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McCrea named 2017 Darlington mentor award winner

August 22, 2017
Tracey Barnett

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences would like to congratulate Pierre McCrea, Ph.D., for being named the recipient of the 2017 Paul E. Darlington Mentor Award for GSBS Faculty.

McCrea, a professor in Department of Genetics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is affiliated with the GSBS Program in Genetics and Epigenetics and has been a GSBS faculty member since 1993. His research seeks to reveal the biology of varied catenin proteins in primary cell/ cell line settings. His lab’s long-range purpose is to understand how the roles of catenins are networked in normal development and disease states such as cancer.

He is a member of several organizations including The University of Texas Academy of Health Sciences Educators (2009-present); Tissue Culture Association of America, Texas Branch (1988-present); and the American Association for Cancer Research (1985-present).

McCrea has won many awards including the William Randolph Hearst Foundations Faculty Achievement Award in Education (2006), Kleberg Foundation Award (1996-1998) and the GSBS Dean's Excellence Award (1998). He also served as GSBS faculty president from 2004-2005.

In 2007, he helped found the MD Anderson Graduate Education Committee (GEC) with GSBS faculty member Gary Gallick, Ph.D. and Stephanie Watowich, Ph.D. The goals of the committee are to enhance the recruitment of top-tier graduate students, provide a rigorous and productive graduate training environment, and increase faculty participation in, and recognition for, graduate educational activities. He is currently the chair of the committee and has held this position since 2013.

“It is an honor to receive the Paul Darlington Award given Paul’s many contributions to GSBS, such as his example in mentoring that continues through current faculty colleagues and an exceptional staff, said McCrea. “Qualities that we each wish to develop with trainees include trust, respect and rigor, while keeping alight the fun in what we do. One approach that seems to go a long way towards each of these objectives is mono-tasking, putting distractions aside for as long as possible to reach our aims (sometimes less adds up to more). Also, both graduate students and colleagues have pointed to the virtues of impatience and patience both: impatience for reaching an accurate understanding of key scientific problems, and patience for oneself and the many good people we work with, making possible our collective reach (and, with luck our spring!) forward.”

The Darlington award provides an honorarium of $2,000 and was created to honor Paul Darlington, Ph.D., former GSBS Associate Dean. This award recognizes a current faculty member who has made an exceptional impact, as a mentor, on both students and faculty.

The award will be presented to McCrea at this year’s Lab Coat Ceremony which will be held on Friday, September 15.

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