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Carlson honored by March of Dimes

Susan Carlson, the A. J. Rice Professor of Nutrition and professor of pediatrics at the KU Medical Center, received the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for outstanding achievement in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition. Carlson was one of the first to report that infants who were fed breast milk had higher DHA (dietary docosahexaenoic acid) levels than infants who received formula. Based on subsequent first-of-its-kind research on this topic, Carlson and her collaborators reported that formula-fed preterm infants had a higher visual acuteness when given a formula containing DHA. Carlson was presented the $3,000 award at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Francisco.

Weaver receives award for commitment to transit

Patricia “Pat” Weaver, associate director of outreach and technology transfer at KU’s Transportation Research Institute, is the 2008 recipient of the Roger Tate Is Smiling Award, given by the Transportation Research Board Committee on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation.

Weaver received the award at the Transportation Research Board’s 18th national conference last month in Omaha, Neb.

The award honors those who have records of passionate, innovative and unswerving commitment to improving transportation services in rural America. To be eligible for the award, a person must be involved in public, intercity bus or human services transportation in rural communities in planning, administration, operations, education and training or research and demonstrations.

The conference was sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Federal Transit Administration, American Public Transportation Association, American Bus Association and Nebraska Department of Roads and Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers.

Hunt elected to join national executive council

Joan Hunt

Joan Hunt, University Distinguished Professor, vice chancellor for biomedical research infrastructure and principal investigator for K-INBRE, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the executive council of the National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators. Hunt will represent the central region on the 20-member committee, which will meet for the first time Dec. 13 in Washington, D.C.

The executive committee will assist the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health, in strengthening research in 23 states that are part of the Institutional Development Awards network, which includes Kansas. The IDeA program supports biomedical research infrastructure in states with historically low levels of NIH research funding.

To date, Kansas investigators have been awarded more than $132 million through the IDeA program. Each state in the IDeA network is eligible for one IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant. The Kansas-INBRE is headquartered at the KU Medical Center and fosters biomedical research among 10 campuses. Its goals are to support students, faculty development and retention and cutting-edge technology.

Krishtalka named to board of directors for BioOne

Leonard Krishtalka has joined the board of directors at BioOne. BioOne makes available full-text versions of bioscience research journals published by small societies and nonprofit organizations. Located at, it focuses on interrelated journals in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. For more information, visit

Menikoff to direct research protections

Jerry A. Menikoff has been named director of the Office of Human Research Protections. He currently is director of the Office of Human Subjects Research at the National Institutes of Health.

Menikoff, who has been on leave from the School of Medicine since April 2007, is an associate professor of law at the Lawrence campus and an associate professor of law, ethics and medicine for the School of Medicine.

He also sits on a number of committees for the NIH, including the Human Subjects Research Advisory Committee, Trans NIH Bioethics Committee and the Scholarly Activities Core Curriculum Examination Committee.

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