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Academic Week Showcases Research and Innovation at Baystate

by Sharon J. Glazer, MPH, Editor, Academics@Baystate newsletter | June 01, 2012

The first Academic Week, held from May 14-18 2012, celebrated research and innovations by faculty, nurses, allied health professionals, and high school students.


Guided by a multi-disciplinary steering committee, Academic Week was structured around themed days, such as Nursing Day and Allied Heath and Community Day.


Keynote Addresses

Attendees were privileged to hear 2 thought-provoking keynote speakers. On Nursing Day, Lynda Carpenito-Moyet, RN, MSN, CRNP spoke on "The Tragedies of Moral Distress." Susan Swing, PhD, presented "Milestones: Theory to Practice" on Academic Affairs Day.


Academic Week Awards

The Award Committee, chaired by Dr. Howard Smithline, reviewed 132 abstracts—up from 95 submitted in 2011—to select the 7 award winners. All abstracts are included in 2012 Academic Week abstract booklet (1.26 MB pdf).

Award for Outstanding Achievements in Clinical Research

  • Lynn E. Eaton, MT (ASCP), CCRP, Research Coordinator, Department of Pathology


Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award Winner, Lynn Eaton, Department of Pathology
Lynn Eaton Receives Her Award
for Outstanding Achievements
in Clinical Research


Award for Nursing Research


Improving Pain Management in Chestnut Daystay Surgery: Comparing Nurses’ Pain Knowledge and Pre-emptive Versus No Pre-emptive Analgesia in a Case Controlled Series

  • Susan Powell, RN, Chestnut Surgical Center
  • Alison Colburn, RN, Chestnut Surgical Center
  • Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, Nursing Practice Research Director

Susan Powell, Nursing
Research Award Winner

Award for Significance in Research


Inpatient Stress Testing Reduces Subsequent ED Visits and Readmissions for Chest Pain

  • Jaya Mallidi, MD, MHS, Internal Medicine Resident
  • Srikanth Penumetsa, MD, MRCP, Cardiovascular Disease Fellow
  • Jennifer Friderici, MS, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Fadi Saab, MD, former Interventional Cardiology Fellow
  • Michael Rothberg, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

Significance in Research Award winner, Dr. Jaya Mallidi
Jaya Mallidi Receives Her Significance
in Research Award

Award for Innovation in Research


Clustering of Gene Expression on the Mouse Chromosome: A Spatial Analysis

  • Jane Garb, MS, Epidemiology &Biostatistics
  • Mary Hagen, PhD, UMass Amherst
  • Joseph Jerry, PhD, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute
  • Jennifer Friderici, MS, Epidemiology &Biostatistics
  • Sallie Schneider, PhD, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute
  • Karen Dunphy, MS, UMass Amherst
  • Amy Roberts, MS, UMass Amherst

Innovation in Research Award winner, Jane Garb, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Jane Garb Presents Her Innovation in Research Award-winning Project

Award for Excellence in Education Research

Identification of Performance Outliers Early in Residency – Boot Camp Performance Results

  • Gladys Fernandez, MD, Department of Surgery
  • Neal Seymour, MD, Department of Surgery
  • Marisa Amaral, MD, Surgery Resident
  • David Page, MD, Department of Surgery
  • Nicholas Coe, MD, Department of Surgery
  • Richard Wait, MD, Department of Surgery

Excellence in Education Research Award winner, Dr. Nicholas Coe, Department of Surgery
Nicholas Coe Receives His Excellence in
Education Research Award

Award for Creative Solutions

Reducing Treatment Delays and Errors by Improving Communication: A Collaborative Project of the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

  • Fidelia Blank, RN, MSN, MBA, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • John Santoro, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Khaldoon Al Dulaimy, MD, Department of Radiology
  • Ann Maynard, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Karl Kamyk, MBA, formerly Department of Radiology
  • Haiping Li, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Paul Visintainer, PhD, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Creative Solutions Award winner, Fidelia Blank, Department of Emergency Medicine
Del Blank Receives Her Award for
Creative Solutions

Case Report Recognition

Castleman’s Disease in Immunocompetent Pediatric Patient Population: A Report of Two Cases

  • Rebecca Levy, MD, Pathology Resident
  • Jonathan Freeman, MD, Department of Pathology
  • Vandita Johari, MD, Department of Pathology

Creative Solutions Award winner, Fidelia Blank, Department of Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Levy, Case Report
Recognition Award Winner

For a complete description of each award and past recipients, visit the Academic Week website.

This article was published in the June 2012 Academics@Baystate newsletter.