ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES
By Marianne Wolff'52
The John Scott Award for 1998, given to "the most deserving men and women whose inventions have contributed, in some outstanding way, to the comfort, welfare, and happiness of mankind," was presented to Baruch Blumberg for his "landmark studies of the relationship of the hepatitis B virus to hepatitis and liver cancer." Barry also has been named director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. The institute, which brings together astronomers, biologists, chemists, geologists, and physicists, is "dedicated to basic scientific research on the origins, evolution, and destiny of life on Earth and in the universe," according to its new director.
The Distinguished Alumni Award of the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania was given to P. Roy Vagelos. Roy, chairman of Penn's board of trustees, is the former chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. The award recognizes Roy's service to humanity, his leadership in science, and his support of young scientists at Penn.
Edwin D. Bransome Jr. has become president of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Inc., the policy-making body of USP. Ed intends to focus on USP's role in health care and to define the key issues USP must address in the next century.
Theodore Hersh is chairman and CEO of Thione International Inc., a research firm specializing in antioxidants for consumer and health care products. The company was awarded a patent for a technology that synthesizes synergistic antioxidants to reduce toxins in cigarettes.
The Beatrice and Samuel Seaver Foundation, which supports educational, laboratory, and clinical research programs to improve the understanding and treatment of hypertensive disorders and to improve access to medical care, has renewed a grant to Leslie Baer for a period of five years. . . . Richard A. Dickey will be the new president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an international association with 3,200 members. Richard practices in Hickory, N.C., and holds an academic appointment at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Karen Hein has become president of the William T. Grant Foundation, located in New York City. Karen is a leader in health policy, an expert in health needs of vulnerable populations, particularly children and young people, and is experienced in innovative health program development, health care reform legislation, and communicating about health through scholarly contributions and public forums. For the previous five years she served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and was executive officer of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.
Alfred C.M. De Ciutis appears in the 27th edition of "Who's Who in California." His bio is also listed in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World." Look him up!
Robert Stanton is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the council of delegates of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Gail A. Wilder has left active practice and joined AETNA/USHC as full-time medical director in charge of the lower Hudson Valley region.
The New Hampshire Pediatric Society has named Wendy Gladstone "Pediatrician of the Year." Wendy and her cardiologist husband Alan'74 settled in New Hampshire 20 years ago. Wendy is a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect; she is also involved in finding better health care access for children. Her avocations include singing with a choral society, playing the organ, and jogging, in addition to raising two children.
Ira J. Fox, associate professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has been named Outstanding Investigator for 1999 by the College of Medicine. The award is for his work on immortalizing hepatocytes for use in lieu of liver transplantation.
After 11 years at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and three years as medical director of the Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center's WELL (Women Enjoying Longer Lives) program, Yvonne Gomez-Carrion has opened a women's health office in Jamaica Plain, Mass. . . . Richard N. (Robin) Pierson III has been awarded the Veterans Administration Young Career Early Development grant for five years of research in his field of heart and lung transplantation surgery. He is the son of Anne Bingham Pierson'55 and Richard N. Pierson Jr.'55.
Stuart Lutzker, assistant professor of medicine and biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., has been named a Pfizer Scholar in the area of cancer biology and oncology. Only one Pfizer Scholar is named annually.
Because of a large number of contributions, it is not feasible to publish them all.