Dean's Excellence in Research Celebration

The Dean's Excellence in Research Celebration is a two-day event to highlight the research being conducted by junior faculty, senior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students at the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

Find the schedule of events for the 2018 Dean's Excellence in Research Celebration below.

Monday, October 29

Graduate Student & PostDoc Research Showcase, Day 1

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Health Science Research Facility rooms 200, 300, & 400

The Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Trainee Showcase provides a venue for developing scientists to share their amazing work and research stories with the Larner College of Medicine community and an opportunity to earn prizes. Each presenter speaks for 12 minutes or less about their research, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A. Presentations are considered for two prizes in each of three categories - junior graduate student, senior graduate student, and postdoctoral trainee.

2018 Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award Ceremony and Lecture

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Center 200

A light lunch will be served prior to the talk from 11:15 am - 11:45 am and the awards presentation will occur from 11:45 am - 12:00 pm.

"Serendipity and Science: Chance Encounters that Shaped a Career"

Heintz PhotoNicholas H. Heintz, M.S.'77, Ph.D.'79
UVM Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Nicholas Heintz, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’79 is a respected leader in graduate education and within the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Science and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont. After postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia, he began his career as a professor of pathology at UVM in 1983, before receiving a secondary appointment to the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 1992. He transitioned to professor emeritus in 2014.

His research focuses on cell signaling pathways that control cell cycle progression, cell survival, and cell death, particularly in cancer cells, and his work has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and invited reviews. He has presented his research at many other Universities and a wide range of scientific meetings. Dr. Heintz’ research has made him an integral member of the UVM Cancer Center since 1987. In his lab, he has trained more than ten doctoral students, seven postdoctoral fellows and numerous undergraduate students.

His leadership extends beyond scientific endeavors, and his impact on graduate education at the University has been sustained over many years.  He chaired the Graduate College Executive Committee, and has served as member of numerous departmental and Graduate College committees. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the director of the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, the largest interdisciplinary graduate program in the biosciences at UVM.

Tuesday, October 30

Graduate Student & PostDoc Research Showcase, Day 2

8:00 am - 11:00 am
Health Science Research Facility rooms 200, 300, & 400

Graduate Student & PostDoc Research Showcase Awards Luncheon

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Larner Classroom, Medical Education Center 100

The Graduate Student & PostDoc Research Showcase Awards Luncheon is open to all junior graduate students, senior graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, their mentors, and their department chairs who participated in the Showcase on Monday, October 29 and the morning of Tuesday, October 30.

The Luncheon will kick-off with brief remarks from Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D. and will be followed by a short awards ceremony for winners of the Showcase in three categories: junior graduate student, senior graduate student, and postdoctoral trainee.

All are welcome and encouraged to stay and enjoy a lunch buffet after the awards ceremony has ended.

Dean's Excellence in Research Awards & Keynote Address

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Center

"The State of Research at the College" and Awards Ceremony | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Dean's Excellence in Research Awards will being with an introduction from Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., and remarks from Dean Rick L. Page, M.D. A "State of Research at the College" presentation will then by given by Dr. Jensen.

The awards ceremony portion of the program will begin immediately following Dr. Jensen's "State of Research at the College" presentation and awards will be handed out in the following order:

  • Trainee Awards for Outstanding Research Publication
  • UVM Health Network Medical Group Awards
  • Faculty Awards
"Canines, Cancer, and Comparative Genomics"

Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., NIH Distinguished InvestigatorElaine Ostrander, Ph.D.
National Institute of Health Distinguished Investigator

After the awards ceremony, keynote speaker Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., will take the stage to present "Canines, Cancer, and Comparative Genomics."

Dr. Ostrander is a Distinguished Senior Investigator and Chief of the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institute of Health (NIH). She received her Ph.D. from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1987, and did postdoctoral training at Harvard and University of California at Berkeley. She initiated the canine genome project in 1993.

Her current work focuses on finding genes controlling morphologic variation and disease susceptibility. She was a faculty member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for 12 years and moved to NIH in 2004. Dr. Ostrander has published over 340 papers, edited multiple books, and won several awards including the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award, Burroughs Welcome Award for Functional Genomics, Asa Mays Award, the International Canine Health Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2013 Genetics Society of America Medal.

*Bio received and adapted from Dr. Ostrander.

*A short reception will follow immediately in Hoehl Gallery, Health Science Research Facility 100

Celebrating Excellence in Research

Previous Awards
2017
2016
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