December 31, 2012
Kinesiology alumna Clare Waterman, Ph.D., recently received the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Public Service from George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission. Waterman, who went to UMass Amherst for her B.A. in Biochemistry as well as her M.S. in Exercise Science, ’91, works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the Chief of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Division of Intramural Research's Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics. Prior to her work with the NIH, she spent 9 years as a professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.
Established in 1948, the awards recognize outstanding service in all areas of the federal government. It is named after the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Arthur S. Flemming, a former secretary of health, education and welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower who also served in a number of federal organizations, including the National Security Council and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Waterman was one of twelve federal employees recognized at a ceremony held on June 4, 2012 in Washington, D.C. She received her award in the Basic Science category. Waterman joins the ranks of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Senator Elizabeth Dole as Flemming Award recipients.
Read the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute press release.