URI announces honors and appointments

KINGSTON, R.I. — December 4, 2000 — The following honors and appointments involving University of Rhode Island faculty or staff were recently announced:

James O. Prochaska, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and professor of clinical health psychology, was awarded the Society of Prospective Medicine’s prestigious Lewis C. Robbins Award in September. The award was initiated in 1975 to recognize individuals who contribute to the field of prospective medicine through research, leadership, education and health promotion. Prochaska is internationally recognized for his work in developing stage models of behavior change as it relates to changing a wide range of health behaviors. The award was presented to Prochaska by C. Everett Koop, the 1999 award recipient and former United States Surgeon General. Prochaska is a resident of Wakefield.

The Society of Prospective Medicine is an international non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing research necessary to support health promotion and disease prevention practices.

Serpil M. Kislalioglu, professor of applied pharmaceutical sciences, has received a $10,000 renewable Novartis Fellowship for graduate student support. Kislalioglu is a resident of Kingston.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, located in East Hanover, N.J., is an affiliate of Novartis AG, a world leader in healthcare with core businesses in pharmaceuticals, consumer health, generics, eye-care, and animal health. Novartis operates in over 140 countries around the world.

E. Paul Larrat, associate professor of Pharmacy, graduated from Leadership Rhode Island earlier this fall. Leadership Rhode Island is the community leadership development institute which is designed to produce a network of community leaders for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island. Larrat, of North Kingstown, was one of 54 men and women to complete the experience based educational program.

Graduates of this program represent leaders in business, industry, education and community service. Leadership Rhode Island, now in its twentieth year, has graduated almost 1,000 leaders.