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Honorary Degree Recipients

Dr. Akiko Tanaka
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For your lifelong commitment to relieving human suffering;

For your distinguished career as an immunologist and virologist, first with the Department of Microbiology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago;

For your visionary leadership as co-founder of what began as the Showa Research Institute here in St. Petersburg;

For your generous service to the State of Florida and St. Petersburg as a member of the Board of Governors for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Florida Division of the American Liver Foundation, and the Research Peer Review Subcommittee of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society;

For a lifetime spent studying and seeking to understand the human immune system;

For your contributions to the ability to treat and prevent life-threatening diseases;

And for your dynamic leadership of scientists at the Tampa Bay Research Institute dedicated to helping those who are suffering,

Eckerd College confers on Akiko Tanaka the Degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa.

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