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Creighton Professor Recognized for Service to Community

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D., senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Creighton University School of Medicine, has received the India Association of Nebraska (IAN) Award of Excellence in recognition of his service and contribution to the community.

The India Association of Nebraska is a non-profit organization that works to increase understanding of Indian culture. Its annual Republic Day celebration honors the day in which the Constitution of India came into force. The organization gave Agrawal the honor at its 64th Republic Day celebration in January.

?Since his arrival in Omaha in 1985, Dr. Agrawal has served the Nebraska Community socially, culturally, religiously and academically,? the organization said in an announcement of the award.

Agrawal holds a master?s degree in chemistry, a doctorate in medical sciences, and a master?s degree in business administration and information. His extensive professional accomplishments since arriving at Creighton 28 years ago include ongoing NIH-funded research in the fields of heart disease and allergy and asthma. He also actively mentors students, from undergraduate researchers to clinical fellows and junior faculty members, with a particular dedication to increasing diversity in research.

Equally impressive is his commitment to community. Agrawal has served as the President of IAN, chair of its Sports and Publication Committee, and has held several roles with the Hindu Temple of Nebraska, of which he is a founding member. He was named IAN?s Man of the Year in 2000, and honored by the Midwest Chapter of American Association of Physicians of India, ?for his contributions as a teaching professor, researcher and mentor.?