Bruce Jackson ('09), Julio Ramirez ('09) and Zafra Lerman ('99) Receive Honors

Posted on January 1, 2015

Congratulations to PAESMEM Recipient Bruce Jackson (2009) who will be presented the 2015 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The award will be presented on April 17, 2015 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Eastern Washington University. Dr. Jackson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biotechnology and Forensic DNA Science at MassBay Community College.

"In recognition of the important roles that faculty mentors play in the success of Goldwater Scholars, the award is presented jointly by CUR and the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation to acknowledge individual faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the success of undergraduate researchers who have gone on to be Goldwater Scholars. Dr. Jackson is a research leader, productive scholar, teacher, and personal mentor to the twenty MassBay Community College students who have achieved Goldwater Scholar awards. President John O’Donnell, MassBay Community College affirmed this stating, “This award is a testament to Bruce Jackson's tireless dedication to his students and to his work at MassBay to help develop and grow our renowned sciences and undergraduate research programs. In large part to Dr. Jackson's service, MassBay continues to produce a record number of Goldwater Scholars and provide deep and meaningful opportunities for scientific research to our students. MassBay Community College is extremely honored to accept this award on Dr. Jackson's behalf to help build future generations of scientists and scholars.” -- CUR website

--See the news announcement on the CUR website for more details.

Congratulations also  to Julio Ramirez (2009), R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology at Davidson College who has recently received the following honors:

1) Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award, American Psychological Association, 2014

2) Mentor Award, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, 2011

3) Award for Education in Neuroscience, Society for Neuroscience, 2011.

Dr. Ramirez is also currently co-Directing the Neuroscience Scholars Program for the Society for Neuroscience, which has as its objective improving recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the neurosciences.  The Society was just awarded $1.35 Million from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to keep this project going.

Congratulations also to Zafra Lerman (1999), who received the 2014 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy. Lerman was honored for promoting international scientific cooperation in the Middle East.
"Dr. Lerman--an accomplished chemist, science educator, and humanitarian--serves as president of the Malta Conferences Foundation. She was honored by AAAS for her efforts to 'elevate the use of scientific cooperation as an instrument of peace, and as a pathway to better understand the role of science in addressing major societal challenges in the broader Middle East, despite the political barriers that exist at the official levels.'"