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May 2, 2005

Anatomy And Cell Biology Department To Honor Student Achievements

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will hold its annual student awards ceremony and reception May 3. During the ceremony, six students will be honored for their academic achievements:

Nicholas Thompson will receive the W. R. Ingram Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Neuroscience. Ingram was head of anatomy at the UI from 1940-1966, and was considered a pioneer in anatomical and functional research of the hypothalamus and thalamus.

Natalie Freed will receive the Henry J. Prentiss Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Gross Anatomy. Prentiss, who served as head of the anatomy department from 1904-1931, believed that excelling in both basic and clinical sciences was important for medical students. The award recognizes outstanding performance by a first-year medical student in the medical gross anatomy course.

Dustin Hopkin will receive two awards: the Michael W. Finkelstein Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Histology, awarded 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 UI professor of oral pathology and anatomy; and the Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Gross Anatomy.

Stacey Payne will receive the Award for Superior Achievement in Student Teaching in Anatomy and Cell Biology, which is given to a graduate student whose teaching performance is judged outstanding by the course directors in the department.

Darren Hoffmann will receive 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 is named for Mary J.C. Hendrix, the former Kate Daum Research Professor and head of anatomy and cell biology from 1996-2003.

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