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UI faculty member to receive research honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Richard G. Lynch, professor and head of pathology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been named this year's recipient of the Rous-Whipple Award from the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP).

Lynch, a UI faculty member since 1981, was selected for his influential research in immunology, particularly his study of tumors in bone marrow and plasma cells.

He has authored hundreds of publications and lectures, and received numerous honors and awards. In 1993-94, he led the UI College of Medicine as interim dean.

Commenting on his research, Lynch credits others who have assisted along the way. "The research accomplishments during the past 25 years reflect the creative energies and efforts of many graduate students, fellows and staff of the laboratory, and would not have been possible without financial support from the National Institutes of Health," he says.

Frances A. Pitlick, ASIP executive officer, describes Lynch as, "a model citizen and exemplary statesman for investigative pathology, and for the larger community of biomedical science. He is also a distinguished and tough-minded leader who is known for his honesty and integrity, and for his effectiveness as a mentor."

Lynch will receive a plaque and $5,000 cash award April 8 at the ASIP annual meeting in New Orleans, and will deliver a lecture the next morning. Named for two Nobel laureates and pioneers in American pathology, the Rous-Whipple Award is given annually to a mid-career pathologist for distinguished achievements in research.