The University of Texas-Pan American is mourning the loss of one of its faculty members, Dr. George Eyambe, who was an associate professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program.
Eyambe died unexpectedly the morning of Saturday, June 18.
"We are all stunned and saddened by his death," said Karen Chandler, assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and director of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program. "He was a beloved teacher and a wonderful colleague and friend. He is going to be greatly missed."
Eyambe, who had been with the University since 1998, primarily taught clinical microbiology and immunology as well as a course in the Physician Assistant Program.
He attended undergraduate school at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He received his clinical laboratory science Training from UT Southwestern Medical Center and his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of North Texas.
Throughout his career, Eyambe has received many awards including the Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award in 2000 from the University of Texas-Pan American, the Teacher of the Year Award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Sultanate of Oman.
He was most notably responsible for securing funding for the Regional Biotech Program's mobile lab, which traveled to school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in grades fifth through 12th.
The Regional Biotech Project was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2001-2008 and provided bioscience education to thousands of local teachers and children throughout the Valley. In cooperation with the Department of Biology and funded by the Howard Hughes Foundation, the inauguration of the Regional Biotech Mobile Laboratory took place on June 16, 2006. The mobile lab continues to operate throughout the Valley and always has a visible presence at HESTEC.
Most recently, Eyambe had been working with faculty members Dr. Bimal Banik, Dr. Kamalaksha Sarkar and others on a grant to obtain new funding for Regional Biotech. The new components of the project propose to develop and implement a novel inquiry based introduction to biomedical engineering for high school students and teachers, a unique infectious disease component immersed in high school biology and integrated physics and chemistry courses, and a medicinal chemistry research education component for high school students and teachers.
"Should this grant receive funding, it will help his legacy live on, Chandler said.
A visitation will be had from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Memorial Funeral Home, 311 E. Expressway 83, San Juan. A reception at the Eyambe home will follow the funeral home visitation. For further information, contact the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department at (956) 665-5269.