11/8/2004

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KU's Hawley honored as an American Cancer Society Research Professor

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas researcher, Scott Hawley, has been named an American Cancer Society Research Professor.

Hawley is an investigator at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Mo., and a professor of molecular biosciences at KU
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One of the most prestigious honors the ACS bestows, the recognition comes with a $300,000 grant distributed over five years, which Hawley will use to support new research. The grant could be renewed for an additional five years in the future. The funding starts Jan. 1, 2005.

“ I am utterly thrilled to join the very distinguished group of current and past American Cancer Society Professors,” Hawley said. “I am greatly honored to be listed in their company and to be recognized by the society. It is a terrific organization for which I have the greatest respect.”

The ACS dedicates more money than any not-for-profit, nongovernment funder of cancer research in the United States, spending over $100 million each year.

Hawley's research focuses on the biology of chromosomes, he said. The movement of chromosomes during cell division or the formation of sperm and eggs is critical to reproduction and normal development. Errors in chromosome movement during the sperm or egg formation are a leading cause of birth defects, and errors occurring during cell division all play an important role in the development of many cancers.

Hawley earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California-Riverside and his doctorate in genetics from the University of Washington, Seattle.

“ We are privileged to have Dr. Hawley as a faculty member in the department of molecular biosciences,” said Kathy Suprenant, professor and chair of the division of biological sciences at KU. “We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding educator and researcher working with our students in the laboratory and classroom.”

Hawley was nominated by the Stowers Institute. To receive the honor, nominees must go through a highly competitive review process. Only one or two individuals in two categories are appointed in any year, and only a limited number of individuals can be designated either a Research Professor or Clinical Research Professor at one time.

" These awards are given to mid-career investigators that have made significant contributions in cancer research,” said David Ringer, scientific program director of the American Cancer Society's Research Department. “Scott Hawley has been a true leader in his field and will continue to be a leader in that field and make significant contributions over the next five to 10 years.”

While Hawley's permanent office, laboratory and research group are at the Stowers Institute, he teaches an undergraduate course in genetics on the KU Edwards campus and team-teaches an advanced genetics graduate course on the Lawrence campus.

“ This is the 'best of both worlds' combination of appointments for what I hope will be a long career of research and teaching," Hawley said.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has 14 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call toll-free (800) ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

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