AUSTIN – Educators from institutions within The University of Texas System have been recognized for their outstanding contributions in the classroom and laboratories at the undergraduate and graduate level with the Innovations in Health Science Education award.
The individuals were recognized Thursday evening (Feb. 18) during the Innovations in Health Science Education conference. The two-day conference is an annual event of The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, an organization of distinguished scholars recognized for their teaching excellence.
Individuals and the cash prizes they were awarded were as follows:
- 1st prize ($7,500): Nora Gimpel, M.D., UT Southwestern Department of Family and Community Medicine, “Community Medicine Education and Research Training: An Innovative Pipeline for Future Primary Care Physicians”
- 2nd prize ($5,000): Joseph P. Connor, D.D.S, M.A., UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School; “Development and Implementation of an On-line Screening Application”
- 3rd prize ($2,500): Marianne Marcus, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing; “Interprofessional Community-based Service Learning Course”
“The UT System values the extraordinary work of its faculty and this recognition demonstrates the System’s commitment to encouraging excellence and outstanding achievement,” said UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. 
The conference featured a number of presentations related to improving the efficiency and quality of health care education, including a keynote address from Kenneth Ludmerer, M.D., winner of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service in Medical Education, considered the highest recognition given nationally in the medical education community.
The Academy was established in 2005 and includes more than 75 faculty members from UT System institutions. The Academy elected 24 new members in 2009 and 2010. A list of new members is available online .
About The University of Texas System
Serving the educational and health care needs of Texans for more than 125 years, The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $11.9 billion (FY 2010) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 202,000 in the 2009 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 84,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.