2017 Awards

ARENA Legacy Award – Ada Sue Selwitz

Ada Sue SelwitzPRIM&R is pleased to present Ada Sue Selwitz, MA, with the 2017 ARENA Legacy Award. Ms. Selwitz serves as the executive integrity/compliance advisor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ms. Selwitz has a distinguished history with the organization. She was one of ARENA's 61 charter members and served as its first vice president in 1986 and its second president in 1987; she also served on PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 1987 to 2016. She has chaired the Board's public policy and education committees, and has served on its membership committee. Ms. Selwitz co-founded PRIM&R's IRB 101sm program and has sat on almost two dozen PRIM&R program committees, ensuring that ethical themes and best practices in research protections remain an integral part of PRIM&R's flagship educational offerings. Ms. Selwitz was the 1998 recipient of PRIM&R's Distinguished Service Award and was the recipient of ARENA's Appreciation Award.

In the words of the PRIM&R member who nominated Ms. Selwitz:

She has a way of making education entertaining with her bold southern charm. Individuals that are now leaders in the field share common sentiments of [having felt] like a newcomer [until] being approached by an outgoing southern lady who invited them to join a lunch table, go to dinner, or chair a committee. One could fill pages describing all of the ways that Ada Sue Selwitz has promoted the education and professional development of those involved in the oversight or conduct of ethical research trough leadership and mentoring. Ada Sue was an early advocate for the professionalization of IRB staff. Her primary outlet for achieving this was PRIM&R and its former membership division ARENA.

In addition to her considerable work with PRIM&R, she has worked at the University of Kentucky in a variety of roles including director of sponsored program development, director of the Office of Research Integrity, and as the executive integrity/compliance advisor. She has an adjunct associate professor appointment in the Department of Behavioral Sciences in the College of Medicine. Ms. Selwitz has served a leadership role on both local and national levels through her participation in several national and federally sponsored education and policy development initiatives. She served on the DHHS Advisory Group on the Public Health Service Responsible Conduct of Research Policy, the NIH Regulatory Burden Committee, the DHHS Secretary Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection, and the CITI Advisory Board. Ms. Selwitz was co-faculty in the Investigator 101 CD-ROM which is distributed by the Office for Human Research Protections to all institutions with federalwide assurances.

Ms. Selwitz has left an enduring mark on the PRIM&R community as well as the wider research ethics field. It is with enormous gratitude that we are honored to present her with the ARENA Legacy Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Ruth Macklin

Ruth MacklinPRIM&R's Board of Directors has selected Ruth Macklin, PhD, to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) for Excellence in Research Ethics in 2017.

Dr. Macklin's impact on the fields of bioethics and research ethics is considerable and far-reaching. She is a distinguished university professor emerita (bioethics) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She retired from her full-time faculty position there in 2016 after 39 years of teaching. She received a BA with distinction from Cornell University and an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Macklin is known for the rigor of her thinking, which she has applied through work both in the United States and abroad. Her numerous writings have deeply influenced the field of bioethics. She has authored more than 270 publications in professional journals and scholarly books in bioethics, law, medicine, philosophy, and the social sciences, in addition to articles in magazines and newspapers for general audiences. She is author or editor of thirteen books, including Against Relativism (1999), Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries (2004), and Ethics in Global Health: Research, Policy and Practice (2012). Her work has covered wide-ranging topics for both academic and lay audiences, including HIV/AIDS, human reproduction, human subjects research ethics, health policy, and medical ethics.

Beyond her teaching and writing, Dr. Macklin has served in countless other influential roles. She is a past chair of the external ethics committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), served as chair of the Ethical Review Committee at UNAIDS, where she was also a member of the Global Reference Group on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. She is a fellow at the Hastings Center, and a past president and past Board member of the International Association of Bioethics. She has been a consultant to the World Health Organization since 1989, having served on committees in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and the HIV Vaccine program. From 2000 to 2016 she was director of "A Training Program in Research Ethics in the Americas" funded by a grant from the Fogarty International Center of the NIH. She has received many prestigious awards, including American Society for Bioethics and Humanities' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Hastings Center's Henry Beecher Award, and an award from the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research for contributions to progress in international research ethics, both in 2014.

Dr. Macklin's colleagues note her impact both on their own development and work and on the field as a whole. One shared that she is the type of dinner guest who can keep a person enthralled in conversation for hours; another noted that she "embodies the contribution that a serious philosopher can make to bioethics." She has spent decades challenging assumptions, provoking new ways of thinking, and promoting the rights of the vulnerable. PRIM&R is honored to recognize her extraordinary career and her contributions to the field of research ethics by awarding her the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin
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PRIM&R's Board of Directors has selected Temple Grandin, PhD, to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research Ethics in 2017.

Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is a speaker and autism advocate, and has done substantial consulting work for major fast food chains including McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. She was instrumental to the development of new animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry. In addition, she has served as a past Board member for the Autism Society of America and has been an influential advocate for individuals with autism. Dr. Grandin received her PhD in Animal Science from University of Illinois for her work on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs. She earned her MS in animal science from Arizona State University, studying cattle behavior in squeeze chutes, and her BA is from Franklin Pierce College.

Dr. Grandin was the catalyst through which discussion of animals' experiences (whether in the slaughterhouse or the laboratory) entered the popular conversation among those who handle animals. In the words of Dr. Chris Newcomer, member of PRIM&R's Board of Directors:

Dr. Grandin is widely credited and visible for her unique insights into the animal's perception of the environment and her resulting seminal work on large animal facility and design, which has monumentally impacted the welfare of large agricultural animals in the U.S. and abroad. Although an appreciation for the animal's experience has long been held by small groups of proponents and practitioners, it has often been a background consideration, secondary to the issues of convenience, efficiency or other human needs in the management of animal welfare on an industrial scale. The sea change created by Dr. Grandin's work moved the animal's perception and animal welfare back into a primary consideration, improving the humane care of hundreds of millions of animals and restoring much public confidence in the caring stewardship of modern agriculture. Working from this base, Dr. Grandin has been an effective champion for research animal ethics in many other areas emphasizing the broad protection of the subject and the compassion and effective training of the animal experimenter/handler.

Dr. Grandin has published numerous works on autism and Asperger's, animal welfare, and livestock-handling best practices. She has written 13 books, including the New York Times best-seller Animals in Translation and the acclaimed The Autistic Brain.

Among her numerous awards, Dr. Grandin was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2010. She has received honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, McGill University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Duke University, and Emory University. She was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2010, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2017. She was named a Beef Top 40 industry leader and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in 2010, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Double Helix medal in 2011, the World Organisation for Animal Health's Meritorious Achievement Award in 2016, and the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute in 2016. In 2010, she was the subject of the semi-autobiographical HBO film Temple Grandin.

At PRIM&R's 2009 IACUC Conference, Dr. Grandin gave a Henry Spira Memorial Lecture titled "Welfare Issues during Handling, Transport, and Slaughter." PRIM&R members can access a video recording of that presentation in our Knowledge Center. PRIM&R is thrilled to honor her impact and her remarkable career by awarding her the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.