Awards and Accolades
David S. Alberts has been designated Director Emeritus by the Arizona Health Sciences Center. This honor recognizes his distinguished career and 38 years of service advancing the UA College of Medicine. Alberts serves as Regents' Professor of medicine, pharmacology, nutritional science and public health and coordinates Phase I and II pharmacokinetic drug studies at the UA Cancer Center. His research has produced many patents and the co-founding of five Arizona pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Alberts has held numerous positions throughout his career, including adviser to cancer research, director of the UA Cancer Center and chair of the Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration. He has served as a member of several boards, such as the National Cancer Institute's Board of Counselors and its Board of Scientific Advisors.
Robert Collier, professor of animal sciences in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Dairy Science Association. The ASDA is an international organization with 2,000 members who are committed to advancing the dairy industry. Only 0.2 percent of members are selected as fellows each year. Collier was chosen for his exceptional contributions to the dairy industry through research on the physiological responses of dairy cows to varying levels of heat. Collier's research on heat stress allows farmers to predict when cows are in danger of overheating and has led to altered management of dairy cows during late pregnancy to reduce environmental heat load. The reduced stress improves calf birth weight and increases milk yields. Collier also has been nationally and internationally recognized for his research and publications on environmental physiology in other domestic animals and on the biology of lactation.
Teri Lucie Thompson, senior vice president of University Relations at the UA, has been inducted into the College of Education Alumni Hall of Fame at Illinois State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in education. Thompson taught at Illinois State’s University High School for eight years and served as English department chair. After entering public affairs and marketing, she remained dedicated to the school and established a scholarship, the "Lucie Critical Thinking Award," which is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated a questioning spirit, divergent thinking and an unyielding desire for knowledge. Before joining the UA, Thompson served as vice president of marketing and media and chief marketing officer at Purdue University. She also is the author of "Tuning into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer." Her work has been recognized by major publications, such as The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Thompson has received numerous awards for her community service and excellence in marketing leadership, including the American Marketing Association’s Higher Education Marketer of the Year Award in 2012.
Bill Ochs, project manager of the James Webb Space Telescope project, presented an award to team members of Steward Observatory for delivering a Near Infrared Camera, known as NIRCam, to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The NIRCam team is led by Marcia Rieke, Regents' Professor of Astronomy. This award is in recognition of the UA's leadership and dedication to designing, building and testing of the NIRCam. The team has been working on the camera since 2002. The telescope will be able to detect the universe's first light-emitting galaxies and star clusters, allowing for a glimpse at the creation of the universe. The NIRCam will be at the heart of the telescope and will be able to detect barely visible and infrared light, enabling astronomers to study objects far in the outer solar system. It also will be used to study star formation in the Milky Way galaxy and discovering and characterizing planets around stars.
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