Christine Olson, assistant director of special projects for the School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Joan Harris Staff Development Award.

The School of Medicine annually awards this honor to a non-faculty employee who demonstrates excellence in job performance, significant achievements in leadership, a humanistic approach to work and exemplary service to the school.

Olson is described as “the type of person who rolls up her sleeves and embraces her tasks wholeheartedly,” a team player as well as a “kind and generous woman” who treats others “with dignity and respect.”

Olson is involved with the School of Medicine’s 2013 Strategic Plan, she is an active representative on the Staff Advisory Council and she participates in campuswide and community activities.

She is praised for her “incredible work ethic” and her “extraordinary and exemplary commitment to the SOM and its programs.”

A reception was held in Olson’s honor on Tuesday, August 12, where she was presented with the award. Her name also has been inscribed on the Joan Harris Award plaque, which is located in the Biomedical Research Building lobby.