May 19, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 20

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UTHSC professor chosen for Piper honor


Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, presents a certificate of merit from the Piper Foundation to Dr. D. Michael Foulds.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation recently selected Dr. D. Michael Foulds, professor in the Department of Pediatrics, as a Piper Professor of 2000 for his work as an educator at the Health Science Center.

The award and honorarium of $2,500 were presented to Dr. Foulds, along with a certificate of merit and commemorative gold pin, during a ceremony May 10.

A teacher at the Health Science Center since 1980, Dr. Foulds developed the Health Science Center's training program in general pediatrics. He also initiated and obtained grant funding for a pediatric fellowship program for post-graduate education.

"I am very excited and honored to be recognized from among people in institutions of higher education around the state," said Dr. Foulds at the awards event.

Dr. Foulds is not unaccustomed to accolades. He is a two-time recipient of the institution's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, first in 1988 and again in 1998. Dr. Foulds also was recognized in 1998 with the Ray Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education from the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association.

His students also have shown their appreciation by awarding Dr. Foulds the Pediatric Teaching Award in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and the pediatric housestaff bestowed a teaching honor in 1990.

"Your selection brings honor and distinction not only to you personally but to the Department of Pediatrics and the entire Health Science Center." said Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, at the Piper ceremony.

The Piper Professor Award brings recognition to outstanding achievement in the teaching profession in colleges and universities throughout Texas. The program was established by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in 1958. Ten awards are given annually to the "well-rounded, outgoing teacher, devoted to the profession, who has made a special impact on students and the community."

Dr. Terry Mikiten, associate dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Nan Clare, associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical School; Dr. Linda Johnson, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology; Dr. Joyce Schwartz, former associate professor in the Department of Pathology; Dr. Robert Huff, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. John Preece, professor in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science; and Dr. Carlos Pestana, former associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical School, are past winners of the Piper Professor honor.