Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Researcher Tapped Into UM’s Iron Arrow Honor Society

04.20.2011

Glen Barber and Iron Arrow Honor Society

One of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s research leaders, Glen Barber, Ph.D., was recently tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor at the University of M

Glen Barber and Iron Arrow Honor Society

One of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s research leaders, Glen Barber, Ph.D., was recently tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor at the University of Miami.

“It was a very great privilege to be inaugurated into the Iron Arrow society,” said Dr. Barber, professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and associate director for Basic Research. “I hope I can live up to the expectations of the society and all of their illustrious past and present members.”

Since joining the University in 1999, Dr. Barber’s research has contributed key insights into the mechanisms of innate immunity to viral infection and malignant disease. Understanding the innate immune process allows scientists to develop translational research comprising the design of novel vaccines and therapeutics to combat these diseases. Dr. Barber’s laboratory is developing novel virus-based therapies for breast and other cancers.

Iron Arrow has a rich history, dating back to its founding by UM’s first president, Bowman Foster Ashe, when the University opened in 1926. The society follows the rituals of the Seminole Indian Tribe and honors those who best exemplify five characteristics: love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility.

The tapping ceremony incorporates tribal traditions with drumming and a large fire bowl. Members are presented with traditional, brightly colored, patchwork jackets and marked with three lines of orange, white, and green paint on their foreheads.

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