Newsmakers: Nov. 17, 2010

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Awards and Honors

•Lucile Adams-Campbell, associate dean for community health and outreach for the Medical Center, received a Legacy Laureate honor from the University of Pittsburgh on Oct. 28.

Adams-Campbell, also associate director for minority health and health disparities research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, received her doctorate in epidemiology from Pittsburgh in 1983 – becoming the first African-American woman to receive the degree nationally.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized by my alma mater and am humbled by the achievements of my fellow Legacy Laureates,” Adams-Campbell says.

A member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, Adams-Campbell is an expert on health disparities and specializes in community health research, interventions and outreach.

She participated and led several large cohort studies of African-American women and played a leading role in bringing the Boston University Black Women’s Health Study – the largest study of African-American women – to Georgetown.

Books and Publications

• Bette Jacobs, professor of nursing and health studies, served as lead author of an article published in the fall Journal of Law, Medicine Ethics.

Her article, “Bridging the Divide Between Genomic Science and Indigenous Peoples,” examines some of the complex human concerns that come with genomic technologies.

Jacobs, also a distinguished scholar at the O’Neill Institute or National and Global Health Law, showed in the article how history shows that tools intended for good can harm individuals and, particularly for certain vulnerable populations, create more risk than benefit.

The article posits an obligation to include cultural knowledge and representation in shaping how science is used in indigenous communities.

• Miléna Santoro, associate professor of French, has co-edited Transatlantic Passages: Literary and Cultural Relations between Quebec and Francophone Europe (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010) with Paula Ruth Gilbert of George Mason University.

The book delves into the cultural connections between francophone communities on both sides of the Atlantic. Transatlantic Passages includes essays, interviews and images that address the often-neglected cultural commerce integral to understanding historical and contemporary identities in Quebec and francophone Europe. The collection also draws conclusions about the ways in which cultures and individuals communicate and inspire each other.

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