Research Triangle Park, NC, December 03, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences has announced that Dr. William F. Greenlee, president and CEO, received the Benjamin Rush Award and delivered the 2009-2010 Rush lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Each year, Dickinson College bestows the prestigious Rush Award to exceptional leaders in business or government who uphold humanistic values and whose accomplishments exemplify the value of a liberal arts education.
A reception and dinner was held in Greenlee’s honor, followed by his public lecture and the presentation of the Rush Award. The award was coordinated by Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, which aims to bring the liberal arts to life by connecting students’ experiences in the classroom with compelling issues confronting local, national and international communities.
“Dr. William Greenlee’s remarkable accomplishments as a scientist and his leadership of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences make him the ideal candidate to receive the Rush award,” said William G. Durden, president of Dickinson College. “When Rush founded Dickinson in the closing days of the American Revolution, he instinctively knew that science—and particularly chemistry—would become the engine behind the creation of new knowledge and discovery that would drive the development of the new nation. Throughout Dr. Greenlee’s career, he has fulfilled Rush’s prophecy as he has worked to unite academia, the private sector and government to conduct translational research to advance public health.”
“I am honored to have my name added to the list of recipients of the Benjamin Rush Award,” said Greenlee. “It was a pleasure to participate in Dickinson College’s annual occasion to recommit to its historic mandate and to be recognized among those whose professional achievements embody the spirit and intention of founder Benjamin Rush.”
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- Recent recipients of the Rush award include Ambassador Louise Frechette, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations; William Flynn, chairman of the board of Mutual of America; Dr. Kim Chulsu, former deputy secretary-general of the World Trade Organization; Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Larry Bossidy, former chairman of the board of Honeywell International, Inc; and Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief of Business Week.
- The Benjamin Rush Award was established in 1985.
- Recipients receive an honorarium and a bronze medal bearing the likeness of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who was the founder of Dickinson College and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
About William F. Greenlee, Ph.D.:
William F. Greenlee, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, and chief executive officer and chairman of the Health Research and Education Foundation at The Hamner. Early in his career, Dr. Greenlee was a postdoctoral fellow at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT), The Hamner’s predecessor. When he accepted a position in 1980 as assistant professor of toxicology at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, Dr. Greenlee did not know that he would return to CIIT — not once but several times, in different capacities — and eventually mold the organization into the world-class, preeminent biomedical sciences research and education institute that it is today. Under Dr. Greenlee’s direction, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is a new entity that exists outside the boundaries of the traditional university, yet facilitates joint initiatives with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as schools within the UNC college system. Through these collaborative initiatives with universities and the seamless integration with the life sciences industry, the investment in biomedical research by the public and private sectors will more effectively be translated into products that will improve human health.
About The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences:
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is strategically located on a 56-acre campus in the heart of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. As a cross-disciplinary nonprofit organization, The Hamner Institutes acts as a catalyst to facilitate technology development among North Carolina universities, while serving as a gateway to establish research collaborations with the bio/pharmaceutical industry and countries in Europe and Asia. The Hamner Institutes also has an Accelerator to support emerging companies and a new Institute for Translational Medicine to enhance its research in oncology, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. For more information, please visit www.thehamner.org.
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