Congratulations to Professor Pamela Geyer who has been selected as the recipient of the 2013-14 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in the Biological and Life Sciences. Professor Geyer has demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of mentoring functions over the past two and a half decades at the University of Iowa. In her own laboratory, Professor Geyer has directed the PhD and Masters thesis research of 13 graduate students and trained an additional 47 first year rotation students. She has served on the PhD thesis committees of 39 graduate students from a wide variety of Departments and Programs in the Carver College of Medicine and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has played key leadership roles in the interdisciplinary graduate programs of Genetics and of Molecular & Cellular Biology, and she is a long-serving director and co-director of the Medical Scientists Training Program. She played a major role in reshaping the graduate student curriculum for all students in Bioscience-aligned programs. Thus, her impact on graduate education has been enormous. Her direct and indirect mentorship has produced a cohort of University of Iowa scientists and physicians, who are exceptionally well trained and have succeeded in becoming faculty members, research scientists, physician scientists, and other accomplished professionals. Professor Geyer is a paragon graduate mentor and a role model for all of us engaged in graduate education.
Archive for March, 2014
Dr. Ernesto Fuentes has been selected to serve as the Faculty Advisor for The Association for Multicultural Scientists (AMS), a new organization launched by the Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Cultural Affairs & Diversity Initiatives and the Biosciences Program for students, staff, and faculty who have an interest in fostering and supporting diversity in the biological sciences.AMS has chapters at Purdue, Minnesota, and Michigan. The organization’s primary goal is to aid in the recruitment, retention and support of historically underrepresented students in the sciences (although membership is open to all).
The Office of Cultural Affairs will host a kick-off lunch on Tuesday, March 25th from 12:00 to 1:00p.m. in BSB 2-501 to bring awareness to this new organization and encourage students to participate.
Congratulations to Grant Young, a junior Biochemistry major in the Wallrath laboratory, who received an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award (EURA) for his establishing a genetic model of dilated cardiomyopathy. Grant will receive $1000 to attend the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference that will take place in Chicago in Spring of 2015. In addition, he will receive an ICRU Fellowship to continue his research during the summer of 2014.