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December 10, 2008

Ian Duncan, a neurology professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame in the Health Professionals/Research category.

Allen Ebert, an alumnus of the Department of Theatre and Drama, has been named operations director of the Wisconsin Film Festival.

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Newborn Screening Director Gary Hoffman is the inaugural recipient of the Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening, an honor of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.

The Chazen Museum of Art has appointed Mary Carr Lee as assistant director for external affairs. This is a new position at the museum, created to further develop the membership base, enhance community and corporate relations, and establish volunteer programs and opportunities.

The History of Science Society has awarded the organization’s highest award, the Sarton Medal, to Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly achievements.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Medical Education and Research Committee has awarded four $90,000 awards to assistant professors for innovative health ideas, including: Weibo Cai, radiology; Corinne D. Engelman, population health sciences; Christopher J. Francois, radiology; and Ana P. Martinez-Donate, population health sciences.

Researchers at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene received a $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a pilot study to implement Severe Combined Immune Deficiency newborn screening in state public health laboratories. Babies born with SCID, sometimes known as “Bubble Boy Disease,” have a defect in both T-cell and B-cell production, and the disorder is severe and usually fatal without early diagnosis and treatment.