Vol. 12 No. 3 - October, 2009

September events mark the promise of a new year

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Patricia Franklin (center) was invested as the Joy McCann Professor for Women.

The third week of September may mark the end of summer, but the week at UMass Worcester was a celebration of beginnings: the beginning of a new academic year, the beginning of new partnerships and the beginning of a new era in life sciences discovery. Events included Investiture and Groundbreaking for the new Albert “Albie” Sherman Center on Sept. 17 and Convocation on Sept. 18.

Investiture is the formal bestowing of named professorships upon faculty by the donors who established the endowment. Such endowments enrich the institution’s academic and scientific environment. UMass Worcester currently has 31 named professorships, precious and essential resources for the institution. Honored on Sept 17 were the Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology Alan G. Rosmarin, MD; the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism Jean A. Frazier, MD; the Silverman Chair in Natural Sciences Victor R. Ambros, PhD; and the Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine Patricia Franklin, MD, MBA, MPH.

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Albert Sherman with Susan Windham-Bannister.

Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center followed Investiture and was a celebration of the potential of the state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in 2012. The Center will be an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and education facility that will foster interaction and collaboration among scientists and promote innovation and synergy across disciplines. It was named by The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Albie Sherman, longtime vice chancellor for university relations at UMass Worcester.

Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, Worcester City Manager Michael O'Brien, and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President Susan Windham-Bannister, among others.

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Authors James Patterson (left) and Hal Friedman (center) lead a discussion about their collaborative non-fiction book. Chancellor Michael Collins moderated.

Convocation was a campus-wide celebration to mark the official beginning of the new academic year. Highlights included an address by Chancellor Michael F. Collins in which he highlighted recent accomplishments and announced bold plans for the future, including the establishment of the UMass Worcester Institute for Health Policy . The event also featured authors James Patterson and Hal Friedman, who spoke about their collaborative non-fiction book, Against Medical Advice: One Family’s Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery, which chronicles the struggle with Tourette syndrome by Friedman’s son, Cory, and his ultimate triumph over the affliction, thanks to the support of his family, teachers and medical professionals. Recognized at the event were new faculty, newly tenured faculty and those who have been promoted to full professor.

The celebration continued into the afternoon, with a barbeque for all members of the UMass Worcester community on the Campus Green. To view additional images from these events, please visit: www.umassmed.edu./convocation2009/slideshow.