2017 Hildegard H. Crowley Award
Patricia Stranen Connelly
Patricia Stranen Connelly has a B.A. in biology from Immaculata University and began her career in electron microscopy in 1971 with Gerd Maul at Temple University Health Sciences Center. She continued at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology and was recruited in 1976 to join the labs of Shinya Inoué and Lew Tilney at the University of Pennsylvania where she remained until Lew’s retirement in 2005. Her career continued at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of NIH where she assisted Mathew P. Daniels in the founding of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility.
Pat has received recognitions such as Outstanding Basic Science Award and an Orloff Science Award from NHLBI. Her main focus has been to assist others, from students to seasoned investigators, by passing on the knowledge and wisdom she has gained through the years on teaching microscopy, protocols, machines, and on moving EM laboratories and microscopes. This is accomplished not only by replying to requests of past students and co-workers and those on the Microscopy List Server but also those whom she comes in contact with at M&M each year. She has been an active member of the Facilities Operation and Management Focus Interest Group and has served as its secretary. She volunteers at the Outreach/Project Micro Booth and assists with the Family Affair Session.