UW News

November 4, 2004

Health Sciences News Briefs

Dr. Carlos Pellegrini, the Henry N. Harkins professor and chair of surgery, has been re-elected chair of the Digestive Disease Council. The council oversees Digestive Disease Week, the annual meeting of physicians and researchers in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery. Pellegrini is the first person to be re-elected chair of the council and will serve a three-year term. The council represents the four academic societies that sponsor Digestive Disease Week: the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Surgery, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Digestive Disease Week is scheduled for May 14-19, 2005, in Chicago.

Programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Prosthetics/Orthotics, all within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, are hosting an Open House for prospective students from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, in room BB-912 of the Health Sciences Center. Students have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, learn about the curriculum and receive information about professional careers.

The UW Center for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases is sponsoring a day-long research symposium on Friday, Nov. 19, in the auditorium of Harborview’s Research and Training Building. The keynote speaker is Dr. Thomas Quinn, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins. There will also be a panel on global control of HIV and STDs, and presentations by current and recent recipients of New Investigator Awards for AIDS and STD research. There is no charge for the symposium. Contact Susan Mello at spmello@u.washington.edu  for a full agenda.

A faculty development workshop, organized by the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, is planned for the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 7. “Clinician-Educators: Staying on Track and Getting Promoted” will focus on the concerns of junior faculty seeking resources for successful career development. For further information and to register, call 206-543-2259 or visit the Web site at http://www.dme.washington.edu/facdev.html  

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 17, to present a Consumer Health Information award to the UW Health Sciences Libraries. The award is given by the U.S. National Commission of Libraries and Information Sciences to one organization in each state. The presentation and reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Peterson Room, fourth floor, Allen Library on campus. Everyone is welcome.

Susan Grant, senior associate administrator for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at UW Medical Center, received the Mountain West Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership on Oct. 22 in Las Vegas. The awards are made by NurseWeek magazine and include nominees from 11 western states. Grant also serves as an assistant dean for clinical nursing practice in the UW School of Nursing.

Dr. Sarena Seifer, research assistant professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, has received a three-year grant of $600,000 to support the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. Eleven health professional schools, including the UW public health school, around the country will be working to change their promotion and tenure systems to better recognize and reward faculty engaged in community-based teaching, research and service. The grant is from the federal Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.