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    Robert J Milner PhD

    TitleProfessor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentNeurology
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North, S2-333A
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone508-856-1301
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        Robert J. Milner, Ph.D., is Associate Vice Provost for Professional Development and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). He has a long-standing interest in the professional development and education of individuals at all stages of academic careers. His background as a basic science researcher in neuroscience and as a former department chair provides a wealth of experience and knowledge about the challenges of advancing an academic career. At UMMS, Dr. Milner is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating professional development programs for faculty, including the Junior Faculty Development Program, and programs on mentoring, promotion and tenure, teaching and learning, and leadership.Dr. Milner received his doctoral degree from The Rockefeller University, completed postdoctoral training at The Salk Institute, and held faculty positions at Salk, the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, and Penn State College of Medicine before moving to UMMS in July 2010. At Penn State College of Medicine, he directed the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, co-directed the Junior Faculty Development Program, co-directed the Intercollege Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and taught courses in neuroscience, professional development, and ethics. Dr. Milner received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2007. He is also the 2009 recipient of both the Graduate Program Leadership Award from Penn State’s Graduate School and the Faculty Mentorship Award from the Penn State Hershey Postdoctoral Society. His current scholarship focuses on faculty development and mentoring.

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        1. Milner RJ, Gusic ME, Thorndyke LE. Perspective: Toward a competency framework for faculty. Acad Med. 2011 Oct; 86(10):1204-10.
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        2. Gusic ME, Milner RJ, Tisdell EJ, Taylor EW, Quillen DA, Thorndyke LE. The essential value of projects in faculty development. Acad Med. 2010 Sep; 85(9):1484-91.
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        3. Thorndyke LE, Gusic ME, Milner RJ. Functional mentoring: a practical approach with multilevel outcomes. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2008; 28(3):157-64.
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        4. Thorndyke LE, Gusic ME, George JH, Quillen DA, Milner RJ. Empowering junior faculty: Penn State's faculty development and mentoring program. Acad Med. 2006 Jul; 81(7):668-73.
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        5. Price M, Lang MG, Frank AT, Goetting-Minesky MP, Patel SP, Silviera ML, Krady JK, Milner RJ, Ewing AG, Day JR. Seven cDNAs enriched following hippocampal lesion: possible roles in neuronal responses to injury. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2003 Sep 10; 117(1):58-67.
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        6. Krady JK, Basu A, Levison SW, Milner RJ. Differential expression of protein tyrosine kinase genes during microglial activation. Glia. 2002 Oct; 40(1):11-24.
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        7. Catsicas S, Catsicas M, Keyser KT, Karten HJ, Wilson MC, Milner RJ. Differential expression of the presynaptic protein SNAP-25 in mammalian retina. J Neurosci Res. 1992 Sep; 33(1):1-9.
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        8. Feinstein DL, Weinmaster GA, Milner RJ. Isolation of cDNA clones encoding rat glial fibrillary acidic protein: expression in astrocytes and in Schwann cells. J Neurosci Res. 1992 May; 32(1):1-14.
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        9. Catsicas S, Larhammar D, Blomqvist A, Sanna PP, Milner RJ, Wilson MC. Expression of a conserved cell-type-specific protein in nerve terminals coincides with synaptogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Feb 1; 88(3):785-9.
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        10. Milner RJ. Differential cloning approaches to the nervous system. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1990; 579:273-80.
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        11. Miller FD, Tetzlaff W, Bisby MA, Fawcett JW, Milner RJ. Rapid induction of the major embryonic alpha-tubulin mRNA, T alpha 1, during nerve regeneration in adult rats. J Neurosci. 1989 Apr; 9(4):1452-63.
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        12. Noronha AB, Hammer JA, Lai C, Kiel M, Milner RJ, Sutcliffe JG, Quarles RH. Myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) and rat brain-specific 1B236 protein: mapping of epitopes and demonstration of immunological identity. J Mol Neurosci. 1989; 1(3):159-70.
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        13. Danielson PE, Forss-Petter S, Brow MA, Calavetta L, Douglass J, Milner RJ, Sutcliffe JG. p1B15: a cDNA clone of the rat mRNA encoding cyclophilin. DNA. 1988 May; 7(4):261-7.
