Honors and Awards
BU student photographers clean up at BPPA contest
College of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences students dominated the 2005 Boston Press Photographers Association (BPPA) student still photography contest, winning 10 of the 14 awards. It was the inaugural collegiate competition sponsored by the 79-year-old group.
BPPA judges considered nearly 500 images submitted by 40 students from BU, Northwestern University, Tufts University, New England School of Photography, Suffolk University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Brown University, Boston College, and Western Kentucky University.
In the news category, winners included Lisa Hornak (CAS’05), first place and third place, Lance Havelka (COM’05), second place, and Josalee Thrift (COM’05), honorable mention. For sports photography, David Kaufman (CAS’06) won top honors and Phoebe Sexton (COM’05) won third place and honorable mention. In the portrait/feature category, Michelle Caucutt (COM’05) took second place and third place, and Andrew Cullen (COM’05) and Emily Johnson (COM’05) both were given an honorable mention.
Winners will receive their awards at the association’s annual awards dinner June 4, where their winning photographs will be displayed along with those from the annual BPPA members’ contest.
Department of Mental Health recognizes BMC safe haven
Boston Medical Center’s Advanced Clinical Capacity for Engagement, Safety, and Services project (ACCESS) recently received the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Commissioner’s Recognition Award for innovation in helping to improve the quality of life of people with serious mental illness. The project, among 17 award winners statewide, operates the Dudley Inn, an eight-bed safe-haven shelter in the Boston area.
Established in 2003, ACCESS provides housing, mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services for up to eight individuals. While no drugs, alcohol, or smoking are allowed in the safe-haven shelter, residents are not required to take psychiatric medication, be abstinent from drugs or alcohol, or be medically cleared to stay in the inn.
The facility “helps address a major gap in services for adults dually diagnosed with substance abuse and mental illness who are chronically homeless,” says Alisa Lincoln, ACCESS director and an SPH assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences. “Ultimately, it serves as a gateway to more stable housing alternatives for these individuals.”
ACCESS is funded by a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; it was created by BMC’s Section of General Internal Medicine Primary Care Clinic, the School of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission, Vinfen Corporation, and Consumer Quality Initiatives.
Hoffman wins ACS teaching honor
CAS Chemistry Professor Morton Z. Hoffman has been named the 2005 recipient of the James Flack Norris Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry, an annual award given by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Hoffman, who in 1994 won the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, BU’s highest teaching award, was selected from an international list of nominees who teach chemistry at any level. Cited in his nominations were his introduction of peer-led team learning at BU and his continual success in attracting undergraduate majors in chemistry and allied sciences. Hoffman is the elected chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education and the U.S. national representative to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s Committee on Chemistry. He will be honored at an ACS award ceremony in November.
Valiela honored by Estuarine Research Society
Ivan Valiela, a CAS professor in the BU Marine Program at Woods Hole, Mass., recently received the New England Estuarine Research Society’s Achievement Award, which honors significant contributions to estuarine science, education, conservation, and management. A marine ecologist, Valiela has been conducting research and teaching at BU’s marine biological laboratory in Woods Hole since 1969. He is the author of the widely read books Marine Ecological Processes and Doing Science, as well as numerous papers on coastal environmental sciences. A book forthcoming this year, Global Coastal Change, investigates the effect of humans on coasts around the world.
APA award goes to Gair
Donald S. Gair, a MED professor emeritus of psychiatry, has received the 2005 Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. The award recognizes Gair’s accomplishments in advancing the treatment and care of seriously ill children and adolescents and his career-long advocacy for his patients and their families as a clinician, teacher, writer, school consultant, and active member of local and national professional societies. Gair, who chaired MED’s child and adolescent psychiatry department from 1983 to 1998, was honored at the APA’s Convocation of Distinguished Fellows in Atlanta, Ga., on May 22.
Wintner receives COM’s Powers award
Scott Wintner (COM’05), a graduating senior in the College of Communication’s public relations program, is the 2005 winner of the Gerald Powers Public Relations Award. Established in 1999 as a tribute to Powers, a COM professor emeritus and faculty member since 1964, the award goes each spring to a senior who has done outstanding work in the field of public relations. Wintner received the award at a special dinner hosted by Powers and COM on May 19.
He also won a 2005 COM Blue Chip Award, presented annually to seniors from each of the college’s three departments. The native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was president of the COM student assembly and coordinated the college’s summer institute in television, film, and audio production.