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Rampy receives international award for innovative database

By UTMB Public Affairs — Published July 26, 2010

GALVESTON, Texas — B. Alan Rampy, a clinical instructor in the department of pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was named a winner of a 2010 Blackboard Catalyst Award at the July meeting for the Blackboard education and development community.

Rampy received the Committee’s Choice Award for his work in developing the Anatomic Pathology Exchange (APEx): A Digital Pathology Repository for Medical Education.

APEx is an internet-based, relational database of pathology images and other resources that educators may query to identify and obtain quality material for their educational efforts. In the coming weeks, UTMB Pathology faculty will begin using the database, and plans are in place to extend access to other interested users across the UT System.

"I am extremely honored to have been recognized for this project," Rampy said. "I must add that, during development, I have been helped immensely by our Information Systems support and particularly by Terry Janak, as well as a grant from the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers."

Blackboard recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the client community by having consistent involvement in community programs, activities and initiatives. This year, the award honors practitioners who use innovative ways to engage other community members, and create and share compelling content with others throughout the entire Blackboard community.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

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