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Drs. Affuso, Sen and Yoder are recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship

April, 16, 2012

Three Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) members received the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship and were honored in a ceremony April 2, 2012; Olivia Affuso, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology, Bisakha Sen, Ph.D., associate professor of health care organization and policy and Bradley Yoder, Ph.D., professor of cell biology.

Twenty professors from 17 departments were the recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D., dean of The Graduate School.

For faculty to be selected, at least five letters of nomination had to be submitted. The nominators were asked to consider personal characteristics, excellence in teaching and communication and mentoring characteristics in considering whom to recommend for the award.

Excerpts from the nomination letters:


  • Olivia Affuso, Ph.D.

    “She continually seeks opportunities for her students, mentees, friends, etc. to grow. Whether in the School of Public Health, the Graduate School or life in general, Dr. Affuso is on a continual search for the next big and better thing and takes those she mentors along for the ride.”

Olivia Affuso, Ph.D.
  • Bisakha Sen, Ph.D.

    “Dr. Sen highly holds mentoring excellence and champions her students and mentees through commitment to professionalism, code of ethics, and beyond expectation quality. She is a role model to me and my peers and has inspired us to become better, life-long learning researchers.”

Bisakha Sen, Ph.D.  
  • Bradley Yoder, Ph.D.

    "Dr. Yoder expected the best from his students and postdoctoral fellows and communicated these expectations in a supportive and enthusiastic manner. This approach resulted in us striving to meet his standards of what he knew we could accomplish while also allowing us room to grow as researchers and individuals."

Bradley Yoder, Ph.D
Dr. Yoder (bottom row, center)

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