David Reisman, Ph.D., alumnus of McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, in Bill Sugden's lab, received the 2014 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. This award is the University of South Carolina's most prestigious award presented annually to an outstanding teacher of undergraduate studies. The name of each award winner is engraved on a permanent plaque housed on the main floor of the Thomas Cooper Library and award recipients receive a check for $20,000 and a certificate.
The newly formed McArdle Alumni Advisory Board is comprised of about 30 alumni whom we believe represent the breadth and diversity of the >1500 graduate students and postdocs/scientists trained in McArdle over the last 75 years. Members of this advisory board all are highly successful alumni in academics, business and governmental organizations. They were active participants while at McArdle, have maintained contact with McArdle, and appreciate the positive effects of their training and time in Madison. These alumni are proud of their association with McArdle and have graciously agreed to help us improve our programs and be ambassadors for McArdle.
Former McArdle Laboratory postdoc Jay I. Goodman has been honored by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the 2014 SOT Merit Award. Dr. Goodman will accept his award on Sunday, March 23, 2014, and will give a lecture on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the SOT's 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Phoenix, Arizona.
"I was an NCI Career Development awardee when the late Dr. Van R. Potter invited me to join his lab in 1972-3. It was a career-making decision for me to work with that great scientist and marvelous human being."
Dr. Scott Lindner, an alumnus of the Sugden laboratory, has started his own independent research lab as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Penn State University. Scott says, "We are particularly interested in the transmission of malaria parasites from mosquitoes, and seek to understand what makes (and keeps) the parasites infectious as they wait for the mosquito to take its next blood meal."
Peggy Farnham, Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Director of the UC Davis Genome Center, is one of eight UC Davis faculty members elected as AAAS Fellows. Farnham was recognized for her "distinguished contributions to the field of biology, particularly for genome-wide characterization of transcription factor binding sites and chromatin modifications." Professor Farnham's laboratory searches for control points in the genome -- short DNA sequences that are responsible for activating or repressing genes. Professor Farnham is taking part in a large collaboration funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute to map all such functional sites in the human genome. This collaboration is known as the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, project.
Dr. Pushpa Bhargava recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Biotechnology in India for his achievements as a scientist and administrator. He is recognized as a leader in promoting the development of modern biotechnology and molecular biology in India. Dr. Bhargava received his Ph.D. degree at the age of 21 at Lucknow University and carried out postdoctoral research with Dr. Charles Heidelberger at the McArdle Laboratory from 1953-1956. He was the founding Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India, a position he held until 1990. During his career, Dr. Bhargava published over 125 scientific papers and received numerous national and international awards. Now retired, Dr. Bhargava remains active as a board member and consultant for several organizations and companies in India.
Dr. Alexander R. Shoemaker recently received Abbott’s prestigious Outstanding Research Team Award “for achievements in the pursuit of scientific excellence”. The Abbott Fund donated $5,000 to the McArdle Laboratory Endowment Fund in honor of Dr. Shoemaker’s Award. Dr. Shoemaker received his Ph.D. in Genetics under the direction of Dr. William F. Dove at the McArdle Laboratory. He carried out postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Diego prior to joining Abbott Laboratories in Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development.