Dr. Michael Markey and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Gavin Andrew Markey, on Dec. 17, 2009.
Rick Salisbury received the Best Student Platform presentation award based on his presentation at Proctor and Gamble as part of the Annual Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology meeting. His abstract, entitled "TCDD-induced inhibition of the 3'IgHRR is mediated by an interaction between the AhR and NF-kappaB/Rel proteins" was one of four Ph.D. student abstracts selected for platform presentation.
Dr. Steven Berberich officially became chair of the department, effective Nov. 1, 2009.
Rachel Omolewu, an M.S. student in Dr. Prochaska's laboratory, also ran in the 10K Run in the U.S. Air Force Marathon. (Time: 49:09 min.; pace: 7:57 min/mile; place: 136th overall, 18th woman, 6th in age category.)
Teresa Cvetkov, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Prochaska's laboratory, placed in the 10K Run in the U.S. Air Force Marathon. (Time: 41:11 min.; pace: 6:39 min/mile; place: 20th overall, 2nd woman, 1st in age category.)
Dr. Heather Hostetler joined the department as an assistant professor on Sept. 1. She has received a three-year NIH R00 award entitled, "The role of long chain acyl-CoAs in nuclear receptor regulation."
Carla Benton, a junior, has received a 2009 Presidential Commendation for Excellence in Co-curricular Activities.
Miss Benton is in her junior year in the physics program, with a current GPA of 4.0. She recently was invited to present her undergraduate research work at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Poster Session on Capitol Hill organized by the Council on Undergraduate Education, where she was visited by Senator Steve Austria. She has already co-authored 3 papers:
Drs. Chad Ferguson and Katherine Kapo received their Ph.D. degrees after successful defenses of their dissertations. Congratulations to the program's latest Ph.D. recipients!
Kevin Kelley, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate, won the First Place Poster Award at the Boonshoft School of Medicine's Medical Student Research Symposium.
Amber Todd, Ph.D. candidate, won the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program.