Presidential Award Winner: Sam Pardo

Joe Michael Feist

Employee Excellence Award
Sam Pardo, senior research core facility technologist, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine
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Remarks by Dr. Henrich at the March 22 awards dinner:
“Since 2009, Sam Pardo has been an outstanding employee in the Health Science Center’s Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. He doesn’t blindly use a “one size fits all” approach, but instead carefully thinks through the plans for each analysis set to be sure that each investigator receives the most valuable, high quality results that are possible. Beginning June 2014, the work environment in the lab changed dramatically as a supervisor left the university to take a position in industry. At that point, Sam was not only faced with the workload of two, but a role that was substantially more diversified and challenging technically. Sam proved to be very capable of succeeding at this new challenge. His organizational and customer-relations skills, his dedication to the lab and his commitment to delivering the highest quality research services are hallmarks of Sam’s work.”
From the nominating letter by Linda J. Roman, Ph.D., associate professor,
Biochemistry, School of Medicine:
“Sam and I worked on a challenging project to identify phosphorylated residues in nitric oxide synthase in skeletal muscle using mass spectrometry. Sam’s advice and attention to detail were invaluable as he found an error in a GenBank submitted sequence that misidentified a mouse sequence as that of a rat. If not for his perseverance in tracking inconsistencies, we might have concluded that this method was not suited for our protein.”