From the University Relations website:
EAST LANSING, Mich. —Ten Michigan State University faculty members will receive a Distinguished Faculty Award during the annual Awards Convocation Feb. 8, bringing to 481 the number of faculty honored since the award was established in 1952. They and 19 other award winners will be honored at the convocation, set for 3:30 p.m. in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre.



William D. AtchisonDepartment of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine

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William D. Atchison’s research on the toxic effects of heavy metals on the functioning of nerve cells and on the cellular basis for diseases of the neuromuscular junction has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the gold standard of biomedical research. He has built and sustained an internationally recognized research program characterized by a combination of innovation and steadfast adherence to quality.

James J. GalliganDepartment of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Human Medicine

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James J. Galligan is an internationally renowned autonomic neuroscientist and neuropharmacologist who investigates the roles and mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the gastrointestinal tract. He has been working to address the question of how serotonin that is synthesized and stored by specialized cells in the intestinal epithelium contributes to the initiation of reflex activity in the guts. Galligan and his colleagues are also studying the mechanisms by which nerves regulate vascular tone under normal and pathophysiological conditions.