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May 21, 2004

UI Anatomy And Cell Biology Students Honored

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine held its annual student awards ceremony and reception May 7. During the ceremony seven students were honored for their academic achievements:

Michael Koenigs received the W. R. Ingram Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Neuroscience for outstanding performance by a student in the medical neuroscience course. Ingram, head of anatomy from 1940-1966, was considered a pioneer in anatomical and functional research of the hypothalamus and thalamus.

Katie Lefebvre was the recipient of the Tung-Yang Wing Award for Superior Achievement in Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Education. This award acknowledges outstanding academic achievement in the first year of anatomy and cell biology graduate education. The award commemorates Tung-Yang Wing, a UI anatomy faculty member until his death in 1985. Wing is remembered for his intense interest in the development and academic achievements of graduate students.

Steven Swenson received the Michael W. Finkelstein Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Histology. This award is presented to the first-year dental student deemed to have shown particular dedication to the ideals of scholarship and professionalism exemplified by Finkelstein during his tenure as professor of oral pathology and anatomy at the UI.

Zachary Washburn was awarded the Henry J. Prentiss Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Gross Anatomy. This award recognizes outstanding performance by a first-year medical student in the medical gross anatomy course. Prentiss served as head of the anatomy department from 1904-1931 and believed it was important for medical students to perform to the best of their abilities in basic, as well as clinical, sciences.

Joshua Everts was presented with the Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Gross Anatomy, which is given to a first-year dental student whose performance is judged outstanding by faculty teaching dental gross anatomy.

Lisa Lee received the Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching in Anatomy and Cell Biology. The award is given to a graduate student whose teaching performance is judged outstanding by the course directors in the department.

Rebecca Oberley, Ph.D., received the Mary J.C. Hendrix Graduate Leadership Award, which recognizes a senior graduate student in anatomy and cell biology for exceptional contributions to the department and to students over a sustained period. The award honors Mary J.C. Hendrix, former Kate Daum Research Professor and head of anatomy and cell biology from 1996-2003.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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