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Dr. Jeffrey Chang wins San Diego Partnership Award

Dr. Jeffrey Chang wins the San Diego Science Alliance Partnership Award at a ceremony on May 21st, 2009. He is accompanied by SDSA Executive Director Nancy Taylor and SDSA Preseident Rick Beach. Photo courtesy of SDSA.

Dr. Jeffrey Chang wins the San Diego Science Alliance Partnership Award at a ceremony on May 21st, 2009. He is accompanied by SDSA Executive Director Nancy Taylor and SDSA Preseident Rick Beach. Photo courtesy of SDSA.

Dr. Jeffrey Chang, the principal investigator of the National Physicians Cooperative, is the winner of the Partnership Award from the San Diego Science Alliance. The award ceremony took place on May 21st in San Diego and honors Dr. Chang’s efforts to improve K-12 science education.

Dr. Chang is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego. He was one of the leading physician scientists to identify Oncofertility as a critical issue for young women and he runs the San Diego equivalent of the Oncofertility Saturday Academy – the BE WiSE program.

Twelve young women from 10 different high schools and attending 10th to 12th grade in San Diego County are participating in the BE WiSE program. Their first session will be on reproductive biology and will take place on July 11th.

Teaching Oncofertility at the high school level earned Dr. Chang his trophy from the San Diego Science Alliance and members of the Oncofertility Consortium are proud of his accomplishment and dedication.

Q&A with Megan Faurot from the Institute for Women’s Health Research

Megan Faurot, the director of education programs at the Institute for Women’s Health Research, appeared in a Q&A article on the Medill Reports Chicago Web site on May 13th. She talks about how she applies her skills as a teacher to work with scientists and clinicians to develop educational programs for high school students, such as the Oncofertility Saturday Academy. 

Read the article here: Science educator moves from classroom to boardroom.

Robotic Surgeries for Hysterectomies

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is hosting a half-day conference on Saturday, May 17th called ”State-of-the-Art Hysterectomy: The Robotic Surgical Option.”

Dr. Patrick Lowe will be one of the speakers at this event. He was one of the doctors who participated in the Oncofertility Saturday Academy, teaching students from the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School about oncofertility and surgery. Those who attended Dr. Lowe’s module were given the opportunity to operate a Da Vinci robotic surgery machine – the same machine used to perform minimally-invasive hysterectomies.

Dr. Patrick Lowe from Northwestern Memorial Hospital stands by as a student from the Oncofertility Saturday Academy tries her hands at the Da Vinci robotic surgery machine, sometimes used to perform hysterectomies. Photo by Tara S. Kerpelman

The event at the hospital will include lectures, demonstrations and a talk by a patient who underwent robotic surgery.

The conference start at 8:30am and it costs $20.

For more information, go to Northwestern Memorial’s site: Robotic Hysterectomy Event.

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