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Dr. Howe has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University. She was on the faculty of the statistics department at Carnegie Mellon University and spent 12 years working in scientific (especially statistical) computing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including four years as Chief of its Scientific Computing Environments Division. She came to NLM in 1992 (initially on a ComSci Fellowship) to work at the newly-created National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications (NCO/HPCC), which was initially located at the National Library of Medicine and whose founding director was the now-retired NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg.
Her 15 years at the NCO included 10 years as Associate Director, serving as Editor of the HPCC Program’s Supplement to the President’s Budget (which is required by law) from FY 1994 through FY 1996 and as Executive Editor from FY 1999 through FY 2009, and supporting the President’s IT Advisory Committee (PITAC) and the preparation of all PITAC reports during that time.
She returned to NLM in 2007 and works on projects including the health effects of climate change, building an HPCC Program archive, and the Pill Image Recognition (PIR) pilot and Challenge.
May 21, 2013 NLM Director's Honor Award: For her contributions in the complex arena of interagency program development in advancing the use of High Performance Computing and Communications for the benefit of biomedical research and the public's health.