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Awards and Honors II: June 29, 2010

Posted 4:27 PM, June 29, 2010, by jaruiz

RakowPenner_100.jpgRebecca Rakow-Penner, MD/PhD candidate in biophysics and graduate student in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory, has been honored with the 2010 Norman Blank Award for the outstanding medical student in radiology. The award was created in memory of longtime faculty member and Director of Admissions Norman Blank, MD.

In our Department, Rebecca has worked in the Radiological Sciences Laboratory with Dr. Gary Glover and with Dr. Bruce Daniel, where she has conducted extensive research for imaging vascular characteristics of tumors in breast cancer using blood oxygen level sensitive MRI. She has also served as a teaching assisant in Dr. Garry Gold's radiology 220 course, "Imaging Anatomy."

Before coming to Stanford, Rebecca received her MS in bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology and her SB in engineering with an emphasis on biomedicine from Harvard University. Currently, Rebecca is an MD/PhD student in biophysics, who will graduate from her PhD program this spring. She expects her MD degree in the spring of 2011.

As a graduate student at Stanford, Rebecca is developing unique MRI technology for breast imaging. She was recently a finalist for the Young Investigator Moore Award at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting held in Stockholm for her research on blood oxygen level dependent MRI in the breast. In addition to research, Rebecca enjoys teaching and has been a teaching assistant for four different classes; three of which were in the Department of Radiology. Her other numerous activities include serving as the president for the Radiology Interest Group at Stanford (RIGS) and working as a legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society of Northern California, which involves meeting with legislators to encourage them to support cancer research funding.

Please access her prior blog posting at "Awards and Honors I: January 29, 2010".


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