Professor Jacqueline Williams wins prominent position

Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D. and associate professor of radiation oncology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the UR Medical Center, was recently named as the chair of the Center of Acute Radiation Research (CARR), a part of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee (NSBRI).

In addition to being an associate professor, Williams is the grant director and core leader of the Center for Biophysical Assessment and Risk Management Following Irradiation at the UR Medical Center.

The main goal of NSBRI is to study the health risks related to spaceflight when people are in flight for a long period of time and also to develop countermeasures to decrease the risks.

Meanwhile, CARR’s mission is to research the effects of exposure to space radiation while on space exploration missions.

For the past 30 years, Williams has researched and educated students in the field of radiation biology. During this time she has done numerous studies for health care on the Earth and on how exposure to radiation during spaceflight affects people.

As a recognized scholar and educator, Williams currently holds leadership positions in the Radiation Research Society, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology as well as the Southwestern Oncology Group.

Gold Line shuttle service extends service temporarily

The Gold Line shuttle service is now extended to include weekend afternoons. The extension of the shuttle service is only on an experimental basis until spring break, when the new extended schedule will be re-examined with an analysis of ridership.
The fall initiative by the SA Projects and Services Committee accounted for this extension of the Gold Line shuttle services. Gold Line shuttle buses now run on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Professor Brendan Boyce
triumphs in new role

Brendan Boyce, M.D., has been selected as the secretary/treasurer of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Boyce assumes the role as secretary/treasurer elect starting in Oct. of 2010, for one year. Following this, he will assume the position of secretary/ treasurer for the ASBMR for the next two years.
Boyce is a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in addition to acting as the director of Anatomic Pathology at the UR Medical Center.

As the secretary/ treasurer, Boyce will have the task of raising funds to support ASBMR meetings and to give grant support for young and prominent investigators. Moreover, Boyce will direct efforts to decrease spending as well as monitoring the society’s operational costs. These tasks are critical now because of the economic troubles that pharmaceutical companies are facing due to the decreasing support toward scientific societies.

In 1977, the ASBMR was founded with the goal of furthering excellence in bone and mineral research and also to quicken the translation of their research into clinical advances.
Emily Berkowitz is a member of
the class of 2012.

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