Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

CSB In The News 2010

 

December, 2010

    Claudia Valentim Claudia Valentim, a biochemistry graduate student in Dr. Philip T. LoVerde's laboratory and a member of the Genetics, Genomics, and Development (GGD) graduate track was given Honorable Mention in competition for the Young Investigator Award at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her presentation was entitled "Forward genetics for Schistosoma mansoni: QTL mapping of oxamniquine resistance". She was in competition with 100 other young investigators from around the world.

     

    In addition Claudia's abstract was chosen for an oral presentation in the session on Molecular Biology of Schistosoma. This year there were some 3200 attendees from around the world. Dr. Timothy Anderson from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research is her co-major professor in the presented research.

     

     

    Congratulations to Omid Rahimi! Please view the HSC News story "Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., new Willed Body Program director"

November, 2010

    Congratulations to Charleen Moore! Dr. Moore has learned she is a recipient of the
    2011 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award.

     

     

    Congratulations to Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., Director of the Willed Body Program! The Express-News wrote an article "Body-donation programs are benefit to us all" which describes the program - its existence, purpose and the constant need for more donors. (pdf)

     

     

    President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP recently honored UTHSCSA's outstanding faculty, including
    our 14 faculty with an honorific title of "Distinguished Teaching Professor" awarded by the UT Board of Regents!

    • Lily Q. Dong, Ph.D.
    • Linda Y. Johnson, Ph.D.
    • Thomas S. King, Ph.D.
    • Ellen Kraig, Ph.D.
    • Robin J. Leach, Ph.D.
    • Charleen Moore, Ph.D.
    • William W. Morgan, Ph.D.
    • Susan L. Naylor, Ph.D.
    • Omid B. Rahimi, Ph.D
    • Fred Richards, Ph.D.
    • Mary K. Vaughan, Ph.D.
    • Kristine S. Vogel, Ph.D.
    • Frank J. Weaker, Ph.D.
    • Vick Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

    View the HSC News story: Health Science Center honors 175 stellar faculty members
    Click here to view the HSC Program: "Honoring our outstanding faculty"

October, 2010

    Congratulations to the Department of CSB!
    Click to view detailed Message from Christi Walter, CSB Chair.

     

    Message Summary:
    October, 2010 Report from Jane Youngers on Restricted Funds: Awards and Expenditures

      Total Restricted Funds Awards, Direct Expenditures, and F&A Recovery for FY10.
      • CSB Awards increased to $15,849,409.
      • This is a 53% INCREASE at a time when funding is extremely difficult to acquire.

       

      GSBS as a whole, Total Restricted Funds Awards, Direct Expenditures, and F&A Recovery for FY10.

      • Increased to $57,722,338.
      • This is an 11% INCREASE for the school.

     

    October, 2010 Report from Dr. Reddick on GSBS Proposals as a whole for FY10.

      • Submitted Proposals increased to 526.
      • Submitted Proposals Funded increased to 163.
      • Funding Success increased to 31%.

     

    When we combine this information with the fact that we have 14 faculty that hold the UT System honorific title of Distinguished Teaching Professor, I think we can say we are getting the job done.

     

    I am very proud of the accomplishments that each of you have achieved. It is from your individual accomplishments that the Department realizes success. Please accept my appreciation for what you have attempted and what you have achieved.

     

    Way to go!
    Chris

     

     

    Designated Tuition Scholarship - Margaux Salas mentored by Dr. Hargreaves

     

     

    Excellence in Women's Health Award - Erica Lackey,
    Genetics, Genomics and Development track, mentored by Dr. Kadosh

     

     

    Greehey Graduate Fellowship in Children's Health

      Divya Chakravarthy, Cancer Biology track, mentored by Dr. Penalva
      Judy Chang, Cancer Biology track, mentored by Dr. Hung
      Jason Plyler, Cancer Biology track, mentored by Dr. Rao

     

     

    Philo book award

      Congratulations to Ron Philo!
      His new book, "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man" won the 2010 British Book Design and Production Award for the Exhibition Catalogues category!

