The University Record, December 4, 2000


Moreno elected to ASA Resident Component Section

Carlos L. Moreno, house officer, anesthesiology, is chair-elect of the Resident Component Section of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). His responsibilities in the two-year position will include the annual ASA Resident Component House of Delegates meeting; serving as chair of two annual meetings of the Resident Governing Council; organizing communication between the Resident Governing Council and the ASA Board of Directors, as well as residency programs nationwide; representing ASA at national conferences; and establishing projects that promote anesthesiology to medical students.

Robillard elected to ABP board

Jean Robillard, professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, was elected to serve a six-year term on the board of directors of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

With a specialty in pediatric nephrology, Robillard’s research interests include developmental renal physiology and regulation of blood pressure during development. For ABP, Robillard has served on the Certifying Examination Planning Committee, the Task Force on Transplantation Medicine and the Examination Committee for the Sub-Board of Pediatric Nephrology. He also served as the chair of the Sub-Board of Pediatric Nephrology.

ABP is one of 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The board of directors consists of pediatricians in education, research and clinical practice, as well as one or more non-physicians who have a professional interest in the health and welfare of children and adolescents.

Bonder elected to NEA

Seth Bonder, adjunct professor of industrial and operations engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), in recognition of his technical and organizational leadership in military and civilian operations research.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer, honoring important contributions to engineering theory and practice, and pioneering work in new and developing fields of technology. Seventy-eight engineers and eight foreign associates were chosen by the Academy this year.

Gelb wins distinguished teaching award

Douglas Gelb, clinical associate professor of neurology, has received the Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award from the American Neurological Association. Gelb directs the neurology clerkship and is active in resident education in the department, where he has received student teaching awards for both roles.

Ross receives award for cancer research

Theodora S. Ross, assistant professor of internal medicine, will receive a Damon Runyon Scholar Award from the Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon/Walter Winchell Foundation. The $100,000 award, one of only six given this year, will support Ross’ research on the biological roles of the HIP1/PDGRBetaR gene in tumor formation.

Collins elected to PBS board

Leon Collins, director of telecommunications and general manager, WFUM/Flint, has been elected to a one-year term on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) board of directors.

PBS is a private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 37 public television stations.

Pituch recognized for teaching technique

Kenneth Pituch, clinical associate professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, has received the 2000 Professional Education Project Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received the award for a teaching technique called the Brief Structured Observation, which provides focused feedback to medical students or residents in busy clinic or ward settings. The technique was developed and tested by Pituch and two of his former colleagues at Indiana University (IU), and has been taught to IU and U-M faculty and at national and regional workshops.

Crissey, Bingham, McPherson are Employees of the Month

Karen “Ellen” Crissey, administrative assistant in Central Staffing Resources; Valerie MacPherson, allied health supervisor in MedSport at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube; and Stacy Bingham, case management coordinator in practice management support services, have been recognized by the Hospitals and Health Centers as Employees of the Month for August, September and October, respectively.

Crissey was praised for her people skills, work ethic and mastery of computer technology, and for her development of a daily online staffing worksheet that has helped nursing supervisors allocate staff in an efficient and accurate way.

MacPherson was cited for fostering a team approach in her clinic’s operations, for creating a thoughtful, caring attitude among co-workers, and for managing to develop friendships with many of the patients she sees, all of which has reduced turnover in the front office staff and helped her unit gain a good reputation in the community.

Bingham was honored for her friendly, diplomatic and capable manner, and for her ability to make difficult, stepped-up discharges easy for families, patients—especially children and staff. Her colleagues noted her contributions to their success resulting from her quick responses to their questions and her deft dealings with out-of-network suppliers and other paperwork challenges.

U.S. Senate honors Simmons

Kenneth “Red” Simmons, assistant professor emeritus of physical education and former women’s track and field coach, received a special tribute from the U.S. Senate for receiving the Philip A. Hart Award of the Michigan Women’s Track Hall of Fame.

Simmons founded a nationally renowned track club in Ann Arbor.