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Archive for December, 2014

Professor Geyer receives the CCOM Collegiate Teaching Award

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Pamela Geyer for being chosen to receive a Carver College of Medicine Collegiate Teaching Award for 2014. Professor Geyer has demonstrated excellence in teaching for the past two and a half decades at the University of Iowa. The superb ratings and comments from students are a testament of her skill as an instructor. Professor Geyer has had an enormous impact on graduate education at the University of Iowa, chairing a task force that re-shaped the graduate curriculum that is in place today.

Among current Biochemistry primary faculty, Dr. Geyer joins Drs. Peter Rubenstein, Adrian Elcock, Lori Wallrath, Dan Weeks, Todd Washington, and Kris DeMali recipients of the CCOM Collegiate Teaching Award. This is the 5th consecutive year a Biochemistry faculty member has received this award.

Shea recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Medical Education

Friday, December 5th, 2014


Professor Madeline Shea was recognized as an Outstanding Educator at the 2014 Medical Education Celebration Day on November 13, 2014. In Dr. Brenner’s nomination for Professor Shea, he wrote “For more than a decade, Madeline’s lectures on hemoglobin function to Carver College students were as central to the fall semester as home games at Kinnick. She taught thousands of doctors how the energetics of protein conformation underlie molecular medicine.” He continued, “Madeline completed an 11 year tour of duty teaching protein structure and function to M1 medical students in the former medical biochemistry course. Her lectures were paragons of clarity and organization and her student reviews were stellar.”

Andrea Diaz’s poster takes 3rd at the 40th Annual National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Andrea Diaz, an IBA undergraduate student working in Dr. Maria Spies’ laboratory attended the 40th Annual National Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference held in Detroit, Michigan on November 5 – 9, 2014.  Andrea placed 3rd, out of 23 undergraduate technical poster competition finalists, for her poster  titled “Characterization of RAD52 Mutant Protein ssDNA Annealing Function.” Congratulations, Andrea!

Rubenstein Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Dr. Peter Rubenstein has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “for distinguished contributions to the fields of actin cytoskeletal biochemistry and cell biology and to innovations in the teaching of basic science in medical education.” Among current Biochemistry primary faculty, Dr. Rubenstein joins Drs. Marc Wold, Charles Brenner and David Price as AAAS fellows.

Dr. Rubenstein  is one of three faculty in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine who have been awarded the distinction of 2014 Fellow of the AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The UI recipients are among 401individuals elected this year by peers. AAAS members are elevated to the rank of “Fellow” because their efforts to advance science or its applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on Saturday, February 14, 2014, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.