The Head Honchos
Guy and Kim Caldwell
Guy is a Professor of Biological Sciences and the recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2001, he was also named a Basil O'Connor Scholar of The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for his research into childhood birth defects of the brain. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research named him one of 11 research grant recipients, world-wide, for work into that movement disorder that affects ~1.5 million people in North America. A classic gene jock molecular biologist turned pseudo-neuroscience researcher while working a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, Guy is occasionally found “doing an experiment” when no one is looking. For his combined research and teaching, he was named 2005 State of Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of and Support of Education.
Kim is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama. She is a former NIH National Research Service Award Fellowship Recipient and was a Revson Fellow of The Rockefeller University. Kim is the Director of UA's Howard Hughes Medical Institute Rural Science Scholars Program. She is a Fellow of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative where she teaches a course on the societal impact of the Human Genome Project. Microscope guru, Queen of cytokinesis, and genetics genie, Kim is also the adminstrative liason of the biology department's HHMI grant. She designed and teaches an introduction to research for HHMI Interns from UA, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College, called “The Language of Research”. For her innovative teaching, Kim has been named an Education Fellow in the Life Sciences of The National Academy of Sciences. In 2006, Kim was the recipient of a Best Young Investigator Award from the Movement Disorders Society at their international meeting in Kyoto, Japan.
Brainiacs they aren't, but the Drs. Caldwell are also proud to be Adjunct Faculty of the University of Alabama Medical School's Department of Neurology. They are also Faculty Affiliates of the UA Center for Green Manufacturing, where their beloved worms are hoping to make the world a greener place.
For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health…you'd be hard pressed to find these two lab rats apart for very long — and that's the way they love it! The Caldwells can typically be found exhuberantly exclaiming “The Shack Rules!”