Newswise — Rockville, Md. (April 30, 2021)—The American Physiological Society (APS) is pleased to announce its new leadership: President Jennifer Pollock, PhD, FAPS, FAHA; President-elect Dee U. Silverthorn, PhD, FAPS, FAAA, FAAAS; and Councilors Lacy Alexander, PhD, FACSM; Margarita Curras-Collazo, PhD, FAPS; and Dexter Lee, PhD. The new officers were elected by APS membership and took office April 30, 2021.
Jennifer Pollock, PhD, FAPS, FAHA, holds an endowed professorship in nephrology in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is the co-director of the Department of Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine and co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences TL1 Predoctoral Training Program at UAB. Pollock is also the director of the Kidney Pipeline Programs, which include the PRIME T32 training program, the UAB KURE R25 summer undergraduate research training program and the UAB PROmoTE R25 team science research training program. She earned her doctorate in biological chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pollock has been an APS member since 1997. Past leadership roles include secretary-treasurer and chair of the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis (WEH) Section, member of the Nominating and Section Advisory committees and organizer of multiple conference and symposia programs. She is a past member of the Science Policy Committee and APS Council and contributes to the editorial and peer review processes for the American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
Her honors include numerous awards for outstanding research and mentoring, including the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Heart Association Harriet Dustan Award for Outstanding Hypertension Research and the Lewis K. Dahl Memorial Lecture to the Council on Hypertension. She has received the APS Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award and the APS Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lectureship of the APS WEH Section. Pollock became a Fellow of the APS (FAPS) in 2016 and is a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
Dee U. Silverthorn, PhD, FAPS, FAAA, FAAAS, is a professor emerita in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). She was previously a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physiology at UT Austin. She earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
Silverthorn has served the Society on the APS Council, as past chair and secretary of the Teaching of Physiology Section and as a past representative to the Joint Program Committee. She was editor-in-chief of Advances in Physiology Education from 2001 to 2007, is the outgoing chair of the Book Committee and is a member of the Team 2023 Task Force, a group of APS member leaders tasked with assisting in the development of the Society’s new annual meeting, PHYSIOLOGY 2023.
Silverthorn is a past recipient of the APS Guyton Educator Award and the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and has received 11 other teaching awards through the University of Texas. She received FAPS status in 2015 and is a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomy (AAA) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Lacy Alexander, PhD, FACSM, is a professor of kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University in University Park (Penn State). She earned her doctorate in kinesiology from Penn State as well. Alexander is a past member of the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and was the Environmental & Exercise Physiology Section (EEP) representative to the Joint Program Committee from 2016 to 2019. She is the current chair of the EEP Section, a member of the Section Advisory Committee and an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Alexander is a past recipient of Penn State’s Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, the APS EEP New Investigator Award and the APS Cardiovascular Section Early Investigator Research Recognition Award. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Margarita Curras-Collazo, PhD, FAPS, is an associate professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside. She earned her doctorate in medical physiology from The Ohio State University. Curras-Collazo has served the Society in a variety of capacities, including program co-organizer for the inaugural California chapter of APS, past member and chair of the Porter Physiology Development Committee (now called the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee), member of the Central Nervous System Section steering committee, Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee, APS-ADI Mastermind Group and as an undergraduate summer research host. She continues to serve on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Curras-Collazo’s honors include University of California Regents Award, University of California Distinguished Mentor for Undergraduate Research, University of California Distinguished Teacher in Life Sciences, the ADInstruments Macknight Educator Award and the APS Teaching Career Enhancement Award. She has been a member of APS since 1984 and received FAPS status in 2019.
Dexter Lee, PhD, is an associate professor of physiology at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also co-director of the Research Centers at Minority Institutions professional development program and is co-director of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Centers for Clinical and Translational Sciences TL1 program. Lee earned his doctorate in physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Lee was the inaugural president of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area chapter of APS; has served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; is a member of the Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee; and is a past keynote speaker for the APS Minority Travel Fellows luncheon at Experimental Biology. He has received numerous NIH awards and is a past recipient of the APS Early-career Research Award.
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