       

      The winner of each category was announced at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010 gala dinner, held October 5th at the Lancaster London Hotel. www.britishbookawards.org.

       

      Click here to download a copy of the "Book of the Night". The Exhibition Catalogues category is on page 23.

       

      Best wishes, Ron!


 

August, 2010

    Congratulations to Ketan Marballi and his mentor Consuelo Walss-Bass. Ketan is the recipient of a Translational Scientist Training Award!

     

     

    CSB currently ranks 17th Nationwide!
    Congratulations to all CSB Faculty! In 2009, the department of CSB was ranked 17th for NIH funding out of the departments of Anatomy/Cell Biology nationwide by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. This was up from a rank of 23rd in 2008!

     

     

    Congratulations to Holly Van Remmen! Holly just learned that she will be the recipient of a
    Ellison Medical Foundation, Senior Scholar Award!

     

     

    Congratulations to James Mazzucca! James received the 2010 Leader in Emergency Care Recognition Award from San Antonio Air Life. It is inscribed:

    "Your dedication to the caring of others in their time of need is valued."

     

     

    Congratulations to Patricia Dahia! View the HSC News article titled: Health Science Center team finds adrenal cancer gene. Her study is published in Nature Genetics Germline mutations in TMEM127 confer susceptibility to pheochromocytoma.

     

     

    Congratulations to Ting Zhou! Ting is a graduate student in Dr. Vivienne Rebel's laboratory and has just learned that she will be the recipient of a Translational Science Training Grant!

 

July, 2010

    Congratulations to Ron Philo! He has learned that his new book, "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man" is on the shortlist for an award! Please see below. Best wishes, Ron!
      British Book Design and Production Awards 2010:
      Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man has been successful in reaching the shortlist for the Exhibition Catalogues category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010.

       

      The winner of each category will be announced at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010 gala dinner to be held on Tuesday 5 October at the Lancaster London Hotel. For ticket details please visit www.britishbookawards.org. The shortlist for the 2010 awards will also be available on the website from Monday 26 July 2010.

     

     

    Congratulations to Luiz Penalva. His article made News and Views in Molecular Systems Biology!

     

     

    Congratulations to Olivia Pereira-Smith and her UTSA collaborator, Gary Gaufo who have learned that they will receive SALSI funding for a collaborative project.

June, 2010

    Congratulations to Alison Claybon who has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Armand Guarino Award for Academic Excellence in Master of Science Studies! She is invited to give a brief presentation at Convocation August 20 at 4:00 pm.

     

     

    Congratulations are in order for Sue Naylor! CPRIT has officially announced that the training grant she put together will be funded. $2.4 million over 3 years. I believe this is the largest award to the HSC from CPRIT.

     

     

    Congratulations to the following for their Service Award!
    Susan L. Naylor, Ph.D. Professor 30 years of service
    Lourdes T. Arteaga Senior Research Assistant 5 years of service

     

     

    Congratulations to Alex Bishop! He just learned he will be the recipient of a Voelcker Young Investigator Award for a project titled: "Determining Cisplatin Survival Factors to Augment Ovarian Cancer Treatment". The Young Investigator Awards, which provide each recipient $150,000 per year over three years ($450,000), are intended to support young scientists conducting medical research to find cures for cancer, heart disease, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, retinitis, and/or macular degeneration of the retina.

     

     

    Congratulations to Xiaoban Xin in Dr. Lily Dong's lab and Wei Zhang in Dr. Jim Lechleiter's lab! Both have been notified that they are recipients of American Heart Association Predoctoral Awards!!

     

     

    Congratulations to the following for their Service Award!
    Marisa Lopez-Cruzan Lab Director 10 years of service
    Beverly Heisler Academic Programs Coordinator 10 years of service
    Linda Long Senior Research Associate 10 years of service
    Anjana Gupta Research Associate 15 years of service

 

May, 2010

    Congratulations to Lily Dong who learned she will receive funding from the San Antonio Area Foundation for her application titled, "Characterization of APPL2 as a novel target for type 2 diabetes treatment."

