In November, the American Society of Nephrology will award Grantham, who credits Dr. Ivan Boyd and the Baker University science department for his development, with the John P. Peters Award for his substantial research of polycystic kidney disease.
This is the second of two major awards the ASN has presented to Grantham. His first, the Homer W. Smith Award, was given to the distinguished professor at the University of Kansas in the early ’90s. Only two other scientists—a Harvard graduate and a Yale graduate—have earned both awards.
“I’ve always had strong feelings for Baker and what it did for me,” Grantham said. “It was easy to pay back. I studied in Mulvane and have great memories there; it was where I met my wife (Carol), so when the opportunity came to help make the building better, Carol and I stepped up to the plate.” Grantham currently co-chairs the Mulvane Transformation committee.
The hope, he said, is that the new facility will help in the recruitment of talented students that, when coupled with Baker’s already impressive faculty, will produce young scientists poised to make capstone contributions to the sciences.
“Everything you hear about the faculty-student collaboration at Baker is absolutely true,” Grantham remembers. “Dr. Ivan Boyd was my major professor and he was just wonderful. He cared for his students and made sure they succeeded.”
The University will break ground on the long-awaited $10.3 million project on Oct. 7.