November 2009

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Building an inclusive faculty community

According the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), nearly 50 percent of incoming medical students are women. Yet, an internal study completed in 2008 revealed that women fill about 37 percent of academic leadership positions and 34 percent of mid-level management roles at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. While these numbers are better than AAMC averages, UMMS leadership is committed to dramatically improving those statistics and fostering an inclusive and diverse faculty; this commitment was formalized in the  joint academic health sciences center strategic plan. . . . Read full story >>

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Sagor named 2009 recipient of the President's Public Service Award

Linda D. Sagor, MD, MPH, has been named the University of Massachusetts Medical School recipient of the 2009 President’s Public Service Award. The award from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office recognizes individuals from each of the five campuses for exemplary public service to the commonwealth. . . . Read full story >>

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Czech honored with H.C. Jacobaeus Prize

Michael P. Czech, PhD, professor and chair of molecular medicine and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, received the 2009 H.C. Jacobaeus Prize for his pioneering research into the underlying mechanisms of insulin resistance in type-2 diabetes. . . . Read full story >>

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Fischer named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

Melissa A. Fischer, MD, MEd, associate professor of medicine, was appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education following a national search. Dr. Fischer will be responsible for academic administration and leadership of the School of Medicine curriculum, including design, management and implementation; student performance assessment; and scholarship and research in medical education. . . . Read full story >>

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UMMS scientist helps decipher the 3-D structure of the human genome

A team of scientists, including Job Dekker, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and molecular medicine, have deciphered the three-dimensional structure of the human genome . . . Read full story >>

Ambros wins Horwitz Prize