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Abrams, Fahie, Kauffman Win Faculty Awards from Board of Regents

13 September 2012 No Comment

From left: William "Brit" Kirwin, chancellor, USM; Karen Kauffman; Vanessa Fahie; Patricia Florestano, 2011-12 chair, Board of Regents; and Dr. Perman (Photo provided by the School of Nursing).

Three faculty members from the University have received Faculty Awards this year from the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. 

The annual awards are USM’s highest honors for exemplary performance by faculty throughout USM, which includes 12 institutions in the state. Winners at the University are Thomas Abrams, PhD, professor in the departments of pharmacology and anesthesiology at the School of Medicine; Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the School of Nursing; and Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP-BC, associate professor and chair of the School of Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health.

Each award includes a $1,000 prize. Abrams, who won in the teaching category, was recognized for establishing two innovative courses—the Proseminar on Hypothesis Testing and Experimental Design and the Core Course for Graduate Program in Life Sciences students. The Core Course focuses on the use of contemporary techniques to address important biomedical questions in the 21st century.     

Fahie, who has devoted her career to helping educationally and environmentally disadvantaged students, won a Faculty Award in the mentoring category. Recent achievements include developing programs to foster sensitivity among health profession students to diverse populations, and designing and spearheading a college completer program.      

Kauffman, a longtime advocate for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, won a Faculty Award for public service. As a member of the national Alzheimer’s Association board of directors, Kauffman has been instrumental in expediting access to Social Security disability and supplemental income benefits for people with early onset of the disease. 

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