Julio J. Ramirez
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2004 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Ramirez's research explores the recovery of memory function after central nervous system injury. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have supported his research. He has published more than 30 articles in leading science and education journals, many with undergraduates as co-authors.

Educational Contributions: Being named the first R. Stuart Dickson Professor at Davidson College, acknowledges Dr. Ramirez's commitment to science and science education. He founded Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) with three other colleagues in 1991 and served as its founding president. This national organization is committed to promoting and enhancing neuroscience education for undergraduate students by serving as a resource for neuroscience educators. He was co-founding senior editor of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, the flagship journal of FUN, which provides educators of undergraduate neuroscience students with a peer-reviewed forum for sharing innovative laboratory experiences, media, and teaching methods. Dr. Ramirez is a founding member of the Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and served as a Councilor in its Biology Division. He was one of two inaugural CUR Fellows and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience awarded him a Career Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by that organization. The Charlotte/Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council honored Dr. Ramirez for his contributions to and excellence in research and science education when they named him an Arts and Science Council Fellow. Because of his dedication to bringing science to the public, Dr. Ramirez was named to the Board of Trustees of the Discovery Place Museum of Science in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Director's Award Project: Dr. Ramirez's project will focus on mentoring and mentorship. It consists of summer research programs in the neurosciences for undergraduate students wherein junior faculty members and students receive intensive mentoring. The faculty members will be mentored in launching and maintaining a career that integrates teaching and research. The undergraduate students will be mentored in conducting research.

from NSF Event, June 2, 2004 Program