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American Association of Anatomists awards lifetime achievement in the anatomical sciences

Presenting awards for scientific, education, and leadership contributions to the field of anatomy

American Association of Anatomists

BETHESDA, MD (March 18, 2015) - The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is honored to announce its 2015 award winners. All awards will be presented during the Closing Awards Ceremony at AAA's 2015 annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) in Boston, MA. The ceremony is being held at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, at 8pm.

The 2015 award winners are:

Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Medal: Arthur F. Dalley, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Dalley will receive AAA's highest education medal, supported by Elsevier, publisher of Gray's Anatomy for Students, for his distinguished work in human anatomy education. He will be presented with a plaque and a $4,000 honorarium. In addition, he will present a lecture "Through a Camera Lucida, Darkly: The State and Future of Anatomical Education," on Tuesday, March 31st at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the 2015 annual meeting at EB. His talk will focus on how anatomists must adapt with educational trends and how to do so as a leader rather than a follower.

Henry Gray/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Scientific Achievement Medal: David B. Burr, Ph.D., FAAA, Indiana University School of Medicine, Past-President, American Association of Anatomists

Dr. Burr will receive AAA's highest scientific medal, supported by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, recognizing all of his unique meritorious contributions and achievements in the anatomical sciences. He will be presented with a medal and a $1,500 honorarium. Dr. Burr will also lead a lecture, "How Anatomical "Artifacts" are Leading to Novel Treatments for Osteoporosis," on Tuesday, March 31st. His talk will focus on his research related to microdamage in bone, a basic question, which eventually led to the very important results that had clinical implications primarily for postmenopausal women taking medications for osteoporosis.

A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Medal: Kathryn J. Jones, Ph.D., PT, FAAA, Indiana University School of Medicine, Past-President, American Association of Anatomists

Dr. Jones will be honored for her exceptional service to the society and/mentorship and outreach in the field of anatomy. This award is supported by Wiley. She will be honored with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. She will also lead a lecture, "Service and Mentoring: The Joy in Academics," on Tuesday, March 31st. Her talk will share insights on how service and mentoring are essential ingredients in a successful academic career yet they get ignored in our current academic climate.

Basmajian Award: Maria A. Serrat, Ph.D., of Marshall University, will be honored for her excellence in teaching gross anatomy and her accomplishments in biomedical research and scholarship in education. She will be presented with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards: Daisuke Chihara, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dan Georgess, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Julia Molnar, Ph.D., Coastal Carolina University will each be honored with a fellowship of $20,000, plus travel support to the 2016 Annual Meeting. This fellowship is intended to provide salary support for recipients in their pursuit of postdoctoral research.

Keith & Marion Moore Young Anatomists Publications Award: Joseph P. Campanale, Ph.D. candidate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is being recognized for having the best publication by a young anatomist in our society's journal, "Migration of Sea Urchin Primordial Germ Cells," Developmental Dynamics.

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About AAA: The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the "advancement of anatomical science." Today, via research, education and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.

About Experimental Biology (EB): EB is an annual meeting comprised of over 14,000 scientists representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies. Primary focus areas include anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, nutrition and pharmacology. EB is open to all members of the sponsoring and guest societies and nonmembers interested in the latest research impacting life sciences. Attendees represent scientists, academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private corporations.

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