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Pediatrics professor named to head global health effort

Stephen Berman, M.D., professor of pediatrics at The University of Colorado School of Medicine and endowed chair holder in general pediatrics at The Children's Hospital, has been named director of the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and medical adviser for the Global Health Institute at The Children's Hospital.

"The Center for Global Health with the Global Health Institute has an opportunity to make a major contribution to improving the health and welfare of the world's poorest populations and become one of the world's leading global health programs," Berman said.

While the center will maintain its current programs, Berman will develop several new initiatives that focus on family and child health. These will include developing and testing new interventions to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates in some of the poorest areas of the world and promote health and wellness through economic development, nutrition programs and child development interventions. The center is applying to become a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in order to have a greater worldwide impact in these areas.

According to Berman, "having the support of one of the finest children's hospitals in the world will be extremely beneficial to our initiatives."

"By working collaboratively we will address the need to promote sustainable economic development in the poorest areas of the world in ways that will provide opportunities for families to improve their economic conditions, provide educational opportunities to their children, and reduce excessive maternal and child mortality."

The planned Global Health Institute at Children's will complement these programs. The institute will streamline processes by becoming the centralized point of contact at Children's to support international activities. Activities include partnering with one or more organizations to build capacity within identified international communities and deliver ongoing clinical services such as continuing consultative support, training and education. Support also will be given to the evacuation of children in need, either because of a natural disaster or individual need basis.

The center also recruited Eric Simoes, M.D., and Susan Niermeyer, M.D., who join Berman in developing the new initiative. Berman follows Calvin Wilson, M.D., who stepped down as center director in 2010. 

Berman is a practicing primary care pediatrician and has held many prestigious positions in the world of pediatrics including consultant to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization on Control of Acute Respiratory Infections; national chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Health Financing; director of health policy and state medically indigent programs at the University of Colorado; and president of Colorado Bright Beginnings. From 2000 to 2001, Berman was president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CU Denver professor earns award for advancing women in academia

Laura Borgelt, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the departments of clinical pharmacy and family medicine, is the winner of the 2011 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, which honors teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration that advances women in higher education.

Borgelt will receive the award at the 2011 CU Women Succeeding Symposium at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Feb. 25. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and present her scholarly work during the symposium in a presentation titled "The Key to Academic Success is...".

The CU Faculty Council's Women's Committee confers the award annually in recognition of women faculty members whose records reflect significant, original and interdisciplinary work, teaching excellence, and a strong commitment toward advancing women in the academic community. Begun in 1992, the award honors the late Elizabeth D. Gee, who taught at the CU Denver School of Nursing and was married to former CU President Gordon Gee.

Borgelt's teaching, practice and research focus on women's health pharmacotherapy with an emphasis on reproductive health, including contraception, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause and osteoporosis.

The Gee Award is the only one in the CU system that specifically recognizes outstanding work on women's issues. Any full-time faculty member from any of the CU campuses may be nominated for the prize. To learn more about the award, go to http://www.cu.edu/FacultyCouncil/Women/gee.html.

Professor appointed to national board by President Obama

Kris D. Gutiérrez, a professor of literacy and learning sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Education, recently was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. The NBES approves the research priorities and evaluates the work of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Gutiérrez's term is through 2012 with the possibility of reappointment.

Gutiérrez, who holds the Inaugural Provost's Chair at CU, also currently is president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education. She received her Ph.D. from CU.

University of Colorado Hospital names winners of Presidents Award

The University of Colorado Hospital's Presidents Award winners for the first trimester of 2011 have been announced in six categories. Winners are:

