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Chemistry professors awarded fellowships

Palmer Weber

Amy Palmer and J. Mathias Weber, assistant professors of chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, have been awarded prestigious 2010 Sloan Research Fellowships.

"The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work," says Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Palmer and Weber are among 118 faculty members from 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.

Weber's research is dedicated to understanding how molecules interact with each other to form complexes and how energy flows through molecules. Palmer studies signaling pathways in cells, especially in relationship to how they contribute to diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's.

Grants of $50,000 for a two-year period were awarded to the two researchers.

Medical staff honored at awards dinner

Medical staff honored at awards dinner

The University of Colorado Hospital recently held its Medical Staff Awards dinner at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The event honored several faculty and two members of the nursing staff at the hospital. Medical Staff President Andy Meacham served as master of ceremonies as the winners of seven awards were announced:

  • Todd Kingdom, associate professor: President's Award
  • Bennie Lindeque, professor: Outstanding Full-Time Physician of the Year
  • Michael Cain, radiology administration: Extraordinary Service Award
  • Paul Maroni, assistant professor, and Fred Severyn, associate professor: Pioneer Award.
  • Harri Brackett, case manager palliative care, and Maren Diercks, transplant coordinator: Partners in Care Award
  • Shandra Wilson, assistant professor: Partners in Care Physician Award
  • Ethan Cumbler, assistant professor, and Erin Egan, assistant professor: Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Award

Professor elected to European Academy of Science and Arts

Fernando Feliu-Moggi, associate professor of Spanish in the department of languages and cultures at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, recently was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He will be officially installed by the group in March in Salzburg, Austria. Feliu-Moggi is founding president of the Miguel Angel Asturias Society, which is devoted to international study and promotion of the Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan author.

School of Pharmacy professor part of reference book team


Laura Borgelt, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy, and three colleagues recently completed "Women's Health Across the Lifespan," an educational, comprehensive pharmacotherapy reference focused on women and women's health issues. Designed as a contemporary educational text, the book contains contributions from more than 150 clinical experts in pharmacy, medicine and nursing. The work comprises 49 peer-reviewed chapters organized into eight sections, resulting in an in-depth examination of every aspect of women's health from a pharmacotherapy perspective.


Cancer support grants awarded to professors

The University of Colorado Cancer Center recently awarded four seed grants to for innovative research efforts by professors. This year's P30 Cancer Center Support Grants boost projects that explore new areas of cancer-related research and, in two cases, demonstrate new collaborations among members. Grantees are:

Andrew Bradford, Ph.D., associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology, School of Medicine; $20,000 for "regulation of protein kinase co-expression and sensitivity to chemotherapy in endometrial cancers"
Robert Dellavalle, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, dermatology, School of Medicine and Chief, Denver VA Dermatology Service; Neil Box, Ph.D., assistant professor, dermatology, School of Medicine; Lori Crane, Ph.D., professor and chair, community and behavioral health, Colorado School of Public Health; $40,000 for "determining the relationship of ultraviolet photography severity scores with genetic, phenotypic and sun exposure melanoma risk factors in a cohort of Colorado children."
Antonio Jimeno, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, medical oncology, School of Medicine; Yosef Refaeli, Ph.D., assistant professor, dermatology, School of Medicine; $30,000 for "development of a xenochimaeric mouse with tumor and hematopoetic system obtained from the same patient."
Photo Not Available Rodrigo Maegawa, M.D., fellow, medical oncology, School of Medicine; $10,000 for "identification of new therapeutic targets whose inhibition sensitizes acute myeloid leukemia to FLT3 inhibitors."

Leukemia Lymphoma Society honors professor


James DeGregori, Ph.D., professor and director of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and director of the Molecular Biology program in the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, recently was honored by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for his research and fundraising efforts. DeGregori received a society grant for his project, "development of mechanism-based combination therapies for Bcr-Abl+ leukemias."



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