Bruce Stanton, the Andrew C. Vail Memorial Professor at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), has been named this year’s Distinguished Honors Graduate by the University of Maine Honors College. Stanton, who is a professor of microbiology and immunology at DMS, presents the 2011 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture on February 23 at the University of Maine in Orono. Stanton is a 1974 graduate of the University of Maine Honors College. His lecture is titled “Arsenic: A Global Health Crisis.”
“I am very pleased and honored to receive this recognition from the University of Maine,” says Stanton. “The Distinguished Honors Graduate award is recognition for service to the University of Maine, which in my case is for teaching Honors College courses at the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine for 15 years.” The award also honors Stanton’s research on cystic fibrosis and on the adverse effects that arsenic has on human health.
A professor at DMS since 1993, Stanton directs Dartmouth’s Lung Biology Center and Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. He is the principal investigator for several major research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health and from private foundations. He focuses his research on issues ranging from causes and prevention of cystic fibrosis to the cancer-causing effects of naturally-occurring arsenic, particularly in drinking water.