UVM FACULTY TO ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES AT PEDIATRICS JOURNALBURLINGTON, Vt. – Three members of the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine department of pediatrics will serve in national editorial leadership roles as part of an upcoming change at Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and preeminent journal in the world in its field.Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., Harry W. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at UVM, and Pediatrics editor-in-chief for the past 34 years, will step down as of January 2009 and become editor-in-chief emeritus. His successor will be Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., professor and chair of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Stepping up as the new deputy editor will be Lewis R. First, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and senior associate dean for medical education at UVM. In addition, Jeffrey Horbar, M.D., who is the Jerold F. Lucey, M.D. Chair of Neonatal Medicine at UVM, will become one of three new associate editors for the journal.”It has been an honor for the UVM College of Medicine, and for Vermont, to house the editorial office of this prestigious publication, and we are proud to have three of our faculty serving in these leadership roles,” said Frederick C. Morin, M.D., dean of the UVM College of Medicine. “We are particularly grateful to Dr. Lucey for his outstanding service to the journal, to the College, and to our community.”During his tenure at Pediatrics, Lucey has overseen numerous innovations, including the launch of foreign editions and Pediatrics Electronic Pages, which greatly expanded the journal’s scope and impact. A resident of Burlington who joined the UVM faculty in 1956, Lucey established Vermont’s first neonatal unit and pioneered several innovations in premature infant care, including phototherapy to control jaundice and surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress. He is also founder and president of the Vermont Oxford Network, a cooperative international program that links over 700Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world, and organizer of the “Hot Topics in Neonatology” conference, which brings more than 1400 of the world’s newborn specialists to Washington, D.C. each year. He was elected a senior member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000. In 2004, he received the Vermont Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 received the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Care in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the quality of health care delivered to children.First will continue as professor and chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatrics of Vermont Children’s Hospital, but as the Pediatrics deputy editor position requires a 30 percent time commitment, he will be stepping down from his position as senior associate dean for medical education at UVM as of January 2009.First joined UVM/Fletcher Allen as chair and physician leader of pediatrics in 1994, and was appointed senior associate dean in February 2003. He led the full implementation of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum starting in fall 2003. A member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, First has played a significant role in ensuring that national exams measure appropriate levels of knowledge and competence. In 2007, he was the recipient of the National Education Award from the AAP and the Miller-Sarkin National Mentoring Award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association.”Dr. First has been a good friend, colleague and mentor, as well as a tireless advocate in our community, across the state, in the region, and around the nation,” said Morin. “We are grateful for his willingness to have served the College in so many important ways and look forward to his ongoing involvement with our students, our curriculum and our development of new clerkship sites, even if not in his role as senior associate dean.”A UVM/Fletcher Allen pediatrics faculty member since 1981, Horbar currently serves as online editor of Pediatrics. He is a neonatologist at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen, a clinical scientist with extensive experience in clinical research and its application to the improvement of neonatal care, and also serves as a senior pediatrician for UVM’s Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and as chief executive and scientific officer for the Vermont Oxford Network.
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Thursday declared two swaths of the country critical to the nation’s electricity grid, hoping to spur construction of major power lines in Southern California and the mid-Atlantic states. The Department of Energy proposed two “national interest electric transmission corridors,” the first of their kind under a 2005 law designed to relieve bottlenecks in the electricity grid, according to a notice sent to lawmakers Thursday. The proposed Southwest Area National Corridor is composed of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties in California; La Paz, Maricopa and Yuma counties in Arizona; and Clark County in Nevada. The mid-Atlantic corridor would run north from Virginia and Washington, D.C., and include most of Maryland, all of New Jersey and Delaware, and large swaths of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The proposed corridors were announced a day after some House Democrats criticized the 2005 law’s possible effects. The law gave the federal government greater say on where high-priority transmission lines should be built. If states and regional groups fail to build such lines, the federal government could order them built. Concerns about congestion in the electrical grid were heightened after a major blackout swept from Ohio to Canada and New York City. But local representatives fighting proposed towers in their communities were incensed by the announcement. “The federal government is continuing to try to usurp state authority and override the Constitution,” said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., who is fighting a proposed transmission line through his upstate district. Authorities will hold public meetings on the corridors in San Diego, Arlington, Va., and New York City. Once the 60-day comment period ends, the law calls for state regulators to try to strike an agreement on where new lines should be built. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!