Neuroscience professor honored with RFK Award
From left, Francisco Pastor-Rivera, president of the Creighton Students Union, Gwendalyn King, PhD, and the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD.
The Creighton Students Union conferred its annual Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement on Gwendalyn King, PhD, during Creighton’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 14 at CHI Health Center Omaha.
Francisco Pastor-Rivera, president of the Creighton Students Union, said the awardee is selected from a list of nominees considered exemplary educators by students enrolled across all nine of Creighton’s schools and colleges.
King, assistant professor of neuroscience in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was described as an “incredibly powerful force” who has developed a reputation for mentorship inside and outside the laboratory.
“She has prioritized career training and has shaped her teaching to produce holistic neuroscientists,” Pastor-Rivera said. “Within a year of her arrival in June 2019, Dr. King established a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society for neuroscience. The chapter this year held the inaugural Creighton Brain Day, bringing local high school students to campus to spend the day with Creighton neuroscience students.”