New award honors memory of research assistant

By Staff

The first Steven Fadul Award recently was given to three professional research assistants at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine: Jim Dover, Andrea Lewellyn and Mary Wellish.

Fadul was a research assistant in the department of physiology for 30 years; after his death last year, the department started a fund to establish an annual award in his name.

  • Mary Wellish is a member of Don Gilden's lab, where any time you have a question, scientific or not, the answer is: "Ask Mary." Wellish, said her nominator, takes "initiative in designing of experiments and interpretation of results. Your superb technical skills, generous spirit, and long experience have made you indispensible to all in the lab."
  • Jim Dover's contributions go well beyond the 12 papers he has co-authored, said his nominator. "You have played a major role in training the students and postdocs ... In fact, it was rare to attend a student or postdoc research presentation or read a student thesis that did not acknowledge Jim Dover's assistance and support."
  • Andrea Lewellyn has trained a generation of scientists with "your adept touch in manipulating both Xenopus oocytes and graduate students. Generous with your time, stern when you need to be, you have kept Jim's Howard Hughes lab operating in a coherent and efficient manner. And for the really heroic experiments, such as injecting 600 oocytes at a rate of 12 per minute, you pulled it off with grace and style, as you did everything else."