Cato T. Laurencin, the Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut Helth Center, was honored by the establishment of the Cato T. Laurencin Distinguished Research Career Award by the National Medical Association and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute.
The first recipient of the award is Jane C. Wright, the former professor of surgery and associate dean at the New York University Medical Center. Dr. Wright, the only female founder of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, was a pioneer in the use of chemotherapy to combat leukemia and cancer of the lymphatic system. Her father, Louis Tompkins Wright, was one of the earliest African-American graduates of Harvard Medical School.
Emery N. Brown, professor of health sciences and technology and computational neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences.
Professor Brown, who also serves as the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University and also is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
S. Keith Hargrove, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology & Computer Science at Tennessee State University in Nashville, received the Engineering Excellence Award from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science.
Dr. Hargrove is a graduate of Tennessee State University. He earned a master’s degree at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.