UPenn Cell & Developmental Biology
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There are a variety of ways in which you can help support the ongoing research in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Gifts can be directed to a fund listed below, or to support the research of a particular scientist.
All gifts to the department are welcomed and appreciated.
CDB Development Fund
These gifts allow the department Chair to direct the funds to where they are most needed. Support for junior investigators to initiate potential high-impact research programs and support for new collaborative investigations are high priorities.
Portrait of Clara Franzini-Armstrong
Clara Franzini-Armstrong is an Emeritus Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Clara has received numerous awards – most recently the Founders Award from the Biophysical Society in 2007. She is a member of the National Academy of Science, and a foreign member of the Royal Society, London and of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, Italy. Clara has been a professor at Penn since 1975 and interested in the ultrastructure of skeletal and cardiac muscle for 55 years. In order to contribute, search for the "Cell and Developmental Biology Development Fund" and indicate that your gift is in honor of Clara Franzini-Armstrong.
The Nachmias-Thimann Prize honors both Emeritus Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Vivianne T. Nachmias and the memory of her father, Kenneth Thimann, who served both as Professor at Harvard University and Professor and Provost at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The prize in their names recognizes outstanding research at the graduate level and is awarded by the faculty of the Department.
The Holtzer Prize, honoring Emeritus Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Howard Holtzer, was begun in 2003 to celebrate exceptional research publications by postdoctoral fellows pursuing research in cell and developmental biology, and is awarded by the faculty of the Department.
Stark Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Freddy Stark came to Penn as a graduate student research fellow in anatomy, working in the laboratory of Dr. Vivianne T. Nachmias. An expert in electron microscopy analysis, he became a teaching assistant in 1984. He earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy (now Cell and Developmental Biology) in 1989 and after a year of postdoctoral work, he was appointed instructor, in 1992, teaching gross anatomy and histology and neuroanatomy to first year medical students, a position he held until his death on March 7, 2005, at the age of 48.
Dr. Stark was well known for the Sunday review meetings of gross anatomy that he began with a few medical students. The meetings quickly grew to 80-100 students for a two-four hour weekly session. He developed the book Start Exploring "Gray's Anatomy": a Fact-Filled Coloring Book (Running Press Book Publishers, 1991) geared toward children of all ages to help them understand the concepts of the human body.
In memory of Dr. Stark's generosity of spirit, the Dr. Freddy Stark Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 2005. This prize is awarded annually to the best teaching assistant selected by medical students.