Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship, 1995


The Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship was established in 1995 by Dr. Thomas R. Poskitt, A1966, M1970, in memory of his wife, Paula Frazier Poskitt, J1966, G1972, to provide tuition support for a senior biology major who intends to pursue graduate studies.

Paula K. Frazier Poskitt graduated magna cum laude in biology and received an M.A. in developmental biology from Harvard in 1968. While she was a graduate student she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Carroll Williams. She was awarded a Ph. D. from the department of Physiology at Tufts Medical School in 1971, and was accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Louisville from 1971-1974. During the period of her postdoctoral fellowship, she was the first to describe a tumor specific antigen in a nonviral induced animal malignancy and, in collaboration with her husband Thomas, A'66, M'70, characterized an immune complex mediated form of renal disease in the tumor-bearing animals. Subsequent to her postdoctoral fellowship she served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, New Jersey College of Medicine, and East Tennessee State University, where she and her husband collaborated on numerous research projects in an attempt to delineate the immunologic relationship between tumors and their hosts. She ended her investigative career in 1988 as vice president for research at the Environmental Health Institute in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, an NIH-funded think tank devoted to issues of environmental carcinogens and their effects on the human genome. That same year, at the age of 43, she developed breast cancer and died six years later. The Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship in Biology was established by her husband to assist potential young investigators who, as determined by the Department of Biology, have shown uncommon aptitude in basic research and plan on entering graduate school to obtain a Ph. D. in any of the biological sciences. Paula Poskitt devoted her professional career to basic research, and that career was fostered at its inception at Tufts through scholarships and grants. That other future scientists can have that opportunity is the primary reason for the establishment of the Paula Frazier Poskitt Scholarship.

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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