HONORS AND AWARDS
PRESIDENT BUSH APPOINTS CHEN TO CANCER ADVISORY BOARD
Moon S. Chen, Jr., a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, was appointed by President Bush to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board.
The board advises the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the National Cancer Institute on national cancer policy and cancer research funding decisions. Chen is one of the nation's best-known investigators into the cancer burden of ethnic minority groups, particularly Asian American populations. He is the principal investigator for the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) project, the leading national cancer initiative for Asian Americans.
Usrey receives Presidential Early Career Award
Martin Usrey, an assistant professor at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, attended a White House ceremony recently to receive a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering for his research on vision. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.
Bushberg appointed to National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
Jerrold T. Bushberg, manager of the Environmental Health and Safety Program for UC Davis Health System, was named to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. The NCRP has a significant influence on almost all activities in the United States that use or create radiation.
Palliative center recognized as one of country's best
The West Coast Center for Palliative Education and Research was one of 10 finalists for the Circle of Life: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care Award. The award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association and recognizes innovative and progressive programs that improve the care provided to dying people and those around them. More than 80 programs from around the country applied for the award.
Apprentice researchers from UC Davis Cancer Center place 3rd in international contest
Mira Lalchandani and Denton Sato, high school seniors who were apprentice researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center, won $1,000 and a third-place prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The annual science competition brings together hundreds of the most curious and capable young scientific minds from more than 40 countries.
American Academy of Nursing inducts Robinson as fellow
Carol Robinson, senior associate director, hospital and clinics, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Selection for fellowship in the AAN is based upon outstanding contributions to nursing "over and above those which are required in one's position of employment." Robinson has strived to foster excellence in nursing through evidence-based practice, particularly through the activities of the Center for Nursing Research. Robinson encourages staff nurses to question basic nursing practice and to seek validation of alternatives through published research and scientific inquiry.
This approach has produced superior patient outcomes in comparison to national benchmarks.