24 honored at the 2008 Presidential Award Ceremony
Twenty-four faculty, staff and students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were honored at the Presidential Award ceremony on Jan. 31. President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., presented awards for excellence in research, volunteer service, scholarship, clinical skills, employee excellence and teaching.
A video of the awards ceremony is available for viewing, as well as the printed program from the event.
2008 Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award
World-renowned diabetes researcher Ralph A. DeFronzo, M.D., received the universityís highest honor, the 2008 Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award. Dr. DeFronzoís work has produced novel ideas about how diabetes develops and progresses, including the concept of insulin resistance. He also is leading the development and testing of new diabetes therapies, including the drug metformin, which is used by thousands of diabetes patients worldwide.
Dr. DeFronzoís wife, Toni, accepted the award and $5,000 prize on his behalf, because he had already accepted an invitation to teach a postgraduate course at the Endocrine Fellows Foundation in San Francisco.
Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award
Robert Brenner, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology, received the Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award for his work involving epilepsy, particularly the genetics that underlie temporal lobe epilepsy, a common form of the disease. His research group also studies the genetics of asthma.
Volunteer Service Awards
This is the first year the UT Health Science Center has presented awards for volunteer service. In 2002, President George W. Bush asked Americans to help their neighbors, communities and nation through volunteer service. The University of Texas System, including the Health Science Center, instituted the Presidentís Volunteer Service Awards Program in 2007 to recognize employees who have exemplary records of volunteer service.
Five ambassador scholars, representing their respective schools, also received special recognition. The students were recommended by their deans for exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. The Presidentís Council provides scholarships for these outstanding students:
Three faculty members were recognized for their clinical excellence, representing the very best in patient care, collaborative teamwork, independent leadership and compassionate care. These award winners include:
Five employees were honored for excellence in service. They are individuals who regularly and consistently exceed expectations, significantly improving productivity and cost savings for the Health Science Center:
Six faculty members received awards for excellence in teaching. They were selected because of their extensive knowledge of the subjects they teach and awareness of current developments in their fields, as well as their significant contributions to the education and development of future health care professionals. They include:
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