Two P&S faculty members, Kathryn Calame and Stephen Nicholas, were honored this spring by their alma maters.
Kathryn Calame, Ph.D., professor emerita of microbiology & immunology and of biochemistry & molecular biophysics, received an honorary degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1962. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees from George Washington University. Fellow honorees at Missouri this year were musician and philanthropist Sheryl Crow (a 1984 MU graduate); Ian Wilmut, leader of the research team that produced Dolly, the first mammal cloned with genetic material from an adult cell; and Dr. Calame’s husband, Byron E. “Barney” Calame, former Wall Street Journal editor and public editor for the New York Times. Honorary degrees, one of the highest honors the university bestows, are awarded to graduates or former students who have achieved distinction and to individuals of high distinction from around the world.
Dr. Calame’s honorary degree was presented at Missouri’s graduate school commencement May 13. Her career focused on studies of gene regulation in the immune system. She has been internationally recognized for her contributions to immunology and cancer research during the past 40 years and for her research on the immune system’s formation of antibodies in response to foreign antigens.
Dr. Calame has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Faculty of 1000, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Stephen Nicholas, M.D., professor of pediatrics and public health and associate dean for admissions at P&S, received the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Silver and Gold Award, the highest award the school’s alumni association bestows. The award recognizes excellence in humanitarianism, citizenship, and professionalism for service to the community and contributions to the science and art of medicine. The award was presented during the May alumni reunion at the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
A native of Casper, Wyo., Dr. Nicholas received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, graduated in 1981 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at Babies and Harlem hospitals, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in general academic pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was chairman of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital from 2000 to 2006.
Dr. Nicholas was honored for his efforts as a doctor, teacher, and researcher in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Dominican Republic to improve care and treatment for HIV-infected children and their families and to prevent vertical HIV transmission. He also was recognized for his role in starting the Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative and for his advocacy on behalf of the indigent and medically underserved.