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Goldberg ’83 Appointed to Eli Goldston Chair at Harvard Law School

Professor John Goldberg '83. (Photo by Harvard Law School)

Professor John Goldberg ’83. (Photo by Harvard Law School)

Harvard Law School recently announced that John C. P. Goldberg ’83 has been appointed to the Eli Goldston Professorship of Law. An expert in tort law, tort theory and political philosophy, he joined Harvard Law School as a tenured faculty member in 2008 and teaches first-year and upper-level courses.

Goldberg has worked closely with Professor Henry Smith to develop the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard and has co-taught with Professor Smith the Private Law Workshop, which enables students to discuss with leading scholars cutting-edge research in torts, property, contracts, restitution, and other topics. He recently served as the faculty chair for The New Private Law, a Harvard Law Review symposium.

Goldberg was previously a professor of law and an associate dean for research at Vanderbilt University. He has recognized for excellence in the classroom several times and received four teaching prizes at Vanderbilt.

Goldberg is co-author of The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts and Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress (3d ed.). He also has published dozens of articles and essays in scholarly journals. After receiving his JD in 1991 from New York University School of Law, he clerked for Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York and for Justice Byron White. He earned his BA with high honors from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan. He also holds an MPhil in politics from Oxford University and an MA in politics from Princeton University.

Wyman MA ’11 Receives American Astronomical Society Award

Katherine Wyman MA ’11

Katherine Wyman MA ’11

Katherine Wyman MA ’11 was one of only six graduate students nationwide to receive a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award medal for her poster at the recent 220th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The awards recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS.

Wyman’s poster was on the work she did for her master’s thesis with her advisor, Seth Redfield, assistant professor of astronomy. It involved characterizing the gas and dust that the Sun may have passed through over the last tens of millions of years and then constructing a plausible record of the size of the heliosphere over this time scale. The extent of the heliosphere could have consequences for many earthly processes such as atmospheric chemistry, cloud cover, and mutation rates for surface organisms. Redfield notes that he and Wyman are about to submit a paper on this and are planning to write a second one.

The judging process includes not only a critique of the poster, but one-on-one question sessions with reviewers.

Currently, Wyman is employed at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Gross ’84 Nominated for Microsoft’s Fellows Award

Paul Gross '84

Paul Gross ’84

Paul Gross ’84, chair of the Hydrocephalus Association, has been nominated for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, 2012 Integral Fellows Award, which recognizes meaningful contributions of Microsoft alumni, using time, talent, and resources to improve the daily lives of others in this country and throughout the world.

Gross’s cause began with his son’s birth. Born 10 weeks prematurely, he suffered complications and developed hydrocephalus, excessive fluid in the brain, a condition that affects more than 1 million people in this country. Hydrocephalus can cause severe brain damage, and even death if not treated immediately, yet the standard of care was a shunt device, developed 60 years ago, in 1952, by a father of a child who suffered this condition. The device has a 50 percent failure rate within two years. Furthermore, Gross notes, outcomes for these patients were extremely poor, with 60 percent of survivors not able to live independently as adults.

Working tirelessly on many aspects of this health issue—both at national and local levels—he co-founded what is now a seven-center research network, the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN). Additionally, he became board chair of the Hydrocephalus Association (HA), the largest national patient advocacy organization. Partnering the two organizations, he developed them into the largest private funder of hydrocephalus research. He also entered his cause into the political arena and notes a positive outcome: “Our first success in government advocacy was completed in May, 2012 when, with the help of Representative Rosa DeLauro, we got the National Institutes of Health to begin tracking federal investments in hydrocephalus research,” he says.

Microsoft Alumni Foundation will announce their selection of up to three alumni fellows Oct. 1 at the annual Microsoft Alumni Foundations Celebration event.

For more on the program, with further links to information about Paul Gross, see this link.

Nixon ’53 Receives N.H. Bar Award

David Nixon ’53

David Nixon ’53

David Nixon ’53, senior partner of the Manchester, N.H., law firm of Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau, P.A., received the Chief Justice Frank Rowe Kenison Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Selected by vote of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Nixon was chosen for his “substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, and the advancement of legal thought.”

Nixon, an economics major at Wesleyan, earned his law degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School. He was voted one of New Hampshire’s best personal injury trial lawyers by his fellow attorneys in the state. One of his nominators for the Kenison Award noted, “I have seen none better in trial practice than Dave Nixon.”

Nixon has served as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New England Bar Association and the International Society of Barristers. His honors have included the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Attorney Award by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence for his service representing abused women and children, and the Public Service Award by the Hillsborough County Law Enforcement Association for his 40 years as chair of its scholarship committee.

