Faculty gather for inaugural Bob Lasky Bike to Work Day Feb. 2.
Faculty gather for inaugural Bob Lasky Bike to Work Day Feb. 2.

On the morning Monday, Feb. 2, a group of UTHealth Medical School faculty members headed to work on their bikes in the memory of a former colleague.

The morning ride marked the inaugural Bob Lasky Bike to Work Day. Dr. Robert Lasky was a professor in the Department of Pediatrics who died April 15, 2014. His birthday would have been Feb. 2.

“Bob used to ride his bike to work every day and left a lot of friends at UT,” said Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, the Richard W. Mithoff Professor of Pediatrics and director of the MS in Clinical Research Degree Program. “We’re hoping to do it every year.”

The group biked from the Lasky home to the Medical School Building, where they held an after-ride breakfast.

With more than 35 years of experience in biomedical research, Lasky joined the Medical School’s faculty in 1999. His primary research interests concerned developmental neuroscience, but his collaborations included research with adults and other organ systems. His he conducted clinical work in hospitals and clinics, field settings (rural Guatemala), and the laboratory. A theme of that research was reliably assessing functional capabilities predictive of long-term outcome in challenging settings.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Minnesota. He was a multiple recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School