| Faculty Honors and Awards
Jacobs receives Fulbright to teach in Iceland
Karen Jacobs, a clinical professor of occupational therapy at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Akureyri in Iceland during the 2005-2006 academic year.
An internationally recognized expert in ergonomics, Jacobs (SAR’79) will teach with occupational therapy colleagues at the university in areas such as assistive technology, ergonomics, marketing, and professional development. She also will supervise occupational therapy students on scholarly projects and research.
Like the approximately 800 other professionals who will travel to 140 countries next year as part of the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, Jacobs was selected for her exceptional professional achievements and leadership skills.
“The spirit of the Fulbright complements well with my own goal of promoting global collaboration among health and rehabilitation professionals,” says Jacobs, who currently is a faculty-in-residence at Warren Towers. “I am delighted to work with colleagues in Iceland to continue on the path to reach this goal.”
SPH profs to lead child health initiative
School of Public Health faculty members Carol Tobias and Deborah Allen have received a four-year, nearly $2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a National Center on Health Insurance and Financing for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Tobias, an assistant professor of health services, and Allen, an assistant professor of maternal and child health, will serve as coinvestigators. The center will involve collaborations between the SPH health and disability working group, which Tobias directs, its department of maternal and child health, the School of Social Work, and the independent health research and planning organization New England SERVE. The initiative will provide research, training, and technical assistance to states across the country to improve access to health care.
Douglas Hall first designee of Morton H. and Charlotte Friedman Professorship at SMG
The School of Management on May 3 announced the establishment of the Morton H. and Charlotte Friedman Professorship of Management and named Douglas T. Hall, a professor of organizational behavior, its first designee. Morton Friedman (SMG’43), who endowed the chair with his wife, developed the women’s clothing chain Hit or Miss, which he later sold to Zayre Corporation, now TJ Maxx. He also started Atherton Industries, which he sold to Lucky Stores of California. Hall, the author of 11 books, including Careers In and Out of Organizations (Sage, 2001), joined SMG in 1980 and has taught organizational behavior, leadership, human resource management, negotiations, and international management. He currently is researching how people can best feel self-directed in their careers.
SED prof elected president of American Leisure Academy
Gerald S. Fain, a School of Education professor of special education, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the American Leisure Academy, an organization that promotes the sharing of information about how creative leisure and recreation improve quality of life. Fain began his career as a recreation worker with emotionally disturbed children and has developed drug-abuse prevention programs with the Boston public schools and the Boston Police Department. He has published widely on special education, health education, and recreation, and also is a United Nations representative to the World Leisure and Recreation Association DPI/NGO.