Outstanding Service: Nancy Gavi, R.N., BSN
World Class Care: Connie Chambers, R.N., Nurse Informatics Specialist; Carol Ruscin, R.N., Senior Quality Improvement Specialist; Holly Saratella, Database Analyst;
Jamie LeLazar, Clinical Data Analyst; Cindy Chichirico, Medical Record Abstractor; Regina Green, Quality Improvement Assistant
Working Together: Cardiac Cath Lab and CVC Pre/Post Unit Team
CVC pre-post 3190 - Sally Glatfelter, Clinical Nurse; Kathy Gregorich, Clinical Nurse; Marjorie Heaman, Clinical Nurse; Ellen Hjort, Clinical Nurse; Addie Johnson, Clinical Nurse; Nina Johnson, Clinical Nurse; Sara Arias, Clinical Nurse; Ava Widicker, Clinical Nurse; Laura Ortiz, Clinical Nurse; Bev Page, Clinical Nurse; Elsa Schroeder, Clinical Nurse; Barb Strain, Clinical Nurse; Caroline Rocker, Clinical Nurse Cath Lab 3450 - Jessica Kus, Clinical Nurse; Kelly Hrovat, Clinical Nurse; Carl Jukes, Clinical Nurse; Peggy Kuhn, Clinical Nurse; Marie Maguire, Clinical Nurse; Lindsay McDonough, Clinical Nurse; Michael Panagos, Clinical Nurse; Carrie Parkinson, Clinical Nurse; Jennifer Phillips, Clinical Nurse; Donna Prince, Clinical Nurse; Fred Trendler, Clinical Nurse; Kory Foa, Clinical Nurse; Dr. John Messenger, Director, Cath Lab; Dr. Ivan Casserly, Assistant Professor, Cath Lab

Patient and Family Centered Care: Kathy Quintana, R.N., Charge Nurse, 4 Neonatal Care (NICU); Theresa Lubben, R.N., Clinical Nurse II, 4 Neonatal Care (NICU)
Rock Solid Economics: Deb Devine, Director, Patient Services; Mame Fuhrman, Director, Human Resources; Joanne DelMonte, Grad Nurse Residency Coordinator; Chris Hazelton, R.N.-BC, Clinical Nurse Educator; Jamie LeLazar, Clinical Data Analyst; Jennifer Heineman, Human Resources Generalist; Erica Velasquez, Human Resources Recruiter; Community Service: Yvonne Small, R.N., 4 North Neonatal Care (NICU); Louann Stout, R.N., 4 North Neonatal Care (NICU)

To find out more about the award recipients, visit http://www3.uch.edu/uchinsider/Presidents%20Awards%20Feb2011.pdf

Dropping names ...
Choice, the magazine of the American Library Association, recently selected a book written by a University of Colorado Colorado Springs faculty member as an Outstanding Academic Title. "Local Economic Development in the 21st Century: Quality of Life and Sustainability," written by Daphne Greenwood, a professor of economics, and Richard P.F. Holt, was selected for the honor given to 10 percent of the 7,000 works reviewed by Choice each year. The titles selected are published in the magazine's January edition. ...
Daniel Segal, professor of psychology, and Sara Honn Qualls, the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, along with Michael Smyer, psychology professor at Bucknell University, recently published the second edition of "Aging and Mental Health." The text's publisher is Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, N.J. ... Maria Buszek, associate professor of art history in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, is co-organizer of – and will moderate – a panel on "Sonic and Activism: Exploring the Ties Between Feminist Art and Popular Music" on Sunday, Feb. 13, in New York. The panel will explore renowned women directly tapped into the alternative music and art scenes of feminism's second wave as well as today's most compelling contemporary feminist figures. ... Bruce Goldstein, associate professor of planning and design at the University of Colorado Denver, is the author of a new manuscript, "Epistemic Mediation: Aligning Expertise Across Boundaries Within an Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Plan," published in Planning Theory and Practice 11(4). The paper argues that planners can be epistemic mediators, creating and stabilizing technical knowledge claims that project authority by showing a responsive face to many audiences. ... Jeremy Németh, assistant professor of planning and design and director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Colorado Denver, recently was asked to join the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Design. NĂ©meth joins fellow department of planning and design professor Fahriye Sancar on the board. He published an article called "The Privatization of Public Space: Modeling and Measuring Publicness" in Environment and Planning B, Vol. 38, Issue 1, with Professor Stephan Schmidt of Cornell University. The article can be found in the planning publication Ortegabinder located at the reception desk in Suite 330, CU Denver Building. ... The research of Ken Ortega, left, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, was recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the broader impacts of activities in his research grant for highlighting in the molecular and cellular biosciences' MBC) performance assessment as well as for potentially publicizing on the website of the Directorate of Biological Sciences. Each year the National Science Foundation compiles "highlights" — brief statements describing research from highly successful and important grants. ... Ping Xu, University of Colorado Denver professor of architecture, published an article, "The Mandala as a Cosmic Model Used to Systematically Structure the Tibetan Buddhist Landscape" in the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (27:3, PP. 181-203), one of the most prestigious journals in these fields. Her article examines the spatial and religious meanings of Tibetan temples and their integrative relationship with the surrounding landscape.

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