April 11, 2008

Pharmacology forum honors faculty teaching excellence

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Joel Hardman, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology, Emeritus, right, talks with Gina Poe, Ph.D., and Jack Clark, Ph.D., at last week’s Joel Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Pharmacology forum honors faculty teaching excellence

Joey Barnett, Ph.D., vice chair and director of graduate studies in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt Medical Center, has another feather in his cap.

During last week's Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum, Barnett received the 2008 Faculty Teaching Award from the pharmacology graduate students for his excellence in teaching, mentoring and scientific leadership.

“I think I have the best job in the world,” said Barnett, who previously received the award in 2006. “I have a lot of fun (in the lab), and I get to run the pharmacology training program … It's a fantastic group of students. You make me look good.”

Also during the forum, the 2007 Student Teaching Assistant Recognition Awards were given to neuroscience graduate student Xin Tang and pharmacology graduate student Todd Townsend.

The forum, in its 17th year, focused on “the biological basis of sleep in health and disease.”

Speakers included Gina Poe, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Beth Malow, M.D., medical director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center; and Luis de Lecea, Ph.D., of Stanford University.

The annual forum is named for Joel Hardman, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology, Emeritus, and chair of the department of Pharmacology from 1975 to 1990.

Hardman, who attended this year's event, also served as associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs until his retirement in 1997.

This year's forum was organized by pharmacology graduate students Joshua Brooks, Julie Field, Jennifer Madison and Juan Xing.