NEWS | May 12, 2020

School of Medicine’s Kuppermann, Fancher, Godzich garner awards from Academic Senate, Academic Federation


Nathan Kuppermann, Tonya Fancher, Micaela Godzich

(SACRAMENTO) — The UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation have chosen their award recipients for 2020, members honored for their teaching, research and public service.

The awards reception has been postponed to the next academic year, along with the lecture traditionally given by the recipient of the Academic Senate’s highest honor, the Faculty Distinguished Research Award. It goes this year to Nathan Kuppermann, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Tonya Fancher, professor of clinical internal medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, was honored with a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the Academic Senate. The Academic Federation recognized Micaela Godzich, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, with an award for Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching or Mentoring.

View the full list of honorees.

Faculty Distinguished Research Award (Academic Senate)

Nathan Kuppermann, Distinguished Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine — He has made outstanding contributions to the science of pediatric emergency medicine. His research has improved infant care and helped establish the Pediatric Emergency Research Networks, a multisite international collaborative research team that conducts rigorous, pioneering investigations into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children. His work on traumatic brain injuries, hemorrhagic torso trauma, diabetic ketoacidosis and life-threatening bacterial infections in febrile infants has established best practices for effectively treating major childhood emergencies.

Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Awards (Academic Senate)

Tonya Fancher, professor of clinical internal medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine — She addresses disparities in health care access. She incorporates community engagement and service into training programs that address challenges unique to underserved communities. Moreover, she directly provides health care in underserved communities through her work in the Transcultural Wellness Center and by overseeing student-run clinics that provide free medical care to Sacramento’s underserved populations. She developed innovative programs to improve recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, including outreach programs in K-12, community college and post-baccalaureate programs. She also provides regional and statewide leadership on the California Future Health Workforce Commission.

Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching or Mentoring (Academic Federation)

Micaela Godzich, assistant clinical professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine — She has quickly become recognized as a leader in mentorship of trainees. She is the director of the newly created and highly successful Academic Coaching program designed to mentor and support medical students. She also serves as the associate director for the Family and Community Medicine residency program, where she has updated the curriculum and has become a highly sought mentor for trainees.

Editor's note: Portions of this article first appeared in UC Davis Dateline.