WSU Dean of Sciences wins top research award

The Society for the Study of Reproduction announced today that WSU Dean of Sciences Michael Griswold is the winner of their 2006 top research award.  The SSR Research Award is given annually to a member of the Society for outstanding research published in the last six years.

Griswold, a faculty member in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the study of male reproductive biology, specifically the role of the Sertoli cell in sperm cell development.  He has received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health and served as president of the SSR in 1998.  He gave the keynote address at the 1999 Gordon Research conference on Clusterin.  Griswold also won WSU’s Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts in 1998-1999.

According to SSR criteria, the award recognizes “the significance of problems under investigation, the breadth and depth of the analyses performed, and the level of originality manifested in the publications of this work.”  The award will be presented at the SSR annual meeting in Omaha in August.

As a leader in the College of Sciences, Griswold served as interim dean in 2002/2003 and was named dean in 2003. He served as chair of the Program in Biochemistry/Biophysics from 1986 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1994, as acting dean of Sciences from 1989 to 1990, and as director of the School of Molecular Biosciences from 1999 to 2002.  Griswold joined the faculty at WSU in 1976.

Griswold earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1966 and a doctorate in biochemistry in 1969 from the University of Wyoming. He held the Dr. Edward R. Meyer Professorship in Science at WSU from 1995 to 1998.

The winner of the 2005 SSR Research Award was Mary Hunzicker-Dunn who joined the WSU faculty in the School of Molecular Biosciences in 2005.

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