[Eril-l] Dr. Patricia Brennan of NLM to Receive NISO’s Miles Conrad Award for 2022

NISO Announce niso-announce at niso.org
Thu Dec 16 07:27:09 PST 2021

**Apologies for cross posting**

Baltimore, December 16, 2021: The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) today announced that Dr. Patricia Brennan, Director of
the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be the recipient of the 2022
Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the
information community.

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, assumed her position at NLM, one of the
27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in
August 2016.  As the center for biomedical and health data science
research, NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of
digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and
members of the public worldwide. Since joining the Library, Dr. Brennan has
positioned it to be the hub of data science at NIH and a national and
international leader in the field, spearheading the development of a new
strategic plan that envisions NLM as a platform for biomedical discovery
and data-powered health, in order to accelerate data-driven discovery and
health, engage with new users in new ways, and develop the workforce for a
data-driven future.

Dr. Brennan received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of
Pennsylvania and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. After seven years of clinical practice in critical care
nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan went on to hold several
academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve
University, Cleveland; and, before joining NLM, the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where she was Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at
the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also led the Living
Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which
develops new ways for effective visualization of high-dimensional data.

A Past President of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr.
Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of
Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a Fellow of
the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical
Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2020, Dr. Brennan was
inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
(AIMBE), which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a
medical and biological engineer.

As an internationally renowned member of the information community, Dr.
Brennan will join a long list of industry leaders, innovators, and
opinion-makers who have received this prestigious award. She will deliver
the Miles Conrad Lecture on February 16 at 12.30pm (Eastern Standard Time,
US & Canada), as part of NISO Plus 2022, a fully virtual global conference.

“Continuing the tradition of recognizing esteemed leaders in our community,
the Board of NISO is pleased to recognize the many contributions of Dr.
Brennan,” said Todd A. Carpenter, NISO’s Executive Director. “Her many
accomplishments have significantly contributed to improving access to
health information and scientific content distribution more generally. She
embodies so many of the characteristics that the NISO Board aims to
recognize by continuing the tradition of the Miles Conrad Award.  We look
forward to hearing her talk during the NISO Plus conference in February.”

About the Miles Conrad Award

Miles Conrad was one of the founders of the National Federation of
Abstracting and Indexing Services (NFAIS), and this award was established
in 1965 in his memory. During the 1960s, Conrad encouraged NFAIS members —
scholarly societies and government agencies — to work collaboratively in
support of the space exploration program, in order to enhance the speed
with which scientific knowledge could be disseminated, discovered, and
acted upon. In the years that followed, NFAIS expanded its
cross-disciplinary membership and played an important role in the
development of online information services and resources, before merging
with National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in 2019. NISO’s
vision, of a world where all can benefit from the unfettered exchange of
information, reflects the aims of both organizations; in awarding this
prize, we are proud to continue recognizing the contributions of those
whose lifetime achievements have moved our community forward. For
information about previous Miles Conrad Awardees, please visit

About NISO

Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO fosters the development and maintenance of
standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
website (https://niso.org) or contact us at nisohq at niso.org.


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