Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA In The News 2008


November, 2008

    Beverly Heisler, Academic Coordinator Congratulations to Beverly Heisler, Academic Coordinator!
      She has been selected for the Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award. We are very proud of Beverly and believe she is highly deserving of this award. Only five classified and/or administrative & professional staff members are selected each year for their overall outstanding job performance and contributions to the Health Science Center. Nominees must be individuals whose overall performance regularly and consistently exceed expectations and reflect a high level of service, trust-worthiness, and respect.


      The Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Awards are given to recognize staff members who have made truly distinctive contributions to the Health Science Center and our missions of teaching, research, patient care, and public service. (11/17/08)


    HSC's segment in PBS series wins Lone Star EMMY®. (11/4/08)
    Congratulations to Steven Austad, Ph.D. and Arlan Richardson, Ph.D.! One of three episodes recognized in a 13 part series, is titled "Aging with Dignity" and features Barshop Institute. The awards were presented during the 6th Annual Lone Star EMMY® Awards Gala on Oct. 18 at Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston.


October, 2008

    Barshop faculty draw millions in career development awards. (10/14/08)
    Congratulations to the Barshop Faculty! Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., Yuji Ikeno, M.D., Ph.D., Anson Pierce, Ph.D., Carlos Orihuela, Ph.D., Shane Rea, Ph.D., Viviana Perez, Ph.D., Elizabeth Fernandez, Ph.D., and Karl Rodriguez, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Medicine.


September, 2008

    Congratulations to Sue Naylor! She has received notification that her joint proposal titled, "UTPA - Cancer Center at UTHSCSA Border Partnership," a P20 grant will be funded. (09/26/08)


    Congratulations to Omid Rahimi! Dr. Rahimi has been invited to join the UTHSCSA Academy of Master Teachers. He will join Linda Johnson, Tom King, Ellen Kraig, Robin Leach, Sue Naylor, Mary Vaughan, Kris Vogel and Frank Weaker as members of this elite teaching academy. Congratulations to all of our master teachers! (9/19/08)


    CSB faculty received 2 out of 7 newly awarded UT Academy of Health Science Education Grants! Congratulations to:

    • William Morgan!
      Dr. Morgan's is titled, "Use of a Constructionist Learning Module to Teach Complex Models of Statistics".


    • Frank Weaker!
      Dr. Weaker's is titled, "A 3-dimensional Skull- Pathways of Arteries".


    Congratulations to Russ Reiter! He was recently awarded the inaugural Aaron B Lerner Pioneer Award at a FASEB Summer Research Conference on melatonin! Aaron Lerner first isolated and identified melatonin. (9/9/08)


    Many of you will remember Dr. Bill Winborn, a retired faculty member of this department. Dr. Winborn submitted some images to the Nikon Small World photo contest. All of the images for the Nikon Small World 2008 Contest have been posted on their web site. The winners will be posted on October 15th. Dr. Winborn's image representing the Health Science Center is shown below:

    Dr. Winborn's image


August, 2008

    Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy Welcomes Italian Exchange Students
    The UT Health Science Center's Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy recently hosted five Italian medical students from the University of Bologna. The students came to participate in "Regional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Trunk for the Foreign Medical Student," a five-week anatomy workshop.
    View Story in pdf format. (8/14/08)


    Viviana Perez, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2008 Barbara H. Bowman Scholarship. Congratulations! Dr. Perez is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Arlan Richardson's laboratory. (8/6/08)


July, 2008

    Congratulations to Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., on receiving the Lord Cohen Medal for Services to Gerontology!! Dr. Richardson, Director and Founder of the The Barshop Center for Longevity and Aging Studies received The British Society for Research on Aging highest honor! Barshop Institute director receives British gerontology medal (7/17/08)


    Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D. is the recipient of a new Muscular Dystrophy Research Grant! (7/17/08)


    Kay Oyajobi, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D., is the co-PI of a newly awarded Cancer Development and Progression Pilot Grant Program of CTRC! (7/17/08)


    Vivienne I. Rebel, M.D., Ph.D. is the recipient of a new Pilot Grant Award from the CTRC. (7/17/08)


    Congratulations to Charles Keller, M.D., the recipient of:

    • a new Innovation Award from Alex's Lemonade Stand,
    • a Research Grant from St. Baldrick's Foundation,
    • a Pilot Grant from the Brain Tumor Society,
    • SPARC Commercialization Funds from the UT Health Science Center STTM Office and
    • PI of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Scott Carter Foundation! (7/17/08)


