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2021 Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration and Lecture

19th Annual Daryl and Nancy Granner Distinguished Mentor Award Celebration

3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Prem Sahai Auditorium in MERF 

This celebration has become an annual highlight. Each year, the Distinguished Mentor Award has recognized one of our most important mentors, and the Distinguished Mentor Lecturer has given one of the best lectures of the year. 2021's event promises to follow that exciting tradition. This celebration was envisioned and is supported by Daryl and Nancy Granner.

Attendees may also choose to join the event by Zoom.  https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95332975863  Please contact Sonya Housholder at sonya-housholder@uiowa.edu for the password.

Distinguished Mentor Awardee: Donald D. Heistad, MD

Dr. Heistad, Professor of Internal Medicine, Neuroscience and Pharmacology, and Pomerantz Family Chair of Cardiology, has an outstanding record of mentoring trainees, faculty and staff at all levels. By his example and with his guidance and leadership, he has influenced the lives and careers of many scientists and physicians at Iowa and around the world.

Distinguished Mentor's Lecturer: David J. Skorton, MD

"Inspiration Comes in Many Forms"

Dr. Skorton, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, has a distinguished career as a physician-scientist, educator, and academic leader. He served as president of the University of Iowa and of Cornell University, and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.


The Distinguished Mentor Award and Distinguished Mentor’s Lecture are made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Daryl Granner, '58 B.A., '62 M.S., '62 M.D., and Nancy Granner, '58 B.A. Dr. Granner is a Distinguished Alumnus and Professor Emeritus and founding director of the F.O.E. Diabetes Research Center in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Institute.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sonya Housholder in advance at (319)335-8587 or sonya-housholder@uiowa.edu