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  November 25, 2002

Activites & Achievements

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Dr. Upendra Hegde has been named medical oncologist on the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer and cutaneous melanoma teams at the Health Center. Hegde holds a medical degree from Bombay University, India, and did an internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He recently completed a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and has also been a Cancer Research Scholar at Rush Cancer Institute, where he studied cell cycle kinetics and intra-cellular signaling mechanisms in cancer.

Dr. Victor Moyo has been appointed medical oncologist in the Health Center's multidisciplinary breast program and will develop a research program in cancer treatment and diagnostics. He holds a medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe; did an internship and residency in internal medicine at George Washington University; and held a hematology-oncology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University. He has conducted research in iron metabolism.

Gregory Anderson, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received one of four 2002 Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards from the Compact for Faculty Diversity. Anderson was cited as an excellent mentor and advisor, who has worked to increase the number of minority students within the biological sciences, both at the national and university level. The Compact for Faculty Diversity seeks to increase the numbers of minority students who attain doctoral degrees and continue in academic careers. Anderson received the award at the Compact's national meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25.

Dr. Judith Fifield, Family Medicine, received the Addie Thomas Service Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals in recognition of her volunteer involvement at local, regional and national levels, especially her government affairs and advocacy work, on behalf of people with arthritis. She received the award at the association's annual meeting in New Orleans, Oct. 26.

The Floriculture Greenhouse and the Landscape Department received certificates of merit from the Mansfield Beautification Committee for landscape displays in the Mansfield community during 2002. The greenhouse was recognized for its display gardens at the field trials, and the landscape department was recognized for fall plantings and campus areas along Route 195 at the intersections with North Eagleville Road and Mansfield Road, as well as for the window boxes at the Publications Building.

John C. Greene, History, emeritus, was awarded the 2002 Sarton Medal by the History of Science Society. The medal is the society's most prestigious award. It recognizes an individual whose entire career has been devoted to the history of science and whose scholarship is exceptional.

Frederica Weeks, Health Center Fire Department, was cited by the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control as Instructor of the Year. The award is given yearly to a member of the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association who, through personal effort and instruction, has made an impact on the education and safety of fire fighters in the state. It was given in connection with her work for the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department.

Richard Reynolds, English, emeritus, presented a paper on "Rasselas, Johnson's Novel of Suspense" at Dartmouth College, and one on "Gulls and Boys: Four Losers in Shakespeare" at St. Michael's College, Vt., both on Nov. 6.

Other Activities
Dr. Richard "Rick" Fortinsky, Gerontology, Health Center, is serving as chairman for the NIH Study Section Social Sciences, Nursing, Epidemiology and Methods, through June 30, 2004.

Maria-Teresa Lepeley, Institute of Public Service International, gave videoconferences on Quality Management in Education for Globalization for Latin American countries from the World Bank in Washington, D,C., on Nov. 20.

A book by Robert Thorson, Geology & Geophysics, Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls (Walker & Co.), was #7 on the bestseller list of the New England Booksellers Association in September, and returned to the #15 spot in November. Since the book was published in September, Thorson has been giving up to three talks and book signings each week.