Robert Coney Wins Division One Superior Accomplishment Award
Congratulations to Robert Coney, ICBR Senior Fiscal Assistant, who won the UF Division One Superior Accomplishment Award in the Clerical/Office Support category at a ceremony held on March 26. Also nominated from ICBR for the Scientific/Technical category was Craig Moneypenny, Senior Biological Scientist in the Flow Cytometry core laboratory.
The awards celebration, held at the UF President’s House, recognized all nominees and Division 1 winners. Each winner received a $200 award and was eligible into the campus-wide awards program.
Coney was nominated for this year’s award for his initiative and dedication to decreasing the waste produced within our labs, by repurposing and recycling materials that not only benefit ICBR, but other departments, too. Through his actions, ICBR has been able to repurpose or recycle 80% of received Styrofoam coolers; 100% of shipping cooler gel packs, packing peanuts, and packing paper; as well as, repurposing 200 pounds of 8.5×11” sheet glass.
In addition to decreasing what ICBR throws away, the repurposed materials are donated to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for sample shipping, and the Campus Copy Fax & Pack to provide free, recycled packaging materials. Coney “takes enormous pride in eliminating waste and finding new uses for discarded items, to the point now where he independently identifies areas of need and finds a solution,” explained Connie Nicklin, ICBR Associate Director for Administration.
Moneypenny was nominated for his exceptional customer service and scientific consultation. He not only maintains positive relationships, but makes a priority of the Flow Cytometry instrumentation, ensuring customers have access to highly operational equipment and technical assistance. “Craig is highly congenial as well, and has a natural ability to develop very positive professional relationships with numerous laboratory customers, who flock to him for his research advice and technical skills,” described Neal Benson, ICBR Flow Cytometry Scientific Director.
The annual University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes staff members who contribute outstanding and meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or to the quality of life provided to students and employees.