Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

February, 2017


Congratulations to Naomi Sayre!
Her VA Career Development grant will be funded.


Congratulations to Russ Reiter for Molecules being chosen as "ESI Top Papers" by Web of Science! This paper was cited 57 times in the first 12 months after publication. And... it's promoted on Twitter!


"Melatonin's role in Cancer" Talk By Russel J. Reiter, PhD


January, 2017


Congratulations to Karl Rodriguez! He is featured in the GSBS blog, Faculty Spotlight: 21 Questions With Dr. Karl Rodriguez!



Congratulations to Bess Frost on a new Women's Health Scholar award!


Congratulations to Dr. Iza Eduardo da Silva, and her mentor Dr. LuZhe Sun, for winning the best poster in the postdoctoral category at the CTRC symposium last week!


2017 Presidential Award, Teaching Excellence Award


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter!


James Lechleiter, PhD
Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, School of Medicine


Jim has been honored with a Presidential Award for demonstrating outstanding service. He and the other 2017 Presidential Award recipients will be honored with a plaque and cash award at a special dinner on March 6, 2017.


2016 Recipient of the Debbie Yrle Service Award


Congratulations to Sarah Lindauer!
Associate Director of Finance and Administration
Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy


Sarah was presented with the 2016 Deborah C. Yrle Distinguished Service Award! Read article in the GSBS The Pipette Gazette: 2016 Debbie Yrle Distinguished Service Award The Debbie Yrle Distinguished Service Award was created by Dr. Bettie Sue Masters in 2007 following Debbie's unexpected death. Debbie was Dr. Masters' long-time administrative assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and exemplified excellence in all she did.

Dr. James F. Nelson, chair of the 2016 Selection Committee for the Deborah C. Yrle Distinguished Service Award Dr. Kay Oyajobi, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, nominated Sarah
Dr. Walter, Chair of the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Dr. Nelson presents Sarah with Award Dr. Oyajobi, Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Sarah with Debbie Yrle's family Dr. Weiss, Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Dr. Oyajobi, Sarah and Wouter Sarah and Wouter



The Department of CSA has three articles in the Fall 2016 - Winter 2017 Mission magazine!

    The dead teach the living, January 1, 2017, by Joe Michael Feist (PDF format)
    Features a remarkable journey of a courageous donor - Suzanne Felts, Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., Body Donation Program Director, and Linda Baker-Webber, Body Donation Program Coordinator.


    Dollars for cancer cures, January 1, 2017, by contributor (PDF format)
    The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) provide funding for five additional years of the cancer research training progam. "The cancer research training program at the health science center is a continuum from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral levels," said the program's director, Babatunde "Kay" Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., associate professor of cell systems and anatomy.


    Healing starts here The long and winding road to clinical trials is expensive, complex, demanding and rewarding. January 1, 2017, by Lety Laurel (PDF format)
    Dr. Frost is the top picture of this one. The printed magazine has the caption "Bess Frost, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cell Systems & Anatomy, and other researchers used fruit fly models to determine brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease is linked to the disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells. The finding, confirmed in postmortem brain tissue of people with Alzheimer's disease, is expected to open new avenues of study on how to prevent the earliest biological events that result in disease."




Congratulations to Tom King and Rama Sharma for their new award from the Shine Academy titled, "Connecting the Dots: Morphing-Based Animation of Cervical Pathology for Medical Students."



In January, Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D. visited the 2017 Harbin Ice Festvial in China!

    Dr. Reiter shares two photos of ice sculptures and two of snow sculptures!


    Harbin Ice Festvial 2017 is the world's largest ice festival in beautiful Harbin city.


In November, 2016, William W. Morgan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Master Teacher visited Africa. While in the Tswalu Private Game Reserve in the northern part of South Africa in the Kalahari Desert, Dr. Morgan captured this picture and labeled it "What male lions do best!".




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