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        14. Nave KA, Bloom FE, Milner RJ. A single nucleotide difference in the gene for myelin proteolipid protein defines the jimpy mutation in mouse. J Neurochem. 1987 Dec; 49(6):1873-7.
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        15. Miller FD, Naus CC, Durand M, Bloom FE, Milner RJ. Isotypes of alpha-tubulin are differentially regulated during neuronal maturation. J Cell Biol. 1987 Dec; 105(6 Pt 2):3065-73.
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        16. Lai C, Watson JB, Bloom FE, Sutcliffe JG, Milner RJ. Neural protein 1B236/myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) defines a subgroup of the immunoglobulin superfamily. Immunol Rev. 1987 Dec; 100:129-51.
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        17. Nave KA, Lai C, Bloom FE, Milner RJ. Splice site selection in the proteolipid protein (PLP) gene transcript and primary structure of the DM-20 protein of central nervous system myelin. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1987 Aug; 84(16):5665-9.
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        18. Miller FD, Naus CC, Higgins GA, Bloom FE, Milner RJ. Developmentally regulated rat brain mRNAs: molecular and anatomical characterization. J Neurosci. 1987 Aug; 7(8):2433-44.
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        19. Lai C, Brow MA, Nave KA, Noronha AB, Quarles RH, Bloom FE, Milner RJ, Sutcliffe JG. Two forms of 1B236/myelin-associated glycoprotein, a cell adhesion molecule for postnatal neural development, are produced by alternative splicing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1987 Jun; 84(12):4337-41.
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        20. Nave KA, Lai C, Bloom FE, Milner RJ. Jimpy mutant mouse: a 74-base deletion in the mRNA for myelin proteolipid protein and evidence for a primary defect in RNA splicing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1986 Dec; 83(23):9264-8.
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        21. Milner RJ, Lai C, Nave KA, Lenoir D, Ogata J, Sutcliffe JG. Nucleotide sequences of two mRNAs for rat brain myelin proteolipid protein. Cell. 1985 Oct; 42(3):931-9.
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        22. Bloom FE, Battenberg EL, Milner RJ, Sutcliffe JG. Immunocytochemical mapping of 1B236, a brain-specific neuronal polypeptide deduced from the sequence of a cloned mRNA. J Neurosci. 1985 Jul; 5(7):1781-802.
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        23. Bloch B, Milner RJ, Baird A, Gubler U, Reymond C, Bohlen P, le Guellec D, Bloom FE. Detection of the messenger RNA coding for preproenkephalin A in bovine adrenal by in situ hybridization. Regul Pept. 1984 Jul; 8(4):345-54.
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        24. Sutcliffe JG, Milner RJ, Gottesfeld JM, Lerner RA. Identifier sequences are transcribed specifically in brain. Nature. 1984 Mar 15-21; 308(5956):237-41.
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        25. Milner RJ, Bloom FE, Lai C, Lerner RA, Sutcliffe JG. Brain-specific genes have identifier sequences in their introns. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1984 Feb; 81(3):713-7.
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        26. Milner RJ, Sutcliffe JG. Gene expression in rat brain. Nucleic Acids Res. 1983 Aug 25; 11(16):5497-520.
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        27. Sutcliffe JG, Milner RJ, Shinnick TM, Bloom FE. Identifying the protein products of brain-specific genes with antibodies to chemically synthesized peptides. Cell. 1983 Jul; 33(3):671-82.
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        28. Gilman SC, Schwartz JM, Milner RJ, Bloom FE, Feldman JD. beta-Endorphin enhances lymphocyte proliferative responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1982 Jul; 79(13):4226-30.
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        29. Milner RJ, Henning R, Edelman GM. Identification of murine leukemia viral antigens detected on mouse cells by H-2 alloantisera. Eur J Immunol. 1976 Sep; 6(9):603-7.
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        30. Henning R, Milner RJ, Reske K, Cunningham BA, Edelman GM. Subunit structure, cell surface orientation, and partial amino-acid sequences of murine histocompatibility antigens. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1976 Jan; 73(1):118-22.
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