Barbara J. McNeil, the Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy and professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), has been named acting dean of the Faculty of Medicine, effective Aug. 1, President Drew Faust and Provost Alan Garber announced today.A member of the HMS faculty since 1983 and founding chair of the HMS department of health care policy since 1988, McNeil will assume the post once Dean Jeffrey S. Flier steps down on July 31. McNeil also was acting dean in the summer of 2007, shortly before Flier took office.“Barbara [McNeil] is one of Harvard Medical School’s most able and experienced leaders, scholars, educators, and institutional citizens,” said Faust and Garber in a message announcing the appointment. “We are fortunate to have someone of her wisdom, perspective, experience, and strong institutional values to guide HMS through this interim period.”“Harvard Medical School is one of the world’s great centers of medical education and biomedical research, and I’ve been privileged to call it my professional home for decades,” said McNeil. “I am pleased to help guide the School through this period of transition, and I look forward to working with colleagues across the Harvard medical community as well as with President Faust and Provost Garber.”McNeil holds a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College and received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She did her internship in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Harvard, and did her residency in radiology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center.Starting in 1974, she progressed through the HMS faculty ranks as an instructor, assistant professor, and then associate professor of radiology before being named full professor in 1983, with appointments in radiology and clinical epidemiology. In 1987 she was also named a professor in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Her interest in the quality and costs of patient care led in 1988 to the founding of HMS’s department of health care policy, which she has chaired ever since.McNeil’s research has focused largely on identifying the most appropriate, effective, and highest-quality medical technologies and imaging procedures for patients. She was one of the first physicians to apply the techniques of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to the study of new imaging technologies. In 1989 she founded the Radiology Diagnostic Imaging Group, the first government-sponsored initiative of its kind. Having long maintained a strong presence in both the HMS Quadrangle and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she is renowned for her work in radiology, technology analysis, quality of care, and patient outcomes.“I have known, admired, and worked with Barbara for many years, and she is a leader with a proven track record and a deep knowledge and appreciation of the HMS ecosystem,” said Flier. “The school will be in excellent hands.”Over the decades, McNeil has served on advisory councils for a wide array of public and private biomedical organizations. She currently serves in key roles for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Boston Foundation for Sight, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the American College of Radiology, among other professional societies.Long a prominent presence in the academic leadership of HMS, she also has served on a wide range of HMS and University committees over the years, including two decades on the HMS faculty council and service on such bodies as the HMS faculty advisory committee on administration and management, the medical education reform executive committee, the board of advisors to the M.D.-Ph.D. program, the steering committee for the M.D.-M.B.A. program, the executive committee for the new HMS department of biomedical informatics, and the advisory committee for Harvard University Health Services.In their message, Faust and Garber said that the search for a new dean of the Faculty of Medicine is progressing well.
The University is no longer pursuing plans to establish a joint college with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, according to a letter addressed to faculty from J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, sent Monday morning.Eric Richelsen Although Notre Dame will continue to foster a relationship with ZJU through exchange programs and research projects, the two universities decided not to embark on the joint venture due to challenges that arose during the deliberation process, Entrikin said in the letter.“After many hopeful and positive conversations on both curricular and administrative matters related to the joint college, we were more easily able to discriminate and to delineate some of the key challenges as well as advantages in bringing together two very different approaches to higher education,” Entrikin said. “Thorough effort was expended in addressing these complexities, and at times the conversations showed exhilarating signs of progress.“In the end, however, some areas remained challenging for both universities, and we decided that broader cooperation would be a more effective means for achieving our common interests.”Entrikin and Jonathan Noble, acting executive director for the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, wrote a white paper addressed to Notre Dame faculty members in October 2014 explaining the possible collaboration between the two schools.The white paper said the joint liberal arts college aimed to “advance Notre Dame’s global academic reputation; promote worldwide Notre Dame’s unique and successful blend of teaching, research and service and offer opportunities for Notre Dame faculty and students to gain valuable experience teaching and studying in China.”According to the original white paper proposal, the Notre Dame-ZJU joint liberal arts college would have opened the 2017-2018 academic year. The student body would have been composed of 70 percent Chinese students and 30 percent international students. The college’s faculty would have been composed of members from both universities, and graduating students would have received a joint degree from both Notre Dame and ZJU.Over the past two years, faculty advisory delegations from both universities have made multiple campus visits — to both South Bend and Haining — to examine the project, Entrikin said. The committee reached its final conclusion after the most recent visit to China, made by a delegation that included Entrikin, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs Fr. William Lies and several members of the Board of Trustees.Entrikin said both universities have “gained a more comprehensive mutual understanding” and have agreed to continue discussions about future forms of collaboration. This summer, the University will host eight ZJU rising seniors participating in Notre Dame International’s iSURE program, which allows international students to participate in engineering and science research on campus.Ultimately, Entrikin said the experience has helped the University plan and develop current and new international programs, especially those in China.“Our Zhejiang colleagues now better understand what it means to be an excellent Catholic university, and we now better understand the academic achievements and aspirations of one of China’s leading universities,” he said. “On the foundation of this newly acquired shared understanding, we may now begin to proceed rapidly in building substantial and innovative partnership programs that will benefit both of our academic communities.”Tags: China, joint college, Zhejiang partnership, zhejiang University, ZJU
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BechtelChevron’s Wheatstone LNG project located 12 kilometers west of Onslow in Western Australia started producing liquefied natural gas earlier this week. The project’s engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning contractor, Bechtel, on Friday released a video, showing the project’s journey from the final investment decision to first LNG.Chevron added in its statement earlier in the week that the project will dispatch the first cargo in the coming weeks, while the second liquefaction train is set to start producing LNG between March and May next year.At full capacity, the two liquefaction trains will be producing 8.9 million tons per annum of LNG.The construction on the Wheatstone project did not go smoothly as well as the LNG project experienced delays in module deliveries. These delays had resulted in an increase of Wheatstone project costs to $34 billion as compared to $29 billion in the original 2011 estimate.Wheatstone LNG is a joint venture between Australian units of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (13.4 percent), Woodside (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone, part-owned by JERA (8 percent).
Real Madrid have released a statement giving their full support to Tito Vilanova in the aftermath of reports he has developed a cancerous tumour.The 44-year-old had an operation on a salivary gland last November, but it is believed the problem has now returned and the Spanish champions have offered their backing to the coach of their fiercest rivals.“Real Madrid want to express their support, love and affection to Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and hope that he makes quickest recovery,” read the statement on the club’s official website.“The Real Madrid C. F. extends this support to your club and your family.”Barca have yet to officially validate the reports, but the Catalan club have closed Wednesday’s training session to the media.The Blaugrana top La Liga after taking 46 points from a possible 48 – the best start made by any Spanish side in Primera Division history.