Five Juniata Graduates Receive Alumni Achievement Awards
(Posted June 22, 2010)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College presented five alumni-related awards Saturday, June 12, during Alumni Assembly, part of Juniata's "Alumni Weekend 2010." Gerald Wogan, director of toxicology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Sandy Loughlin, a retired teacher at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Johanna Holtan, an development consultant, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award; Robert Dintruff, commercial development director for virology for a major healthcare firm, was awarded the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Dr. Terry Eccles received the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.
Gerald Wogan, a 1951 graduate of Juniata and Underwood Prescott Professor of Toxicology emeritus at MIT, has been honored countless times for his research on cancer. Most recently, he received the Charles S. Mott Prize, a $250,000 award given annually by the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation for the most outstanding contribution to researching the cause or prevention of cancer.
Wogan received the award for his work on aflatoxin, a common food contaminant produced by certain fungi. Aflatoxin, in association with hepatitis viruses, can cause liver cancer in humans. His work on aflatoxin and liver cancer is often cited as a trend-setting model for molecular toxicology and epidemiology. His research is directly related to world health, as food contamination in Africa and Asia is difficult to control.
He is a member of the National Academy Of Sciences, chosen in 1977 and one of five Juniata graduates to be named to the academy. He was named a Fellow in 1992 by the American Academy of Microbiology and was a scholar-in-residence at the National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center from 1997 to 1999.
He earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Juniata and went on to earn a master's degree in physiology in 1953 and a doctorate in physiology in 1957, both from the University of Illinois.
He started his academic career in 1957 at Rutgers University as an assistant professor of physiology. He spent a year as a research associate in food toxicology and then became an assistant professor of food toxicology at MIT, where he remained for his entire career. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and became a full professor in 1969.
In 1978 he was named director of MIT's Environmental Health Sciences Center, and in 1988 he was named the Underwood Prescott Professor of Toxicology and director of the toxicology division of MIT's Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology. In 1988 he also was named a professor of chemistry and maintained a dual role in chemistry and toxicology until his retirement in 2001.
He has been an active volunteer for Juniata, where he served on the Trustees Council and took part in the Uncommon Outcomes Campaign for Science.
He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1998 by the University of Illinois, and he has been a senior research fellow at the National Cancer Institute since 2001. He also serves on the board of directors for the Chemical Industries Institute of Toxicology and is a senior scientific adviser at the National Center for Toxigenomics.
He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Chemical Society, Society of Toxicology, American Society for Preventative Oncology, the American College of Toxicology and the American Society for Microbiology.
Saraunda Andoniades "Sandy" Loughlin, a 1967 Juniata graduate, earned a bachelor's degree in English from the college. She went on to earn a master's degree in secondary education from Towson State University.
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