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Andrea Norris to Retire as NIH CIO, Center for Information Technology Director

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Andrea Norris, a more than 10-year veteran at the National Institutes of Health, is retiring from her dual role as chief information officer and director of the Center for Information Technology at NIH on Dec. 31.

Lawrence Tabak, acting director of NIH, said in a statement posted Thursday Norris is responsible for overseeing the agency’s $1.6 billion technology portfolio supporting the research of 27 institutes and centers, as well as university and medical researchers receiving funding support.

“NIH has benefited greatly from Andrea’s rich knowledge in strategic planning, business management and technology,” Tabak said.

According to Tabak, Norris established the NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability program that played a key role in facilitating the adoption of cloud computing among biomedical researchers.

“She also led the expansion of Biowulf, which is ranked as one of the top supercomputers in the world devoted exclusively to biomedical research and is NIH’s high-performance computing environment used by researchers at NIH,” Tabak added.

Norris previously served as CIO and director of the Division of Information Systems at the National Science Foundation and deputy CIO for management at NASA.

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