    Congratulations to J. Saadi Imam and Yao-Fu-Chang, postdoctoral fellows in Manjeet Rao's laboratory. They both received San Antonio Area Foundation Awards. (7/17/08)


June, 2008

    Viviana Perez has just received word that she will be funded with a senior postdoctoral fellow grant award from the American Federation for Aging Research! (6/26/08)


    Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D. has just been informed that she will be the recipient of a Julie Martin MidCareer Grant Award from the American Federation for Aging Research! (6/26/08)


    Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D. will be receiving the Lord Cohen Medal for Services to Gerontology at the annual meeting of the British Society for Research on Aging! (6/26/08)


    Luiz Penalva, Ph.D. has successfully funded a proposal to organize a workshop on RNA binding proteins! The workshop will be sponsored by the University of Andalusia in Spain. (6/26/08)


    Christi A. Walter, Ph.D. has been selected as
    Chair of the Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy!
    Dr. Walter, who has been with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences since 1988, has served as Cell Systems & Anatomy's Interim Chair for the department, and brings both research and administrative expertise to the position. (6/12/08)


    Anson Pierce is the recipient of a newly funded mentored VA Research Award. (6/12/08)


    Steven N. Austad, Ph.D. has earned our congratulations for being named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Biology Department at Purdue University. (6/12/08)


May, 2008

    Linda Johnson, Tom King, and Omid Rahimi received 3 of the 10 Outstanding Faculty Awards given by the 2008 graduating Medical Class. In addition, Linda Johnson was an Assistant Marshal! (5/19/08)


    Dr. William Morgan recently returned from a trip to South Africa. He shared some extraordinary photos of the African Wildlife.


    Congratulations to Nikki Ruparel, a CSB graduate student being mentored by Dr. Ken Hargreaves. Nikki was recently awarded the Maria Yeung Student Research Award by the Dental School. (5/16/08)


    Fred Richards, III, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the first year dental students! (5/15/08)


    Dr. Richardson's San Antonio Business Journal Article:
    Barshop Institute director recognized nationally for aging research. (5/14/08)


April, 2008

    Linda Y. Johnson's passion for teaching is a featured article in the School of Medicine magazine! Please view Dr. Johnson's feature article in PDF format. Click Here to read the School of Medicine - SOM FUTURE magazine. (4/30/08)


    Congratulations to Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., Professor and Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., Associate Professor! They are participants in a program project grant with faculty at the University of Michigan. Funding is to begin May 1, 2008! (4/25/08)


    Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., Professor is the recipient of The Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction! HSCNews Article: Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., to receive aging society's top award
    The Wright Award Lecture will be given at the Gerontological Society of America's annual meeting in National Harbor, Maryland on Saturday, November 22, 2008. (4/21/08)


    Dr. Moore Congratulations to Charleen M. Moore, on her celebration of 35 years of service! Charleen Moore, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Systems & Anatomy, is honored for her 35 years of service with a commemorative plaque from President Cigarroa. (4/17/08)


    Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor is the recipient of the Barbara Sanford Preclinical Teaching Award.(4/1/08)


March, 2008

    Kristine S. Vogel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, will be tenured effective September 1, 2008! This is a well deserved recognition of her importance to the Department of CSB and the HSC. (3/26/08)


    Jim Buchanan Buchanan recognized for 35 years of service:
    James Buchanan, Research Associate in the department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, is honored for his 35 years of service with a commemorative plaque from President Cigarroa.

    The Department of CSB sincerely appreciates Jim for his dedication and unwavering support of our growing department. His contributions are immeasurable and we thank him for his outstanding commitment, support and service! (3/19/08)


February, 2008

    Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., Professor, recently appeared in Science Watch under Fast Breaking Papers for the Article Title: One molecule, many derivatives: A never-ending interaction of melatonin with reactive oxygen and nitrogen species?
    Click here to read the February 2008 Fast Breaking Paper on Dr. Reiter! (2/26/08)


    Ellen Kraig, Ph.D., Professor, received the American Association of Immunologists Distinguished Service Award.
    Click here to read the article in the San Antonio Business Journal: National science group honors local immunologist.(2/5/08)


January, 2008

    Charles Keller, MD., Assistant Professor, has been named one of 40 Under Forty Rising Stars by the San Antonio Business Journal! (1/25/08)


    Sgt Robert W. Nichols, 19 March 1976 - 22 January 2008
    Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. We all mourn this tragic loss.
    Robert Nichols Obituary and View/Sign guestbook. (1/25/08)



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