Lori J. Pierce, professor of radiation oncology and vice-president of academic and faculty affairs, received the gold medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology. This is the group’s highest honor for radiation oncologists who have made a significant impact in the field through their clinical patient care, research, teaching, mentorship and service. . Pierce is an internationally recognized expert in the field of breast cancer whose research has significantly advanced the treatment of lymph node-invaded breast cancer and local treatment options for women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 germline mutations. She heads the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium, was elected 57th President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and currently chairs its board of directors. She has received numerous awards from medical and philanthropic organizations, including the Association for Community Cancer Centers, United Way, and the Sister’s Network, and has been inducted into the National Academy of Medicine.
Tim colenback, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management at the School of Social Work, received the National 2021 Years of Service Award from Social Work Deans and Admissions Directors. The Awards Committee recognized Colenback’s accomplishments in recruiting and nurturing the next generation of leaders and educators. NDDSWA, a national organization affiliated with the Council on Social Work Education, created the award to recognize and honor outstanding individuals in the field of graduate recruitment and admission.
Robert Joseph Taylor, Harold R. Johnson, Full Professor of Social Work, Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work; and Associate Professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, recently received the James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America. The annual award recognizes the exceptional commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. Taylor is the director of the Research Program on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research and principal investigator of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.
Wendy R. Uhlmann, the genetic counselor / clinic coordinator of the medical genetics clinic at UM, has been elected for a three-year term starting Jan. 1 to the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. Uhlmann is a clinical professor in the internal medicine and human genetics departments of the medical school and an executive faculty member of the genetic counseling training program. His expertise includes genetic counseling, neurogenetics, genetic testing, direct-to-consumer / consumer-initiated genetic testing, ethical issues and feedback of research results. Uhlmann served on the company’s former social affairs committee and currently sits on the government and public advocacy committee. She has also moderated sessions at the annual meetings of the ASHG.
Christopher R. Friese, Elizabeth Tone Hosmer professor of nursing and professor of nursing in the School of Nursing; professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health; and associate director of cancer control and population science at Rogel Cancer Center, was appointed by President Joe Biden to the National Cancer Advisory Board. The board of directors plays an important role in guiding the director of the National Cancer Institute in setting up the national cancer research agenda. Friese holds advanced certification as an oncology nurse and has maintained an active clinical practice since 1997, working in some of the country’s leading cancer centers. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
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