MLK event to highlight service

1/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Michael J. Barber

On Monday, Jan. 28, members of the UMass Medical School community will gather together to reflect on the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor those within the community who exemplify his ideals. 

The 25th annual tribute will feature keynote speaker Michael J. Barber, who is GE officer and chief operating officer of Healthcare Systems and chief engineer of GE Healthcare. In his more than 30-year career at GE, Barber has had leadership responsibilities for developing innovative ways to detect diseases earlier and monitor disease progression and served as the first leader for GE’s strategy on global health, called healthymagination.

The event will also feature the presentation of the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Civility and the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Excellence in Diversity to members of the staff, as well as the presentation of the MLK Semester of Service Student Awards. 

The MLK celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor atrium of the newly opened Albert Sherman Center. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Fernanda Gama at or call the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office at 508-856-5121.