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8 UT Health Science Center faculty bring home $200,000 in Regents teaching awards

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Medellin, a School of Medicine pediatrician, honored as 2012 inductee into UT Academy of Health Science Education

SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2012) — The University of Texas System Board of Regents, meeting in Austin, today honored eight faculty of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio with the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. Each winner received $25,000 in the highly competitive awards program.

The UT System offered the awards to faculty in the UT health-related institutions this year for the first time. Overall, 40 professors representing all six institutions were recognized.

Also at the Regents meeting, Glen Medellin, M.D., FAAP, of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, was honored with other 2012 inductees of the UT Academy of Health Science Education. Dr. Medellin is an associate chair of pediatrics and holds the Greehey Distinguished Chair in Palliative Care for Children. He is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and director of medical student education in the School of Medicine.

“We are so pleased with the recognition that these faculty members have received for their dedication and commitment to excellence in education. Each one of them has gone above and beyond the norm to offer innovation in the classroom or clinical setting to ensure that our students are getting the very best education possible before providing care in the community,” said Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., president ad interim of the Health Science Center.

UT Health Science Center recipients of the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award include:

Sandra Adams, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care in the School of Medicine

Linda Johnson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology in the School of Medicine

Richard Ludueña, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine

Susan Naylor, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology in the School of Medicine

William Rose, D.D.S., assistant professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry in the Dental School

Linda Smith, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the School of Health Professions

Patricia Wathen, M.D., clinical professor in the Division of General Medicine in the School of Medicine

Gail Williams, Ph.D., RN, professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing

“These awards demonstrate the Board’s commitment to recognize outstanding faculty members for their exceptional performance and innovation in the classroom,” Regents Chairman Gene Powell of San Antonio said. “The Board is very pleased to offer these teaching excellence awards for the first time to faculty members at our outstanding comprehensive academic health science centers.”

At a reception in Austin on July 11, three UT Health Science Center faculty members who were inducted into the UT Academy of Health Science Education in 2011 were also honored. They include Linda McManus, Ph.D., professor of pathology; Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology; and Omid B. Rahimi, Ph.D., assistant professor of cellular and structural biology and director of the Health Science Center’s Human Anatomy Program.

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