GDBBS Awards Banquet 2010

The 1st Annual GDBBS Awards Banquet was held on October 5, 2010 at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Click here to download the event program.

Keynote Speakers

Don Humphrey, PhD

Dr. Don Humphrey's major area of research focuses on brain mechanisms of voluntary movement control, and long-term brain responses to disconnection injuries (e.g., spinal cord injury and paralysis).

In terms of his past research, he played a major role in starting several new areas of study. These include: (1) identification of central brain pathways involved in the reflex control of blood pressure; (2) elucidation of the biophysical (cellular) bases of the electroencephalogram; (3) applications of Maxwell's equations and model neurons to calculation of extracellular field potentials; (4) the first demonstration of real-time, quantitative prediction of ' voluntary movements by awake, moving primates from processed neuronal signals recorded directly from the brain; and (5) pioneering studies of the use of such signals for the control of limb and other prostheses.

Dr. Humphrey has been recognized for some of these efforts by one of the first Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Awards given by the NIH, the Hans Berger Prize from the International EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology Society, by membership on 3 NIH study sections, and by editorial positions on three major physiology and neuroscience journals.

He was also privileged to serve as an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Medicine, and as the founder of the Atlanta Area Chapter of the (National) Society for Neuroscience (SN) and its first president. In terms of National service, he served during the period from 1976-1993 as a treasurer, a councilor, and runner-up-for President of the national Society for Neuroscience (in 1992), as well as chair at various times during 7 of its 14 standing committees. In terms of the GDBBS, one of his more significant accomplishments was to persuade the early divisional faculty and basic science chairs to open the division's graduate programs to qualified researchers in clinical departments, thus providing access for divisional students to important opportunities in translational research.

Bob DeHaan, PhD

Robert L. DeHaan received his BA in 1952 and PhD in 1956 from UCLA. He was a research scientist with the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Embryology from 1957 to 1973 and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He came to Emory Medical School in 1973 and was Timmie Professor and Charles H. Candler Professor of Cell Biology until he retired in 2000. He is now Senior Science Advisor, Division of Educational Studies and Emeritus Professor at Emory. Dr. DeHaan has over 130 research publications in cellular science and developmental biology of the embryonic heart, as well as in science education.

From 1989 to 1991 he was Director of the GDBBS, and from 1995 to 2000 he directed the ESEP Program, an NSF-supported science education effort that administered professional development for -1500 elementary teachers of the Atlanta Public Schools. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Director of the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education in the Center for Education of the National Research Council/National Academies in Washington, D.C., where he implemented studies on instructional reform in science. Dr. DeHaan has received numerous awards for his research in cell science and for his contributions to science education.

He is a lifetime Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal GBE-Life Sciences Education. He currently consults on science education issues and serves as External Evaluator for federally supported education programs.

Bryan D. Noe, PhD

Bryan Noe holds degrees from Goshen College (BA), West Virginia University (MA) and the University of Minnesota (PhD). After postdoctoral training in cell biology, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anatomy (now Cell Biology) in the School of Medicine (SOM) at Emory University and attained the rank of Full Professor in 1983. Dr. Noe's research interests centered on posttranslational processing of peptide hormone precursors. At Emory, he held multiple grants from NSF and NIH and is principal author or co-author of numerous papers in the peer reviewed literature, as well as book chapters and invited monographs in this field of research.

Dr. Noe has had a longstanding commitment to graduate education. While at Emory, in addition to mentoring predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in his own laboratory, Dr. Noe held numerous administrative positions that had an impact on the education of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. He was Associate Director of an NIH postdoctoral training grant in endocrinology, Associate Director of a predoctoral training program in Cell Biology, PIon a PREP training grant from NIH, Director of Graduate Studies for his home department from 1977 to 1991, and served as Director of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences from 1991 to 2003. Dr. Noe also served as Vice Chair and Interim Chair of his home department, as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine, as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School, and two and a half years as Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Emory.

On November 1, 2005 Dr. Noe assumed the position of Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Since that time, Dr. Noe and the Graduate School staff have mounted numerous new initiatives that are designed to have a positive impact on graduate education at UAB.

GDBBS Student Committees

Division Student Advisory Council (DSAC)
Michael East (BCDB)
Lindsay Edwards (IMP)
Stephanie Hinkle (NHS)
Brenda Huang (GMB)
Erin Keebaugh (PBEE)
Gopi Mohan (IMP)
Randy Morgenstein (MMG)
Kevin Ogden (MSP)
Jacob Shreckengost (NS)

Career Development Committee (CDC)
Stefka Gyoneva
Meagan Jenkins
Lani King
Damon Lamb
Chris Makinson
Lisa Matragrano
Alexandra Mercante
Ruth Napier
Katie Vance

GDBBS Involved in Volunteerism at Emory (GIVE)
Karoun Bagamian
Sunshine Epps
Meriem Gaval
Amanda Wendt

Students of the Year

Christy Larkins
Advisor: Tamara Caspary

Chang-Hui Pak
Advisor: Anita Corbett & Ken Moberg

Kathryn Knoop
Advisor: Ifor Williams

Tim Sampson
Advisor: David Weiss

Sarah Emerson Lee
Advisor: John Hepler

Jean Welsh
Advisor: Miriam Vos

Vasiliki Michopoulos
Advisor: Mark Wilson

Julia Moore
Advisor: Justin Remais

Special Thanks

On behalf of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation to Dean Lisa Tedesco and the James T. Laney Graduate School for their financial contributions for this event. The GDBBS is deeply grateful for your generosity.

We would also like to thank our three keynote speakers Drs. Humphrey, DeHaan and Noe for the contributions you have made to the success of the Division and for
sharing your historical insights regarding the Division's development.

To all faculty, students, and staff thank you for your continual efforts in making the Graduate Division among the most· successful programs in modern biological and biomedical research and a true model for interdisciplinary training.

I would especially like to thank three members of our GDBBS Staff who contributed to the success of this event: Monica Taylor, Shenita Merriweather and Malikita Hall. It is through the support of individuals like you that we are capable of organizing such a special occasion despite the time limitations that were given to
complete the tasks at hand.

Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your schedule to help us celebrate our 1st Annual GDBBS Awards banquet.


Keith D. Wilkinson, GDBBS Director