Dr. Lucia Notterpek awarded William T. and Janice M. Neely Professorship for Research in Multiple Sclerosis

Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D. Chair and Professor Department of Neuroscience
Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Lucia Notterpek, Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuroscience, has been honored by being named the William T. and Janice M. Neely Professor for Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Honoring William and Janice Neely, this fund supports the research of multiple sclerosis in neurology in the College of Medicine.  Janice Neely, who survived her husband, William, passed away in 1995 at 76 from complications of multiple sclerosis.  She declared her remaining estate to establish and fund a project dealing with multiple sclerosis.  “After much thought and consideration on the matter,” she wrote, “I feel that the residue of my estate should be used toward scientific research in the battle against multiple sclerosis.”  Janice Neely was a practicing R.N. for many years, and William Neely was an accountant.

On Thursday, October 10th during the Celebrating Distinction ceremony in the Lauretta & John DeWeese Auditorium, Dr. Notterpek was among 23 Health Science Center faculty who were recognized for having been recently named to an endowed professorship or chair.  Appointment to a professorship or chair is one of the highest honors an academic institution can bestow on a faculty member and is reserved for scholars of national and international acclaim.  The honor would not be possible without the generosity of our donors who choose to invest in our faculty and their programs.  We are eternally grateful to them, and we salute their vision for a better tomorrow.

With resounding applause from colleagues and families filling the auditorium, the recipients were awarded specially engraved chairs to mark their achievements.