‘Sammies’ Winners Announced

The winners of the 17th annual Service to America Medals (commonly known as “the Sammies”) have been announced by the Partnership for Public Service, with the organization slated to recognize eight “standout federal employees” selected from the 28 announced finalists.

The honorees include Dr. Daniel Kastner, a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health, who is said to have “uncovered the genetic causes of seven rare, debilitating illnesses he categorized as auto inflammatory diseases, alleviating suffering for thousands of patients in the United States and around the world.” Dr. Kastner will receive the top honor during the ceremony, being recognized as Federal Employee of the Year.

Other awardees will include Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, who, through her work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “pioneered ground-breaking research and surveillance systems that for the first time documented the prevalence of autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision impairment and epilepsy among children.”

The winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. that will also include a “fireside chat” featuring author Michael Lewis and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, who will also be recognized with the newly-created “Spirit of Service Award,” which the Partnership says will henceforth “go to individuals outside of government who make a key contribution to public service.”

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