|(L-R) Jie Song, PhD; Gerard Aurigemma, MD; and Daniel Kirsch, MD, are among the seven faculty members who received Faculty Vitality Awards from the Office of Faculty Affairs.|
|(L-R) Elifce Cosar, MD; Matthias Walz, MD; Rachel Gerstein, PhD; and Oguz Cataltepe, MD, are among the seven faculty members who received Faculty Vitality Awards from the Office of Faculty Affairs.|
Seven UMass Medical School mid-career and senior faculty members were chosen to receive the first Faculty Vitality Awards to enhance their research and acquire new skills and knowledge in their respective practices.
“Faculty career paths are rarely linear,” said Luanne Thorndyke, MD, vice provost for faculty affairs.
“Faculty may need to explore new directions to remain current, productive and fully engaged in the missions: the Faculty Vitality Award facilitates those opportunities,” said Dr. Thorndyke, a professor of medicine. “We are grateful for the funding that enables us to support the career flexibility of this crucial group of academic medical faculty.”
The Vitality Awards are funded by a grant awarded to the Office of Faculty Affairs from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support faculty career flexibility and are matched by support from the awardees’ departments.
This new award enables mid-career and senior faculty to acquire skills and knowledge in a new area of research, education or clinical practice with the guidance of an experienced mentor. The award is intended to promote academic vitality, career development and rejuvenation. It is also meant to advance the mission of the institution and ultimately improve the quality of patient care throughout the community, said Thorndyke.
The awards were given to individual faculty members or faculty teams to support projects in areas ranging from basic science and translational research to education, clinical practice and commercialization efforts in areas relevant to the academic missions. The recipients include: