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TWU’s Uphouse named 2008 Piper Professor
DENTON — In recognition of her dedication to her students and to the teaching profession, Dr. Lynda Uphouse, Texas Woman’s University Cornaro Professor of Biology, has been named a 2008 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
Awards were announced Thursday, May 1.
The award, which includes a $5,000 stipend, was created in 1958 to honor outstanding teaching in Texas colleges and universities. The foundation makes only 15 awards each year. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in Texas.
“I truly enjoy teaching, and experience great joy knowing that I may have been a positive influence in a student’s life,” said Dr. Uphouse, who also is program director of the Multi-Ethnic Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program at TWU.
This marks the second consecutive year that a TWU faculty member has received the prestigious Piper award. Dr. Ron French, Cornaro Professor of Kinesiology, was named a Piper Professor in 2007. The Cornaro award is the highest honor given to a senior faculty member at TWU.
Dr. Uphouse is the ninth TWU faculty member to be named a Piper Professor since the award was established.
“Dr. Uphouse has an outstanding record as a researcher and teacher who conveys her love of research to her students,” TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart said. “She is the embodiment of the Minnie Stevens Piper Award.”
As a research scientist, Dr. Uphouse has been the research adviser for more than 50 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students since 1973. The MBRS program, which she developed at TWU in 1989, supports up to 20 research students and up to 20 freshman/sophomore students in an introduction to scientific research. She has been an active member of the scientific community, serving on NIH (National Institutes of Health) and NSF (National Science Foundation) study panels and conducting reviews for multiple research journals.
“I have been blessed to join a profession in which I can pursue interesting research questions and hopefully add knowledge to the community,” Dr. Uphouse said. “However, my greatest achievements have been the students whose lives I have touched and who have touched mine in return. I cannot imagine a greater sense of achievement than that which I feel when a student succeeds.”
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