* Steven J. DiBiase, MD, resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, has been selected as an American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Research Fellow for 1997-98. Dr. DiBiase will conduct basic research with George Iliakis, PhD, Department of Radiation Oncology, evaluating p53 mutations and their effects on cell radiosensitivity and DNA repair through the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Division of Radiobiology.
* Larry A. Donoso, MD, PhD, Thomas D. Duane Professor of Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College, and Director of Research, Wills Eye Hospital, was honored by Queens Medical Center at Nottingham University with a research laboratory named after him. The Dr. Larry A. Donoso Eye Research Laboratory at Queens Medical Center in England is a tribute to Dr. Donoso's international reputation and skills as a research scientist, clinician and teacher, and to his assistance in setting up the lab. In recognition of this honor, the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Senate bestowed Dr. Donoso with an official citation for "advancing the world-renowned reputation of Wills Eye Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University in the international medical community." Among Dr. Donoso's students was Harminder Dua, MD, now Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Queens Medical Center.
* Stephen A. Feig, MD, Director of the Breast Imaging Center, at Jefferson, and Professor of Radiology, JMC, was elected Vice President of the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) at its annual meeting in April 1997. The SBI membership consists of 1,700 radiologists from the United States and abroad who subspecialize in breast imaging.
* E. Marshall Goldberg, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, and Professor of Medicine, has been appointed to the San Diego-based Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center President's Advisory Council. In this position, Dr. Goldberg will serve as an advocate for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center providing consultation and advice to the board of trustees. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, the sister center to Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center, provides cancer treatment and research, and currently is conducting over 60 clinical trials.
* Kathy Landau Goodman, Director of Audiology, Ford Road Campus, and President, Main Line Audiology Consultants, PC, accepted the 1996 Audiology Appreciation Award on behalf of the Audiology Awareness Campaign at the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists' National Convention. Ms. Landau Goodman is chair of the Audiology Awareness Campaign, a collaborative effort of five national audiology associations to create greater public awareness of hearing care.
* Peter M. Greco, DMD, of the Department of Oral Surgery, Division of Orthodontics, presented "An Electromyographic Comparison of Masseter and Temporalis Activity in Appliance Therapy" at the E.H. Angle Society of Orthodontists meeting in Montreal, Canada. This paper was based on collaborative research with Electromyographers Richard Read and Michael Levrini of the Philadelphia Hand Center. The subjects in the study were composed of Jefferson personnel who volunteered for assessment of their jaw muscle activity. The presentation was judged to be one of the two best original research projects at the three-day meeting of prominent orthodontic educators and clinicians.
* Richard Hudes, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Radiation Oncology, was recently elected to the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Executive Board for a two-year term.
*Gerald A. Isenberg, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, has been appointed as the Interspecialty Section Representative for the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons to the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
* The Library Public Relations Council (LPRC) of the American Library Association (ALA) announced JEFFLINE to be the first winner of the award "Best World Wide Web Home Page" for Division I - the category for a library servicing up to 65,000 patrons. JEFFLINE was judged to be excellent in its design, layout, delivery of information and to be a very effective public relations tool to generate interest in the Library.
* Ronald P. Jensh, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College (JMC) has received the Bucknell University Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. Dr. Jensh's research at Jefferson focuses on preventing birth defects. He is also involved in applying innovative technology to biomedical education. His laboratory is one of the few in the world that conducts radiation behavioral teratologic studies. Dr. Jensh has been a JMC faculty member since earning his PhD in anatomy here in 1966.
* Allan M. Lefer, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, was recently awarded the first Distinguished Service Award by The Shock Society at its 20th Annual meeting held in Indian Wells, CA. Dr. Lefer is one of the 10 original founding members of the Society and has attended all of its 20 annual meetings.
* Mark K. Ono, MD, Chief Resident Physician, Department of Radiation Oncology, received a 1997 American Radium Society Visiting Oncologist Award. Dr. Ono will use the award to enhance his Jefferson residency education by participating in a subspecialized elective rotation at the University of California at San Francisco.
* James D. Plumb, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, and Associate Medical Director, Jefferson Hospice, was awarded the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award. The award is given annually to a Pennsylvanian who is neither a lawyer or judge and has demonstrated a commitment to community service. Dr. Plumb received the award for his efforts as the faculty advisor for Jeff H.O.P.E., the student-run, four-site medical clinic for the homeless and underserved Philadelphians.
* Charlene J. Williams, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, has been awarded a four-year grant of $956,884 from the National Institutes of Health entitled "Molecular Characterization of Familial Chondrocalcinosis."
* Nathan M. Smukler, MD, Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology, was recognized for his outstanding dedication to the field of rheumatology and was awarded the prestigious "Master of the American College of Rheumatology" national honor at the American College of Rheumatology National Meeting.
* Troy L. Thompson II, MD, Daniel Lieberman
Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human
Behavior at Jefferson Medical College
and Hospital, has been elected to a three-year term to the National Board of Directors of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
* A 400-page book titled Biology of the Lysosome, edited by John B. Lloyd, PhD, DSc, Director, Division of Developmental Biology, and Robert W. Mason, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Division of Developmental Biology, dupont Hospital for Children, has been published by Plenum Press of New York and London. As the authors explain in their preface, lysosomes are tiny particles found in almost all living cells; their activity being to degrade and recycle worn-out and damaged cell constituents. There are many inherited diseases of children caused by defective lysosome function, and Drs. Lloyd and Mason are actively investigating lysosomes in the hospital's research laboratories. Their book is aimed at assisting researchers and students of cell biology worldwide.
* Elliott Mancall, MD, Professor of Neurology, JMC, has been awarded the A.B. Baker Award of the American Academy of Neurology. The Baker Award is given every year to a physician who makes outstanding contributions to educating students in the field of neurology. Dr. Mancall received the honor at the Annual American Academy of Neurology Meeting, where he delivered the A.B. Baker Honorary Lecture on "The Dilemma of Student Evaluation in Neurology."
* Bruce E. Northrup, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery for Jefferson Medical College and a founding member of the Neurosensory Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital, has been elected President of the Cervical Spine Research Society.
* Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, DSc, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, The Louis and Bess Stein Professor of Pediatrics, JMC, and the dupont Hospital for Children, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Brent heads the Clinical and Environmental Teratology Laboratory of the hospital's Research Division of Developmental Biology and is former Chairman of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Brent was elected to the Academy of Sciences on the basis of his professional achievement and his demonstrated interest, concern, and involvement with problems and critical issues which affect the public's health. Dr. Brent will help the Institute of Medicine further its mission of the protection and advancement of the health professions and sciences, the promotion of research and development pertinent to health, and the improvement of health care.