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Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program and student organization host crime scene investigation event

Forensic science graduate students and faculty hosted a crime scene investigation event for talented and gifted middle school students from Lawrence County, Ohio, Thursday at Marshall University’s Crime Scene House.

About 60 seventh- and eighth-grade students, staff and teachers from South Point, Rock Hill and Symmes Valley middle schools attended the “CSI Huntington” event.

Students became crime scene investigators for a day to solve a mock murder case, in which they learned about forensic science investigative techniques.

Evidence from the mock crime scene was placed throughout the house. Students received lectures and demonstrations as well as participated in hands-on activities to solve the case. Topics included DNA analysis, latent print identification, AFIX (a fingerprinting system), questioned document instrumentation, drug testing, blood spatter analysis, toolmark examination, crime scene investigation and digital forensics examination.

Julie Walters, student services coordinator for the Lawrence County Education Service Center in Lawrence County, Ohio, said she would recommend CSI Huntington to other teachers, administrators and students.

Dr. Pamela Staton, professor of forensic science in the graduate program, is the faculty advisor for the “CSI Huntington” events. “CSI Huntington is a forensic science program that seeks to expose students and teachers to various career opportunities especially in the areas of science, technology and mathematics, which includes forensic science,” she said.

The event was presented by Master’s United Forensic Identification Association (MUFIA), a Marshall University student organization composed of forensic science graduate students in the nationally recognized master’s degree program. Proceeds from the outreach activity will go towards professional travel to national meetings such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Teachers who are interested in scheduling a “CSI Huntington” workshop should contact Staton at 304-691-8962 for more information. Workshops also are available to other groups upon request.

Researcher to receive national award from American Association of Anatomists

Maria A. Serrat, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of anatomy and pathology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Basmajian Award by the American Association of Anatomists.

Serrat will be recognized during the organization’s Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology, which started yesterday in Boston.

The Basmajian Award recognizes members teaching human or veterinary gross anatomy, in the formative stages of their career, who have made outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research or scholarship in education.

“I am indebted to Dr. Laura Richardson for nominating me for this prestigious award, and for supporting my research and professional development since I joined the department in 2009,” Serrat said. “I could not have made such achievements without the support of Dr. Richardson and our chairman of anatomy and pathology, Dr. Linda Brown.”

Serrat’s research specializes in growth and morphology of the postnatal skeleton. One area of grant-funded focus is on heat-enhanced molecular delivery to skeletal growth plates.

Serrat graduated from Miami University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. She then earned her master’s degree in anthropology from Kent State University and followed with a doctorate in biological anthropology from Kent State University in 2007. She completed postdoctoral training at Cornell University from 2008 to 2009.

In addition to receiving the award, Serrat will present “Imaging IGF-I uptake in growth plate cartilage using in vivo multiphoton microscopy”in a special symposium titled “Vascular and connective tissue imaging in situ: returning bone to the skeleton.”

In other conference news, school of medicine researcher Gary O. Rankin, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the department of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology, will lead a special symposium, “Pharmacogenetics and Drug Toxicity.”

Several Marshall graduate students were selected for student travel awards for this year’s conference and will be showcasing their research through both oral and poster presentations. They are:

Jenna C. Kerby, first-year medical student, “Temperature-enhanced extremity lengthening is growth rate dependent.” Kerby was selected as one of only eight trainees to give an oral presentation in the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section of the American Physiological Society’s Abstract-Driven Trainee Featured Topic.

Caroline Ann Hunter, biomedical sciences Ph.D. student, travel award received from American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), “c-Src regulates mitochondrial translation by phosphorylation of elongation factor Tu.”

Christopher Racine, biomedical Sciences Ph.D. candidate, travel award received from American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), “Oxidative stress induced following exposure to 3,5-dichloroaniline (3,5-DCA) in vitro: Role in Nephrotoxicity.

Holly L. Tamski, biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate, travel award from American Association of Anatomists (AAA), “Infrared Thermal Imaging to Collect Quantitative Surface Temperatures from Mice in Unilateral Limb Heating Study.”

Justin Tomblin, biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate, recipient of the Best Research Performance Award from Marshall’s biomedical sciences program which provides travel to a national meeting, “Pyrrolidine Dithiocarbamate Selectively Induces Autophagy and Cell Death in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells.”

Undergraduate student Miles Gray, a senior biochemistry major, is also traveling to the conference. In addition to the student researchers, Marshall University faculty, from a variety of disciplines and programs, are scheduled to present their findings.

Researchers from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Forensic Science Graduate Program, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Medicine will present at the meeting which runs through April 1.

– See more at: http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/university-communications-press-release-2/?pressid=3916#sthash.lC8YFNn7.dpuf

High school students invited to explore digital forensics and cyber security at AIDE conference Tuesday, April 2

An interactive, hands-on program introducing high school students to the world of cybercrime, cyber security and digital forensics will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

The program, called “Explore Digital Forensics & Cyber Security,” is part of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence’s (AIDE) annual conference. The program is open to any high school students, and it is highly recommended that the students have strong interest in computers, solid work ethics, and the desire to learn. Only basic computer knowledge is required; those who apply will not be excluded by a lack of computer skills.

Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited to 25 people. To apply, send an e-mail to John Sammons at john.sammons@marshall.edu indicating your interest and the following information:

– Your full name, contact e-mail and phone number, high school, current grade level, brief description of current computer skills and why you want to attend.

Sammons, an assistant professor at Marshall, is president of AIDE. He also is the coordinator of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance degree program.

Among the things that students taking part in the program will learn are:

– What hackers are
– Crime scene search and evidence collection
– How cyber criminals operate
– How to solve crimes with digital evidence
– About the tools used by both cyber criminals and forensics experts
– Cyber warfare
– About careers in digital forensics and cyber security and more

The students will:

– Get a hands-on introduction to the software and hardware used by professionals
– Collect and document digital evidence
– Tour a working digital forensics laboratory
– Interact with faculty from Marshall University and working professionals

More than 700 children expected to attend Brain Expo Friday at Marshall University

More than 700 elementary school children from around the Tri-State region will visit Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center on Friday, March 6, to learn about the brain and nervous system through activities and games.

The seventh Brain Expo to be held at Marshall runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Don Morris Room. The event features 28 interactive stations where children explore various parts of their nervous systems. They also learn how the brain controls their bodies and why healthy lifestyle choices lead to better brain health. Activities at the stations include learning to juggle, playing a memory game, coloring their own “brain hat,” and building brain cell-shaped key chains.

More than 250 Marshall students and faculty from the College of Science, the Psychology Department and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will oversee the activities. The St. Mary’s Medical Center will present a station about brain and spinal cord safety.

The event is part of Brain Awareness Week, an annual global effort founded in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. The Brain Expo at Marshall was founded by Dr. Nadja Spitzer and Dr. Brian Antonsen, both of whom are neuroscientists and faculty in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Events like the Brain Expo are an excellent way of increasing public awareness of brain research at Marshall and in gaining the interest of students who may choose a career path in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Through the many fun hands-on activities, attendees get to better understand the brain. The goal for the Brain Expo is to interest children in science and research at a young age through games and activities that demonstrate the relevance of neuroscience in everyday life.

Spitzer said registration for this year’s event is full, but anyone interested in next year’s program can e-mail brainawareness@marshall.edu.

For more information about the Brain Expo and Marshall’s Brain Awareness Program, visit www.marshall.edu/baw.

Friday’s program is supported by the National Science Foundation (Cooperative Agreement Award number EPS-1003907), Marshall’s College of Science and Department of Biological Sciences.

Students to showcase their projects tomorrow at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Thirty-one students from Marshall University will be among more than 100 student researchers from across West Virginia who will present their discoveries tomorrow at the 12th Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the rotunda of the State Capitol, is intended to showcase the importance of student research by giving policymakers and capitol visitors the opportunity to talk directly with the students who conducted the research projects, which cover topics as varied as the evolution of southeastern azaleas, big data and responding to chemical spills. The students’ projects are original research and they will be sharing posters they have prepared to help illustrate their work.

“This is a fun event for our students and for the members of the state legislature,” said Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of Marshall’s College of Science and a member of the event’s organizing committee. “Students work on these original research projects for as long as four years and this event provides them an opportunity to share their work with the senators and delegates.”

The research projects Marshall students will be highlighting are in the disciplines of biology, computer sciences, mathematics, psychology, chemistry, geology/earth science and engineering.

Dr. John Maher, Marshall vice president for research, said, “The work these students are doing is on par with that done at the best universities in the country. This event provides a unique opportunity for members of the legislature to see an aspect of higher education normally hidden from public view, but that is one of the most important tools for developing students for entry into the workplace or postgraduate education.”

