The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents honored two members of the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty April 7 with 2006 Regents' Faculty Awards for Excellence. This is the highest award honoring exemplary faculty from each of the 13 campuses of the University System of Maryland.
The honorees were Angela H. Brodie, PhD, professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, and Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, vice dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Surgery.
Brodie received the Regents' Award for Research Excellence for her work on drugs for cancer treatment. In 2005 she became the first female scientist to receive the Charles F. Kettering Prize, which was awarded for her groundbreaking work on aromatase inhibitors, the class of drugs now widely used to treat breast cancer. The Kettering Prize, one of three $250,000 prizes awarded annually by the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, recognizes the most outstanding recent contribution to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. In addition to breast cancer research, she is currently researching drug treatments for prostate cancer. Brodie teaches medical and graduate pharmacology courses and travels extensively to deliver presentations on her work around the world.
"Dr. Brodie exemplifies the definition of a superior scientist and academician. Her merits include being dedicated to important research that touches many of our lives and to the education of medical students and future researchers as well," said David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. "We are very proud to have her serve on our faculty at the School of Medicine and at our University," he added.
Jarrell received the Regents Award for Collaboration in Public Service-along with two faculty members from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County-for establishing a significant teaching program for high school students and for using National Science Foundation funds to propel the program to a national level. The program is now being used at a number of Maryland high schools as the initial step in a phased-in approach to attract more students-particularly girls and minorities-to science careers.
"This program attacks the shortage of science students by providing encouragement to high school students through role models. It promises to become a major contribution to public service, both in Maryland and the nation," said Ramsay.
In addition to Jarrell and Brodie, 11 other faculty members from USM campuses received awards for teaching, public service, and mentoring at a Board of Regents meeting at the University of Baltimore.