Dr. Charles Lockwood selected for 2015 Beacon Award

USF Health leader Charles J. Lockwood, MD, was recently presented with the 2015 Beacon Award from the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Frontiers in Reproduction Research (FIR) Program, an intensive 6-week laboratory and lecture course for scientists-in-training.

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Dr. Lockwood, who is senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, earned the award for his long-standing support for young reproductive scientists, and his contributions to the FIR program, including serving as a founding member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, as well as serving a second term in 2006, and encouraging many fellows and junior faculty to attend the course while he was chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University.

Dr. Lockwood was presented with the award in June at the FIR 2015 Symposium in Woods Hole, MA.

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The Beacon Award is presented only to those who serve as “an outstanding source of enlightenment and guidance to the national reproductive sciences communities’ Frontiers in Reproduction Research Program” and whose efforts have advanced “young scholars’ research careers in the field of reproductive sciences research, and establish him or her as a nationally valued source of illumination and guidance – a Beacon – in the development of research careers in the reproductive sciences.”

The FIR course is supported by major grants from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and is considered a “boot camp” for young scientists. It is held annually at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago in Woods Hole, MA. The course is an intensive 6-week laboratory and lecture course for scientists-in-training who seek to improve their knowledge and experimental skills to pursue a career in the reproductive sciences. FIR, which is now entering its 18th year and has 308 alumni worldwide, is held each summer and has become a world-famous training ground for experimental biologists, including graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows as well as junior faculty. The highly competitive admissions process selects only 20 participants each year for the full immersion research experience.