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Ponrathi Athilingam, assistant professor of clinical nursing, was awarded the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Investigator Award at the organization’s annual scientific meeting in September in Toronto. Athilingam was one of five finalists for the award.

Louis Constine, professor of radiation oncology, was named a fellow of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, a national organization for experts who specialize in treating patients with therapeutic radiation. Constine is an international expert in the treatment of childhood and select adult cancers including lymphomas and in the long-term side effects of cancer therapy.

Robyn Dean, a faculty associate in the Department of Psychiatry, received the Mary Stotler Award on October 25 at the biennial meeting of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers in Puerto Rico in recognition of “significant contributions in advancing the field of interpreting and interpreter education.”

Ben Ebenhack, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named a distinguished lecturer by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Ebenhack will travel worldwide beginning September 2009 to discuss “Preserving and Extending the Energy Advantage.”

David Guzick, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and the director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Ira Shoulson, a neurologist who has pioneered research methods that have led to new treatments for Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative illnesses, have been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the nation’s highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.

The commencement ceremony for the 16th Annual United Way African American Leadership Development program was held earlier this month at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester. The ceremony celebrates the completion of a two-week intensive leadership training and development course held at the United Way of Greater Rochester. In all, eight University employees participated in the program this year: Janet Koslow, a representative in the HR Service Center; Linda Morris, a bookkeeper at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center; Jeanette Colby, calendar editor for University Communications; Calvin Eaton, an information analyst for the McNair Program; Collette Noel, a secretary in the Center for Community Health; former employee Carolyn Coney-Johnson; Liliana Crane, an administrative assistant in the Center for Community Health; and Shannon Colon, a billing specialists at the Medical Center.

Jacob Moalem, assistant professor of surgery, was named chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Resident and Associate Society, a national organization representing more than 11,000 residents and young surgeons. The society provides career support to young surgeons, including educational opportunities and leadership skills development. As chair, he serves as the spokesman for issues that affect surgical training and practice.

Yuxiu Liu, a chemical engineering graduate student, has been selected First Place Winner for the 2008 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research. Her research deals with the development of hydrogen fuel cells.

Karen Wilson, a senior instructor at the Medical Center, was awarded the 2008 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Abstract Research Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine. She was honored for her study that determines the average length of stay for respiratory illnesses, the most common reason for pediatric hospitalization.

Emil Wolf, Wilson Professor of Optical Physics, has been named winner of the 2008 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. The biennial award, cosponsored by the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and the Optical Society of America, was awarded for Wolf’s book Introduction to the Theory of Coherence and Polarization of Light. Published in October 2007 by Cambridge University Press, Wolf’s book is the first to provide a unified treatment of the phenomena of coherence and polarization.

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