Outstanding Junior Faculty and Exemplary Staff Service Awards go to BSSM

Julie Sheffler

Dr. Julie Sheffler with the Center for Translational Behavioral Science (CTBS) and Ms. Ute Horn, Executive Assistant to the department chair were recognized for outstanding contributions to the College for 2019-20 at the Faculty Council Executive Committee Faculty/Staff Awards ceremony. 

Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Recipient – Julia Sheffler, Ph.D.

This award recognized the faculty member who demonstrates promise to become an outstanding researcher as evidenced by any or all of the following:

  • Securing initial external funding for research
  • Publishing research findings in the appropriate peer-reviewed literature
  • Presenting research findings at national/international meetings of note
  • Other measures of outstanding promise as a researcher

Julia Sheffler, Ph.D. has successfully competed for funding through the Institute for Successful Longevity, the UF-FSU CTSA Med Seed grant program, and as a recipient of a KL2 award. The KL2 award in nationally funded through the NIH to support newly trained clinicians appointed by an institution for activities related to the development of a successful clinical and translational research career. Her project is a promising nutrition intervention for individuals at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Nominators highlighted that Dr. Sheffler has established her own lab, Integrated Science for Healthy Aging, and has shown great dedication towards the development of the Center for Translational Behavioral Science.

One stated, “Julie has been able to adapt complex research methodology to develop and implement intervention s that can be easily  translated to the populations she seeks to serve, both through developing effective approaches to improve outcomes and overall health equity.”

Julie was also cited for her work as a mentor to more than 10 undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Sheffler joins another BSSM emerging faculty member as recipient of this prestigious award, Martina Luchetti, Ph.D. in 2018-19.

Exemplary Staff Service Award Recipient – Ute Horn

This award recognizes an outstanding staff member who demonstrates their commitment to the research/educational programs of the college through their outstanding support of the faculty, students, mission and/or business of the College of Medicine.

Certificate to Ute Horn

In her nomination it was stated, “Ute is one of the most humble people I have ever known, and yet one of the most accomplished throughout their professional life.  She brings class to everything we do through their interpersonal skills, their warm and engaging presence, tenacity, and devotion to every aspect of our department and college.”

Ute is the second recipient from BSSM in recent years to win this award, joining Amelia Jones (2016-2017).