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Hilo pharmacy college professor wins $675K award

By Associated Press


HILO » A University of Hawaii at Hilo pharmacy professor has received a $675,000 career development award from the National Cancer Institute. 

Dana-Lynn Koomoa-Lange’s award will support her research on treating cancer that affects children. 

The university said Tuesday this is the first time UH Hilo faculty has won the award.  It’s also the only time the award has been given to a Native Hawaiian in the University of Hawaii system. 

Hilo College of Pharmacy Dean John Pezzuto says the award is highly competitive and prestigious. He says Koomoa-Lange is a talented scientist who is destined to become one of the college’s stars.

Koomoa-Lange received her bachelor’s degree in biology from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. from Brown University in Rhode Island. She joined the College of Pharmacy last year. 

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serious wrote:
Way to go. Who gets the money? Since she was working for the university on their time????
on September 12,2012 | 09:09AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Good point. Many newspapers I have read often include details on the prize money such as how much of it actually goes to the winner and/or what the winner plans on the windfall. Of course, the winner can say, "I don't have any plans yet." But I have read how winners of prizes plan on taking a trip to the Bahamas or some such. But still that would make the article more interesting.
on September 12,2012 | 11:09AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, leave one with the thoughts expressed by "serious" above. Should be an individual thing as no other employee did anytging special. It's the individual who took it upon herself to do the research, nobody else. Other employees got their pay for a full days work. Did the university in consort with her embarked unto the research project, than the issue is, sure the institution should get the award, since it was their iniation and decision to compete for the award. Complicated??
on September 12,2012 | 12:57PM
serious wrote:
It does bring up questions. As an example if you invent or get something patented while working within the walls of your employer on their time with their resources and help??????? But, in any event it's a feather in her hat the the University--keep it going!!
on September 13,2012 | 09:42AM
Shh wrote:
Wow what an exciting moment!! Congrats to Dana-Lynn!
on September 12,2012 | 01:14PM
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