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Svoboda named fellow

SvobodaDr. Kathy Svoboda, professor and vice chair of biomedical sciences, will be formally acknowledged as a fellow of the American Association of Anatomists during the group’s banquet April 21 in New Orleans.

The AAA was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1888 for the "advancement of anatomical science." Today, the organization has more than 1,800 members in its international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on anatomical form and function.

The rank of fellow in the AAA is designed to honor distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences. Fellows are considered to be in the top 10 percent tier of all eligible AAA members.

Svoboda’s induction follows several leadership roles in the organization. She has served on its executive board and the editorial board of several of its journals. From 2005-2007, she served as the AAA president.

“This is a very special honor that recognizes my scientific and service contributions to the higher education community,” she says.

Svoboda joined HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry in 1998. She teaches craniofacial development and cell and molecular biology. She also is the biomedical sciences department’s director of research development and director of the cell and molecular biology core facilities.