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Dr. Kathy Svoboda

Dr. Kathy Svoboda

Dr. Kathy Svoboda, professor in biomedical sciences, assumed the role of vice chair of the department Jan. 1. Her nearly 10 years of service to the college includes directing grant projects and research facilities, and leading and serving professional organizations.

Svoboda takes over the role for Dr. Bob Hinton, professor in biomedical sciences, who has served as associate chair and vice chair from 1999 to 2003 and from 2006 to the present. He served as acting chair from 2003 to 2006.

“Dr. Hinton’s unfailing dedication and loyalty to the department and to me personally during the transition between senior administrators are much appreciated,” says Dr. Rena D’Souza, professor and chair of biomedical sciences. “Dr. Hinton will increase his involvement in advancing the DDS curriculum on several fronts and through his service on BCD and HSC committees.”

Svoboda continues most of her previous faculty duties. Her major role as vice chair is to assist in developing a strong and sustainable infrastructure for research within the department.

“I am pleased that Dr. Svoboda agreed to work alongside me to lead the BMS department into its next phase of development,” says D’Souza. “Her experiences in research training and development are invaluable. She is a strong advocate for BMS faculty and students and has served as an effective ambassador for the department and college on the national and international fronts.”

Recently, Svoboda has been actively involved in honoring her postdoctoral mentor, Dr. Elizabeth D. Hay, a pioneering researcher and scientist at Harvard Medical School. Svoboda was invited to speak Oct. 11 at the University of North Dakota’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, a unit of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D., where she presented a seminar titled “Combining structural and functional studies to understand corneal development: A tribute to Elizabeth D. Hay.” Additionally, Svoboda organized the memorial service for Hay on Nov. 18 at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She and colleagues have produced and published a memorial book, A Celebration of Elizabeth Dexter Hay, and Svoboda will serve as the editor of a special issue of Developmental Dynamics in honor of Hay.