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.
- About Marsh O'Neill
- 2019 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipients: Nona Chiariello and Niraj Dangoria
- 2018 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Todd Eberspacher
- 2017 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Miguel Alvarez
- 2016 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Jon Mulholland
- 2015 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Karlheinz Merkle
- 2014 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient
- Previous Marsh O'Neill Recipients
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
2019 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipients: Nona Chiariello and Niraj Dangoria
This year two employees have received the 2019 Marsh O’Neill Award for Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University’s Research Enterprise: Nona Chiariello, staff scientist at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve; and Niraj Dangoria, associate dean in the Office of Facilities Planning and Management at the School of Medicine.
As the staff scientist at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Nona Chiariello is involved in all aspects of how the Stanford community – and the regional community – interacts with the 1,193-acre preserve, which is located in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Elizabeth Hadly, faculty director of the preserve and the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Anthony Barnosky, executive director of the preserve and a professor (research) of biology, wrote:
“In the 2017-18 academic year alone, there were 75 researchers conducting 60 different projects at Jasper Ridge, and Nona enabled the research of every one of them, in ways that ranged from helping them to craft proposals that maximize taking advantage of Jasper Ridge’s unique research environment, to helping them design and set up experiments – all the while preserving the unique cultural and ecological integrity that makes Jasper Ridge such as exceptional resource for Stanford.”
As associate dean of facilities planning and management for the School of Medicine, Niraj Dangoria has a long list of responsibilities: space planning, capital projects, maintenance and repairs, space rental and leasing, renovation, project management, emergency preparedness, and health and safety functions in the school’s buildings, on and off campus.
Linda Boxer, vice dean of the School of Medicine and professor of medicine (hematology), said few areas are as important and potentially contentious as research space, and no area has consistently created more headaches, anxiety, anger and disappointment than the issue of space constraints in recent years.
“It is against this background that Niraj has worked his magic – consistently, even-handedly, logically and cleverly,” she wrote. “During his tenure at the School of Medicine, I imagine Niraj has positively affected the work life of almost every faculty member and employee.”
Read more about Nona Chiariello and Niraj Dangoria.
2018 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Todd Eberspacher
Todd Eberspacher, Facilities, EH&S and Infrastructure IT Manager, Department of Chemistry, winner of the 2018 Marsh O'Neill Award . To quote one of many faculty testimonials "His passion for laboratory work and his striving for excellence in all its aspects is both a huge enabler of our work and an inspiration to find and deploy the best experimental tools and resources." Read more.
2017 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Miguel Alvarez
2016 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient: Jon Mulholland
Jon Mulholland 2016 Marsh O'Neill Winner. Jon is the Director of the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility.
Over the last 15 years, Jon Mulholland has transformed the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility into a world-class center by working tirelessly to keep Stanford at the leading edge of the revolution in technological advances in light and electron microscopy.
Jon Mulholland, director of the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility, is this year’s winner of Stanford’s Marsh O’Neill Award. That was one of many accolades bestowed by faculty members on Mulholland, winner of the 2016 Marsh O’Neill Award for Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University’s Research Enterprise. Faculty members also described Mulholland as “an outstanding scientist, manager and educator,” “a treasure” and “a real star.” Read more about Jon Mulholland.
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.
Read more about Karlheinz Merkle.
2014 Marsh O'Neill Award Recipient
Previous Marsh O'Neill Recipients
Martha L. Kessler, Director of Finance and Administration, Health Research and Policy and Spectrum
Chris Webb, Ph.D., Executive Director, Spectrum
Senior Research Scientist, Nanocharacterization Lab
Heideh Fattaey Executive Director of Operations and Programs, Bio-X
Bettye Price Administrative Services Manager, Biology Department
Lori McVay Administrative Services Manager, Freeman Spogli Institute and Woods Institute
Kathleen Thompson Director, Research Management Group, School of Medicine
Reese Zasio Facilities Operations Manager Comparative Medicine Department
Peche Turner Department Manager Computer Science Department
Donna Cronister Administrative Services Manager Radiological Sciences Laboratory
Brian Carilli Facilities & Planning, School of Engineering
Mary-Louise Munill Interlibrary Borrowing Specialist, Green Library
Kathy McClelland Research Compliance Director
Susan Sebbard Assistant Director, Stanford Humanities Center
Lisa Sickorez Financial Manager Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford Institute for International Studies
Robin Holbrook Administrative Services Manager Baxter Laboratory, Microbiology and Immunology
Nan Phinney Physicist Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Erika Wayne Reference and Internet Services Librarian Law School
Vadim Matté Science and Engineering Associate Aeronautics and Astronautics Department
Charles Orgish Manager of Distributed Systems Computer Systems Lab
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
Christopher Scott Director of Research Development, School of Medicine Executive Director, ACCESS Associate Director, Beckman Center
Turgut Gür Associate Director, Center for Materials Research
Grace Baysinger Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, SUL/AIR
Robert Schneeveis Science and Engineering Associate, Neurobiology Department
Alex Ross Head Librarian, Art Library, SUL/AIR
Alice J. Haskett Human Subjects Coordinator, Research Compliance Office
Droni Chiu Department Administrator, Chemistry
J. Paul Lomio Assistant Director, Crown Library, School of Law
Robert S.Kernoff Senior Research Scientist, Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine
Thomas C. Rindfleisch Senior Engineering Research Associate, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Medicine
Manuel G. Gutierrez Technician, Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
Wolfgang W. Jung Machinist, Physics Department
Rita R. Kuhn Manager, Engineering Research Administration