Published on June 01, 2007
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Dr. Urs Giger (ZUR '77) has received the 2007 Bourgelat Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for his clinical contributions to small animal medicine—particularly in the areas of hereditary disorders, hematologic diseases, and transfusion medicine.

Dr. Giger is the Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine and chief of medical genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He heads the Pediatrics and Genetics Clinic, Genetic Metabolic Testing Laboratory, Josephine Deubler Genetic Disease Testing Laboratory, and Transfusion Medicine Program. He holds secondary appointments in the medical school's Division of Hematology and at the University of Zurich.

In March, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges presented Dr. Halcyon O. Watkins (TUS '68) with the Iverson Bell Recognition Award for her outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting opportunities for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical education.

After earning her DVM degree, Dr. Watkins worked in Guyana before returning to New Jersey to operate an animal hospital.

Dr. Watkins became an assistant professor of biology at Texas Southern University in 1980. Later, she moved to Prairie View A&M University, where she served as a professor, mentor, program leader, adviser, and counselor to underrepresented minority students for more than 20 years.

"When I think about Dr. Watkins' deep commitment to ensuring that we recruit and nurture a diverse student body, I cannot imagine anyone who more personifies the spirit of the Iverson Bell Recognition Award," AAVMC Executive Director Lawrence Heider said.