Awards & Honors - Jan. 31, 2011

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Faculty appointment

President Richard C. Levin announced the reappointment of Rolena Adorno, the Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, as chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her term will be for three years, effective July 1.

Law faculty honored for legal writing by the Green Bag journal

Two professors and a visiting lecturer at the Law School are among those cited on a list of “Exemplary Legal Writing 2010” by Green Bag, a quarterly journal “dedicated to good writing about the law.”

John Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, was honored for his book “History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institution,” written with Renee L. Lerner and Bruce P. Smith.

Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, was honored for her February 2 “Testimony Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.”

Mark Kravitz, visiting lecturer in law, was honored for his article “Written and Oral Persuasion in the United States Courts: A District Judge’s Perspective on Their History, Function and Future.”

Honors also went to Law School graduates Martha Minow ‘79 for her book, “In Brown’s Wake”; Barbara Babcock ‘63 for her entry on Clara Shortridge Foltz in the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law; and Jeffrey Rosen ‘91 for his article “Roberts Versus Roberts: Just How Radical Is the Chief Justice?” in The New Republic.

All the selected pieces will be published in the 2011 Green Bag Almanac and Reader.

For more information, including the complete list of honorees, visit

AGS Names Mary E. Tinetti Edward Henderson Award winner

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) awarded the Edward Henderson Award to Dr. Mary E. Tinetti.

Tinetti will receive the award and will present the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the society’s annual scientific meeting in Washington, D.C., in May.

The Henderson Award honors a distinguished clinician, educator or researcher who has made significant contributions to the field of geriatrics. The AGS is honoring Tinetti for her pioneering work concerning falls.

Tinetti is the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health and director of the Program on Aging at the School of Medicine. Over the last two decades, she has determined the prevalence, consequences, risk factors and preventability of falls among older adults.

Tinetti was the first investigator to show that older adults at risk for falling and injury could be identified, that falls and injuries were associated with a range of serious adverse outcomes, and that multifaceted risk-reduction strategies were both effective and cost-effective. Her work has transformed the prevailing view of falls from an inevitable consequence of aging to a preventable event with a multi-dimensional set of risk factors that can be identified and controlled.

Tinetti has also investigated and published extensively on functional disability and mobility impairment. She is now involved in efforts to translate these research findings into clinical and public health practice. Her most recent research focus is on clinical decision making in the face of multiple health conditions.

Tinetti has been awarded many of the highest accolades in her field. In 2009 she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius award”) recognizing her work in the area of falls prevention for older adults.

Two Yale physicians named among “Best Gastroenterologists in America”

Two Yale gastroenterologists have been recognized as leaders in their field by Becker’s ASC Review, a leading medical business publication. They are included in the 2010 list of “75 of the Best Gastroenterologists in America.”

Dr. Ronald J. Vender is chief medical officer of Yale Medical Group, the physician practice of Yale University faculty. He is vice president of the American College of Gastroenterology. Vender won the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Henry J. Binder is senior research scientist in medicine and professor of medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at the School of Medicine. He is the winner of the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Gastroenterological Association for his work on colonic ion transport and diarrhea. In 2010, Binder received a $1.8 million grant from the Gates Foundation to study the use of oral rehydration solutions to improve diarrhea control worldwide.

Becker’s ASC Review says its list was based on extensive research on each physician, including recommendations from industry leaders. The full list can be found online at

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