Fall Gathering Recognizes Graduate Student Achievements
Photo: Martin Vloet
When graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical
sciences came together last September for the annual Graduate
Student Council Fall Gathering, Medical School Dean Allen S.
Lichter, M.D., and Steven Goldstein, Ph.D., associate dean for
research and graduate studies, presented awards of recognition
to four students. Patrick Murphy and Robert Loberg received
Graduate Student Awards for Excellence in Teaching, while Lisa
Gerlach-Bank and Robin Erickson were recognized with Overall
Excellence in Research and Service Awards.
These awards recognize the outstanding contributions of,
and show our appreciation for, our graduate students in the
biomedical sciences. Weve been presenting the teaching
awards for a number of years, but the research and service awards
are new. The competition for all four awards was stiff and the
choices difficult, said Goldstein.
Patrick Murphy, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
gained recognition for his teaching of pharmacology to nursing
students. Nominators noted that his teaching garnered higher
evaluation scores than that of tenured faculty members. Murphy,
who is passionate about teaching, said that teaching is a moral
Robert Loberg, Department of Physiology, also was recognized
as an outstanding teacher. When Loberg taught optional classes
for undergraduates, an 82 percent attendance rate was not unusual.
The atmosphere was outstanding. He made learning fun.
He cared and wanted all students to do well, one of his
Lisa Gerlach-Bank, Department of Cell and Develop-mental
Biology, is known as a can do person and was selected
for her efforts in research and service. According to Dean Lichter,
faculty were torn between the teaching and research awards for
Gerlach-Bank, who is studying the role of BMP4 antagonists in
the patterning and morphogenesis of the developing inner ear.
Robin Erickson, Department of Physiology, was selected
for his important contributions in research. According to his
nominators, Ericksons service to his department has been
more significant than that of any graduate student in the last
20 years. Erickson studies the role of nuclear co-activators
in the transcriptional activity of C/EBPa.
Any student actively pursuing a degree in one of the graduate
programs within the Medical School can be nominated for these
awards, sponsored by the Program in Biomedical Sciences. In
addition, candidates for the teaching award must demonstrate
effectiveness and creativity as a teacher, effective interactions
with students, and the potential for continued growth as a scholar
and teacher. To be considered for the research and service award,
candidates must demonstrate scientific excellence as judged
by publications, academic record or other forms of recognition,
as well as service to the University and/or its community through
committee participation, events management and outreach activities.
Mary Beth Reilly