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Selwitz Wins Award From National Council

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Ada Sue Selwitz


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2003) -- Ada Sue Selwitz is the 2003 recipient of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration. Selwitz, who has been involved with the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board since 1979, is currently director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which promotes ethical research conduct and educates UK faculty and staff on regulations involving human subject and animal research. This national honor is given to one university administrator each year.

“I feel honored and thrilled to receive this award,” says Selwitz. “But this is absolutely a ‘shared award’—both in terms of the resources I've been given by UK and the people I work with here every day. Without this support, there’s no way I could have made the contributions to research administration I'm being recognized for.”

In his letter of congratulations to Selwitz, Robert Killoren Jr., president of NCURA, said, “This selection is based on your distinguished career and the many contributions you have made to the professions and the entire research community through your involvement in NCURA and other organizations.”

“Ada Sue is one of the top people in the country in the area of research integrity and compliance,” says UK Executive Vice President for Research Wendy Baldwin. “Her in-depth knowledge of federal policy and how that is translated into practice at the institutional level is remarkable.”

Baldwin, who worked at the National Institutes of Health for 30 years before coming to UK, adds that the NIH frequently called upon Selwitz to bring her energy and judgment to numerous committees.

“I have known Ada Sue for the past 15 years and consider her a role model in the field of research administration,” says Susan Kornetsky, director of Clinical Research Compliance at Children’s Hospital in Boston. “Ada Sue continues to consistently serve the IRB community more than any other individual I know.”

“I really have a pretty straightforward philosophy about what I do and what I want our office here to do,” says Selwitz. “Our duty is to promote research within the current ethical, legal and regulatory framework and to shape the framework.”

NCURA was founded in 1959 to protect the professional and academic rights of faculty and to keep them apprised of regulations, policies and procedures that affect the conduct of their research programs.

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