On June 4, at a reception in his honor, Howard Garrison, PhD, was presented with the FASEB Public Service Award. Garrison, pictured on the left with FASEB President Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD, will retire from FASEB on June 29 after 25 years of distinguished service.
The FASEB Public Service Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to biological and medical research through their work in government, public affairs, journalism, science policy, or related fields. Previous recipients include National Institutes of Health (NIH) Directors Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. James A. Shannon; former Deputy Directors Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein and Dr. Raynard S. Kington; Senators Arlen Specter and Tom Harkin; and Representatives John Porter, David Obey, and Michael Castle.
“Howard’s passionate advocacy for increased federal funding for science, commitment to science policy, and ability to convey the excitement and promise of biological research to policymakers and the public has created a legacy of accomplishments few others have achieved,” said Baldwin as he presented the award to Garrison. “Thanks to his leadership, FASEB is now recognized as the policy voice of biological and biomedical researchers.”
Director of the FASEB Office of Public Affairs, Garrison leads FASEB’s efforts in advocacy, government affairs, and policy analysis. FASEB’s initiatives have helped shape policies at the NIH, as well as numerous pieces of legislation on Capitol Hill.
“The entire biological science research community has benefited from Howard’s wisdom and experience,” concluded Baldwin in his remarks to reception guests.