Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA In The News 2009


December, 2009

    Dr. Reiter & Dr. Rodriguez


    Congratulations to Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., Dr.h.c.mult.,
    on the acceptance of his
    fourth honorary doctorate degree!

    On the left, Dr. Reiter is pictured after receiving his honor in Badajoz, Spain, from Dr. Ana Rodriguez at the University of Extremadura.


    Congratulations to Olivia Pereira-Smith and Kaoru Tominaga! They have just learned that their paper on the role of MRG15 in RNA splicing has been accepted for publication in Science.
    Luco,R.F, Pan, Q., Tominaga, K., Blencowe B.J., Pereira-Smith, O.M. and Misteli, T. "Regulation of alternative splicing by histone modifications." Science.


    Congratulations to Suzette Tardif! She has learned that the supplement to her NIDDK R01 will fund!


November, 2009

    Congratulations to Steve Austad! He has just learned that a new R24 grant on marmosets will be funded!


    Nov. 7, 2009, Powder Puff Football Game Results:
    The MS II outplayed MS I in a spectacular display of their impressive off campus abilities! However, the anatomy faculty supporters at the game, claim the MS I cheerleaders were "Outstanding"!! Congratulations to both teams!


October, 2009

    Congratulations to Russ Reiter! Russ just learned that a submitted grant will be funded by the American Institute of Cancer Research.


    Congratulations to the following for their 2009 Service Award!
    Ron Philo, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer 35 years of service
    Janice Deng Instructor/Research 10 years of service
    Deborah Holstein Senior Research Assistant 10 years of service


    Congratulations to Bijal Karia! She just learned she will receive a Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Predoctoral fellowship! Congratulations to her mentor Alex Bishop!


    Congratulations to Suzette Tardif! Suzette was awarded one of the IIMS/CTSA pilot grants for her Marmoset Model.


    Congratulations to the Department of CSB SECC Basket Raffle Winners!


    SECC Raffle Winner! SECC Raffle Winner!


September, 2009

    Congratulations to Arlan Richardson and Dave Sharp! Dr. Arlan Richardson, P.I. and Dr. Dave Sharp, Co-P.I. has received a two-year, NIA grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for "Can Rapamycin Retard Age-Related Diseases?".


    Congratulations to Steven Austad! He will receive an R01 grant from the NIA titled, "Mechanisms of Exceptional Longevity in the World's Longest-Lived Animal".


    Congratulations to Manjeet Rao! He has learned that his R01 will be funded.


    Congratulation to LuZhe Sun! LuZhe has been named the Dielmann Endowed Chair in Oncology and the Associate Director for Translational Research at the CTRC.


    Congratulations to Lily Dong. Lily is a regular member of the NIDDK review panel that considers F30 and F32 applications.


    Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter. He has just learned that a supplement to his R01 has been funded for 2 years.


    Congratulations to Ellen Kraig. Ellen has just learned that a supplement to an R01 will be funded.


    Congratulations to the everyone who participated in preparation of supplements to the Nathan Shock Center grant. Arlan Richardson, P.I. of the Nathan Shock Center, has just learned that 2 supplements will be awarded!


July, 2009

    Congratulations to Aislynn Samano. She has been selected as the recipient for the "Armand J. Guarino Award" for Academic Excellence in Master of Science Studies. Charles Keller was her advisor. The award is typically given at the Graduate School Convocation. This year convocation will be August 21, 2009 at 4 p.m.


    Congratulations to the following for their 2009 Service Award!
    Robert Chalk Anatomical Embalmer 5 years of service
    Elana Levin Senior Research Associate 5 years of service
    Andrej Podlutsky Assistant Professor/Research 5 years of service


    Congratulations to Vivienne Rebel. She has just learned that she will be the recipient of a Nathan Shock Pilot Project Grant.


    Congratulations to Ellen Kraig and her collaborators, Sue Stacy, Dave Sharp and Tony Infante. They have received word that they will receive a Nathan Shock Pilot Project Grant.


June, 2009

    Congratulations to Damon Herbert! He has received word that NIA is funding a proposal that is a summer research program in which undergraduate students will be working in the labs of faculty engaged in aging research. They may be on the main campus or at the Barshop.


    Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi! Kay has been selected to serve 3-4 years as a Chartered member of NCI-F Subcommittee (Training and Manpower). The committee reviews K99/R00 and institutional T32s for NCI.


    Congratulations to Yidong Bai and Qitao Ran! Dr. Bai and Dr. Ran were recently elected as a GSBS Representative to the Faculty Senate.


    Congratulations to Anson Pierce. Anson has learned that he will receive an award from the Semp Russ Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation!


    Researchers study trauma response using near-infrared rays (HSC News Article)
    Congratulations to James Lechleiter and Charles Keller!

