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Former NLM Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys Named Presidential Rank Awardee

Betsy Humphreys was recognized as a Presidential Rank Awardee at the Distinguished level by the Senior Executives Association in December 2017.

Humphreys, who retired as deputy director of NLM last June, worked at the Library for more than 44 years. In addition to serving as acting director of NLM for 15 months prior to Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan's appointment, Humphreys is remembered for many contributions, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), NLM’s activities related to health data standards, and for contributing to the development of NIH and HHS policies on health information technology, public access to research results, and clinical trial registration and results reporting.

“In a career that has been described with every possible superlative, and deservedly so, it is fitting that the crowning acknowledgement is this Presidential Rank Award,” said NLM Director Dr. Brennan. “I know that her former colleagues at the Library join me in congratulating her on this distinction.”

                            Betsy Humphreys


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