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December 15, 2010

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Tang
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Ward
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Students honored as 2010 Iota Book Award recipients

The University’s Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with deans of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, recognized the 2010 Iota Book Award winners during a formal ceremony on Nov. 30.

Seventeen sophomores, among a class of more than 1,000 students, were recognized for their scholarly achievement, demonstration of humanistic values, and involvement in cocurricular activities during their first year at Rochester. In addition to evaluating academic records, the award committee collected nominations from professors, administrators, and College staff members.

The recipients of this year’s award are Asad Arastu, Joshua Bradt, Micah Brown, Kelsey Burritt, Benjamin Covell, Meredith Doubleday, Joshua Geiger, Shelby Hall, Yo-el “Joel” Kim, Scott Lucchini, Justin Roncaioli, Ulascan “Ulas” Sarica, Erin Schnellinger, Samuel Stewart, Jaclyn “Jackie” Walker, Sarah Walters, and Shouling Zhang.

“This is an amazing group of students,” says Edward Brown, president of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and an assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering.

“Their ability to make major contributions to the campus and the community while achieving the highest level of scholarship is truly inspiring.”

Organized in 1997, the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is the University’s oldest honor society. In addition to the Iota Book Award, the organization has endowed a scholarship, established a speakers fund, and supports a visiting scholar program.

Queenan
Queenan
Sukhera
Sukhera
Weaver
Weaver

Xiaoqing (Sean) Tang ’12 finished third in the 32nd annual Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest. He scored 35 out of a possible score of 70. Two other Rochester students, Christopher Kauffman ’11 and Kevin Lin ’12, each scored 20 points, earning them a tie for 17th place. That score put them in the top three percent of the field.

Denham Ward, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, was named the next president of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, an organization that supports individuals entering the field through research grants, mentoring and career development programs.

The foundation focuses primarily on professional development, providing resources for medical students, residents, and junior faculty pursuing careers in anesthesiology. As president, Ward will work to create new educational and support programs to prepare those physicians and researchers joining the specialty.

Dirk Bohmann, a molecular biologist and geneticist, has received the 2010 Davey Memorial Award for outstanding cancer research. The award was presented during the Wilmot Cancer Center’s 15th annual Scientific Symposium, which celebrates the leading-edge cancer research of Medical Center physicians and scientists. Bohmann, a professor of biomedical genetics, is director of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and of the graduate program for Genetics, Genomics, and Development.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine presented its Distinguished Service Award for 2010 to John Queenan Jr., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical Center. Queenan, a fertility specialist with the Strong Fertility Center, was cited for his contributions in reproductive medicine coding.

Javeed Sukhera, a fellow in psychiatry, has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The 17-member board serves as the governing body for the association, which represents all 133 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, almost 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies.

Stewart Weaver, a professor and chair of the Department of History, and Maurice Isserman ’79 (PhD), a professor of history at Hamilton College, are the winners of the Eiseman Writers Award for their book, Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

opera singers holding flowersEastman singers shine

Eastman School students (from left) Alyssa Mae Doggett, Erin Gonzalez, and Thomas Lehman were the winners of this year’s Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition, held Nov. 20 in Kilbourn Hall. They are pictured with Paul Nadler, cofounder and director of musical activities for the International Vocal Arts Institute, who adjudicated the competition.

Lehman, a baritone and first-year master’s degree student, was awarded first place. He received the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize in the amount of $1,000, donated by John Clarke in honor of his late wife, a founding member of the Friends of Eastman Opera. Gonzalez, a mezzo-soprano and second-year master’s degree student, was awarded the second-place prize of $750. The third-place prize of $500 went to Doggett, a soprano and second-year master’s degree student.

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