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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.

Delgado ’97 Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists

Mauricio Delgado ’97 (Photo by Josh Gerritsen)

On Dec. 13, Mauricio Delgado ’97, assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers, was one of only 85 researchers across the country to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Delgado’s research group, which is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the human brain learns from positive and negative reinforcers, and how this information guides decision-making. He and his group

Chau ’03 a ‘Forty Under 40’ for Helping the Homeless

Vivian Chau ’03

Vivian Chau ’03 was selected by Pacific Business News as one of the “Forty Under 40” young Hawaii business leaders last summer, and then in December, the Honolulu Star Advertiser named her one of the “10 people who changed Hawaii in 2010.”

An art history major at Wesleyan and an elementary school teacher, Chau developed and now heads a donation project that provides 1,000 pounds of fresh, locally produced food to the homeless each month.

Her “Give It Fresh Today”—or GIFT—program began last year, when she set up a table at the entrance of the Hawaii Farm Bureau’s farmers market at Kapiolani Community College. She asked shoppers to donate a few vegetables or fruits for local homeless programs.

Now, she oversees dozens of volunteers assisting in the program and she plans to expand GIFT to other Hawaiian farm markets. In the article for the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Chau describes the local response as “consistent and strong,” adding that, ‘Now people are discovering they can bring food from their home gardens. I feel like there’s potential with that.”

Alani Apio, board president of Kanu Hawaii, a nonprofit community organization, told the Star Advertiser that one of the greatest impacts of Chau’s work is in illustrating the significance of one person’s actions. “She saw a need and figured out a creative way to address it,” he said. “Vivian’s doing a multifold good deed because she’s not only feeding people, she’s bringing fresh local food to people.”

Additionally, Chau told the Star Advertiser says she hopes GIFT can serve as inspiration for new projects. “There are so many organizations that can benefit from donations of healthy food….There are so many holes in our food system. There are so many markets. It would be great to see the ways we can benefit other projects.”

See more at: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20101225_gift_gets_food_to_the_homeless.html.

McKelvey ’59 Named Distinguished Friend of Oxford

At right, Oxford University Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes, congratulates Robert G. McKelvey ’59 for being named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University.

Robert G. McKelvey ’59, of Sea Girt, N.J., was named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University by the university’s chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, during a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York as part of the university’s recent North American reunion.

Founded in 1998, the Distinguished Friend citation has been awarded to 42 Oxonians of approximately 180,000 Oxford alumni.

The citation noted McKelvey as the “driving force” behind the Merton College Charitable Corporation, the alumni organization of Mertonians in the Americas since its formation in 1994. Merton College, one of the Oxford’s 45 colleges and halls, was founded in 1264 and is one of Oxford’s oldest colleges. The citation noted that “Merton’s donations from the U.S. are among the highest of all Oxford Colleges.” McKelvey studied at Merton from 1959–1961 as a Rhodes Scholar receiving a B.A. and an M.A. degree in history.

McKelvey also serves on the board of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and as an officer since 1998. All Rhodes Scholars attend Oxford University.

McKelvey has served as a trustee of Wesleyan University, several national educational foundations, and, locally, the Sea Girt Citizens Lighthouse Committee and The (Animal) Shelter.

McKelvey is president of George McKelvey Company, investment advisers in Sea Girt.

Scirica ’62 Presented with Distinguished Service Award

Judge Anthony Scirica ’62

Judge Anthony J. Scirica ’62, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was one of two justices presented with the 28th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Awards on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C.

The Devitt award, administered by the American Judicature Society, is given annually to honor judges “whose careers have been exemplary, measured by their significant contribution to the administration of justice, the advancement of the rule of law, and the improvement of our society as a whole.”

William D. Johnston, president of the society, noted in the press release that, “The award is considered the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the federal judic