particulate surfaces; and aerosol and cloud effects on climate. His contributions are leading to a deeper understanding and more precise analysis of the manifestations of climate change, and he has achieved world-class stature as a renowned scientist, which serves as a model for exemplary scientific research.

James ?Trey? Porto, supervisory physicist in the Atom Physics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Porto has built an experimental program and research team to attack the problem of quantum processing with neutral atoms, establishing NIST's program in neutral atom quantum information as one of the top in the world. Recently, Porto invented and demonstrated an optical lattice of double wells as a test bed for the elementary operations needed for a neutral atom quantum computer. This breakthrough has allowed the research effort to show all the elements of the neutral atom two qubit gate and is serving as a test bed for 1- and 2-qubit operations. As a result, Porto has demonstrated the basic elements of quantum computation.

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 101st 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 GW Trustee, Benefactor, and Friend Phillip Amsterdam; and SAIC (, the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the nation.

GW's School of Public Policy and Public Administration was created in 2003 and has quickly established itself among the nation's leading schools of public policy, public administration, and public affairs. The school is GW's focal point for public affairs education, research, and public service, and faculty collaborate closely with other departments on municipal, state, federal, and international policy initiatives. On August 1, 2007, the school will be renamed the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in recognition of GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg's almost two decades of service to the University and the pursuit of excellence in public service.

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