The Faculty Senate recognizes faculty for meritorious teaching, service or mentoring at its annual meeting, which this year will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Durham Research Center Auditorium.
Outstanding Teacher Award
- Justin Mott, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor & medical assistant director, biochemistry and molecular biology, College of Medicine;
- Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D., associate professor, neurological sciences, College of Medicine;
- Catherine Binstock, instructor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division; and
- Dawn Venema, Ph.D., assistant professor, physical therapy education, College of Allied Health Professions.
Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award
- Corri Hanson, Ph.D., associate professor, medical nutrition education, College of Allied Health Professions
Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty Award
- Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., professor, surgery-general surgery, College of Medicine
- Bernice Yates, Ph.D., professor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division
- Name: Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., Ph.D.
- Title: Vascular surgeon
- Joined UNMC: 2001
- Hometown: Rhodes, Greece, and Omaha, Neb.
With how many junior faculty members do you work? Five.
What are the greatest rewards of mentoring?
When I work with junior faculty, I always remember my own mentors -- the people who made a great difference in my career like Drs. George Casale, Tim Baxter, Alex Shepard and Jae Cho. Somehow, in this process, I feel that I get to know these excellent physicians and scientists a little better, and it makes me very happy to be in a position to share all the knowledge and experience they shared with me.
Describe a moment when you realized your influence made a difference in someone's career.
It was the first time a junior faculty member I worked with received his first extramural grant. It was a truly joyous moment!
List three things few people know about you.
- I am from an island in Greece named Kasos and moved to the United States when I was 24 years old.
- The two mentors I admire the most are my father Elias and my wife Kostoula.
- The majority of my clinical practice is at the Omaha VA hospital. I really love taking care of our veterans. They are the most kind, loyal and unselfish people.
Congratulations Dr. Pipinos!! You are a great mentor and I am so happy you are getting the recognition you deserve!
Iraklis is outstanding in both research and mentoring! Congratulations, Iraklis!
Congratulations Dr. Pipinos! It is very well deserved!
Congratulations!! A well-deserved recognition!!