Tuesday, June 18, 1996, 3 pm / 791st Meeting
MEMBERS PRESENT: Drs. Robert Black, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Wallace Mandell, Jonathan Samet, John Scocca, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, and Scott Zeger; and Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Drs. Daniel Nathans, Cheryl Alexander, Haroutune Armenian, Roger McMacken, Laura Morlock, W. Henry Mosley, and Charles Rohde.
GUESTS: Drs. Sharon Krag, Robert Lawrence, and Noel Rose; and Ms. Diane Glover.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 790th meeting on May 14, 1996 were approved.
Remarks by the Dean:
Dean Sommer commented that Dr. Nathans had been at the School for a luncheon in honor of Dr. Harry Feinstone, a graduate of the School 60 years ago. Dr. Feinstone has given a multi-million dollar gift to the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.
Dr. Sommer announced that Dr. Scott Zeger will become chair of the Department of Biostatistics on August 1, 1996 and will step down from the Senior Associate Dean position.
He and the other members of the Advisory Board congratulated Dr. Jonathan Samet on being awarded the prestigious 1996 Award for Excellence In Environmental Health Research by the Lovelace Institutes.
The Dean circulated an announcement from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute requesting nominations for HHMI investigators which specifies that at least one nomination should be from the School of Hygiene and Public Health. This is an exciting opportunity for the School. Dr. Sommer has asked Dr. Krag to convene a small committee to recommend a limited number of outstanding nominations from the School, which will in turn be forwarded to Dr. Nathans.
Dr. Sommer reported on recent activities of the Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing's joint consumer health efforts, especially development of electronic materials.
He commented that the School must continue its efforts to inform the local community of the School's activities, citing as an example a recent breakfast of community and business leaders in Baltimore about fighting drug abuse, where the School expertise was key in understanding the numerous and complicated questions related to this issue.
The School's 1995-96 year is expected to finish approximately on budget and without a deficit. The outcome of budget plans for subsequent years are not yet clear due to possible reductions in indirect costs.
The Advisory Board unanimously approved a motion to thank Dr. Nathans for his support and leadership of the University during the past year.
Faculty Reappointments for 1996-97 The Faculty Reappointment list for 1996-97 was approved.
International Health Congress
The State of Maryland and World Health Organization will sponsor a conference entitled "The 1997 International Health Congress - Innovative Strategies for Healthy Urban Environments" in Baltimore in September, 1997. Dean Sommer reviewed the goals and purpose of the conference and solicited suggestions for sessions and topics by the middle of July. He noted the leadership role for the School during the planning of this international conference.
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