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Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2011

Faculty Profile - Linda Werling, PhD: Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
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Himmelfarb Library continues this feature in our newsletter that lets us become better acquainted with our friends and colleagues in the Medical Center. In this issue we learn more about Linda Werling, PhD: Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the School of Medicine, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology.

Tell us a little bit about your current position or research/projects.
I am currently Associate Dean for Graduate Education at GWU School of Medicine. In that capacity, I direct the PhD program for students in the Biomedical Sciences. I also teach in Pharmacology and Physiology, and in Neurobiology to the medical students. I teach in several graduate courses and direct the Scientific Writing and Ethics courses.

What has been your biggest professional challenge?
Reorganizing the PhD programs to the satisfaction of faculty and administration such that we achieved a more streamlined, user friendly curriculum and degree granting structure. The faculty were tremendously helpful and supportive in this effort.

What has been your most memorable moment at GW?
There have been many. Winning the Distinguished Teaching Award was very meaningful. Every graduation is extremely rewarding. Interacting with the students is a great pleasure for me.

How did you become interested in your field?
Good mentors are always the key to stimulating a person's interest. As a pharmacologist, discovering that drugs can be used as tools to understand physiological processes was fascinating to me.

What library resources or services have you found to be the most useful?
Scopus, PubMed, on-line texts, ILL--I use them all.

Whom do you admire?
I have been so fortunate to have many inspirational people in my life. I had great mentors in grad school, and as a post-doc. All the senior faculty in Pharm when I came here so long ago helped get me on my feet. And of course my father, who passed away several years ago, loved learning and had a great outlook on life.

How do you spend your free time? (or What do you do to relax?)
When I have time, I try my hand at painting watercolors. I spend time with my family in Wisconsin.

What advice would you give to a new faculty member just starting at GW?
Seek advice from senior faculty. Read the Faculty Code. Understand what it means to be a part of an academic community. It's (usually) a great job!

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