The University of Colorado School of Medicine
An annual prize of $1500 to an outstanding PRA
or other member of the School's technical research staff
Selection criteria:We seek to honor contributions of PRAs whose primary responsibility is to conduct basic, applied, or clinical bench research, but who, in the course of that work, have taken the initiative to expand the scope of their work (for example by managing instruments and research projects) and by mentoring trainees. It is not necessary that the nominee be a co-author on research publications. We seek nominees who are self-directed, highly technically competent, professional, supportive of investigators and others with whom they work (e.g. students, peers), accessible & generous with assistance, effective as instructors with a love for the task (enablers), promoters of self-sufficiency & technical competence, and who broaden our capability to conduct research through teaching, training & support.
Application process: Applications will be accepted annually between October 15 and November 15. Applicants may self-nominate.
In your nomination letter, describe the nominee's job history and address how the nominee meets the selection criteria. Limit the letter to one page, please. List names and contact information (email or telephone) of 2-3 references and send the materials to Fadul.Award@ucdenver.edu.
DONATE: Contributions are tax deductible.
Online: Click here to make a secure online donation to the Steven Fadul Award fund.
To donate by check: make the check out to "CU Foundation" and on the memo line write "Steven Fadul Award." Send your check to:
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Joy, your background is so diverse and interesting, I would like to share a bit of it with the people here tonight. You graduated magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in biology, then worked as a research tech at National Jewish before returning to school, earning a masters degree in Bioengineering from Boulder. Work followed, first in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in Boulder, then at NREL, the National Renewable Energy Lab, in Golden. In 1993 you joined us, working first in the Department of Pathology, and for the past 15 years, studying HIV immunopathogenesis in the lab of Elizabeth Connick, Professor of Medicine, in the Infectious Disease Division.
Here are some things that your colleagues say about you (and I quote):
Unquote. So much for the technical side of things. Your talents do not stop there, Joy. Again, to quote your colleagues:
Morgan, your contributions to the research programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine extend far beyond your skills in data management, qualitative research, survey design and statistics. Your energy, scientific integrity, mentorship and standards of productivity and excellence inspire everyone with whom you work. You are known for your irrepressible commitment to lifelong learning, enrolling in courses and earning an MPH degree even while shouldering a large workload as a Senior PRA.
Despite your modesty, your quiet leadership in research projects are evident to everyone, whether the study is about skiers and helmets, disaster preparedness in vulnerable communities, clinical trials, or the recent study, which you led, on different patient sampling methods in emergency departments.
Here are some examples of what people have said about you:
In the inaugural year of the Steven Fadul Award, the high number of qualified nominees nearly overwhelmed the selection committee. With support from Dean Krugman, three awardees were chosen in this first year, a further testamonial to the broad and deep support for the award to our vital PRA colleagues.
The three awardees in 2010 were Mary Wellish, Jim Dover, and Andrea Lewellyn. The citations by Dean Krugman, who presented the awards, are below.
"Since 1973, when you joined Don Gilden's lab, you have made major contributions to his research. There is a general saying in the lab: Any time you have a question, scientific or otherwise, the standard answer is, "Ask Mary." In any situation, if an experiment needs to be executed with due diligence, you will get it done, quickly and properly. You take initiative in designing of experiments and interpretation of results. Your superb technical skills, generous spirit, and long experience have made you indispensible to all in the lab."
"Jim, you have been with Mark Johnston since his lab was founded nearly 30 years ago. Your contributions go well beyond the 12 papers that you have co-authored. You have played a major role in training the students and postdocs who have passed through Mark's lab, as well as many others from other labs. In fact, it was rare to attend a student or postdoc research presentation or read a student thesis that did not acknowledge Jim Dover's assistance and support. You have brought this expertise and generosity of spirit with you from St. Louis, and already more than 25 investigators have availed themselves of your help with Next Generation DNA sequencing. It is no wonder that, at Mark's going away party at Wash. U., the list of the top 10 reasons why people there were sad to see Mark go was topped by this: 'Jim Dover is going with him.' "
"Andrea, you are an expert embryologist, but so much more. Beginning with your work in Barry Pierce's lab, and continuing for the past 20 years with Jim Maller, you have trained a generation of scientists with your adept touch in manipulating both Xenopus oocytes and dilatory graduate students. Generous with your time, stern when you need to be, you have kept Jim's Howard Hughes lab operating in a coherent and efficient manner. And for the really heroic experiments, such as injecting 600 oocytes at a rate of 12 per minute, you pulled it off with grace and style, as you did everything else."