Science dean awarded honorary doctorate in Chile
By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist
(Jan. 17, 2008)--UTSA College of Sciences Dean George Perry recently received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional Arturo Prat (UNAP) -- one of only two individuals ever to receive the honor from the Iquique, Chile, university.
UNAP officials chose Perry for the honor because of his contributions to Alzheimer's disease research in Latin America and his educational outreach efforts to assist smaller universities in the region to grow and develop.
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"I was really excited and honored to receive this degree," said Perry. "For the last 15 years, my research efforts have been directed toward working with communities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and I am very interested in helping Universidad Nacional Arturo Prat to continue in their development."
Establishing relationships outside the United States has been key to Perry's success. In December, he joined officials from UTSA and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in the signing of a cooperative agreement in science education and research to foster collaboration between the universities.
Under the agreement, both universities will contribute to the $50,000 annual funding needed to support scholarly exchanges in research development. The funding will allow top scientists and students from both institutions to collaborate in cutting-edge research.
Before joining UTSA in 2006, Perry directed the Department of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Author of more than 750 scientific publications and 600 abstracts, Perry serves on the editorial board of more than 50 journals and is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. In 1998, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. He is among the 20 most cited authors in Alzheimer's disease research.
Perry received his doctoral degree in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. He served as a postdoctoral fellow in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine and earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.