The following is a list of the Marshall University research that will be showcased, including the students’ names, disciplines and advisers:

  • Framework for an Adaptable Wireless Network of Sensors by Seth Baker, computer sciences (Adviser: Paulus Wahjudi)
  • Differentiating Human Blood from Animal Blood With FTLIR Microspectroscopy: A Study Using Support Vector Machine Algorithm by Kristen Campbell, biology (Adviser: Menashi Cohenford)
  • Implementation of Radial Basis Function Methods in the Flat Limit by Samuel Cogar, mathematics (Adviser: Scott Sarra)
  • Simplified Concentration Prediction for Rapid Response to Chemical Spills by Daniel Davis, computer sciences (Adviser: Paulus Wahjudi)
  • Nanotherapy and immunohistochemical analysis for sepsis associated renal injury by Erin Fankhanel, biology (Adviser: Eric Blough)
  • Characteristics of Victims of Intimate Partner Violence by Stacy Fooce, psychology (Adviser: Marc Lindberg)
  • Protein Labeling Methods to Study Temperature Effects on IGFLI Delivery to Growing Mouse Bones by Miles Gray, biology (Adviser: Maria Serrat)
  • Maximizing Lipid Production in Chlorella Vulgarus by Aaron Holland, chemistry (Adviser: Derrick Kolling)
  • The Application of Au Dendrimer Encapsulated Nanoparticles for Sensitive microRNA Detection by Marjorie McCoy and Philip Kirk, chemistry (Adviser: Scott Day)
  • Portable Medical Search Application by Olivia Milam, computer sciences (Adviser: James Day)
  • Evolution of the deciduous southeastern azaleas (Rhododendron subgenus Pentanthera section Pentanthera) by Tuesday Moats and Kathleen Kron, biology (Adviser: Emily Gillespie)
  • Relational Attachments and the Psychological Etiology of Obesity and Bulimia Nervosa by Alexis Pandelios, psychology (Adviser: Marc Lindberg)
  • Big Data Scale Image Search by Derrick Paris, computer sciences (Advisor: Venkat Gudivada)
  • The Overshadowed Effect of Female Abusers by Michaela Reynolds, psychology (Adviser: Marc Lindberg)
  • Effects of Slope and Temperature on Nitrogen Mineralization and Nitrification at Beech Fork State Park, WV, by Jacob Sarmiento and Julia Galloway, biology (Adviser: Frank Gilliam)
  • Polymorphism: Changing Active Pharmaceuticals by Noah Searls, chemistry (Adviser: Rosalynn Quinones)
  • Radon as a Screening Tool for Detecting Fracking Flowback Constituents in Freshwater Aquifers: A Pilot Project to Develop and Apply a Scientifically Valid and Economical Sampling Approach by Brian Simmons and William Niemann, geology/earth science (Adviser: William Niemann)
  • Network Scout, Defending the Inside of Your Network by Aedan Somerville and Shawn Jordan, computer sciences (Adviser: Bill Gardner)
  • Operating Room Door Traffic Monitoring and Modification System by Scott Taj, computer sciences (Adviser: James Day)
  • SAM: An Interactive Cyber Defense Education System by Dylan Watson, Andrey Yanev and Joshua Montgomery, computer sciences (Adviser: Paulus Wahjudi)
  • Predictors of Crime in West Virginia College Students by Katelyn Weiger, psychology (Adviser: Marc Lindberg)
  • Implementation of a “Sliding Window” Technique to Identify Hot Spots for Deer-Vehicle Collisions in West Virginia by Andrey Yanev, computer sciences (Adviser: Andrew Nichols)

  • Impact Response of Mine Roof Bolts Engineered with Known Defects by Brandon Moore and Evan Tolley, engineering (Adviser: Jeffrey Huffman)
    In addition to Marshall, 10 other universities and colleges will be represented at the event, including Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University and Wheeling Jesuit University.

In addition to Marshall, 10 other universities and colleges will be represented at the event, including Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University and Wheeling Jesuit University. – See more at: http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/university-communications-press-release-2/?pressid=3890#sthash.8RLghA9e.dpuf

Internationally recognized kidney specialist and sodium pump researcher to speak as part of MIIR lecture series

One of the world’s leading kidney authorities and researchers will be speaking next week at Marshall University.

Photo of Dr. Anita AperiaDr. Anita Aperia, professor of pediatrics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and a former member of the Nobel Assembly, is widely recognized for her groundbreaking research contributions to medicine’s understanding of how the kidneys function in health and disease.

Her talk titled “The Physiological Function of Na+/K+-ATPase” will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in Room 101 of the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

The free event is part of a series of public lectures hosted by the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Research at MIIR is focused on Na+/K+-ATPase—a protein often referred to as the “sodium potassium pump” because it directs many cellular processes in the heart, kidney and other tissues. By studying how this cellular signaling occurs, the institute’s researchers are working to develop new treatments for cancer, heart and kidney disease.

