Vol. 12 No. 11 - June, 2010

Annual awards honor faculty

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UMMS Technology & Media Services
The awards were presented by Women’s Faculty Committee co-chairs Elaine Martin, DA, (far left), and Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD (far right). Award recipients left to right are: Vivian Budnick, PhD; Rebecca Lundquist, MD; Deborah DeMarco, MD; and Celia Schiffer, PhD. (Not pictured is Joanne Nicholson, PhD.)

The 10th Women’s Faculty Awards were presented at a luncheon on the UMass Medical School Worcester Campus in May. The annual awards are presented to faculty members for their contributions to education, science, patient care, community service and mentoring of women faculty. The event featured a presentation by Luanne Thorndyke, MD, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, called “Care and Feeding of Junior Faculty,” which included an overview of the junior faculty development program that Dr. Thorndyke and colleagues developed at Penn State. A similar program will be launched at UMMS in the fall.

The awards were presented by Women’s Faculty Committee co-chairs Elaine Martin, DA, assistant professor of family medicine & community health and director of library services, and Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and associate dean for student affairs.

• The Outstanding Community Service Award went to Joanne Nicholson, PhD, professor of psychiatry and family medicine & community health, for outstanding community service the UMMS and Worcester community.

• The Sarah Stone Excellence in Education Award went to Deborah DeMarco, MD, professor of medicine, for her exceptional contributions in education and curriculum development.

Vivian Budnick, PhD, professor of neurobiology, received the Women in Science and Health Achievements Award for her exceptional contributions to the basic sciences in medicine.

Rebecca Lundquist, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, received the Excellence in Clinical Service Award, for her exceptional contributions to patient care in the UMass and Worcester community.

Celia Schiffer, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, was honored for her strong mentoring and support of women faculty with the Outstanding Mentoring Award.

In addition to the presentation of the Women’s Faculty Awards, the luncheon provided an opportunity for Worcester Technical High School students, who designed and constructed the new UMass Worcester mace under the supervision of their teachers, to present it to Chancellor Michael F. Collins, who accepted it on behalf of the institution. It was used for the first time at Commencement on June 6. (See related story here.)

The luncheon also recognized the growing importance the ELAM program (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine) is playing in the development of women faculty leaders at UMMS. Julia D. Andrieni, MD, associate professor and vice chair of the department of medicine, and Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics and associate provost for Global Health, were recognized for their recent acceptance to the fellowship program. Also recognized were recent “Elums” Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, associate dean for clinical & translational research; and Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education. Other senior leaders who have completed the rigorous and competitive fellowship include Michele P. Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, Julia V. Johnson, MD, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, and Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, vice provost for faculty affairs.