2001-2011 A ten-year milestone

2001-2011: List of Honorees

Back row, left to right:Shigeo Sato, David Karr, Charles Clark, Arcady Mushegian, Terry Hartness, Scott Hawley, David Stiens, Chris Locke, Dirk Hacker, Bob Reece, Max Lyle, Tim Geary
Front row, left to right: Paul Trainor, Toni Ford, Val Perry, Chieri Sato, Carrie Sims, Janice Ridgley, Teresa Woody, David Duerr, Tonyea Inglis, Evelyn Yoder, Joan Conaway, Ron Conaway
Not pictured: Pam Babcock and Karin Zueckert-Gaudenz

Last spring, twenty-six members were honored for ten years of dedicated service to the Stowers Institute at an afternoon tea.

In 2001, when this group of members joined, Stowers was only a fledgling institute with a decade of extraordinary growth and change ahead of it. As noted by CEO and President Dave Chao, PhD, at the beginning of 2001 the institute counted eighty-one employees and ended 2011 with 524. While the Institute boasted seven published papers in 2001, by 2011, Stowers scientists had published a cumulative 700 scientific papers. And although fifty phone lines and one hundred desktop computers were sufficient for the needs of the Institute back in 2001, ten years later they required 500 phone lines and 1,200 computers.

Highlighting the role of each dedicated honoree, from scientists making groundbreaking discoveries to support staff keeping the furnaces fired and the computers humming, to administrative staff posting purchases, balancing the books and cutting the checks, Scientific Director Robb Krumlauf, PhD, and President Chao emphasized that each and everyone’s contribution was vital to the mission of the institute.

Yet, collectively these members accomplished something much bigger. Together they laid a foundation of values based on a uniquely collaborative spirit that now permeates the institute. “The Stowers Institute is the antidote for cynicism,” remarked Mike Levine, PhD, chair of the Stowers External Scientific Advisory Board, during his last visit to the institute.

As guests mingled, refreshments in hand, one question kept popping up: “What’s your number?” An employee number is assigned to each individual upon being hired—the lower the number the longer one’s tenure. Proud replies included numbers as low as 84, 92 and 174. Indicative of the institute’s growth over the last ten years, currently, new employees are assigned numbers in the range of 1,500.

Vice President of Administration and event organizer Abby Freeman offered each member congratulations on reaching this special milestone and perhaps summed up the event best. She said, “Stowers was built, in part, by each of these individuals, and this is our opportunity to show our appreciation of their time, energy and effort in making Stowers the exceptional place that it is today.” Upon departure, each guest of honor was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation and a replica statue of the “Hope for Life®” helix.