Marsh O'Neill Award For Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University's Research Enterprise

The Marsh O'Neill Award presents one of the few opportunities for faculty to acknowledge publicly the support of outstanding staff members who support their research activity.

In recognition of faculty appreciation for outstanding contributions to Stanford's research mission, this award is made annually to a member of the University's Staff or Academic Staff. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize. This prestigious award was inspired by the extraordinary career of Marsh O'Neill, Associate Director of the W.W. Hansen Laboratories, 1952 - 1990. Marsh was the first recipient of this award.

 

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Nominate an Outstanding Staff Member

Date: September 10, 2018

to:                    Stanford Faculty

from:               Kam Moler                                        

                        Vice Provost and Dean of Research                               

subject:          2018 Marsh O’Neill Award

The Marsh O’Neill Award presents one of the few opportunities for faculty to acknowledge publicly the support of outstanding staff members who support their research activity.   Nominations are ONLY accepted from faculty members. 

The deadline for nominations this year will be noon on Friday, October 12.

Any faculty member may nominate any staff member, including Academic Staff, who has made an exceptional and enduring contribution to research and scholarship at Stanford.

You will find information about this award, including information about all of the previous winners, on the DoR Website. The web site includes an online nomination form.

Nominations should include the following information:

•  the nominee's name, job title and department

•  specific examples of extraordinary contributions or service

    ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

•  the name of the faculty nominator. 

 I encourage you to nominate anyone whose work you particularly appreciate.  The winner will be selected by a faculty committee, and will receive an award of $5000.  In choosing the winner, the Selection Committee will look for evidence of:

•  widely acknowledged service to a broad community of researchers

•  enduring and ongoing contributions to the University

•  innovative approaches to getting the job done

 

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About Marsh O'Neill

Marsh O'Neill,  Associate Director  W.W. Hansen Laboratories  1952 - 1990

Marsh O'Neill, who retired March 1, 1990 as associate director of the W.W. Hansen Laboratories, has been honored with an award "for exceptional and enduring support of Stanford University's research enterprise."

 

The inscription on the Marsh O'Neill Award reads:

For his academic statesmanship, and service to the entire Stanford community, mentoring colleagues, advising University Officers on research policies and practices, serving with cheer and quiet cooperation on numerous University committees and task forces;

for his 38 years of devotion and loyalty, culminating in his position as Associate Director of W.W. Hansen Laboratories, where he created models of perfection in management systems which made his operation the paradigm of all research departments;

for his management of more than 700 research projects totaling more than $361 million, which fostered the beginnings of SLAC, SSRL, high temperature superconductivity, tunneling microscopy, medical accelerators, tests of Einstein's theory of relativity, free electron laser and photon research, 13 National Academy of Science members, 3 Nobel Laureates, and 750 Ph.D.s; and

for his unfailing integrity, tact, humor, and patience in serving Stanford's research enterprise, managing to miraculously and consistently keep contract officers, entrepreneurial faculty, and auditors all happy at the same time,

MARSHALL D. O'NEILL Associate Director, W.W. Hansen Laboratories, 1952-1990

is hereby designated as the first recipient of THE MARSHALL D. O'NEILL AWARD For Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford's Research Enterprise.

O'Neill, who has worked at Stanford since 1952 and been associate director of Hansen since 1958, said the award, made at his retirement party, "was a delightful surprise. It touches me very deeply because of my long association with the University."

He also said that he believes that much of the credit for any success he has achieved should go to his predecessor, Fred Pindar, "who instilled in me the principles of research management and support."

Robert Byer, vice provost and dean of research, called O'Neill "a marvelous University citizen in every sense of the word."

From the Stanford News, March 2, 1990

 

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2017 Marsh O'Neill Award Winner Miguel Alvarez

Miguel Alvarez, animal care supervisor in the Veterinary Service Center of the Department of Comparative Medicine, will receive the 2017 Marsh O’Neill, an honor in which faculty acknowledges outstanding staff members who support research activity.  Read More!

 

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2016 Marsh O'Neill Award Winner Jon Mulholland

Jon Mulholland 2016 Marsh O'Neill Winner.  Jon is the Director of the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility.

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2015 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient Karlheinz Merkle

One short sentence, tucked among the many testimonials for Karlheinz Merkle, winner of the 2015 Marsh O'Neill Award, nicely sums up his impact on experimental research at Stanford: "He made my research idea come true."

Merkle, who has been the supervisor of the Physics Machine Shop since 1998, is the winner of this year's Marsh O'Neill Award for Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University's Research Enterprise.

In the shop, located in the Varian Physics Building, Merkle and three laboratory machinists design and fabricate – and modify – highly specialized components essential to state-of-the-art research in the physical sciences and engineering. As members of the last full-service machine shop on campus, their services are in demand throughout the research community.

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2014 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient

The 2014 recipient of the Marshall D. O'Neill Award for outstanding support of research at Stanford University has been announced!

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, System Administrator- Lecturer

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music

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Previous Marsh O'Neill Recipients

2013

Martha L. Kessler, Director of Finance and Administration, Health Research and Policy and Spectrum
Chris Webb, Ph.D., Executive Director, Spectrum

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2012

Senior Research Scientist, Nanocharacterization Lab

2011

  • Heideh Fattaey Executive Director of Operations and Programs, Bio-X

  • Bettye Price Administrative Services Manager, Biology Department

2010

  • Lori McVay Administrative Services Manager, Freeman Spogli Institute and Woods Institute

  • Kathleen Thompson Director, Research Management Group, School of Medicine

2009

  • Reese Zasio Facilities Operations Manager Comparative Medicine Department

2008

  • Peche Turner Department Manager Computer Science Department

2007

  • Donna Cronister Administrative Services Manager Radiological Sciences Laboratory

2006

2005

2004

  • Lisa Sickorez Financial Manager Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford Institute for International Studies

2003

  • Robin Holbrook Administrative Services Manager Baxter Laboratory, Microbiology and Immunology

  • Nan Phinney Physicist Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

2002

  • Erika Wayne Reference and Internet Services Librarian Law School

2001

  • Vadim Matté Science and Engineering Associate Aeronautics and Astronautics Department

2000

  • Charles Orgish Manager of Distributed Systems Computer Systems Lab

1999

  • Robert Jones Science and Engineering Associate, Center for Materials Research and the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

  • Frank Levy Science and Engineering Technical Supervisor, Mechanical Engineering Department

1998

  • Christopher Scott Director of Research Development, School of Medicine Executive Director, ACCESS Associate Director, Beckman Center

1997

  • Turgut Gür Associate Director, Center for Materials Research

1996

  • Grace Baysinger Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, SUL/AIR

  • Robert Schneeveis Science and Engineering Associate, Neurobiology Department

1995

  • Alex Ross Head Librarian, Art Library, SUL/AIR

  • Alice J. Haskett Human Subjects Coordinator, Research Compliance Office

1994

  • Droni Chiu Department Administrator, Chemistry

  • J. Paul Lomio Assistant Director, Crown Library, School of Law

1993

  • Robert S.Kernoff Senior Research Scientist, Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Thomas C. Rindfleisch Senior Engineering Research Associate, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Medicine

1992

  • Manuel G. Gutierrez Technician, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory

1991

  • Wolfgang W. Jung Machinist, Physics Department

  • Rita R. Kuhn Manager, Engineering Research Administration

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