FSU MED Magazine Fall 2020, Vol. 16 Fall 2020 - Page 20

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RESEARCHER , TEACHER , LEADER , INNOVATOR The James D . Westcott Distinguished Service Medal is named after Florida State ’ s first benefactor . The recipient must be a person whose distinguished service merits exceptional recognition and whose life and work exemplify Vires , Artes , Mores – the strength , skill and character that the university seeks to nurture in its students . These excerpts from Senior Associate Dean Alma Littles ’ nomination letter cite Hurt ’ s achievements in four areas .
RESEARCH
∑ “ The research program directed by Dr . Hurt has produced several key discoveries and many outstanding scientists . She established her research program at FSU in the 1990s with funding from the NSF , the NIH and the American Cancer Society . She was a member of a collaborative team that in 2002 published the Molecular Biology of the Cell Paper of the Year – which has now been cited nearly 1,000 times . In addition , her basic research has led to patent applications and the licensing of one of her discoveries to Millipore Corp .”
∑ “ At the College of Medicine , Dr . Hurt also led the effort in 2010 to establish the Translational Science Laboratory , a state-of-the-art facility designed to take advantage of our distributed clinical education model and contribute to advances in genetic and epigenetic determinants of disease and response to disease therapy .”
TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP
∑ “ Dr . Hurt often jokes that her early days of teaching middle school biology more than prepared her for the
challenges of teaching undergraduate , graduate and medical students . She initially taught biochemistry in Florida State ’ s Program in Medical Sciences . Those students were in their first year of medical school before transferring to the University of Florida to complete their M . D . training . After the founding of our medical school , she taught microbiology to secondyear students . Dr . Hurt has received a number of teaching awards , including the Recognition for Excellence in Honors Program Teaching in 2000 .”
∑ “ You can learn a lot about a teacher by looking at her students . In her lab , Dr . Hurt has mentored 27 undergraduate DIS students , many of whom have served as authors on papers , won research awards and gone on to graduate or professional school . In addition to graduate classroom education , she has served on 58 graduate student committees and mentored 13 of her own Ph . D . graduate students , many of whom now hold tenure-track faculty positions . In addition , most of the graduates from the PIMS program and the early classes in the College of Medicine credit Dr . Hurt with their success .”
LEADERSHIP
∑ “ As director of the formerly struggling PIMS program , Dr . Hurt led it back to excellence . She put sound scholastic principles , a holistic admissions process and true concern for each student ’ s success into action . As a result , the pass rate on the USMLE Step 1 licensing exam rose from 50 % to 95 %.”

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HEADLINES
Childhood taught me to be tough . We weren ’ t fancy people . My dad was shot in a hunting accident and couldn ’ t work for two years . We got help from neighbors and family , but the kids at school made fun of me because of the things I had to do without . That ’ s where I got this smart mouth of mine . At the same time , though , my mom was a faithful churchgoer . So was I until about 18 . I was in church eight days a week . I was best in my class at memorizing Scripture . The Baptist church left me when it embraced far-right politics , but the Christian ethic remained alive inside me : to help the poor , the elderly , the overlooked , those who didn ’ t believe they had a chance in this world . That ’ s why , when I encountered [ FSU ’ s Program in Medical Sciences ], it seemed like such a perfect fit . Then PIMS became a medical school that also reached out to those who didn ’ t believe they had a chance . Look at what they ’ ve done with that chance we gave them . To view a digital copy of the book , go to med . fsu . edu / BreakingTheMold

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