December 1999

Wayne Crill Endowment Established

Wayne Crill

The Wayne E. Crill Graduate Research Fund has been endowed from gifts of friends and colleagues of Dr. Wayne E. Crill, who served as Chair of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics from 1983-1999. The generous support of so many has resulted in the endowment having almost $90,000. The purpose of this endowment is to recognize outstanding research conducted by graduate students in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington. The income from the endowment is being used to support several undertakings to recognize graduate students in the Department.   

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Crill who would like to donate to the endowment may download a pledge form to print and mail to the Medical Affairs Development Office.

The endowment will support an annual Wayne E. Crill Research Lectureship. The lecturer will be selected by our graduate students. This year the Wayne E. Crill Research Lecturer is Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, who is Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Sapolsky is a neuroendocrinologist and studies how stress alters the central nervous system.

The endowment will also support a prize called The Wayne E. Crill Award for Outstanding Graduate Research. This will recognize the Ph.D. research conducted by a graduate student in the Department. The prize is open to all graduate students working in laboratories of Physiology & Biophysics faculty members. The prize will consist of a cash award to the winner.

Finally, as part of the visit of the Wayne E. Crill Research Lecturer and the awarding of the prize there will be an annual dinner that will recognize all graduate students and their mentors. This year the event will occur on May 29, 2001 and the dinner will take place on board a cruise boat that will sail on Lake Union and Lake Washington.