Faculty Honors & Awards

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Engin Ӧzkan, PhD

04/15/2016

Engin Ӧzkan, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The award honors promising early-career scientists for their work. According to the Spring 2016 issue of Medicine on the MidwayProfessor Ӧzkan's research focuses on "the molecular principles of development in multicellular organisms, with an emphasis on the nervous system, axon guidance, and synapse formation." You can read more about Professor Ӧzkan's research on his lab webpage

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Nancy Schwartz, PhD

03/07/2016

Professor and Dean Nancy Schwartz (Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the National Postdoctoral Association at their 14th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, MI, on March 4-6, 2016. The NPA notes that Dr. Schwartz "was consistently described as a strong and passionate advocate for postdoctoral scholars, on both the national and local levels. One nominator stated, 'it is clear she thinks not only about the current postdocs, but about the community of leaders and administrators that provide support to postdocs. She is committed to ensuring that there is a strong community of educators and administrators that shape postdoctoral policy and training.'"

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Nancy Schwartz, PhD

03/01/2016

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

01/19/2016

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

11/24/2015

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

11/24/2015

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

11/20/2015

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

11/19/2015

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

08/15/2015

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

06/15/2015

 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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