Newsmakers - September

Dr. Steven McKnight, chairman of biochemistry, received the 2004 Wilfred T. Doherty Award from the Dallas/Fort Worth section of the American Chemical Society. The award - for significant achievement in research, teaching and service in the chemical field - is the highest sectional honor bestowed.

Dr. McKnight, who holds the Sam G. Winstead and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry and Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Research, is only the fifth biochemist to win the Doherty Award, out of 34 recipients. He will receive the award during the ACS' Southwest Regional Meeting this fall. Dr. McKnight's research focuses on gene-specific transcription factors and is aimed at understanding the regulation of transcription factor function at a biochemical level.

Dr. Diane M. Twickler, professor of radiology and obstetrics and gynecology, was recently inducted into the American College of Radiology as a fellow during the organization's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Twickler holds the Dr. Fred Bonte Professorship in Radiology and is active in the Dallas County Medical Society and other medical societies.

Fellowship is one of the highest honors conferred by the American College of Radiology, a national nonprofit association serving more than 32,000 members.

Debra Cason, associate professor of health care sciences and director of the emergency medical services program in the Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School, will receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Association of EMS Educators on Sept. 10 at the association's symposium in Los Angeles. She is being recognized for her ability to encourage standards of excellence in others and for her role as a mentor to EMS instructors.

Ms. Cason has taught paramedics at the medical center since 1977 and was appointed to the faculty in 1992. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of EMTs, National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of EMS Educators.

Dr. Alice Smith, professor of pathology and senior member of the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Society of Cytology.

Dr. Smith was the primary architect of the diagnostic cytology program at UT Southwestern and has received numerous awards for her cell biology research from the American Cancer Society, the Texas Society of Pathologists and other organizations. She was part of UT Southwestern's first freshman class and received her medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in 1946. She also was the first pathology resident to complete full training at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Jonathan C. Weissler, chief of pulmonary/critical care medicine, has been elected president of the Association of Subspecialty Professors (ASP).

The ASP is the national organization of subspecialty internal medicine divisions at medical schools in the United States. The ASP promotes proper training of subspecialists.

It is the third national academic organization that Dr. Weissler has been president of in the last decade. Dr. Weissler, holder of the James M. Collins Professorship in Biomedical Research and director of the Collins Center for Biomedical Research, has also headed the American Federation for Clinical Research and the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors. His research focuses on regulation of surfactant protein production.

Dr. Anderson B. Collier, postdoctoral trainee clinician/researcher in pediatrics, was recently selected for a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Collier is one of 41 recipients of a one-year, $35,000 grant to begin investigative studies. The awards were presented during the 40th ASCO annual meeting in New Orleans. Sponsored by Roche Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Collier will study, "The Frequency, Inheritance and Prognostic Significance of Polymorphisms in the RASSFIA Gene in Children With Wilms Tumors." Wilms tumors are the most common type of kidney cancer affecting children.

Libby L. Kay, faculty associate in psychiatry, has been selected president-elect of the board of directors of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Ms. Kay will take over as president June 30, 2005.

She will head the 5,700-member Texas Chapter, which is committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice of social work and improving the lives of children and families.