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UVM med school faculty take leading role in journal

first_imgUVM 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.last_img read more

Illini duo downs Wisconsin

first_imgWisconsin had no answer as UI handed UW its first Kohl Center loss to an unranked Big Ten team.[/media-credit]Like all coaches, Bruce Weber watches film of opponents to prepare for the upcoming game.And like all coaches, the Illinois head coach found a weakness in the Badgers defensive scheme.Unlike any other coach this season at the Kohl Center, however, Weber and the Fighting Illini were able to exploit this weakness en route to 53 percent shooting and a 63-56 victory over the Wisconsin basketball team Tuesday night.The play — a pick and pop usually run by junior guard Demetri McCamey and 7-foot center Mike Tisdale — was a simple one.Of course, simple does not mean it was easy to stop.“I always try to watch games where people had success against them,” Weber said. “And a few of the games I watched — that is the first thing I said to the players today in shoot arounds, we can get pick and pops.”Seemingly every time up the court, McCamey would end up with the ball near the top of the three-point line. Then, Illinois’ leading scorer would wave over Tisdale and take the ball to the hoop once the pick was in place.Now, it was time for the Badger defense to make a decision.Do you attempt to single cover the 16.4 points per game scorer coming off a particularly hot five game stretch? Or do you double him coming around the screen, and risk that McCamey — averaging 7.2 assists per game in Big Ten play — will find Tisdale, a 57 percent shooter averaging 13 points per game in conference contests?Initially, Wisconsin made Tisdale prove he could deliver deep two-point field goals.Signed and sealed.“[McCamey] was able to be effective off the ball screen and make tough plays,” Badger guard Trevon Hughes said. “When we stopped him he was able to hit Tisdale, and Tisdale made big shots.”McCamey and Tisdale worked the combination all first half with the Illinois center collecting 13 points through the first 20 minutes and McCamey dishing out four assists.According to Weber, it was a sign of maturity on McCamey’s part that he went to Tisdale early before seeking his own points“The best thing about Demetri was early he kicked it back to Tisdale,” Weber said. “Then they stayed with Tisdale and he drove in… you can run ball screens but you have to have someone who can deliver it.”For Badger forward Keaton Nankivil — a pretty successful jump shooter himself as part of a pick and pop — Tisdale’s offensive barrage (19 points on 8-for-11 from the field) did become a little frustrating when the Illinois big man refused to miss.Though the Badgers led 35-33 at halftime, the Fighting Illini shot 54 percent from the field and rallied after trailing by 11 points.“When they keep putting up those shots and hitting them, eventually you just hope that the odds go in your favor,” Nankivil said.“When you look back on the game, it can be frustrating just because he was getting good looks at the basket.”UW started the contest with Hughes matched up on McCamey before letting sophomore Jordan Taylor take a shot at guarding him with two minutes left in the first half. UW head coach Bo Ryan appeared to be angry with Hughes for going under a screen on McCamey’s second made three of the half — though Ryan denied this after the game — but Taylor hardly fared better for the rest of the game.McCamey finished the victory with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, which Ryan chalked up to a hot night from the floor more than a struggle defensively.“How many teams have we played where those guys had those jump shots, had those opportunities and not shot that percentage?” Ryan responded when asked about defending the pick and pop.“They made shots with hands in their face and we didn’t.”What’s the paint look like?Though no reporter ventured to ask a clearly agitated Ryan, the lack of injured forward Jon Leuer may have finally caught up to the Badgers.Wisconsin once again attempted more three-point field goals than two pointers, and the team scored only six points in the paint all night. UW was also held to only nine free throw attempts, failing to attack the basket for much of the night.When the Badgers did drive the ball hard, Ryan hinted — though did not explicitly blame the refs — that a few missed calls might have caused the Badgers to be “gun-shy.”“I thought we were going to get to the free throw line with some penetration and contact,” Ryan said. “I think our guys got a little gun-shy when we didn’t get to the free-throw line. I think that did affect us, and you just have to be tougher and play through that.”last_img read more