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Current News

  • MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA was elected as the President of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (ABFA) on February 19, 2019. The ABFA is the only professional certification body for Forensic Anthropologists. Certification with the ABFA is the highest level of professional certification in Forensic Anthropology. As president of the Board of directors, Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant will be responsible for overseeing the board of directors, the yearly certification testing and ensuring that the ABFA is evolving as necessary with the ever-changing medicolegal environment. Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant's term will begin in July 2019 and runs until June 2020.
  • MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA participated with other forensic anthropologist around the country in the forensic analysis of human remains in Hurricane Maria - decimated Puerto Rico. Working with the Bureau of Forensic Science in Puerto Rico, Dr. MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant and colleagues completed 43 cases in 5 days in January, 2019.

Past News

2018
2017
  • The CASE sponsored Annual Gift Body Interfaith Memorial Service was held at St. Francis Xavier College Church November 3, 2017. 
  • Paul A. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc (hon) contributions to the School of Medicine community were recognized in Spring 2017 issue of Grand Rounds Saint Louis University School of Medicine Alumni Magazine.
  • Joshua W. Little D.C., Ph.D. was selected as a mentor for a SLU undergraduate student, Vruta Kansara, receiving a 2017 SLU Center for Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
2016
  •  The CASE sponsored Annual Gift Body Interfaith Memorial Service was held at St. Francis Xavier College Church November 4, 2016.
  • Mohammed Waheed-Uz-Zaman Rana, Ph.D: 1934-2016.
    Mohammed Waheed-Uz-Zaman Rana, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anatomy, and leader in the Islamic and interfaith community in St. Louis, died Sunday, Oct. 16. He was 82 years old.
  • John R. Martin, Ph.D. and Yun Tan, M.D., Ph.D. represented CASE at the 26th Annual Minority Scientist Showcase at the Saint Louis Science Center on January 16, 2016.

Recent Awards

  • John R. Martin, Ph.D. was the recipient of the American Medical Student Association, Saint Louis University School of Medicine Golden Apple Pre-clinical Teaching Award by the Class of 2019.
  • Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA and John R. Martin, Ph.D. were the recipients of awards at the second annual School of Medicine's Faculty Awards Banquet on Friday, February 1, 2019. Dr. Tersigini-Tarrant was the recipient of the Student Professionalism Award and was the top of three finalists for the award. Finalists were selected by nominations from the student body and supplemented by objective evaluation data from OASIS. Winners were determined by a student body vote.
    • Dr. Martin was the recipient of the Spirit of SLUSOM Award, the highest overall award for Passion for Education. Dr. Martin also received the award for Outstanding Lecturer in a First Year Course.
    • The award for Outstanding First Year Course was presented to Dr. Martin and Dr. Sean Goretzke as the Co-Course Directors of the Basic Clinical Neuroscience Course.
    • Other finalists included the Introduction to Clinical Anatomy course directed by Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant.

Past Awards 

2018
  • MariaTeresa Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA was the recipient of The Spirit of  SLUSOM Award, the highest award for Passion for Education, at the first annual School of Medicine's Faculty Awards Banquet on 02/23/18. Nominated by medical students and supplemented by objective evaluation data, Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant was the top of three finalists for the award. In addition to receiving this prestigious award, the Introduction to Clinical Anatomy course, under Dr. Tersigni-Tarrant's leadership, was one of three finalist in the Outstanding First Year Course category. 
  • John R. Martin, Ph.D. was a finalist for the Outstanding Lecturer in a First Year Course category at the first annual School of Medicine's Faculty Awards Banquet on 02/23/18. Nominated by medical students and supplemented by objective evaluation data, Dr. Martin was one of three finalists for the award. Additionally, the Neurosciences course, in which he Co-directs with Dr. Sean Goretzke, MD, Department of Neurology, was one of three finalist in the Outstanding First Year Course category.
2017
  • John R. Martin, Ph.D. was honored with a School of Medicine's Distinguished Teacher's Award on 05/1/17. The Distinguished Teacher's Award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching skills and dedication to teaching to ensure the best educational experience for Saint Louis University medical students. Dr. John R. Martin, Ph.D. was awarded for Presentation Skills which honors achievement in presenting didactic materials.
  • Bryan T. Vahey, B.S., received a travel award and was named a finalist for the American Association of Anatomists Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award for the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago, IL. His abstract was entitled, "Facet joint inferior articular process degeneration following lumbar spinal hypomobility." Bryan is a Master's student in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory.
  • Tanaya Pulisetty, a SLU undergraduate student performing research in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory, received a travel award and was selected as a finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Undergraduate Student Award for her abstract entitled, "The ligamentum flavum thickens during the advanced stages of hypomobility induced lumbar spinal osteoarthritis." The AAA Undergraduate Student Award recognizes the top undergraduate student abstract and presentation at the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference.
  • Jeffrey Allison, B.S., received a travel award from the American Association of Anatomists to attend the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago, IL. His abstract was entitled, "The lumbar facet joint synovial fold intimal surface length decreases during the onset of cartilage degeneration following spinal hypomobility." Jeffrey is a Master's student in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory.
2016
  • Yun Tan, M.D, Ph.D. was honored with a SLU Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award at a special ceremony on 04/28/16 at the Pere Marquette Gallery. The Faculty Excellence Awards were developed to recognize distinguished SLU faculty members. Nominations for the awards come from the SLU community with an emphasis on student nominations.
  • Adam Benckendorf, a SLU undergraduate student performing research in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory, received the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference AAA Award Ceremony in San Diego, California, on April 5th, 2016. This award recognizes the top undergraduate student abstract and presentation.
  • John A. Merlo, B.S., received a travel award and was named an American Association of Anatomists finalist for the Langman Award. The Langman Award recognizes the top graduate student abstract and presentation for the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference. John is a Master's student in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory.
  • John A. Merlo, B.S., graduate student, was selected to present his abstract entitled, "Onset and Progression of Facet Joint Articular Cartilage Degeneration Following Lumbar Spinal Hypomobility" as a platform presentation in the Morphological Sciences Award Hybrid Symposium for the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference. John is a Master's student in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory.
  • Adam Benckendorf, a SLU undergraduate student performing research in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory, received a travel award and was selected as a finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Undergraduate Student Award for his abstract entitled, "The Lumbar Facet Joint Capsule Thickens Following Spinal Segmental Hypomobility Induced Osteoarthritis." The AAA Undergraduate Student Award recognizes the top undergraduate student abstract and presentation at the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference.
  • Jacob A. McDowell, a SLU undergraduate student performing research in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory, received a travel award and was selected as a finalist for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Undergraduate Student Award for his abstract entitled, "Lumbar Spinal Segmental Hypomobility Induced Osteoarthritis is Associated with Early Regression of Facet Joint Synovial Folds." The AAA Undergraduate Student Award recognizes the top undergraduate student abstract and presentation at the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference.
  • Adam Benckendorf, a SLU Honors Program undergraduate student performing research in Dr. Joshua W. Little's laboratory, was awarded the Presidential Scholarship Investigative Learning Experience (ILEX) to attend and present his research at the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference.