UTHSCT’s Michael Pangburn, Ph.D., honored with UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Michael Pangburn, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and director of its graduate program in biotechnology, has received the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
This is the first year that faculty at the six UT health institutions have been eligible for the award. Dr. Pangburn is one of 40 faculty members from these health institutions to receive the 2012 award.
“We are all very proud of Dr. Pangburn receiving this prestigious award for his exemplary teaching. He is a gifted educator who leads the successful master’s degree program in biotechnology at UTHSCT,” said UTHSCT Vice President for Research Steven Idell, MD, Ph.D.
“He is passionate about providing first-class experiences for his students. This is truly a great honor for Dr. Pangburn, and is recognition of the outstanding quality of education offered by UTHSCT,” Dr. Idell said.
The UT System Board of Regents established this award for the nine academic institutions in 2008. Last year, the board authorized $6 million to expand the awards to health institution faculty. Each year the UT System will make 40 awards of $25,000 each to outstanding faculty at the health institutions.
Dr. Pangburn, who joined UTHSCT in 1984, has taught students enrolled in the master’s degree program in biotechnology since 1996. As a scientist at the Biomedical Research Center, he has spent the past 36 years studying the complement system, part of the body’s innate immune system that is the first line of defense against illness or infection.
The UT System also has posted a news release listing all of the award winners on its website.
For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded $118.6 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.