    Merry Lindsey has been named Interim Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research Programs and has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure effective 9/1/09.
    Grad Students 2009 Proud owners of brand new Ph.D.'s in
    Cell Systems & Anatomy are:
    Shivani Ruparel,
    Earlanda Williams,
    Zachary Johnson and
    Emily Copes Rhodes.


    Congratulations to our Graduates!!!


May, 2009

    Congratulations to Lora Talley-Watts and her mentor Jim Lechleiter. Lora just received word that her F32 NRSA postdoctoral fellowship application will be funded. (5/21/09)
    Congratulations to Charles Keller and Lab. Their paper was selected for the cover of September issue of Pediatric Blood & Cancer. Also, Sachiko from Charles' lab won 1st place in the poster competition at the CBN retreat last week. (5/21/09)
    Congratulations to Vivienne Rebel! Vivienne has just learned she will be the recipient of a new R21 from the NIA! (5/19/09)
    Congratulations are extended to Drs. Yidong Bai and Babatunde Oyajobi! Both will be tenured Associate Professors effective September 1, 2009. Well done! (5/14/09)
    Niki Ruparel received an award for "Excellence In Research" from Omicron Kappa Upsilon, (the dental honor society) AND the "Maria Young Student Research Award" given by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry! Congratulations Niki! (5/14/09)
    Congratulations to Jessica Ibarra! Jessica was selected for an oral presentation at the Medicine Research Day. (5/13/09)
    Congratulations to Earlanda L. Williams! The Women's Faculty Association has proudly awarded Earlanda L. Williams with a UTHSCSA "Student Leadership Award". The ceremony will be held at the School of Nursing, Hurd Auditorium (Room 1.104), Tuesday May 19th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Congratulations to Thomas King, Susan Naylor and Frank Weaker who were elected to the UT Academy of Health Science Education! CSB is proud to have 3 faculty from our department elected out of a total of 12 across the state! We now have 5 members from CSB in the Academy: Thomas King, Susan Naylor, Frank Weaker, Ellen Kraig and Linda Johnson. HSC News Article
    The induction ceremony for this year's new members will be held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Innovations in Health Science Education Conference in Austin in February 2010. (5/6/09)
    Congratulations to the following for their 2009 Service Award!
    Alda Saenz-Flores Research Associate - Dr. Oyajobi's Lab 10 years of service
    Omid Rahimi Assistant Professor 10 years of service


April, 2009

    The following were recognized Friday, April 17th at the CSB Retreat.
    Congratulations to our awardees!
      Lily Dong - Graduate Teacher Award
      (not pictured)


      Niki Ruparel Wilson Fok
      Niki Ruparel
      Barbara H. Bowman
      Graduate Student of the Year Award
      Wilson Fok
      David Carillo
      Award for Excellence
      Angela Sanchez & Stephanie Zimmer Dr. Weaker with Dr. Morgan
      Angela Sanchez (left) &
      Stephanie Zimmer (right)
      Student Poster Award
      (pictured with Dr. Van Remmen)
      Frank Weaker (left)
      Excellence in Health Professional
      Student Education
      (pictured with Dr. Morgan)


    Congratulations to Linda Johnson and Omid Rahimi for being selected as Outstanding Faculty by the Medical School Graduating Class of 2009.
    In addition, Linda Johnson was selected as an Assistant Marshall for graduation, second year in a row!   More fine examples of teaching excellence in the Department. (4/7/09)


March, 2009

    Congratulations to Russ Reiter! Russ has been selected as the keynote speaker (6:00-6:45 PM) at a New York Academy of Science Conference entitled "Circadian Disruption and Cancer" on June 19, 2009, in New York. (3/13/09)
    Dr. Susan L. Naylor honored at robotics tournament (HSC News 3/24/09)
    Northwest Vista College's Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) has selected Susan Naylor as an honored namesake for one of the divisions at the 1st Annual Tech Challenge. The Championship tournament for the FIRST Tech Challenge will be held on Sunday March 15th at the AT&T Center. The opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 AM and the awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM.
    Division names at the events are chosen to honor famous scientists and engineers in the San Antonio Area. The names for the current two divisions are Dr. Francis X. Kane and Dr. Susan Naylor. This decision was made after a brief consultation with researcher and futurist Jim Brazell an expert of the history of science and technology in the San Antonio area. (3/13/09)
    Congratulations to Sue Naylor! Dr. Naylor is the recipient of a new R21 from the NIA. (3/2/09)
    Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi! Dr. Sakaguchi was named one of two faculty recipients of the Barbara Sanford Equity in Teaching Award by the 1st and 2nd year medical students. (3/2/09)


February, 2009

    Congratulations to Bill Morgan! Dr. Morgan was one of three people invited to present their projects on Innovation in Health Science Education Award from the UT Academy for Health Science Education to the annual symposium on UT Innovations in Health Science Education held at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin. (2/5/09)
    Congratulations to Qitao Ran! He has just learned that his VA Merit award (similar to NIH R01) has been approved for funding! (2/5/09)



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