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Release: April 19, 2001
Folk receives award from American Physiological Society
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- G. Edgar Folk, Jr., Ph.D., professor emeritus of physiology
and biophysics in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, received the
2001 Ray G. Daggs Award from the American Physiological Society (APS). The
award was presented to Folk April 3 at the APS meeting, "Experimental
Biology 2001," in Orlando, Fla.
Since 1973, the Ray G. Daggs Award has been presented annually to a physiologist
judged to have provided distinguished service to the science of physiology
and to the APS.
"I'm so buoyed up by receiving this award," Folk said. "It
really makes me think about all the wonderful scientists who have come before
me and inspired me to be like them."
In particular, Folk remembers his doctoral degree sponsor at Harvard University,
John Welsh, who at age 99 still is active.
"John Welsh discovered the third neurohumor, seratonin," Folk
said. "Now we know of 50 to 60 of these neurochemicals. This for me is
a clear example of how rapid our rate of progress in science has been in the
last 50 years. It is a real condensing of history."
As Folk reminisces on the work of his scientific mentors, today's scientists
praise Folk's own significant scientific achievements and contributions.
"As an environmental physiologist, Dr. Folk has received many honors
for his research and his extensive contributions to other professional activities,"
said Robert E. Fellows, M.D., Ph.D.,
UI professor and head of physiology and biophysics. "He has been honored
repeatedly by the University of Iowa and national and international organizations."
Folk is internationally known for his studies on biological clocks and their
role in the timing of biological activities of animals, particularly with
regard to cold adaptation and hibernation in the arctic. For many years he
carried out an active research program at the UI and at the Arctic Institute
of North America at Point Barrow, Alaska, for which he gained great respect
from the environmental biology community worldwide.
In addition to his long and notable research career, Folk's teaching career
at the UI has spanned almost 50 years since he first joined the faculty in
1953. Folk's dedication to and obvious enthusiasm for teaching and service
in the field of physiology have won him many admirers.
"Dr. Folk remains a very vital presence in physiology in general and
environmental physiology in particular," Fellows said. "What is
truly inspiring is the strength of the relationships he has maintained with
his discipline, his profession and with the new researchers coming into the
field. These young scientists continually seek him out for advice and perspective."
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