Each June, I look forward with great pleasure to the reception honoring the Distinguished Faculty Award recipients. The winners are selected by members of the Faculty Advisory Committee from among the many outstanding nominees in each award category. One of the highlights for me is listening to excerpts from the nomination letters written by faculty. The writers not only detail their colleagues’ accomplishments, they also share observations and experiences that speak to the nominees’ creativity, dedication and passion for teaching, patient care and research.
This year, we have a new award to announce. The inaugural Francis Straus Mentorship Award honors the memory of Dr. Francis H. Straus II, Professor in the Department of Pathology, as a mentor of students, residents, and fellows during his many years as a member of our faculty in the department of Pathology. “We wanted something within the Biological Sciences Division that would endure and acknowledge what Francis was and did,” said his widow, Lorna P. Straus, Professor Emerita of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, in a story in the Spring 2016 issue of Medicine on the Midway.
A reception honoring the Distinguished Faculty Award winners will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 27 in the fourth-floor atrium of the DCAM. Please click here to RSVP. We hope you will join us for this occasion to celebrate the work of your faculty colleagues, who are being honored for excellence in the following categories:
Francis Straus Mentorship Award: John P. Kress, Professor of Medicine, and Matthew Brady, Associate Professor of Medicine.
Distinguished Investigator: D. Allan Drummond, Assistant Professor of Human Genetics (Junior Award) and Joy Bergelson, Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolution (Senior Award)
Distinguished Leader in Diversity and Inclusion: Sonia Kupfer, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Junior Award) and Monica Vela, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Pritzker School of Medicine (Senior Award)
Distinguished Clinician: Kamala Cotts, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Junior Award); Edward Garrity, Professor of Medicine (Senior Award), and Wendy Stock, Professor of Medicine (Senior Award)
Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation: Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, and Katherine Thompson, Assistant Professors of Medicine (Junior Award) and Cathryn Nagler, Professor of Pathology (Senior Award)
Distinguished Educator/Mentor: Lolita (Maria) Alkureishi, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical Sciences Award); John Alverdy, Professor of Surgery (Clinical Sciences Award); and Dorothy Hanck, (Basic Sciences Award).
Distinguished Leader in Community Service and Advocacy: Anna Volerman, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics (Junior Award) and Brad Stolbach, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Senior Award)