JILA Fellow and NIST Physicist Ralph Jimenez received the 2017 Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service as a Federal employee. Jimenez was one of 12 honorees across all parts of the Federal government to receive the Flemming Award this cycle. Jimenez was a winner in the Applied Science and Engineering category for his pioneering research on combining microfluidics, ultrafast lasers, biochemistry and molecular biology to dramatically accelerate the creation and characterization of specialized biomolecules to serve as sensors within living cells.
“I'm honored to join a very distinguished group of JILA/NIST colleagues who have won this award, including Tom Perkins, Jun Ye, Debbie Jin and David Nesbitt,” said Jimenez.
The Flemming Award program, established in 1948, is administered by the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration to recognize outstanding accomplishments by Federal government employees within the first 15 years of their service. Awards are presented in the categories of Applied Science and Engineering (Jimenez’s category), Basic Science, Social Science, Clinical Trials, Legal Achievement, and Leadership and Management.
JILA Flemming Award winners have included David Nesbitt (1991), Debbie Jin (2003), Jun Ye (2005), and Tom Perkins (2013), as well as former JILAns Lewis Branscomb, Pete Bender, David Hummer, and Steve Leone. Other well-known Flemming winners have included astronaut Neil Armstrong, Francis Collins (NIH Director and Human Genome Project leader), Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and pioneer in characterizing HIV), and NIST Nobel Physics Laureate Bill Phillips, among many other prominent winners.
Jimenez will officially receive the award in a ceremony at George Washington University in Washington, DC on June 4, 2018.
Congratulations to Ralph!