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Goergen awards established

Three new undergraduate teaching awards have been established in the College: the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching, the Goergen Award for Curricular Achievement in Undergraduate Education, and the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Learning in the College. The awards are funded by a gift of Robert Goergen '60, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Pamela. In 1995, the Goergens made a $10 million gift to the University, with an additional gift of $100,000 a year for five years to underwrite the new awards.

Dental Center comes on board

Fulfilling a dream of the Eastman Dental Center's founder, the University announced last fall that the facility would merge with the Medical Center. "George Eastman anticipated this affiliation in a letter he wrote in 1920," said Jay H. Stein, senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the Medical Center. "I am delighted to see his vision become a reality." Founded in 1915, the facility relocated in 1978 to its current site near the Medical Center. The dental center serves about 20,000 clients, with a staff of 125 full-time employees. The Medical Center has two dental departments, with a total of 100 employees. Benefits of the merger, Medical Center officials say, include streamlined administration, combined clinical services, protection for both institutions from shrinking federal funding for research, and expanded research opportunities.

Caine named to Romano Professorship

Eric Caine, a nationally recognized expert in late-life depression and issues that affect the elderly, has been appointed chair of the University's Department of Psychiatry. In addition, he has been named the John F. Romano Professor of Psychiatry. The professorship honors the late Dr. Romano, founding head of the department. As a neuropsychiatrist with interests in late-life depression, Alzheimer's disease, suicide, and related topics, Caine has published extensively and is the principal investigator or co-investigator of several major research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. "Dr. Caine enjoys a national reputation as a clinician, researcher, and educator," says Lowell A. Goldsmith, dean of the medical school. "Given his interest and expertise in issues affecting the elderly, he'll play an important role as the school addresses the emerging issues faced by an aging population."

Lasker Prize goes to Smith, Anderson

For their work in developing a vaccine to protect infants from a deadly infection--and the founding of a company to make that vaccine--two Rochester researchers shared the 1996 Albert Lasker Award. Both emeritus professors of pediatrics, the latest Lasker winners are David H. Smith and Porter W. Anderson, who were honored for their pioneering work in protecting infants from a deadly bacterium that causes bacterial meningitis. As a local reporter phrased it, "Both men received $10,000, an ornate citation, a bronze statuette, and a large dose of prestige." Of the 280 past winners of the award, 50 have subsequently gone on to win a Nobel Prize for their work.

Fourth Leinhard Award to Medical Center

A professor emeritus of medicine, Dr. T. Franklin Williams, has become the fourth University faculty member since 1986 to receive the prestigious Gustav O. Leinhard Award for the advancement of health care. A former director of the National Institute on Aging, Williams was honored for raising public awareness of geriatrics. Former Leinhard winners with Medical Center connections are Loretta Ford, Robert Haggerty, and Ernest Saward.

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