Student Chapter American Veterinary Medicine Association Teaching Awards
Monday, April 23, 2007
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Teaching Awards Ceremony was held on April 23, at the Vernon and Shirley Hill Pavilion, followed by a reception. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff applauded the award recipients, selected by the student body.
Carl Norden–Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award
Dr. David Holt, chief of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital’s Section of Surgery and professor of surgery, was awarded the Carl Norden–Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Holt’s research interests include hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and hyperthyroidism. The award was established in 1963 to “recognize outstanding teachers who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute significantly to the advancement of the profession.” Dr. Holt also was the recipient of a 2007 Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award (Almanac April 17, 2007).
Dean's Award for Leadership in Basic Science Education
Dr. Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet, associate professor of developmental biology, received the Dean’s Award for Leadership in Basic Science Education. Dr. Saint-Jeannet’s laboratory works to define the molecular processes involved in specification and diversification of neural crest cells during the development of Xenopus laevis, a tongueless frog native to Africa.
Dean’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Science Education
Dr. Tom Parsons, associate professor of swine production medicine, New Bolton Center, received the Dean’s Award for Leadership in Clinical Science Education. Dr. Parsons’s research interests include cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release.
The four classes honored the faculty members they considered to be outstanding teachers:
Class of 2007 Awards
Class of 2007 presented awards to Dr. David Diefenderfer, V ’81, research associate and orthopaedic surgeon in the department of clinical studies, Philadelphia, and Dr. Kathryn Wotman, lecturer in medicine at New Bolton Center.
Class of 2008 Awards
The Class of 2008 presented awards to Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, director of the Ryan Veterinary Hospital’s Emergency Service, and Dr. Eric Birks, assistant professor of exercise physiology at New Bolton Center.
Class of 2009 Awards
The Class of 2009 presented an award to Dr. Robert Gilley, assistant professor of surgery.
Class of 2010 Awards
The Class of 2010 presented an award to Dr. Olena Jacenko, associate professor of physiology.
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