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Donna Cronister Wins the 2007 Marshall D. O'Neill Award!

Posted 10:10 AM, November 21, 2007, by jaruiz

(Image courtesy of Sharon Pollio)

By Julie Ruiz, PhD

Our own Donna Cronister was named this year's winner of the Marshall D. O'Neill Award for her exceptional and enduring support of Stanford University's research enterprise. Now in its 17th year, this prestigious and university-wide award is bestowed annually by the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research in honor of Marshall D. O'Neill, associate director of the W.W. Hansen Laboratories from 1952 until 1990. Donna is the 27th recipient of this award.

"I was quite surprised when I took the call from Ann Arvin, vice provost and dean of research. I probably sounded like a complete idiot because I honestly did not know what to say," Donna remarked. "I am very honored just to be nominated, and I am very proud to be the 2007 recipient of the Marshall D. O'Neill Award."

While most 2007 award candidates were nominated by one or two faculty members, Donna was nominated by eight. Gary Glover, PhD, director of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL), described Donna's award as an "outstanding, University-wide endorsement of what we have all known for a very long time--that Donna is simply above exceptional in every way!"

Working with 12 faculty and over 80 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, research assistants, and research associates, Donna manages each facet of the lab's research, which includes coordinating funding for researchers, organizing courses and conferences, and planning the budget. She is also involved in the day-to-day operations at the Lucas Center and oversees the payroll; reimbursement; accounting; personnel policies and procedures; building maintenance; supply ordering; and service policies.

These are just a few of the many tasks for which Donna has been responsible since she came to Stanford in 1990 after working in the corporate world:

"My husband and I moved to California from Montana in 1980 after the birth of our twin daughters. I was a stay at home mom until the girls were about two and a half years old. When my husband came home and found me lying on the back of the couch so they couldn't get to me, we decided it was time for me to go back to work! I worked for three years for a chemical company and then moved on to Xerox where I worked for about eight years. During this time, we added another daughter to the family. Xerox had a massive reduction in force, and I took about six months off before applying at Stanford.

The rest, as they say, is history. I have been with the Radiological Sciences Laboratory since February 1990. We have seen our lab grow from Gary, Norbert, and me to about 90 folks now! I oversee the lab, and I am also the administrative director for the Lucas Service Center." When she's not at work, Donna loves to garden and to spoil her grandson and granddaughter. "Life couldn't be better for me," she added.

Dr. Gary Glover extended an invitation to attend Donna's November 12th reception to "every one of the hundreds of students, faculty, and everyone else who knows or has been touched in ways large or small by Donna over the years." At her reception at the Faculty Club, Associate Dean of Research John Brauman presented the Marshall D. O'Neill Award to Donna on behalf of the vice provost and dean of research, Ann Arvin. To see pictures from Donna's reception taken by Sharon Pollio, please access http:// To read more about her award, please see and


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