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LA CaTS Health Literacy Director Wins Copping Award

Released: Tuesday, June 07, 2016


Copping Awards
Norman Harris, PhD, and Terry Davis, PhD, with Jane Eggerstedt, MD, and G.E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed)

The 2016 Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Awards, the most prestigious award given by the institution, were presented during graduation May 28. Terry Davis, PhD, Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, received the award for clinical faculty and Norman Harris, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, was the basic science faculty award winner. The winners are chosen by their leaders, colleagues and students. Nominators wrote that Dr. Harris contributes to education at each step of the process and in all three schools. Thoughtful, dependable and reflective were three adjectives used to describe him. Dr. Davis was lauded for taking on difficult topics in her teaching and going above and beyond to make sure that students take care of themselves too. A nominator said that "her passion and drive are what educator should strive for."


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit