After 38 years of distinguished academic service to the University of Arizona, I. Glenn Sipes, PhD, will retire June 30. Most recently Dr. Sipes has served as head of the Department of Pharmacology in the UA College of Medicine, a position he has held since 1993.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Sipes was recruited to the UA Department of Pharmacology from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 1973. Shortly after, he also was appointed assistant professor of toxicology and of anesthesiology. His academic responsibilities increased further in 1982, when he was appointed head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. While in that position he served as founding director of the Center for Toxicology and the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center. In 1993 Dr. Sipes also was appointed to head the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine. He held these dual positions until 2001, at which time he decided to reduce his administrative duties and serve solely as the head of the Department of Pharmacology. During his tenure at the UA he has trained 32 master’s-degree and 30 doctoral-degree students and mentored 28 postdoctoral fellows.
He has successfully mentored several junior faculty who have established successful careers at the UA and elsewhere. He is the author of more than 300 publications and has generated more than $32 million in external research funds.
Dr. Sipes has served the discipline of pharmacology and toxicology with distinction at the national and international levels. He was president of the Society of Toxicology, the International Union of Toxicology, and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He served as a counselor for the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs, and the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (chemicals or substances found in organisms that are foreign to the organism). His editorial duties included: editor of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology for seven years, editor-in-chief of the 13-volume series, Comprehensive Toxicology, and associate editor/editorial board member of several other journals. Dr. Sipes also served on a number of boards and committees of the National Academy of Sciences/ National Research Council, as chair of the Toxicology Study Section and as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Currently, he is an adviser to the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and chair of the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials’ Expert Panel, organizations that evaluate the safety of chemicals in food and other consumer products.
In addition to these honors, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and was the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Award. Most recently, he was selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Toxicology.