Jagger, Macarthur Fellow And University Professor,To Speak At The
University Of Virginia’s Fall Convocation
October 3, 2002--
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
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.
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.
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.
Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629