Street to receive immunology service award

By Robin Russell / Feb. 19-28, 2011

Dr. Nancy Street, associate dean of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will receive the American Association of Immunologists’ 2011 Distinguished Service Award during the group’s annual meeting May 13-17 in San Francisco.

As membership chair from 2004 to 2011 for the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association of immunologists, Dr. Street helped increase AAI’s membership by more than 100 members each year.

Dr. Nancy Street

That same dedicated interest drives her greatest passion: recruiting minority students to UT Southwestern and helping them reach their career research goals.

“I am extremely proud of the growth UT Southwestern has made in creating a diverse group of predoctoral students,” said Dr. Street, assistant professor of microbiology. “They’re a critical part of the mainstream of our campus.

“UT Southwestern has had to demonstrate that this is a place where a minority student can be successful,” she said, crediting faculty mentors who teach students what they need to know to be successful as research scientists.

Dr. Street herself mentors the students she recruits throughout their careers, said Dr. David Russell, vice provost and dean for basic research.

“She is absolutely spectacular as a shepherd,” Dr. Russell said. “She exudes trust. The students know they can rely on Nancy for sage advice on issues ranging from their professional careers to their personal lives.”

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Dr. Street holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics.