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April 18, 2012






Benjamin Hayden, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, has been selected as a 2012 Sloan Research Fellow. Awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars. Each fellowship carries a $50,000, two-year award to help support the recipient’s research.

Jeffrey Bigham, assistant professor of computer science, has won a National Science Foundation Career Award for his proposal, “Closed-Loop Crowd Support of People with Disabilities.” The awards are given “in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations,” according to the NSF program guidelines.

Richard Kreipe, the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Distinguished Professor in Pediatrics Funded by Roger & Carolyn Friedlander, has been honored by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine. Kreipe was recognized for his more than 30-year career in advancing research, education, clinical care, and community outreach to better address the health care needs of adolescents.

Matthew Grills, a second-year master’s student at the Eastman School, was one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions after the Grand Finals Concert held March 18 in New York City. He and the other four winners, who were chosen from nine finalists, each received a cash prize of $15,000.

Eight Medical Center Employees lauded for achievements

Eight out of 20 Health Care Achievement Awards presented by the Rochester Business Journal were captured by physicians, a dentist, nurse, staff, and a volunteer within the Medical Center’s health care network.

Cardiologist Spencer Rosero received an award for innovation, recognizing his team’s invention of the Living Chip, a small implantable device that could help doctors and patients detect slight changes in heart function in real time. The device earned a U.S. patent in November.
Director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health for the last 13 years Cyril Meyerowitz was recognized for his management achievements. Meyerowitz, who will step down from the leadership post later this year, is widely respected for driving Eastman Dental Center’s merger with the Medical Center, for championing dental care for the underserved, and for positioning EIOH as a high-quality provider for all types of patients.

School of Nursing faculty member Daryl Sharp is a psychiatric nurse practitioner recognized in the nurse category for her work in helping individuals make healthy lifestyle choices in areas such as tobacco use, diabetes prevention, nutrition, exercise, and stress prevention. While much of her work has focused on patients with mental health conditions, she is also a member of the clinical team at the Center for Community Health.

International palliative care and end-of-life-issues expert Timothy Quill won in the physician category. A professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities and director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care, Quill has transformed the nation’s and community’s view of the most sensitive issues in modern medicine.

Highland Hospital geriatrician Rocco Vivenzio shared the physician award spotlight. The Medical Center’s Geriatrics Group that Vivenzio first created in 1999 has since grown to provide medical directors to 13 skilled-nursing facilities and 21 assisted-living facilities. His model is credited with reducing hospital stays and readmissions for older patients by boosting quality and preventive care.

Susan Hyman, Golisano Children’s Hospital chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, received an award for special needs care. A national expert in diagnosing and treating children with developmental disabilities, Hyman is loved and respected by the youngsters and families for which she cares.

Herself a cancer survivor, Eileen Grossman cofounded the Cancer Wellness Spa and the Ovarian Cancer Walk, efforts that won her recognition in the volunteer category. Grossman’s Wellness Spa serves a number of cancer treatment centers, including the Highland Hospital Infusion Center. Services include makeovers, manicures, skin care, wig demonstrations, and more.

Former chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Advisory Board Howard Jacobson was also honored for his volunteer efforts. In a commitment that began when the hospital treated his seriously injured son, Jacobson’s signature is on a number of high-profile fundraising events that enable the hospital to remain a unique, regional resource for sick and injured children.

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