PORTLAND, Ore. -- Five Oregon Health & Science University faculty members have been recognized for exceptional efforts in support of the universitys research, teaching, service, collaboration and leadership missions. They are the winners of the 2007 OHSU Faculty Senate Awards.
The awards recognize OHSU faculty members who have demonstrated a sustained and significant record of meritorious academic accomplishments. The winners each of whom has received $3,500 from the OHSU Foundation are:
Research: Michael V.Danilchik, Ph.D., professor in the department of integrative biosciences in the School of Dentistry. Danilchik works at the interface between cell and developmental biology, using sea urchin and amphibian embryos to study mechanisms of early morphogenesis, when rapidly dividing cells first begin to differentiate and organize themselves into functional tissues. He pioneered the use of confocal microscopy live cell imaging at OHSU. His research which has had continuous funding support from the National Science Foundation since 1986 has focused on gaining a better understanding of how embryonic cells modify general cellular mechanisms to generate the earliest features of the embryos body plan. He currently is working on understanding cytoskeletal and membrane dynamics during embryonic compaction when dividing cells start to organize and function as epithelia.
Teaching: William Hersh, M.D., professor and chair of the department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology (DMICE) in the School of Medicine. Hersh has been a pioneer and international leader in the rapidly evolving field of biomedical informatics. Under his leadership, OHSU has developed one of the nations most respected academic programs in the field, which focuses on the use of information to improve health care and biomedical research. Informatics education was first offered at OHSU in 1992 through the award of a training grant by the National Library of Med
Contact: Harry Lenhart
Oregon Health & Science University