Newsmakers: Oct. 20, 2010

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Honors and Awards

University professor John Esposito has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Esposito, a professor in the School of Foreign Service and founding director of the university’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, will serve three years in the organization – first as vice president in 2011, president-elect in 2012 and president in 2013.

“We in the AAR are in a unique position as specialists in religion,” said Esposito, who received the AAR’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion in 2005. “We have an increasingly important opportunity to share our scholarship and experience with policymakers and citizens, to foster a better understanding of current events and enable more informed decisions at this critical time in our history.”

• Dr. Robert Phillips Jr., director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Phillips’ research focuses on geographic information systems, collaborative care processes and the interactions between physicians and health care systems.

“It is certainly our privilege to have Bob on our faculty, and to be able to work with him in so many different ways – medical student education, fellowships [and] research, to name a few,” said Jim Welsh, assistant vice president for student health. “Bob is one of two family physicians named to the IOM this year.”

Aziza Shad, professor and chief of pediatrics at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the Relentless for a Cure award at the Light the Night Walk on Oct. 16.

The award, established in 2009, recognizes an individual who has exhibited a lifetime commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society mission – to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.


The National Cancer Institute has awarded Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky a $4.37 million grant that will go toward Ewing’s Sarcoma research. Toretsky, associate professor at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, will use the grant to advance a recent scientific laboratory discovery into a new treatment for the disease. His research is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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