1996 - Valerie Fratus
Fratus, animal subjects coordinator in the Office of the Vice Provost
and Dean of Research, has been selected to receive the 1996 Amy J. Blue
Award, which recognizes staff excellence.
Four other staff members have been named the winners
of "Amy" awards in recognition of their roles in support of the university's
teaching and research mission.
They are Arthel Coleman, project crew leader with
Housing and Dining Services; Michael Cowan, associate dean for graduate
student affairs in the School of Medicine; Andrew Harker, budget planner
with the Office of the Provost; and Karen Zack, technical consultant
with Information Technology Systems and Services.
All five will be honored at a reception scheduled
for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Amy J. Blue Garden in the Serra
Complex (between 855 and 857 Serra Street).
The awards, first presented in 1us.nter as well
as the main camp991, are named for the late Amy J. Blue, who was associate
vice president for administrative services when she died in 1988. The
recipient of the main award receives $1,000 to support professional
development activities. The award was endowed by Blue's friends and
Fratus was nominated by more than two dozen faculty,
staff and students, from the Medical Center as well as the main campus.
She has been animal subjects coordinator for 10 years, and came to Stanford
from Kaiser-Permanante, where she was in human resources.
Working in the research compliance office, Fratus
prepares all animal research protocols in the proper format for review
by the Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care, and is the primary
person responsible for communication between the panel and individual
Fratus said the greatest challenge in her job is
"to put all the details together so that the panel can perform a thorough
and timely review. This is possible thanks to the many wonderful people
working in this area of research" at Stanford.
According to those who nominated her, Fratus does
an exceptional job in one of the most closely regulated academic arenas.
"She is truly dedicated to facilitating research
at Stanford by helping investigators decipher and comply with the myriad
of regulations concerning animal use research, while remaining compassionate
and sincere in her objections to ensure humane animal care and use,"
a radiology researcher wrote.
One nominator called Fratus "operationally the
single most important individual in the facilitation of research involving
vertebrate animals at Stanford. She always maintains a perspective based
on the larger picture of the importance of research to society in general
and to the academic mission of Stanford in particular."