Awards & Honor - November 8

Archive of Awards & Honors

Veenema Smith receives grant

Dr. Megan Veenema Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and child study, is a recipient of a federal grant designed to assess mental health needs of mothers in New Haven.

The grant from the Federal Office on Women's Health, Coalition for a Healthier Community is worth $100,000 for the first year and has a potential value of $400,000 over four additional years.

The collaborative project is a partnership that includes the Perinatal Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, the New Haven Diaper Bank, All Our Kin, the Clifford Beers Clinic, New Haven Healthy Start and the New Haven Health Department.

BAC publications receive awards

The Yale Center for British Art announced that several of its 2009 publications received distinguished awards.

"Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts" received the William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History. The book accompanied an exhibition of the same name that was on view at the center in spring 2009. The Berger Prize recognizes excellence in the field of British art history and is awarded annually each July.

"Mrs. Delany & her Circle" received the 30th annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award given by the Art Libraries Society of North America for its high achievement in art publishing, based on scholarship and design. The publication was also ranked first place in the category of Exhibition Catalogues (over $10) by the New England Museum Association.

"The Architecture of the Yale Center for British Art," by Jules David Prown, was chosen as a winner in Professional Illustrated Book category at the Bookbuilders of Boston 53rd annual New England Book Show. This juried competition recognizes the year's most outstanding work by New England publishers, printers, and graphic designers. Award-winning titles are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship. The book, now in its third edition, was first published on the occasion of the inauguration of the center in 1977. It was also chosen as the winner in the Design category at the 2010 Connecticut Center for the Book awards at the Hartford Public Library.

The American Association of Museums recognized two of the center's publications in its 2009 Museum Publications Design Competition. The "Calendar of Events" series, designed by Lyn Bell Rose, senior designer at the center, received second prize and "Mrs. Delany's Flowers" gallery guide, designed by Jessica Svendsen and Elena Grossman, with art direction by Lyn Bell Rose, received an honorable mention.

Yeh wins Humboldt Fellowship

The Alexander van Humboldt Foundation has awarded Edmund Yeh a Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany.

The associate professor of electrical engineering, computer science and statistics was chosen for his contributions to wireless communication and networking technology, including research to help develop the 4G Long Term Evolution wireless standard, which will be used by billions around the world.

Yeh will divide the 12-month fellowship into three visits and will spend several months at Technical University of Munich next summer, where he will be part of a collaboration to develop better wireless communications systems that go beyond 4G wireless technology, offering faster data transmission using less power and with less interference.

Persing named president of foundation

Dr. John A. Persing, chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery and professor of plastic surgery and neurosurgery at the School of Medicine, has been named president of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF).

Persing was inducted on Oct. 4 and will serve as president for one year. The PSEF is the research arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world's largest plastic surgery association and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

"THE PSEF is the keystone of research support for plastic surgeons," says Persing. "As its president, I plan to build on the efforts of my predecessors by furthering the quantity and quality of research in plastic surgery, to help ensure patients continue to receive high-quality care, cutting-edge techniques and safe procedures."

An ASPS member surgeon since 1985, Persing currently serves on the ASPS/PSEF Research Oversight Committee and ASPS/PSEF board of directors. He has been in practice for 34 years and specializes in craniofacial surgery, as well as craniofacial trauma, vascular malformations of the head and neck, and cosmetic surgery of the face, trunk and extremities. He is also an expert in treating skin cancer.