APRIL 24, 2006 | Friends, colleagues, former students and family members of a late UAMS gross anatomy professor gathered to honor his memory April 10 by recognizing the top freshman medical student in the gross anatomy course.
For 20 years, Lawrence E. Scheving, Ph.D., was a faculty member in the
Robert Burns, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences and the current Lutterloh Professor of Medical Education Excellence in the UAMS College of Medicine, introduced the award at the April 10 ceremony. Scheving served as Burns’ research mentor on a National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award he held for five years in the mid 1970s.
“I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Scheving as my research mentor for my National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award. After that experience Dr. Scheving continued to be my mentor, but also became a colleague, friend and in many ways a dad to me.”
Burns described Scheving’s legacy: “He was not just a gross anatomy instructor. He was simply an outstanding researcher with an international reputation.”
A former tank commander who served on Gen. George S. Patton’s personal staff during World War II, Scheving went on to study circadian rhythms in human cells. He conducted some of the first experiments, where he biopsied his own skin every few hours, which demonstrated the first circadian rhythm in cell division in the human. It was this work, Burns said, that helped in cancer treatment by determining what time of day a patient was most resistant to the powerful chemotherapy drugs even while the cancer tumor was not.
“Chronochemotherapy, the Scheving approach to optimizing anti-cancer drug treatments, has improved cancer survival in several human clinical trials,” Burns said.
In 1974, while at UAMS, Scheving was the first
The new Scheving Award will be presented annually to the freshman medical student with the highest grade in the gross anatomy course.
The first award ceremony honored the first three award winners: Michael G. Kendrick, now a second year student, received the award for the 2004-2005 academic year, while there was a tie for the 2005-2006 year, with the award going to Cathryn J. Vadala and Patrick A. Brown.
The awards, which included honorariums, were presented to the students by Gwen Childs, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and David Davies, Ph.D., representing the gross anatomy course. Joining them in presenting the awards was John E. Pauly, Ph.D., for whom the lecture hall in the UAMS College of Public Health was named, and Scheving’s son, Lawrence A. Scheving, M.D., a UAMS graduate and associate professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.
Pauly said the new Scheving Award was a fitting way to honor his friend, with whom he authored seven books and more than 100 research papers. “He made outstanding contributions to this university and was a splendid teacher – named professor of the year by three classes.”
Scheving’s son was also pleased. “I thank the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, who created this award to honor my father. He loved this university and had a great academic career.”
Kendrick was happy to receive the first Scheving Award. “It’s nice to be able to honor Dr. Scheving. He actually taught my dad when he was in medical school in the 1970s.”
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