    Congratulations to the 2010 CSB Faculty Awardees!!
      Teaching Excellence Award in the Graduate Program: Sue Naylor
      Teaching Excellence Award in Health Professionals Courses: Charleen Moore

     

    Congratulations to the 2010 Student Awardees!!

      Best M.S. Student Poster: Hima Yalamanchili
      Best Ph.D. Student Poster: Diana Villarreal
      Best Ph.D. Student Poster: Amanda Benevides
      Barbara Bowman Award: Xiaobin Xin
      Carillo Award: Rasika Vartak
      GSBS Ambassador: Suzie Thibodeaux
      CSB Guarino M.S. Nominee: Alison Claybon
      CSB Guarino Ph.D. Nominee: Madelaine Paredes

April, 2010

March, 2010

    CSB ranks 19th Nationwide!
    Congratulations to all CSB Faculty! In 2009, the department of CSB was ranked 19th for NIH funding out of the departments of Cell Biology/Anatomy nationwide by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. This was up from a rank of 23 in 2008.

     

     

    Mary Vaughan & William Henrich

     

    "Mary Vaughan, Ph.D., honored for 40 years of service"
    Congratulations to Mary Vaughan, Ph.D.
    on her 40 years of service!!!
    Pictured at left, Mary was honored at a celebration and congratulated by UTHSCSA President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP.

     

     

    Congratulations to Holly Van Remmen on her interview with Wendy Rigby at KENS 5 TV station! The story aired on March 10, 2010 and is titled "Pumping up the research: S.A. scientists asking why we lose muscle as we age."

     

     

    Congratulations Ron Philo! On March 10, 2010, UTHSCSA released to the news media "Leonardo's anatomical sketches fascinate modern-day anatomist" & the HSC News Story: "Leonardo's sketches fascinate modern-day anatomist"!!

     

     

    Congratulations to the following for their Service Award!
    Mary Vaughan Associate Professor 40 years of service
    Huiyun Liang Research Fellow 10 years of service
    Ashley Denny Senior Research Assistant 5 years of service
    Sitai Liang, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow 5 years of service

 

February, 2010

    Dr. Mundy
    Memorial Service for Gregory R. Mundy, M.D. will be held
    Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
    in the Parman Foyer of the UTHSCSA Long Campus.

     

    Dr. Greg Mundy passed away February 25, 2010.
    Greg was a CSB faculty member and much more here at the UTHSCSA.
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Mundy family.

     

    In 2006, Dr. Mundy moved to Vanderbilt.
    Vanderbilt has posted a tribute to Dr. Greg Mundy.
    The tribute is very nicely done and it mentions his time at the UTHSCSA.


     

     

    Congratulations to Mary Vaughan and Pat Brewer!!!
    Dr. Vaughan and Dr. Brewer were voted in as new members of the UT Academy of Health Science Education for 2010.

     

     

    Congratulations to Lily Dong! Dr. Dong just learned that an ARRA supplement to one of her grants will fund!!

January, 2010

    Dr. Richardson

    "Health Science Center honors Richardson as top scholar" for 2010!

     

    Congratulations to Arlan Richardson!
    2010 Presidential Distinguished Scholar

     

    Professor of Cellular and Structural Biology, and
    Director of the Sam and Ann Barshop
    Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies


     

     

    New funding from San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI):

    • Suzette Tardif and Arlan Richardson and their UTSA partner, Rama Ratnma, have been recommended for funding to use marmosets as a model of hearing loss and aging.
    • Jim Lechleiter and his UTSA partner, Jing Jong Ye, are recommended for funding to modify the way a broad spectrum of fluorophores are excited in 2-photon microscopy.
    • Vivienne Rebel and Chris Walter and their UTSA partners, John McCarrey and Chris Navara, have been recommended for funding to hold a workshop on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: New Solutions to Old Problems.

     

     

    Congratulations to Ron Philo! Ron is the co-author of a newly published book, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man. Ron's co-author is Martin Clayton, the Deputy Curator of the Print Room at the Royal Library. The book release was intended to coincide with the Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010, and will be on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery starting in February. (http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/)

 

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