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September 15, 2011

People of the Times

BinderRon Binder, associate dean of student affairs and director of judicial affairs at the Bradford campus, has been elected as co-chair of the Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community of NASPA, an association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. His two-year term will begin next March.

The Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community has 1,700 fraternity and sorority professionals from across the country who work with 700,000 undergraduate members.

Binder also is involved with the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention.

Among faculty in the School of the Health Sciences whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

Paris• Paul A. Paris of emergency medicine is serving as the Emergency Resource Management Inc. Endowed Chair in Healthcare Quality. The endowment allows Paris to focus on improving the care of those acutely ill and injured by developing actionable approaches to enhance care and recovery.

Paris was the first director of Pitt’s affiliated residency in emergency medicine, where he established the nation’s first physician emergency response program, through which doctors provide emergency care alongside City of Pittsburgh paramedics. He also was one of the founders of the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of out-of-hospital emergency medicine.

Boninger• Michael Boninger, chair of the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, was chosen by the American Paraplegia Society (APS) section of the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals as the A. Estin Comarr Award winner for 2011. This award is given to an APS member who has demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in the clinical care of persons with spinal cord injury.

Crawford• Kim Crawford of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, won the 2011 Pennsylvania Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Dietitian Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a PADA member.

Hutcheson• Also from sports medicine and nutrition, faculty member Deborah Hutcheson won the 2011 PADA Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award.

• The American Academy of Microbiology has elected as fellows Neal A. DeLuca and American Cancer Society Professor Patrick S. Moore, both of microbiology and molecular genetics in the School of Medicine. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Lynda Tunon, director of cancer center education at UPMC Cancer Centers, has been awarded the Cancer Patient Education Network Distinguished Service Award — CPEN’s highest form of recognition given for outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of patient education.

Tunon has developed a comprehensive patient education program that has been implemented across the more than 40 UPMC Cancer Centers so that patients across the network can access the same information as those at the Hillman Cancer Center.

Tunon also teaches a chemotherapy education class at the Hillman Cancer Center, updates cancer education materials and is a member of CPEN’s Learning Resource Center and marketing and membership committees.

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