Two professors—Kathleen B. Digre, professor of neurology and ophthalmology, and Michael W. Varner, professor of obstetrics and gynecology—were honored at commencement with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious award. The $40,000 gift—which is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research, and administrative efforts—is shared this year by two individuals. Digre and Varner are also married to one another.
The Rosenblatt Prize Committee, a group of distinguished faculty members, recommends selected candidates for the award. David W. Pershing made the final selection and said that “this year we found it impossible to choose one over the other. Kathleen and Michael are both extraordinarily gifted teachers, dedicated and proficient administrators, and are internationally regarded as two of the foremost researchers and leaders in their fields. The University community is enhanced by their work, and it is a distinct pleasure to bestow this honor on them.”
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