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Citadel News Service
11 Feb 2016

Scientists making global impact to be honored at The Citadel

Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics to induct four leaders of change

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics awards banquet will be held March 17, 2016, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. The academy will honor four professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their work. Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics

The four inductees for 2016 include Dr. J. Patrick Johnson, Class of '78, Dr. William H. Bowers, Class of '60, Rick DeVoe, and Professor Dena Garner.

"It will be a great honor to recognize these innovators in the environmental, health, and medical science fields," said Dean of The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics, Lok C. Lew Yan Voon.

Johnson is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon holding appointments at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and University of California-Davis, in Sacramento. He is currently establishing the first human clinical trials in stem cell transplantation for spinal cord repair in patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Johnson graduated from The Citadel in 1978 with a degree in chemistry.

Bowers is a physician, educator, decorated veteran, mentor, and board member of The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics. He is a distinguished hand surgeon and received the Combat Medical Badge and Bronze Star with Valor, among other medals, for his work as a flight surgeon in Viet Nam. He graduated from The Citadel in 1960 with a degree in chemistry.

DeVoe is executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. He is a coastal policy expert, educator, and conservationist. Under his leadership, the consortium is one of the most respected sea grant programs in the nation.

Garner is director of The Citadel Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a teacher, scholar, mentor and innovator of groundbreaking research on improving human performance without drugs.

The awards banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (843)953-5300.

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