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Elaine Wallace accepting her award from Frederick Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D., Health Professions Division chancellor (far left), and George L. Hanbury II.During the NSU Health Professions Division Commencement Ceremony held August 21 in the Don Taft University Center, Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., who serves as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was presented with the Morton Terry Founders’ Award, which honors inspirational leadership in education and health care administration.

“Your commitment to the community—including our university and the many organizations you have served—is a tribute to the high standards that govern your life,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., NSU president and chief executive officer. “Throughout your career, both personally and professionally, you are looked upon by your colleagues and friends as a person of high integrity who is driven by impeccable principles and ethics.”

The award, which was last presented to a recipient in 2008, has been accorded to four other individuals over the years: Barry Silverman, M.D. (2008), Sylvia Urlich, M.A. (2006), Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D. (2005), and David Rush (2004).

Carisa Champion-LippmannIn July, Carisa Champion-Lippmann, J.D., a fourth-year College of Osteopathic Medicine student, received the loftiest of honors when she was named to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees as its sole student representative at the AOA 95th Annual House of Delegates meeting held July 17–19 in Chicago, Illinois.

“Carisa is an ideal representative for her fellow osteopathic medicine students throughout the United States as a member of the AOA Board of Trustees,” said Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., NSU-COM dean. “She has a good understanding of issues facing the field and has achieved so much at such a young age. We can only imagine the possibilities Carisa has in store for her future.”

The AOA Board of Trustees, which is the association’s administrative body, has authority to conduct all business when the House of Delegates is not in session, and when such policies are essential to the management of the AOA. These duties include administration of the association’s finances, appointments to bureaus, councils, and committees, decisions on all questions of ethical/judicial issues, and review and approval of amendments to the constitution, bylaws, and regulations of affiliated organizations.

Champion-Lippmann, a class of 2016 NSU-COM student and master of public health candidate, was the inaugural student in NSU’s pilot parallel D.O./J.D. program and received her Juris Doctor degree from NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law in May 2015.

Dr. Barbara ArcosBarbara Arcos, D.O., associate professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine, received a significant honor during the 35th Annual Florida Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FSACOFP) Convention and Family Medicine Update, held July 29–August 2 in Orlando, when she was named as the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award. Established in 2006, the FSACOFP Educator of the Year Award is selected by the FSACOFP Board of Trustees to honor an individual who has significantly enhanced the academic credibility of osteopathic family medicine in the state of Florida by a sustained, long-term commitment to osteopathic family medicine in academic settings.

Dr. Stephen GrantThe Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill, which occurred on April 20, 2010, was the largest disaster of its kind in history as its negative impact on the economy ran in the tens of billions of dollars and caused irreversible damage to the environment.

To help preventable disasters like this from occurring again, the college’s Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) created Project SEAMIST (South East Area Marine Industry Safety Training) in 2010, which was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health.

“Project SEAMIST provides training so that vessels and seaports can function safely and efficiently, supporting an important economic component of Florida and the Gulf Coast,” said Stephen Grant, Ph.D., primary investigator of the grant and associate professor of public health.

As a result of its initial successes, the NIEHS has awarded an initial $590,000 to IDEP and recommended a total award of $4,289,274 over a five-year period (2015-20) to continue the program and enhance its offerings.

During the first five years (2010-15) of Project SEAMIST, the program developed a set of safety training curricula specifically targeting the unique hazards of the marine industry and environment. It provided 120 training sessions to nearly 3,000 workers throughout the Gulf Coast states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi) and Virginia, including law-enforcement officers, port workers, safety trainers, vessel operators and crew members, cruise-ship employees, and medical personnel.

This new addition to Project SEAMIST is being spearheaded by co-collaborator Kristi Messer, M.S.W., M.P.H., IDEP assistant project manager and assistant professor of public health and disaster and emergency preparedness. Messer developed the complementary Hazardous Material Maritime Industry Response Training Safety Initiative to enable workers in the industry to reduce injuries and death related to all disasters and emergencies involving hazardous materials.

(Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U45ES019350. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.)

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