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Three faculty and one student honored with HST awards

The Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) has announced the following awards, which will be presented at the division's graduation ceremonies today at the Harvard Club in Boston.

The Thomas A. McMahon Mentoring Award is presented annually to a person who inspires and nurtures HST students in their scientific and personal growth and sets an example of excellence in mentoring. This year's award recipient is M. Charles Liberman , an HST-affiliated faculty member, director of the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Liberman is an instructor, Ph.D. committee chair and Ph.D. thesis supervisor as well as a research supervisor in the division's Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program. He was recognized for his accessibility, empowerment of students, and help in developing students' critical thinking and presentation skills. Established in 1999, the award honors the late Thomas McMahon, who received his doctorate in 1970 from MIT and joined the Harvard faculty in 1971.

The Irving M. London Teaching Award, named in honor of HST's first director, is given to HST faculty members who display excellence and dedication to teaching the biomedical sciences curriculum. This year's recipients are John J. Guinan Jr. and Joseph A. Majzoub , both HST-affiliated faculty members.

Guinan is subject head for two courses and instructor for a third. He also serves as a Ph.D. research supervisor and Ph.D. committee chair in HST's speech and hearing bioscience and technology program. An associate professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School who conducts research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Guinan was recognized for his unparalleled and inspiring organizational and presentation skills in teaching.

Majzoub, a course instructor and a thesis advisor in HST's clinical investigator training program, was cited for depth of knowledge in both the clinical and scientific aspects of his field, and for serving as a model clinician to his students. He is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital-Boston.

The 2002 HST Student Leadership Award was presented earlier this spring to Amy C. Lee . The award is given to the student who contributes the most to the personal growth and professional development of fellow HST students. Lee, a second-year student in HST's medical sciences program, was cited for her many organizational efforts on behalf of the entire HST student body.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 5, 2002.

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