HBCU to space

Posted: April 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

Morehouse School of Medicine Dean elected to the NSBRI Board of Directors

Atlanta-based Medical School Increases Space Medicine Presence

Atlanta — Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham, dean and senior vice president of academic affairs of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), has been elected to the board of directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

“Dr. Higginbotham is a highly respected and accomplished physician who will be an asset to NSBRI’s program to protect astronaut health during long-duration spaceflight and improve health care on Earth,” said Dr. Bobby R. Alford, NSBRI board chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with her.”

Higginbotham is a world-renowned ophthalmologist and an expert on glaucoma. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and served as a co-editor on four ophthalmology textbooks. Higginbotham earned the distinction of being the first woman to lead a universi­ty-based ophthalmology department in the United States when she was named chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1994.

“I am so pleased to be elected to this position,” said Higginbotham. “Through our national space program we make discoveries that benefit our patients on Earth and, as we see with last month’s shuttle launch, we work in collaboration with many international partners in a way that can remove the barriers between us. Morehouse School of Medicine, a founding member of the NSBRI consortium, is proud of the accomplishments of the NSBRI’s Kindergarten through Undergraduate Educational Outreach team, led by MSM professor, Dr. Marlene MacLeish. This collaboration has earned national and international recognition for its programs that promote science literacy and bring space science education to students, teachers and families across the United States and around the globe.” (more…)

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