Dr. George A. Beller, chief of cardiology at the U.Va.
Health System, received the 2000 James B. Herrick Award of the
American Heart Association's Council on Clinical Cardiology on
Nov. 14 in New Orleans. The award, consisting of a medallion and
citation, honors a physician whose scientific achievements have
contributed significantly to the advancement and practice of clinical
On Nov. 13, Rita Dove was one of four honorees to receive
a Lion Medallion at the New York Public Library's 2000 Library
Lions benefit. The other three honorees included Philip Roth,
Maurice Sendak, and Susan Stroman. The medallions honor "an
outstanding group of individuals whose accomplishments have enriched
the lives and served as an inspiration to millions."
Brian Wispelwey, professor of internal medicine at the School
of Medicine, was one of 47 physicians nationwide selected by medical
students for the 2000 Association of American Medical Colleges
Humanism in Medicine Award, which annually honors medical school
faculty physicians embodying the finest qualities in a healer
who teaches healing. Honorees were nominated based on five defining
characteristics of humanism in medical education: positive mentoring
skills, compassion and sensitivity, collaboration, community service
activity and observance of professional ethics.
Shirley M. Roberts, interior design manager for the University
Health System, was elected president of the Association of University
Interior Designers for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1 at the
annual conference held in October at Iowa State University. Roberts
has held various offices, including board member, treasurer and
first vice president.
Curry School professor Daniel L. Duke presented a case
study, "Designing a Place for Problem-Solving: The Center for
Applied Technology and Career Exploration," at a Nov. 7-10 international
conference on "Innovative Alternatives in Learning Environments,"
held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The conference was co-sponsored
by the American Institute of Architects and its Dutch equivalent.
Dr. Greg Townsend, assistant professor of internal medicine
at the University Health System, and a patient from the Charlottesville
area were featured Dec. 1 in an MTV program marking the 13th annual
World AIDS Day. "Staying Alive 2," a half-hour documentary, as
a collaboration between UNAIDS, the World Bank and MTV. It featured
the personal testimonies of six young people living with HIV/AIDS
in six different countries, in the hope of educating the MTV audience
and encouraging viewers' participation in education, prevention
and support projects in their own communities. For information,
visit the Staying Alive Web site at www.staying-alive.org.