The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is has announced that Dr. Laura Rudkin, Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH), will be the Mace Bearer for the GSBS Commencement on Friday, May 6, in Levin Hall.
Dr. Rudkin, a faculty member since 1993, is Vice Chair for Education, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Graduate Program Director. She has been graduate program director for the three GSBS programs administered by PMCH since 2007: Population Health Sciences, Public Health and Clinical Sciences. A fourth program, Rehabilitation Sciences, is under review and expected to be approved soon. In her current role, Dr. Rudkin oversees ten curricular tracks, with 73 faculty and 51 students, and from which 17 students graduated in 2009-10.
In 2008, she was elected to the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, followed by an appointment as a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the UT System. The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) honored Dr. Rudkin in 2009 with the GSO Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for advocacy on behalf of her students. She also is a current member of the Synergy Steering Committee and the Faculty Development Team of the Academy of Master Teachers.
Dr. Rudkin received her BA in journalism with High Distinction (1982) and MA in sociology (1985) from the University of Iowa, and earned a PhD in sociology and demography from Princeton University in 1992. She was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, before coming to UTMB in 1993.