University of Delaware Prof. Ulhas Naik has been presented with a service award for his role as planning president for the third national biannual meeting of the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America (ASIOA) held in 2009 in Denton, Texas. The award was presented during the 2011 ASIOA biannual meeting held in January in Suwannee, Ga.
Naik is director of the Delaware Cardiovascular Research Center (DCRC), affiliated faculty member at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He was also a recipient of ASIOA's Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award in 2008.
ASIOA meets bi-annually "to promote fellowship among scientists of Indian origin living in America, to act as a scientific and educational society, to establish open channels of communication among all scientists, and to act as a fraternal organization and charitable association."
During the 2011 meeting in Georgia, Naik co-chaired a scientific session on thrombosis and hemostasis and presented his recent work on the "novel regulators of platelet function in thrombosis."
The ASIOA was incorporated in 1981 and boasts a membership of more than 200 mostly biomedical scientists who have been educated in, and practice in, America. During their biannual meetings, they discuss innovations in various scientific fields, engage participants in the work of Indian Americans still earning their degrees in America, and share the work and vision of fellow scientists.
ASIOA members also meet annually for a social banquet during the Experimental Biology Meeting. During this banquet various awards are presented to the members for their scientific contributions.
Membership is made up of regular members, life members, post-doctoral members as well as student members. To learn more about ASIOA or to become a member, visit the organization's website. The next banquet will be in April 2011 in Washington, D.C.