3 faculty members receive mentoring awards

The Carolina Women’s Leadership Council recognized Gidi Shemer, Janet Rubin and Dorothy Erie for guidance and teaching.

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(Left to right: Janet Rubin, Gidi Shemer, Dorothy Erie)

Each year, the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council recognizes outstanding faculty members in guiding, mentoring and teaching with a pre-tax award of $7,000. Established in 2006, the Faculty Mentoring Award honors mentoring to undergraduate students, graduate students and junior faculty.

Faculty to Undergraduate Student Mentoring
Gidi Shemer
Biology department, College of Arts and Sciences

Gidi Shemer is a faculty adviser in the biology department. Shemer assists undergraduate students with questions regarding biology course planning, major requirements, career decisions and any other concerns they might have. Students have praised Shemer as clear, informative, funny, fair and extremely willing and available to help them. He uplifts students inside and outside of the classroom and goes above and beyond to help his students succeed. Shemer recently led the biology curriculum revision task force, and he serves on multiple University committees that work to promote student success. He received his Master of Science in cancer research and his doctorate in developmental biology from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Faculty to Graduate Student Mentoring
Dr. Janet Rubin
Endocrinology and metabolism department, School of Medicine

Dr. Janet Rubin, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, is a joint professor in pediatrics and pharmacology and adjunct professor in bioengineering at Carolina. She practices endocrinology at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Meadowmont with a specialty in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. At the University, Rubin continues her decades-long research into bone remodeling. Her lab recently published a case detailing an important side effect of iron administration, FGF23-based rickets, which was written with a medical intern at Carolina. Rubin works closely with graduate students in her lab, where she offers support for their learning and growth within the field of endocrinology and osteogenic medicine. Rubin received her doctor of medicine from Brown University.

Faculty to Junior Faculty Mentoring
Dorothy Erie
Chemistry department, College of Arts and Sciences

Dorothy Erie is a professor of chemistry with a research focus in scanning force microscopy and biological chemistry. Her lab focuses on two areas of study: atomic force microscopy and fluorescence studies of protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions; and mechanistic studies of transcription elongation. She works closely with graduate students and junior faculty in her lab and offers support, advice, guidance and learning to her lab employees. Erie received her Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin and her doctorate from Rutgers.

More information about the awards can be found on the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council website.