Annual Awards Ceremony/Reception Honors Seven Students
Seven high achievers were honored at this year’s Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Awards Ceremony and Reception held on May 10, 2013 in the MacEwen Conference Room. These students began the year with the same opportunities as all other students, but through a strong commitment and a desire to learn, proved to be outstanding students. They were selected by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty teaching teams to receive these awards based on superior academic achievement.
Honorees were as follows:
Lecturers/Grad Student Receive Honors
Lectures, Dr. Marc Pizzimenti, Dr. Darren Hoffmann and Dr. Nathan Swailes (photo above: left to right) were nominated as the 2012-2013 “M-1 Teacher of the Year”, with Dr. Swailes being the recipient. Dr. Hoffmann received the “D-1 Teacher of the Year” award.
Graduate Student, Jennifer Barr (right), received the University of Iowa's “Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award” and will be recognized during the Council on Teaching Awards Reception scheduled for May 8.
Amy Guimaraes Young Defends Comps
Amy Guimaraes Young with her
mentor, Dr. Adam Dupuy
MSTP graduate student, Amy Guimaraes Young, successfully passed her comprehensive examination on March 4, 2013 in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The title of her proposal was "Investigating the Role of Sox17 in Endometrium Homeostasis and Endometrial Cancer". Amy received a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and an M.S. in Physiology from Georgetown University in 2006. She began her MSTP studies at the Carver College of Medicine in 2009. Amy will continue her thesis work in Dr. Adam Dupuy's laboratory focusing on identifying and characterizing genetic drivers of gynecological cancers. Congratulations, Amy!
Department Recognizes Years of Service
John Engelhardt (left) presents Masataka Kawai
with his 25 year certificate
On December 12th, 2012, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology held its annual Years of Service Recognition Ceremony, honoring faculty and staff who have reached a landmark year in their service to the Department and University.
This year’s honorees were as follows:
About the Department
Established as the Anatomy Department in 1868, when The University of Iowa College of Medicine was first approved by the trustees, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has experienced extensive growth over its long history. Originally, it had one lecture hall that could accommodate 100 students, plus one room dedicated to microscopic anatomy and another to dissection, both in the basement. Since that time the department has expanded and moved several times. In 1997, the department was given its current name, which along with the greatly expanded laboratory space, better reflects its mission and research.
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology now serves three major functions: the performance of current topical research, the preparation of graduate students for scientific careers within academia and other related fields, and the teaching of anatomy of the human body to health professionals in training.
Research in the department is diverse and addresses problems in cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cancer biology, and molecular biology. The department is also the administrative home of the University's Gene Therapy Center, an entity that funds and otherwise supports research in molecular medicine, with a particular emphasis on the development of genetic therapies for Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases.
The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a vibrant college community with extensive cultural offerings (Hancher Auditorium, Englert Theatre, the Coralville Performing Arts Center, Kalona Historical Villages and the Amana Colonies) as well as easy access to nature’s beauty (Devonian Fossil Gorge, MacBride Nature Recreation Area, and Kent Park). Iowa City was ranked among the Best Places to Retire 2013 by CNNMoney. For more on what to do when you visit, see A Weekend In: Iowa City, Iowa.