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Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Multiple Department Members Win Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) Awards 

  • Donna Calu, Assistant Professor wins the Alumnus of the Year Award, Natalie Zlebnik Assistant Professor, the Postdoctoral Fellow Excellence in Mentorship Award, and Carleigh Jenne, Graduate Student in the Master's Program in Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science (Lab of Asaf Keller, Professor and Interim Chair), the MS Scholar Award. The awards will be presented at the annual GPILS and OPS Awards Ceremony on October 28, 2019.

Donna Calu

  • Joined the editorial board, in May 2020, as review editor, for Decision Neuroscience, including Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Was honored by President Trump, in July 2019, as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  • 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center.

Mary Kay Lobo

  • Was recently appointed a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, the official journal for the Society for Neuroscience.
  • Was honored by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  • Will present on her IMHRO/ Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award proposal at the 22nd IMHRO Music Festival for Brain Health in Napa Valley, CA on September 17, 2016.

Iris Lindberg

  • Was elected an AAAS Fellow in recognition of her achievements in advancing science.  The announcement was made on November 27, 2018.  The induction ceremony will be held at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on February 16, 2019.

Adam C. Puche

  • Received a $600,000 award for 2020, from the Maryland Department of Health. The award is titled “COVID-19 Temporary Mortuary Affairs Center (TMAC) Operational Support”. Adam is the Director of Operations under the Maryland Mass Fatality Plan, whose task is to manage unexpected fatality levels. The goal is to prevent events and images that we saw from New York City, of bodies in trailer trucks and laying on the street. This operation ensures that none of this occurs in Maryland.
  • Was a recipient of the 2020 University of Maryland Golden Apple from the graduating medical Class of 2020 and was inducted into the Pass and Susel Academy of Teaching Excellence.
  • Was a recipient of the 2019 University of Maryland System Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. Dr. Puche was presented the award at the Board of Regents meeting on April 19, 2019.
  • Student Council Award for Pre-Clinical Faculty from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Class of 2017. Dr. Puche is the course director of Structure and Development, the 1st year medical course instructing anatomy, histology, and embryology to the medical class. The award was received at the University of Maryland School of Medicine graduation ceremony at the Hippodrome Theatre.
  • Pre-clinical Golden Apple award by the University of Maryland School of Medicine Class of 2016 and was also selected to be one of the Hooding faculty members at the class’s graduation ceremony held at the Hippodrome. Dr. Puche is Course Director of Structure and Development, the 1st year medical course instructing anatomy, histology, and embryology to the medical class.
  • Featured in the cover story Anatomy: Crossroad in Medical Education in the spring 2016 issue of Medicine Bulletin. The article discusses the significant ways in which anatomical instruction has changed in the last few years – from classical lists of structures to training that is more interactive and clinically oriented.  As the focus has changed so have the teaching modalities. Anatomy now uses “smart dissection tables” each equipped with a touch panel computer containing a wealth information all of which can be accessed with a touch of a finger.

Michael T. Shipley

  • Was elected AAAS Fellow in recognition of his achievements in advancing science. He is being honored for his work on understanding the organization, function, and development of neural circuits using the mammalian olfactory bulb as a model cortical network. The announcement was made on November 7, 2019. The induction ceremony will be held at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle Washington February 15, 2020.

Natalie Zlebnik

  • Was selected to receive a Travel Fellowship to attend the 2020 Winter Conference on Brain Research in Big Sky, Montana.  As a Panel Travel Fellow Awardee, she will receive complimentary registration and a travel reimbursement award of up to $1,000.