A native of Sweden, Aperia graduated from the Karolinska Institutet medical school and received her Ph.D. training at Yale University. She has been at the Karolinska Institutet since 1976, and as chairman of the department of pediatrics from 1987-99, was the founder and project leader for Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Northern Europe.

In 1987, she was appointed to the Nobel Assembly for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm, where she served as a member until 2003. From 1991-96, she was a member of the Nobel Committee and in 2001 she was the first woman to chair the Nobel Assembly.

She has served as a council member of the International Society of Nephrology, the International Pediatric Society of Nephrology and the European Society of Nephrology.

Aperia was the 2001 recipient of the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology—the first pediatrician to receive the prestigious international award. In 2011, she received the Homer W. Smith Award from the American Society of Nephrology and in 2013 was the presenter of the Robert Berliner lecture at Yale. She also has received the Torsten and Ragnar Soderberg Prize in Medicine from the Swedish Society of Medicine, and another Swedish honor, His Majesty the King’s Medal.

A dedicated teacher, Aperia has trained numerous undergraduate students and pediatric residents, and has supervised nearly 50 Ph.D. students and 30 postdoctoral fellows. She also has published approximately 300 original papers, 40 review articles and 10 textbook chapters.

In addition to the public lecture, Aperia will present Grand Rounds in the Department of Pediatrics at Cabell Huntington Hospital at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. Her topic will be “How being a pediatric nephrologist has influenced my scientific work and vice versa.”

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Bailey at bailey134@marshall.edu or (304) 696-3549.

MIIR is Marshall’s key vehicle to advancing regional economic development through entrepreneurship and commercialization of scientific discoveries. Scientists at the institute are developing an intensive program of biotechnology research dedicated to producing patentable scientific breakthroughs and creating new businesses based on those discoveries.

Marshall biomechanics expert to conduct medical testing on 300-plus collegiate athletes at NFL Combine

Dr. Suzanne Konz of the Marshall University College of Health Professions is heading to next month’s NFL Combine to assist in the medical evaluation of more than 300 professional football hopefuls.

Konz, director of the biomechanics laboratory and an associate professor in the college, said this is her seventh year attending the combine to conduct isokinetic testing on collegiate athletes from across the U.S.

“Isokinetic testing is a speed-based test which measures the strength and endurance of a muscle. This type of testing is necessary to determine the stability of the knee and possible longevity of these athletes,” Konz said. “To be invited back for the seventh year in a row gives me the opportunity to build upon my knowledge of these testing devices, which benefits our own athletes here at Marshall University.”

Konz said isokinetic testing was performed on members of the Marshall football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams this past year. Brandi Anders, assistant athletic trainer for the Marshall women’s basketball and tennis teams, said the information provided by the isokinetic testing helps show if the players were at risk for injury or already had an injury, which may need to be addressed further.

“We conducted the test twice: once at the beginning of the semester and again following their pre-season. We compared results to see if the athletes had improved their muscle balance between the hamstring and quadriceps. Additionally, we will conduct testing following the season and going into their off-season workouts,” Anders said. “Dr. K does an excellent job of explaining the benefits of this testing to the athlete and the gains it can help him or her achieve athletically. By providing these numbers, the athletes can focus more on ways to improve their body and decrease risk of injury moving forward.”

Dr. Gary McIlvain, chair of the School of Kinesiology and associate dean for the college, said many people do not know the benefits of studying biomechanics and how the university has its own expert here on the Huntington campus.

“Dr. Konz and her expertise in isokinetic testing is a valuable resource for the School of Kinesiology programs, our students and campus athletes. Her experience in testing Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes is a resource students seek out when learning to administer and interpret isokinetic testing,” McIlvain said. “There is nothing that brings the classroom to life more than real-life experience and that is exactly what Suzanne Konz brings to those studying biomechanics here at Marshall University.”

Konz will travel to Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis Feb. 16-20 for the 2015 NFL Combine. Media are invited to attend an isokinetic testing demonstration at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Athletic Training Laboratory located in Gullickson Hall room 209 on Marshall’s Huntington campus. To learn more about Konz’s work with isokinetic testing in this year’s combine, contact her at konz@marshall.edu or by calling 304-696-2926. For more information on the Marshall School of Kinesiology and the programs and services offered, visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.

Three investigators join MIIR

Three investigators have joined the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Research at the institute is focused on a protein, Na/K-ATPase, that directs many cellular processes in the heart, kidney and other tissues. By studying how this cellular signaling occurs, MIIR researchers are working to develop new treatments for cancer, heart and kidney disease.

