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February 19, 1999
Dean's Awards Honor Women
The committee for the Dean's Award for the
Support and Advancement of Women Faculty is accepting nominations
for the 1999 awards. The deadline for nomination letters is March
16. Recipients of this year's awards will be announced on May 26
at the Faculty Council meeting.
The goal of the program is to highlight innovative people
and programs that work to improve the status and working environment
for women faculty. Last year's winners were Thomas Delbanco, HMS
professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess; Suzanne Fletcher,
professor of ambulatory care and prevention at HMS and Harvard Pilgrim;
and Anne Klibanski, HMS professor of medicine at Massachusetts General.
In a letter of nomination, Delbanco was described as "tireless
in promoting his faculty and ensuring that our career aspirations
are both heard and met. That women and men share this remarkable
attention equally is a crucial and nontrivial starting point for
his advocacy of women faculty--who now comprise 40 percent (14 out
of 35) of our division."
Fletcher was praised for being an exemplary, successful female
medical professor who has found a "wonderful balance between work
and family" and one who consistently looks for ways to help junior
women faculty to publish their work and obtain more funding. She
was also a strong advocate of the Clinician-Educator track, "a boon
for women faculty" and all those for whom medical education is a
The first woman professor and division head in the Department
of Medicine at MGH, Klibanski was commended for her institutional
and national leadership in promoting women in academic medicine.
She has helped create a range of committees on academic advancement
and mentoring. "She has given freely of her time to talk to students,
house officers, fellows, and staff from multiple departments about
balancing their career goals and family needs."
Faculty members who wish to make a nomination should call
Nancy Meyer at 432-0719 to obtain a form. Nominations may be mailed
to the Joint Committee on the Status of Women, 164 Longwood Ave.,
Boston, MA 02115; faxed to 432-4259; or e-mailed to email@example.com.
The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine's Rare Books
and Special Collections Department will be closed to the
public for renovation beginning March 15. It is scheduled
to reopen in its refurbished quarters on May 17. Limited
reference service to off-site users will be available during
the closing, as access to collections permits. Specific
inquiries should be addressed to Jack Eckert, Reference
Librarian, 432-6207, or firstname.lastname@example.org, at
the main reference desk, which is open weekdays from 9:00
to 5:00. The Rare Books Department is known internationally
for its 300,000 volumes of books, journals, and pamphlets;
and more than 100,000 prints and photographs.
John B. Penney Jr., professor of neurology at HMS and MGH,
died suddenly on January 31. He was 51.
Born in Winthrop, Mass., he graduated from Dartmouth
College in 1969 and received his MD from Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine in 1973. In 1977, he completed a residency
in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco
Penney, whose research interests most notably included
Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, joined
the HMS faculty in 1991 and served in the Department of
Neurology at MGH. He also collaborated with his wife, Anne
Young, the Julieanne Dorn professor of neurology at HMS
and MGH, in research on Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease.
Penney was committed and compassionate in his quest to cure
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Jessica
and Ellen, of Boston; his father, John B., Sr. of Center
Strafford, N.H.; a sister, Janet Cronin of Newton; and a
brother, Stephen of Richmond, Vt.
Call for Services Award Nominees
The committee for the 1999 Dean's Community Service Awards
seeks nominations for its first annual series of honors. The awards
will recognize outstanding efforts to serve the local, national,
or international community. Four awards will be presented annually,
one each to a faculty member, trainee (resident or postdoctoral
fellow), staff member, and student. Recipients will be honored in
a ceremony in May, and each awardee's community service program
will receive $1,000. The deadline for receipt of nominations is
March 1. For further information, call Nancy Kaufman at 432-1037.
HMI Contracts With One of Brazil's
Largest Medical Groups
Harvard Medical International signed a three-year agreement in
December for a professional development project with Unimed, a medical
cooperative in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, with 25,000
physicians. The educational program covers current concepts in health
administration, including care management, quality measurement,
and clinical guidelines; continuing medical education; and health
promotion. The latter will involve development of promotional materials,
training health care professionals to educate patients in health
promotion, and development of a mobile community outreach program.
The São Paulo Unimed cooperative is part of the National
Confederation of Unimed Cooperatives in Brazil, founded in 1967
and now having 86,000 members. The cooperatives, organized by geographical
location, offer medical services through a variety of health plans.
Physician payment is based on fee-for-service, plus a share of profits
generated by each physician's cooperative. A nonprofit organization,
the confederation comprises 60 percent of Brazil's health care providers.
Any HMS faculty members interested in being involved in the
HMI-Unimed professional development project should contact Sharon
Kleefield at 535-6434.
Division of Medical Ethics to Award Fellowship, Prize
The HMS Division of Medical Ethics is accepting applications for
the 19992000 Fellowship in Medical Ethics. Open to physicians,
nurses, lawyers, and other academics in the medical profession,
the fellowship will be awarded on previous academic achievement
and the predicted contribution of the fellow as a researcher, clinician,
or teacher in medical ethics. During the term, fellows will be expected
to conduct original research in medical ethics and to develop their
teaching and clinical skills.
External salary support must be provided by a training program
or sponsoring institution, but the Division of Medical Ethics will
furnish academic- and research-based support. Interested candidates
should submit a curriculum vitae, including e-mail address and a
brief statement of not more than 1,000 words describing their interest
in ethics and research plans. Also included should be a summary
of the nature of their salary support and two letters of reference.
The deadline for application is April 2, 1999.
The Division of Medical Ethics also invites entries for the
Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical Ethics, an annual award of $1,000
for the best essay in medical ethics written by an HMS student.
Essays may be on any contemporary issue in the subject area. All
entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26. For
further guidelines and information, call DME at 432-2570.