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Archive for November, 2012

Weigel accepts position as Associate Vice President

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Dr. Ronald Weigel, professor and EA Crowell Jr. Endowed Chair in Surgery and professor of Biochemistry, has accepted the position of Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Health Alliance, UI Health Care. 

The UI Health Alliance is a major collaborative effort of Mercy Health Network (Des Moines), Genesis Health System, Mercy-Cedar Rapids and UI Health Care to improve and enhance the scope, quality and cost-effectiveness of Iowa’s health care services.

As Associate Vice President of UI Health Alliance, Dr. Weigel oversees the Alliance operations including primary care, outreach, community-based research and education programs. He will work with Dr. Jean Robillard to develop the strategic vision for UI Health Care within the UI Health Alliance.  We wish Dr. Weigel success in his new role.

Miles Pufall awarded HCCC seed grant funding

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A $30,000 seed grant was awarded to Miles Pufall from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Institutional Research Grant through the American Cancer Society. The seed grant funding is for one year of Dr. Pufall’s project entitled, “Using genome-wide high-coverage shRNA screening to identify targets of treatment resistance in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.”

John Pryor defends PhD thesis

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

John Pryor, a PhD student mentored by Todd Washington, has successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Studies of the Rev 1 protein and its role in the replication of damaged DNA.” John has won several awards including an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship. John will begin a postdoctoral position in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory as a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina this January. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway. Congratulations to John!

Welcoming New CCOM Dean to Biochemistry

Friday, November 9th, 2012

New Carver College of Medicine Dean, Debra A. Schwinn joined the faculty as a primary appointee in Anesthesia and a secondary appointee in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. Dean Schwinn most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of pharmacology and genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She is a nationally known investigator in the function of α1 adrenergic receptor.  Dr. Schwinn received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. At Duke, she completed a clinical fellowship and a research fellowship with Nobel Prize winner Robert Lefkowitz. We are very excited to welcome her to our faculty.

Wallrath becomes the messenger

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Lori Wallrath was an invited participant at an NSF-sponsored workshop titled “Science: Becoming the Messenger” in Ames, Iowa on October 16 – 17. Former PBS executive Dan Agan, bestselling science author and blogger Chris Mooney and Emmy award winning television producer Joe Schreiber taught participants how to use new skills and ‘new media’ (e.g. twitter) to better communicate research findings to the general public.