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Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

Sep 24, 2024

03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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The Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award honors an outstanding mentor of the Carver College of Medicine. 

Awardees are distinguished faculty who have served a significant portion of their career at Iowa and whose mentees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own. Awardees are also known for their collegiality, dedication to their profession, and the advancement of the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa. The annual award celebration includes a Distinguished Mentor’s Lecture given by an eminent scholar.

2024 Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

The 2024 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2024, at 3 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF). 

Distinguished Mentor Awardee: Daniel Tranel, PhD

Dr. Tranel is Professor in the Department of Neurology. He has an outstanding record of selflessly mentoring students, post-doctoral trainees, and faculty.  He is an exceptional mentor whose mentees have gone on to distinguished careers of their own.  He is also nationally and internationally recognized for his pioneering research in neuropsychology.

Distinguished Mentor Lecturer: Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

Dr. Damasio is Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying affect and consciousness. His work on the role of emotions and feelings in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience and psychology.  

The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor's Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Daryl Granner, 58BA, 62MS, 62MD, and Nancy Granner, 58BA. Dr. Granner is a Distinguished Almunus, Professor Emeritus, and Founding Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, UI Carver College of Medicine.

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