Fins ’82 Named to Davis ’47 Medical Ethics Professorship at Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Joseph Fins '82 and Dr. E. William Davis Jr. '47.

Dr. Joseph J. Fins ’82, an internationally renowned medical ethicist and pioneer in the field of neuroethics and disorders of consciousness, was named the first recipient of a newly established professorship, The E. William Davis Jr. ’47 M.D., Professor of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Fins serves as chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and is a tenured professor of medicine, professor of public health, and professor of medicine in psychiatry. He is also director of medical ethics and a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and on the adjunct faculty of Rockefeller University. His scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness, palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education and methods of ethics case consultation. He is a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.

The Davis Professorship was created in honor of Dr. E. William Davis Jr., who was instrumental in the founding of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Ethics Committee in 1994, when Dr. Fins was named as its founding chair. Dr. Davis served as professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College and is currently vice president for medical affairs emeritus at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

In a press release from the medical center, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Antonio M. Gotto Jr., praised Fins, noting the important role that Davis had on his career. “Starting out as a practicing internist, and with Dr. Davis as a mentor, Joe’s career has bridged medicine

Weiner ’87 on Time’s 2011 List of Most Influential People

Matthew Weiner '87 (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Matthew Weiner ’87 was featured recently by Time magazine on The 2011 Time 100, a list that recognizes the most influential people in the world. This list includes artists, activists, reformers, researchers, heads of state, and captains of industry.

Weiner is the Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and executive producer of the highly regarded dramatic series, Mad Men, which has been renewed by AMC for two more seasons.

In Time, actress Elizabeth Moss who plays Peggy Olson on Mad Men, said: “Matthew Weiner is no less than a genius. His influence on the world of television is unparalleled. He created a new standard for the drama series and then held that standard for his own show for four straight seasons. He is very demanding, probably most upon himself. But what I admire most in Matt … is his personal integrity.”

Ross ’81 Awarded for American History Contributions

Beth Hill, executive director of Fort Ticonderoga, presents the first national Fort Ticonderoga Prize for Contributions to American History to John F. Ross ’81 at the 17th Annual Ticonderoga Ball held at the Union League Club, New York City, March 4.

Noted author John F. Ross ’81 received the first annual Fort Ticonderoga Prize for Contributions to American History on March 4. After a national search and in a unanimous vote, the trustees selected Ross for his broad contributions to 18th-century military scholarship with his book War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America’s First Frontier (Random House 2009), which explores the exploits Major Robert Rogers.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ross said, “When I started a book on the 18th century warrior hero Robert Rogers, I realized what I had been looking for all my life was lying right under my nose—narrating and interpreting the rich themes of our past. Robert Rogers was the greatest of ranger leaders and creator of special operations. Modern rangers still must master his amazingly concentrated 28 rules of woods fighting. His ground zero was Fort Ticonderoga, key to the geo-strategy of North America. Today our men slip off to Afghanistan and many unnamed places with Robert Rogers by their side.”

In his research for War on the Run, Ross walked and kayaked many parts of Rogers’ tracks, much of them around Fort Ticonderoga, giving him on-the-ground knowledge and insight with which to bring Rogers’ experiences to life.

In addition, Ross was also praised for making America’s history accessible through his work as the executive editor of American Heritage Magazine. In a Fort Ticonderoga press release Peter Paine, president of the Fort Ticonderoga Board of Directors, is quoted as saying, “John F. Ross is a scholar who understands the importance of bringing history, observation, and experience together when seeking to understand the past.”

Additionally, Ross is executive editor of Invention and Technology and was previously a senior editor for Smithsonian magazine. He has published more than 200 articles and spoken at the Explorers Club of New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA’s Ames Research Center.
While on research assignments, he has chronicled adventure around the world: chasing scorpions in Baja, diving 3,000 feet underwater in a submersible off the Galapagos, dog sledding with the polar Inuit in Greenland, living with the Khanty reindeer herders in Siberia and launching the northernmost canoe trip ever in the Canadian Arctic.

At Wesleyan, Ross majored in history. He is also the author of The Polar Bear Strategy: Reflections on Risk in Modern Life (Basic Books, 1999).

Benson ’43 Honored for Medical Education Service

John A. Benson Jr. ’43

John A. Benson Jr. ’43, MD, dean emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University and professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, received the 2010 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the award, their highest, honors Benson’s “extraordinary contributions to the board certification process, medical education, and academic medicine.”

Benson, who is known as the modern “father” of the American Board of Internal Medicine, was appointed and served as its first president for 16 years. A gastroenterologist by training, he began what would become a 30-year association with the board in 1961.

