Special Achievement Award 2011

The Special Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus who has distinguished himself or herself by earning special distinction in civic or professional activities, and has by his or her actions reflected honor on the National Alumni Association and the University.

The Special Achievement Award is given for outstanding achievement in business, in industry, through professional excellence, by civic activity, or by service to the community. To be eligible, a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.

Susann M. Brady-Kalnay '87
Bachelor of Science Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Once her junior high school science teacher introduced her to fruit flies and genetics, Susann M. Brady-Kalnay, the daughter of a teacher and a NASA electrical engineer (a UD alumnus), knew she wanted to become a biologist. And she did, graced by a supportive family and encouraging teachers — including those at the University of Dayton who gave her the opportunity (rare at most universities) to do research as an undergraduate.

After graduating from UD, Brady-Kalnay received a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Since 1995, she has been on the faculty of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Case Western Reserve University.

Her work focuses on the role of cell adhesion (the ability of cells to stick to one another) and how they are altered in cancer. To make tissue, cells communicate with one another; cancer cells, however, lose the ability to be controlled by the normal cells surrounding them. Leading cancer journals report her groundbreaking research. Cancer Research features results of her most recent work in its Sept. 1, 2011 cover story.

Susann's Story


Susann's Acceptance Speech