Teaching and Research Awards Spotlight Faculty Contributions to Teaching, Research Missions
June 15, 2007
During commencement season (see related story) , faculty members at both the school and campus levels recognize the outstanding teaching and research contributions of their peers by conferring several teaching and research awards:
Kent Pinkerton has received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching from the UC Davis Academic Senate. This award recognizes excellence in a broad range of teaching activities, including mentoring. Pinkerton is being honored for his consistently effective lectures, innovative teaching approaches that accommodate a variety of student learning needs, and student mentoring. Pinkerton has taught veterinary anatomy, toxicology and development courses. He co-developed the Virtual Heart, one of the school's first instructional software programs. Pinkerton heads the Center for Health and the Environment and co-directs the San Joaquin Valley Aerosol Health Effects Center. Dateline UC Davis
Gregory Lanzaro, director of the Center for Vectorborne Diseases, has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes contributions to the research mission of the campus by non-Senate faculty members. Lanzaro is being recognized for work on both the mosquito that transmits malaria and the blood-sucking sand fly that transmits visceral leishmaniasis. His lab was the first to employ microsatellite DNA markers to study patterns of gene flow among A. gambiae populations in Africa. Lanzaro’s leishmaniasis research involves studying substances in sand fly saliva and detecting genetic differences among populations of sand fly vectors. Lanzaro has authored or co-authored 31 publications in the last five years. He joined UC Davis in 2002.
David Maggs, associate professor of opthalmology in the department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, has received the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award in appreciation of ongoing, distinguished teaching performance at the School of Veterinary Medicine. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Maggs teaches the techniques, procedures and diagnostics of opthalmology. He trains veterinary students in the teaching hospital's clinical setting as well as residents in the 3-year ophthalmology residency. He was the Robert M. Cello Distinguished Lecturer in 2001. Maggs is the school's nominee for the national Norden teaching prize to be announced later this year. Students selected Maggs as their favorite teacher in 2006 and as their favorite clinician in 2002, 2004, and 2006. He is recognized for being an enthusiast, a passionate disciple of veterinary ophthalmology, and an extraordinarily dedicated teacher of professional students, residents, graduate students and practicing veterinarians. Of resident teaching, our recipient commented on the extraordinary opportunities to mold and be molded by some of the brightest minds in veterinary medicine – it creates thrilling challenges with respect to teaching styles, delivery, and content. For graduate education, Maggs has commented, “I appreciate the value of molecular and so-called blue sky research; but my goal also is to ensure that the student can put the molecule back into the animal.”
School faculty members have selected David Hird, professor in the department of Medicine and Epidemiology and director of the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree program, as the 2007 recipient of the School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. This award publicly acknowledges the tremendous efforts of faculty who distinguish themselves through the design, content quality, and delivery of knowledge. Hird, a faculty member since 1980, teaches principles of epidemiology to veterinary, MPVM, MPH and graduate students. He leads an annual seminar in international veterinary medicine and co-developed one of the first software-based courses, presenting a series of case scenarios to veterinary students exploring global health issues.
Susan Stover, professor in the department of Anatomy and Physiology and Cell Biology, has received the 2007 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. This award recognizes innovative research effort and productivity of national significance. Stover, director of the J. D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, discovered that stress fractures and high intensity exercise in racehorses can cause catastrophic fractures. Her work has led to new recommendations in training methods, horseshoe types and, most recently, racetrack surfaces.