Dr. Jinsong Hao, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and research at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy since 2013, has been named adjunct assistant investigator at MIIR. An expert in drug formulation and drug delivery to the nail, eye and inner ear, Hao obtained her bachelor of engineering degree and Ph.D., both in pharmaceutics, from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China. Before joining Marshall, she held various academic and research appointments at the School of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore, the College of Pharmacy of Nova Southeastern University in Florida and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. She has more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has published several book chapters.

Dr. Jiang Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, has been named MIIR associate investigator. He holds an M.D. from Peking University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. Before joining Marshall in 2012, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toledo. Liu’s research at MIIR focuses on how endogenous cardiotonic steroids stimulate Na/K-ATPase signaling and its role in renal pathophysiology.

Dr. M. Isabel Larre Perez has been named assistant investigator in residence. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in experimental biology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University of Mexico and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular physiology, both from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico. In 2012, she secured a postdoctoral fellowship from the Institute of Science and Technology, Rosalind Franklin, at CINVESTAV in Mexico City. She most recently was on the faculty of CINVESTAV, where she had served since 2013 as a visiting professor in the Department of Neurosciences, Biophysics and Cell Physiology. Her research at MIIR focuses on receptor pathway in the regulation of epithelial cell physiology. Therapeutically, the mechanisms she studies are critical to cellular dysfunctions observed in numerous conditions, ranging from cognitive disorders to cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

MIIR is Marshall University’s key vehicle to advance regional economic development through entrepreneurship and commercialization of scientific discoveries. Scientists at the institute are developing an intensive program of biotechnology research dedicated to producing patentable scientific breakthroughs and creating new businesses based on those discoveries.

CSX makes $25,000 gift to Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute

CSX Corporation presented a gift of $25,000 to the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute, a National University Transportation Center based at Marshall University, in a ceremony Friday, Jan. 16.

The presentation took place in the office of Interim MU President Gary White in Old Main on the Huntington campus.

The gift increased the total amount of donations from CSX to Marshall to more than $814,000 since 1984, according to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc.

Randy Cheetham, regional vice president for CSX, presented the check to Frank Betz, RTI’s executive director and CEO.

“The Rahall Transportation Institute has become a great partner with CSX,” Cheetham said. “We’ve worked with them on several research projects, and we’ve found them to be a tremendous resource. We’re very fortunate to have them right here in our own backyard.”

Betz called CSX “a great company” that has been partnering with RTI in rail research for a long time. “We appreciate this latest donation,” he said.

Betz said this donation is going towards future advancements in technology and research at RTI.

Cheetham added, “We have a long history with Marshall University and we are very proud of that partnership. We want to continue to keep it strong and to keep it going.”

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.

RTI is a leader in multimodal transportation and economic development. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for transportation excellence focused on applied technology, research, education, outreach and training.

Photo: From left, Lance West, Marshall University’s vice president for development; Frank Betz, executive director and CEO of the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute; Randy Cheetham, regional vice president with CSX; Gary White, MU’s interim president; Michael Sellards, chairman of the Marshall board of governors, and Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation Inc., pose with a check for $25,000 presented from CSX to RTI.

Researchers celebrate silver anniversary together at School of Medicine

For just over a quarter of a century, Ronald J. Stanek, M.S., and Maurice A. Mufson, M.D., have worked as a team in the Virus Research Laboratory, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Stanek received his master’s degree in biological sciences from Marshall University in 1984, and began working with Mufson five years later. Mufson had been hired in the late 1970s as the inaugural chairman of the department of internal medicine at Marshall. He and Stanek set about conducting virus research in the areas of pulmonary diseases, including pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children, serious lung diseases due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and pneumonia and meningitis in adults due to the most common bacterial pathogen, the pneumococcus.

“Ronald’s technical expertise quickly moved our research forward and eventually into interesting investigations on the molecular biology of the pneumococcus,” Mufson said.

Mufson began the research on the pneumococcus more than 35 years ago, 10 years before Stanek joined the effort. Mufson said he believes it is the longest continuous research on the occurrence of the bacterial pathogen in one community in the United States. Stanek and Mufson also were the first investigators to demonstrate and report that serious pneumococcal pneumonia responded significantly better to treatment with two antibiotics rather than with one.

“My achievements were only possible through the exceptional mentoring from Dr. Mufson,” Stanek said. “Our years together in the lab have been good ones.”

Stanek has authored dozens of publications and abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented his research findings at numerous international and national scientific meetings.

Mufson now serves as professor and chairman emeritus of the department of internal medicine.