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Week of 29 October 2004 · Vol. VIII, No. 9

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ENG’s Desai a finalist in World Technology Awards

Tejal Desai, a College of Engineering associate professor of biomedical engineering, was one of five finalists in this year’s World Technology Awards, in the category Health and Medicine for Individuals. Desai was recognized for her pioneering work in the development of biological microelectromechanical devices (bioMEMS) for delivering drugs and stem cells. The awards are sponsored by the World Technology Network, a professional consortium whose members include Nasdaq, Microsoft, CNN, Time magazine, Science magazine and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Technology Review magazine. They were presented at the World Technology Summit and the World Technology Awards gala in San Francisco in early October.

BMC receives $1.4 million grant to develop workplace mental health program

Boston Medical Center (BMC) recently was awarded a $1.4 million, three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to design and implement a program for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in the workplace.

A research team led by Robert Friedman, a MED professor of medicine and a general internist at BMC, will develop the Telephone-Linked Communications for Detection of Mental Health Disorders in the Workplace (TLC-Detect) initiative. It will use a computer telephony system to communicate confidentially with workplace employees, evaluate whether they have a mental health disorder, and provide referrals for treatment.

Friedman’s team will measure the impact of the program on workers’ mental health and on workplace productivity.

UNI student named Presidential Freedom Scholar

Jessica Volz (UNI’08) recently was named a Presidential Freedom Scholar by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service for her outstanding grades, leadership, extracurricular activities, and contributions to the community. A native of Denver, Colo., Volz is involved in numerous charitable activities helping children and the poor. She received a $500 scholarship, which was matched by the Applewood Kiwanis Club of Applewood, Colo. Volz also was named recently the Zach Burn Foundation’s Champion for Children of 2004 for initiating a fundraiser and teddy bear drive benefiting the Colorado-based nonprofit, which helps children with severe burns.


29 October 2004
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