As an elected member of the board of governors, he helped to approve examinations in new subspecialties, such as nephrology, endocrinology, and hematology, among others. A biology and chemistry major at Wesleyan, he earned his medical degree from Harvard University.

 

Katz ’96, M.D., Chairs Sarcoma Symposium, Receives Research Award

Steven Katz ’96, M.D.

In March, Steven Katz ’96, M.D., chaired the inaugural New England Sarcoma Symposium, a joint effort between the Roger Williams Cancer Center in Providence, R.I., and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.

Additionally, Dr. Katz received the first Murray Brennan Research Award. He is the Director of Surgical Immunotherapy and Society of Surgical Oncology Fellowship Director at the Roger Williams Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at Boston University. His clinical practice focuses on soft tissue sarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, melanoma, and liver mestastases. His prior and present research focus is on manipulating the immune system to treat patients with metastatic cancer or sarcoma.

As an undergraduate, Katz majored in biochemistry and government and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MD from New York University and received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award for the top record in his class. He spent five years of general surgery training at NYU. During his general surgery residency, he spent two years studying immunology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Ostfeld ’10, MA ’11, Semi-Finalist for Sierra Club “Best Internship”

Rosemary Ostfeld ’10, MA ’11

Rosemary Ostfeld ’10, MA ’11, an E&ES and biology major, is a semi-finalist for Sierra Club’s “Best Internship on Earth.” The winner will spend the summer video-blogging on different Sierra Club outings sponsored by the club’s Inner City Outings, Building Bridges to the Outdoors, and Volunteer Vacations programs.

A four-year member of Wesleyan’s Outing Club and former house manager of OutHouse, Ostfeld also developed and led an outdoor program for Snow Elementary School in Middletown. She says that Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of service learning, encouraged her to apply for the internship with the Sierra Club.

She had learned about documentary film making in FILM 140, “Making the Science Documentary” a service learning course that she took in 2007, with Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film Studies Jacob Bricca and Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Manju Hingorani.

Ostfeld received the good news that she’d made it to the semi-finals, along with a message from the contest officials telling her, “This week, we’re inviting folks to view the videos and leave comments to let us know who they would like to see get the position and become our Outdoors Youth Ambassador. While this won’t be the determining factor in who we choose, we’ll be looking to see who’s getting attention.”

Ostfeld (“Contestant 21”) invites you to view her video entry and submit your comments.

(See an earlier WesLive for further information on Hingorani and Bricca’s course.)



Artist Driscoll ’74 Receives MacColl Johnson Fellowship

Ellen Driscoll '74

Ellen Driscoll ’74 is one of three artists this year to receive the prestigious 2010 MacColl Johnson Fellowships of $25,000 each—one of the largest no-strings awards to artists in the United States—from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The fellowships are intended “to fund an artist’s vision or voice,” and have been awarded on a three-year cycle since 2005 to composers, writers, and visual artists.  Providence-based Driscoll, a professor of sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design, plans to use her award to create three new floating sculptures for the Providence River.

Her creations in sculpture, drawing, installation, and public art reflects a passionate interest in issues of social, racial, and environmental justice. Her recent studio works is the continuation of a multi-year investigation in sculpture and drawing of the architecture and landscapes that result from extracting and consuming natural resources.

Some of Driscoll’s recent large-scale installations include FastForwardFossil #1 at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, FastForwardFossil #2 at Smack Mellon, and Revenant and Phantom Limb for Nippon Ginko, Hiroshima, Japan. Earlier works include The Loophole of Retreat at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris; As Above, So Below for Grand Central Terminal (a suite of 20 mosaic and glass images for the tunnels at 45th, 47th, and 48th streets); Catching the Drift, a restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art; and Wingspun for the International Arrivals corridor at Raleigh Durham airport.

Dr. Block ’65 Named President-Elect of Pediatrics Academy

Robert Block ’65

Robert  Block ’65, M.D., was named president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with his term as president beginning in October 2011.

A biology major at Wesleyan, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and served three years in the U.S. Army. He joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1975 and has been chair of the pediatrics department for the past 13 years.

He has been particularly active in combating and raising public awareness of child abuse and has been the state’s chief child abuse examiner since 1989.

The position as president of the AAP, he explained in an article for TulsaKids, is largely one of advocacy, with a focus on “’trying to put policy into healthcare reform that would help children.” He noted that, while children are 60 to 70 percent of the Medicaid patients, they only receive 20 percent of the funds. Furthermore, 7 million children in the United States have no health insurance. He also plans to continue his work against child abuse at a national level.

Additionally, Block is active in the American Board of Pediatrics, the testing and certification organization, where he is the founding chair of its newest sub-specialty, child-abuse pediatrics.