UNC’s Bloom elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
CHAPEL HILL – Kerry Steven Bloom, Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
Bloom, a biologist who studies the organization and distribution of chromosomes when cells divide, is among 198 new fellows and 12 new foreign honorary members that include some of the world’s most accomplished leaders in academia, art, business, philanthropy, science and the humanities. Bloom will be inducted Oct. 12 at academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
With Bloom, UNC has 36 faculty members in the academy.
Council for Exceptional Children honors pioneering UNC researcher
CHAPEL HILL – The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) honored Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman for her contributions to the field of gifted and special education with a showcase session at its annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Coleman, who was CEC president in 2007, is a Senior Scientist Emerita at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC.
The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Coleman began her career as a teacher in public and private elementary schools, with both regular classroom and special education assignments. She later served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Gifted (TAG), including one as President, three terms on the Board of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and two terms on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children.
Coleman’s pioneering research has focused on students with learning disabilities and students with gifts. In 2010, she co-authored the seminal textbook Educating Exceptional Children with Samuel A. Kirk, Nicholas J. Anastasiow, and FPG Senior Scientist Emeritus James J. Gallagher. Gallagher delivered a video address to Coleman’s showcase session.
Margaret Gourlay wins award from Clinical Research Forum
CHAPEL HILL – For leading a study that was the first to define appropriate bone density screening intervals for older women, Margaret Gourlay, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has been honored with a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum.
The winning projects are compelling examples of the scientific innovation that results from the nation’s investment in clinical research that can benefit human health and welfare.
Gourlay’s study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2012, calculated time estimates that doctors can use for bone density screening in primary care practice, based on a woman’s first bone density T-score at age 65 or older. The study found that when women had good T-scores on their first test, it took about 15 years for 10 percent of them to develop osteoporosis. But women with lower T-scores on their first test developed osteoporosis sooner – it took about 1 to 5 years for 10 percent of them to develop osteoporosis.
Gourlay, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the other winners were honored April 18 during the Clinical Research Forum annual meeting and awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
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