Both sides of the Bulfinch Tents were bustling May 24 at the annual Research Staff Appreciation Day event. More than 2,000 research staff members – including lab technicians, research coordinators and technologists – were invited to enjoy a picnic-style lunch, ice cream and raffles for tickets to the Museum of Science. Bowls of ice cream were scooped by volunteers from the research community and topped with whipped cream by Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research, pictured right.

Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the MGH Research Institute, thanked the staff saying, “You are a vital part of the research we do here. Every day your work is an important contribution is to the remarkable research enterprise at MGH.”

Added Maurizio Fava, MD, director of the Division of Clinical Research, “Research is a team sport. Teamwork is what makes the terrific strides made here in research possible. Just like the Boston Celtics showed last night in game five of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals! Our principal investigators rely on a daily basis on the critical role research staff plays in their projects. I am proud to be part of an institution that values research very much and that shows a genuine appreciation for our research staff.”

Earlier in the week, research staff at the Charlestown Navy Yard enjoyed a similar event. Both were sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development.

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