People and Places On The Move At the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)

Release Date: 
Dec 20, 2001

People and Places On The Move
At the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)

Dec. 20, 2001
From: George Humphrey, (520) 626-7301

Dr. Joseph Bagnara, UA Professor Emeritus, Honored by Japan

Joseph T. Bagnara, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, recently was presented the prestigious "Order of the Sacred Treasure" from the Government of Japan.
The award was presented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture at a ceremony at the Japanese National Theatre, followed by an audience with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace. The nomination was based upon Dr. Bagnara's long research collaboration with Japanese scientists and his support of seven Japanese post-doctoral fellows in his laboratory between 1963-91, as well as his contributions to the growth of pigment cell research in Japan and his strong scientific record.

"Altogether, the award ceremony, the audience with the Emperor and the looks of joy, pride and pleasure on the faces of my Japanese friends, and on that of my wife, were a fabulous experience that is hard to describe," Dr. Bagnara reports.

College of Nursing Faculty Awarded Grants

Judith Effken, PhD, assistant professor at the UA College of Nursing, received a one-year, $258,835 award from the National Medical Technology Testbed Inc. (NMTB) to implement her project, "Clinical Information Displays to Improve Trauma Outcomes."
Dr. Effken, along with Joyce Verran, PhD, professor, and Gerri Lamb, PhD, associate professor, received a two-year $696,447 award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to implement their project, "The Impact of Nursing Unit Characteristics on Outcomes." Ten health care systems in the Tucson area will participate in this project.

Dr. Richard Sampliner's Book Reviewed in New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a favorable review a book that was co-edited by Richard Sampliner, MD, UA professor of medicine and program director for the GI fellowship at the UA College of Medicine. In its Nov. 15 edition, NEJM reviewed, "Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarinoma," a 250-page book co-edited by Dr. Sampliner. "Gastroenterologists will reap great rewards from reading this book, but it also reaches out to a larger audience and is a model of how the study of a single disease lends itself to many different specialties," the review states.