Antonio Giordano, director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and co-director of the Center for Biotechnology in the College of Science and Technology, was presented with the Cabrini-Neumann-Sons of Italy Award for Distinguished Contributions to Higher Education and the Academic Community. The award is given to an Italian American who has “demonstrated excellence through talent, expertise, and service in an academic field or discipline, and has promoted a positive image of Americans of Italian heritage.” The award was presented by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Order Sons of Italy in America, at its annual Columbus Day Banquet on Oct. 8. Also being honored with the award was St. Joseph’s basketball coach Phil Martelli.
William Aaronson, director of The Fox School’s Healthcare Management Program, was appointed to head the school’s Cochran Research Center. As the center director, Aaronson provides support to Fox faculty members who are interested in organizing collaborative research projects within the school and with faculty from other schools and colleges at Temple. The staff of the Cochran Center provide logistic and research support for interdisciplinary grant proposals and provide technical assistance in managing the grant. The Cochran Center is also the primary repository for information related to research and grants for Fox faculty and has keyword search capabilities to identify faculty research and publications by area of interest. Aaronson also has been appointed director of the Ph.D. business administration program.
Barbara Blundi Manaka, assistant professor in The Fox School’s department of risk, insurance and healthcare management, was appointed to the board of editors at ECRI (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute). ECRI is an independent nonprofit health services research agency whose mission is to promote the highest standards of safety, quality and cost-effectiveness in health care to benefit patient care through research, publishing, education and consultation.