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Awards and Honors
Stephen Daiger, Ph.D., the Thomas Stull Matney Professor of Environmental and Genetic Sciences in the Human Genetics Center, School of Public Health (SPH), has been appointed to the executive board of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Daiger also chairs the Genetics Committee of the foundation. The Foundation Fighting Blindness supports research to find cures for diseases of the retina that lead to blindness in children and young adults. He holds a faculty appointment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Tom Mackey, Ph.D., associate dean for practice and PARTNERS Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing (SON), was recently honored by his alma mater, Loyola University in Chicago, during the annual Founders’ Dinner. Mackey, who earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing there, received the Damen Award from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
The Southwest Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man has been renamed the James H. Steele Conference on Diseases Transmissible to Man in honor of one of the conference’s co-founders, James H. Steele, D.V.M, professor emeritus, SPH. The 57th annual event, June 11-13 in Austin, was sponsored by the Zoonosis Control Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Health Foundation. The conference draws health professionals in the Southwestern United States who are interested in the diagnosis, investigation, prevention and control of diseases that can transfer easily from animals to humans.
Jon E. Tyson, M.D., the Michelle Bain Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health and assistant dean for clinical research, Medical School (MS), was selected to give the William A. Silverman Lecture at the Pediatric Societies Association, May 6 in Toronto, Canada. He is only the second person awarded this honor. William Silverman, M.D., was a leader in pediatrics for more than 60 years. He was considered a founding “father” not only in the specialty of neonatology, but also in the entire evidence- based medicine movement. The lecture is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Amy O. Calvin, Ph.D., assistant professor of acute and continuing care; Lorraine Frazier, D.S.N., associate professor of nursing systems; and Marlene Z. Cohen, Ph.D., chair, Department of Integrative Nursing Care, SON, coauthored “Examining Older Adults’ Perceptions of Health Care Providers: Identifying Important Aspects of Older Adults’ Relationships with Physicians and Nurses” in the May 2007 issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Sharon K. Ostwald, Ph.D., holder of the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing, Center on Aging, wrote a guest editorial in the same issue on “Preserving Patient Autonomy and Privacy in the Era of Genetic Discoveries.”
Joan Engebretson, Dr.P.H., professor, and Diane Wind Wardell, Ph.D., associate professor, both in the Department of Integrative Nursing Care, SON, published “Energy-Based Modalities,” in the journal Nursing Clinics of North America. Nursing has been in the lead of contemporary health care professions in recognizing the influence of touch therapies
David R. Hoyer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, MS, published a review of a study on pediatric wrist fractures in the May issue of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Based on research published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Hoyer concluded that splinting or casting without manipulation is the best management for slightly angulated wrist fractures in children. Hoyer wrote, “Manipulative procedures that are painful, costly, require sedation and consume substantial emergency department resources are unnecessary.”
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