Catherine PetrosLudeman Center Apr 1, 2015
As a strong believer and advocate for the Ludeman Center Faculty Development Fund, Catherine Petros gave the lead gift to support this important endeavor. Seed grants allow scientists to gather pilot data for their research, and they go on to use these findings to compete for larger National Institutes of Health grants. The Ludeman Center Faculty Development Fund is critical to increasing the number of seed grants given to young scientists and increasing the number of senior faculty mentors.
Catherine gives to the Faculty Development Funds for three reasons:
1. She is committed to the mission of the center which includes critical work in researching diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
2. Catherine is a huge believer in mentoring. She has benefited from mentoring in her life, but she often wonders what different paths she might have taken if she had more dedicated mentoring. She is in awe of the time and energy put into mentoring by Ludeman Center senior faculty Judy Regensteiner, Jane Reusch, Wendy Kohrt, and Lorna Moore.
3. Most importantly, Catherine gives because of the people involved at the Ludeman Center, and specifically researchers at the Ludeman Center. She wants to support them on their career path as they work hard to make discoveries to improve women’s health.
Catherine and Kerrie Moreau, PhD were paired in Ludeman Center “Adopt a Researcher” initiative. Catherine explains that “it has been a privilege and great fun to learn more about Kerrie’s research and collaborations. Every time I hear Kerrie speak, I am able to understand more of what she does, and each time one of her papers is published and she gets a grant, I better understand what our researchers go through to stay in research. While this is personally gratifying, it is through these encounters and by listening to our researchers speak about their work that I am better able to tell friends about the exciting research being conducted under the umbrella of the Ludeman Center.” Thank you, Catherine, for your amazing support!