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Janine Jagger, Macarthur Fellow And University Professor,To Speak At The University Of Virginia’s Fall Convocation

October 3, 2002-- Janine Jagger, a newly minted “genius” award winner and director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, will deliver U.Va.’s annual Fall Convocation address on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in University Hall.

Jagger, long recognized for her groundbreaking research in the prevention of blood-borne diseases transmitted by contaminated needles and other sharp devices, joined an elite group of American creative thinkers on Sept. 24 as one of this year's 24 MacArthur Fellows. Known as "genius awards," the fellowships carry a $500,000 no-strings-attached prize. Jagger’s research has proved that injury risk was related to needle design features, not how workers used them.

In 1985, she and her colleagues designed some of the first needle-stick protective devices recorded by the U.S. Patent Office. In the early 1990s, she developed the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet), which is now used in about 1,500 hospitals. Her research and analyses continue to guide design engineers in their efforts to improve the safety of medical devices.

Jagger, who came to the School of Medicine in 1978 and received her Ph.D. from U.Va. in 1987, is a research professor of internal medicine. Her honors include the Distinguished Inventor Award in 1988, the President’s Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1989, the Henderson Inventor of the Year Award from U.Va.’s Patent Foundation in 1996, and from the Association of Operating Room Nurses, an Excellence in Research Award in 1998.

The Fall Convocation ceremony in University Hall officially opens Family Weekend. It honors undergraduate students for their academic excellence. Students will be awarded intermediate honors to acknowledge grade-point averages of 3.4 or higher during their first two years at U.Va. A reception for students and their families will follow in the lower lobby of University Hall.

The Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals of U.Va.’s founder, also will be presented.

Family Weekend at U.Va. also includes the University forum -- remarks by President John T. Casteen III followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, in Old Cabell Hall from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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