Faculty Honors & Awards

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Nancy Schwartz, PhD

March 1, 2016

Dr. Schwartz also recently received a Diversity Leadership Award from the University.  She was the founding Dean for Graduate Affairs, and currently serves as the Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs. She was cited for her work in fostering diversity in the sciences both nationally and at UChicago: "Nationally she has fostered the preparation for higher education of numerous underrepresented students through her work with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Leadership Alliance. At UChicago, she has secured National Institutes of Health funding to develop programs that assist those underrepresented in the sciences, spanning the whole of the academic continuum from post-baccalaureate, to graduate students, to post-graduate and junior faculty."

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David Freedman, PhD

January 19, 2016

Associate Professor David Freedman (Neurobiology; Chair, graduate program in Computational Neuroscience) has won the 2016 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. The honor is given annually to two young investigators in recognition of unusual achievement in the research of human behavior and the processes that underlie it. The award is accompanied by a $75,000 prize. He received the award for his innovative work on how the brain learns and recognizes visual categories. Read more.

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Barry Aprison, PhD

November 24, 2015

Congratulations to the faculty recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science:  Senior Lecturer Barry Aprison and Professor Emeritus Michael Vannier. Dr. Aprison is a senior lecturer in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division as well as director of education and outreach for the Institute of Genomics and Systems Biology. Dr. Vannier is professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology, and among his other many accomplishments is an authority on the use of non-invasive CT scans to learn more about fossils, mummies, and ancient art objects.  Read more.

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Michael Vannier, MD

November 24, 2015

Congratulations to the faculty recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science:  Senior Lecturer Barry Aprison and Professor Emeritus Michael Vannier. Dr. Aprison is a senior lecturer in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division as well as director of education and outreach for the Institute of Genomics and Systems Biology. Dr. Vannier is professor emeritus in the Department of Radiology, and among his other many accomplishments is an authority on the use of non-invasive CT scans to learn more about fossils, mummies, and ancient art objects.  Read more.

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Samuel Armato III, PhD

November 20, 2015

Samuel Armato (Committee on Medical Physics) was elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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Sarah Cobey, PhD

November 19, 2015

Assistant Professor Sarah Cobey (Ecology and Evolution) has received a prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator Award. She will receive $2.1 million over five years to investigate how the immune system evolves protection against pathogens such as influenza. She hopes to apply tools from ecology and evolution and evolutionary biology to the immune system and examine the implications for vaccination strategies and pathogen evolution on a global scale

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Lucy Godley, MD, PhD

August 15, 2015

Lucy Godley, MD, PhD (Department of Medicine, Committee on Cancer Biology) received a Service Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

David Grdina, MBA, PhD

David Grdina, MBA, PhD

June 15, 2015

 David Grdina, MBA, PhD (Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Medical Physics), was appointed by the National Cancer Institute to serve as a member of the standing committee Subcommittee F Institutional Training and Education of the National Cancer Institute Initial Review Group for a term beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019.

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Marcus Kronforst, PhD

June 15, 2015

Marcus Kronforst, PhD, the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution, received an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant this year, and was named a 2015 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More

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Stephanie Palmer, PhD

February 24, 2015

Assistant Professor Stephanie Palmer received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Palmer is an assistant professor of organismal biology and anatomy, studying how the brain performs the complex tasks of prediction. Read More  

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