Steven G. Kaminsky, Ph.D., ’76 has been awarded two prestigious military awards, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Uniformed Services University Medal. Each honor was presented during the International Rett Syndrome Foundation’s (IRSF) 2013 Annual Family Conference in Midway, Utah, held earlier this year.
Currently, Kaminsky is the chief science officer at IRSF, which is the world’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit organization that funds novel research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome.
The first award, the Order of Military Medical Merit, was bestowed to Kaminsky for his dedicated application of talent, effort and spirit which has made a significant exemplary contribution to the U.S. Army Medical Department. The award grants the recipient membership to a unique, private organization and is rarely given to a civilian.
The second award, the Uniformed Services University Medal, was given to Kaminsky to recognize his 11 years of outstanding service as Uniformed Services University (USU) vice president for research. He has advanced the frontiers of scientific research at USU through passionate mentoring, educating junior faculty, and by building trusting relationships with the National Institutes of Health and all research elements of the military services.
Kaminsky previously worked at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., and has a long distinguished career serving at a senior level for several universities and as a program officer at the National Institutes of Health. He graduated from Hobart with a B.A. in biology. He went on to get an M.S. in biology from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in pathology at SUNY Buffalo.