The University of Jamestown Alumni Association will induct Dr. M. James Scherbenske, Falls Church, Va., into the Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, May 9. Dr. Scherbenske will be recognized at the University’s Commencement on Saturday, May 10.
A 1959 University of Jamestown graduate, Dr. Scherbenske is retired from the National Institutes of Health after a 34-plus year career as a health scientist administrator.
Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry, he taught school and coached basketball in the Central Valley School District, Reynolds, N.D., and then entered graduate school at the University of South Dakota, where he earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kansas Medical School, where he was engaged in laboratory studies relating to sodium and potassium transport in the kidney.
Upon completion of his training, Dr. Scherbenske was recruited by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), beginning his career in September, 1968. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and continued as the Program Director of the Renal Physiology/Cell Biology Program until his retirement in 2001. He was engaged as a contractor with the National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities, serving as a scientific review administrator. He has been fully retired since October, 2010.
In 2000, the Renal Section of the American Physiological Society cited Dr. Scherbenske for “Outstanding Contributions to Research in Renal Physiology and Nephrology.” In 2001, the American Society of Nephrology/International Society of Nephrology introduced the M. James Scherbenske Award, a competitive award providing $100,000 grants to kidney investigators.
Dr. Scherbenske and his wife, Lois, also a 1959 graduate, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Admission to the Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor presented by the University of Jamestown Alumni Association.