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Week of December 13, 2010



Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the U-M Health System, will receive the 2011 Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award from The Endocrine Society for her contributions to endocrinology through her leadership, teaching and research and her mentorship of trainees and associates.

Dr. Thomas Gelehrter, professor emeritus of human genetics and internal medicine, recently was named as the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Human Genetics Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. Gelehrter was honored for the far-reaching contributions he has made over the past 40 years to biomedical research, clinical medicine, and medical school and graduate student education in human genetics.

Dr. Richard A. Miller, professor of pathology, Medical School, and associate director, Geriatrics Center; and Dr. Scott Pletcher, associate professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School, and research associate professor, Institute of Gerontology, have earned the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award. The foundation supports basic biological research in aging including studies that are relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases. Miller and Pletcher each will receive $150,000 per year for four years in support of their projects.

Dr. Laurie McCauley, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, has received the William J. Gies Award for outstanding contributions to literature and education. McCauley was recognized for publishing more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and serving on the editorial boards of professional journals. Currently she is associate editor at the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.



Barrie Vorobiev, registrar, School of Dentistry, on her second time living in Russia: “This was when I could truly see the disparity between the rich and the poor.”


Jazz Series concert with Afro-Cuban jazz quartet Nuevo Rumbon, featuring musicians planted in the contemporary Cuban tradition, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, U-M Museum of Art.

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