Recipients of 2017 Faculty Fellow Awards in Biological Sciences announced
Jan. 23, 2017
Dr. Pamela Brown has been selected for the 2017 Mr. & Mrs. Shouson & Yunying-Kou Jen Junior Faculty Research Award in Biology.
This award was established by an endowment from Professor Philip and Mrs. Betty Jen in honor of their parents. Prof. Jen is an Emeritus Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and was a member of the faculty from 1975 to 2013. Prof. Jen’s use of bats to study how a mammal’s brain processes sound earned him an international reputation in the area of neurophysiology of hearing (as well as the local name of “The Batman”). His many honors include receipt of MU’s Byler Distinguished Professor Award and election as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to honoring their parents, the Jens wished for the endowment to promote the research achievements and support the independent careers of junior faculty in the Division. In establishing the award, Prof. Jen shared: “I have had the window of opportunity in my energetic years to fully develop my research career and to make a measurable contribution. They are the future of the department and the university.”
Dr. Phillip Hartman established the Dr. Abraham Eisenstark Faculty Fellowship Award in Biological Sciences in honor of his Ph.D. advisor and mentor Dr. Abraham Eisenstark. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, Dr. Hartman earned his doctorate in biological sciences from MU in 1979; his doctoral research focused on the synergistic inactivation of E. coli and phage T7 by near-ultraviolet radiation and hydrogen peroxide. Upon finishing his postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota in 1981, Hartman became a faculty member at Texas Christian University, where he has spent the entirety of his academic career. Hartman currently serves as Dean for TCU’s College of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Abraham Eisenstark served as Director of the Division of Biological Sciences from 1971 to 1980. During his tenure at MU, he received both the Byler Distinguished Professor Award and the Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of his scientific and teaching excellence. He currently is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences as well as Research Director for Columbia’s Cancer Research Center. Dr. Hartman established this endowment in recognition of the positive impact Dr. Eisenstark has had (and continues to have) on multitudes of students and the contributions he has made to the Division. In addition to honoring Dr. Eisenstark, Dr. Hartman wished for the endowment to enhance and strengthen MU’s position among its peers in the American Association of Universities (AAU) by recognizing and rewarding outstanding faculty who, like his mentor, excel in teaching, research, and service. AAU universities are key players that set higher education and research agendas for the nation, and MU’s membership enables significant impacts in Missouri and beyond.
This award was established as an endowment by Richard Keister, BA ’61 Mathematics, and Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 Zoology. They were both first-generation college students and enjoyed great relationships with faculty and staff in both their departments. Their generous contribution is divided equally between the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Mathematics. They specifically wished for their endowment to support faculty in each department and intend for their gift to help attract, reward, and promote outstanding faculty. As Richard Keister shared, “We want to support faculty because that is really what is going to determine the future of the university and maintain its academic quality.”
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