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Dudley Strickland, Ph.D., Will Receive the University of Maryland School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Dudley Strickland, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Center for Vascular & Inflammatory Diseases, has been selected as the recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Now in its second year, the annual Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion recognizes a School of Medicine faculty member for extraordinary work advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the field of medical education and for promoting health care equity in the United States. Nominees for the award have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity and inclusion in medicine, medical school education, and/or the recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities.

“It is an honor and a privilege to recognize Dr. Dudley Strickland, who has long demonstrated a commitment to exactly what this award stands for – the recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities,” says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. “The School of Medicine is extremely grateful for Dr. Strickland’s many years of leadership and oversight of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS).”

When notified he was selected as this year’s award recipient, Dr. Strickland stated, “It’s a privilege to direct GPILS and work with dedicated scientists and staff to develop strategies and new approaches that will enhance the recruitment, retention and success of under-represented minority scientists.”

Dr. Strickland was nominated by Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and former Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and by Sharron Graves, M.S., Director of Strategic Recruitment, Outreach and Retention, both of whom cited Dr. Strickland’s real and lasting impact on the lives of individual students in the GPILS program. “Dr. Strickland [has] changed the lives of several minority students, providing them a chance that no one else was willing to do,” said Dr. McCarthy and Ms. Graves in their nomination letter. “He also closely attends to individual students and assures they receive the support they need.”

Dr. Strickland earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas in Biochemistry, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Chemistry. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Strickland joined the American Red Cross Research Laboratories in 1982, and was also academically affiliated with The George Washington University. In 1995, he was appointed as Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at George Washington University. In 1997, Dr. Strickland became Head of the Department of Vascular Biology at the American Red Cross. He joined the University of Maryland in 2004 as Professor of Surgery and Physiology, and was appointed Director of the Center of Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases in 2005. In 2011, Dr. Strickland was named the Assistant Dean for the entire GPILS program.

During his tenure at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Strickland has made a transformative impact in increasing minority applications through outreach programs with local and national institutions, and has made a personal commitment of time and attention to develop personalized strategies to foster success for individual students. According to Dr. McCarthy and Ms. Graves, Dr. Strickland is constantly looking for ways to involve others in increasing diversity, and is receptive to new ideas presented by his staff, the students and other faculty, as well as generating his own.

Dr. Strickland will be presented with his award at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s annual Celebrating Diversity Reception and Dinner on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. David Stewart, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, was recognized last year as the first recipient of this award. Tickets for this event are still available and can be purchased by contacting Rebecca Herman at (410) 706-5057 or rherman@som.umaryland.edu.

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