NORTH NEWTON, KAN. The Bethel College Alumni Awards Committee announces that Cheryl L. Stucky, Milwaukee, Wis., is the recipient of the 2004 Bethel College Young Alumni Award. She will be honored at 11 a.m., Monday, March 8 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center during Bethel College convocation, where she will present "From Bethel to Berlin and Beyond: A Science Journey." Admission to the convocation is free and open to the public. A neuroscientist, Stucky is an assistant professor in the department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she directs the work of five full-time employees in her own pain research lab. Her work focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie pain. She is also an active member of the teaching faculty for both medical and graduate students.
Stucky graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bethel College in 1987. After working at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Wichita for two years, she entered the graduate program in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and completed her Ph.D. in 1995. As a postdoctoral fellow, she studied in Germany, first in the department of neurology at the University of Wurzburg and later at the Max Delbruck Center of Molecular Medicine in Berlin.
Stucky’s research goals are to determine cellular mechanisms that cause acute and chronic pain. She has developed a nerve-skin experimental preparation that allows one to functionally study pain- and touch-sensing neurons. In addition, she uses single-cell patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings to examine how chronic pain changes the way sensory neurons respond to painful stimuli.
Stucky has written and been awarded several National Institutes of Health research grants, including four which are currently funded for projects on nerve injury pain, inflammatory pain and diabetic neuropathy. She writes scientific articles, reviews, book chapters and abstracts, is a peer reviewer for scientific journals, a consultant for pharmaceutical companies, and a frequent lecturer at U.S. and international meetings on pain and neuroscience.
The American Pain Society honored her with the 2002 John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award for her accomplishments in pain scholarship.
A 1983 graduate of Moundridge High School, Stucky is the daughter of Adelia and Melbourne Stucky of Moundridge. Her brothers are Lowell Stucky of Newton, Steven K. Stucky of Garden City and Russell L. Stucky of Moundridge.
Cheryl Stucky is married to Jeffrey Waring. They have one son, Nicholas.