July 12, 2019

McNamara, UM Microbiology & Immunology Alum, wins Prestigious Presidential Award

On July 2, 2019, Dr. Lucy McNamara received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies. As such, the PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Dr. McNamara received her M.S., Ph.D., from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Microbiology and Immunology Department in 2012 after completing her dissertation work in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen Collins.

Dr. McNamara is currently an Epidemiologist with the Division of Bacterial Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, her work at the CDC focuses on meningococcal meningitis, whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria. She works on a number of different projects, including data analyses using domestic surveillance data, an evaluation of the new meningitis serogroup B vaccines that were recently licensed in the US, a study to better understand diagnostic tests for whooping cough, and work to support meningitis surveillance in the meningitis belt in Africa. Her activities vary dramatically by the day, but include performing statistical analyses, writing scientific articles and other documents, meeting and corresponding with internal and external partners about her and her group’s projects, and domestic and international travel to perform evaluations and outbreak investigations. (Modified from http://phdovereasy.com/lucy-mcnamara-epidemiologist-at-the-us-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention/).

We are very proud of Dr. McNamara and her tremendous accomplishments and contributions to her field.