Volume 92, Issue 66

Tuesday, January 26, 1999


NEWS

Fees may climb even higher

Women hold USC election minority

Moran to face review

Millenial term start bugs Senate

Donations create two new heads

The search has begun

Botting sporting some reforms

Finding the truth on the net

Caught on campus

USC elections '99

Questions and answers

AGENT John Botting

AGENT Emily Chung

AGENT Joey Hammill

AGENT Perry Monaco

AGENT Nurup Naimji

AGENT Kalev Suurkask

AGENT SzeJack Tan

AGENT Stephen Zolis

Donations create two new heads

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Writer

The positions of two new chairs, funded by donations, could soon be established at Western after Senate approved two motions Friday.

The Richard and Jean Ivey Fund chair in molecular toxicology and the Dr. Earl Russell chair in pain management were the latest chair positions added to the faculty of medicine and dentistry.

The Richard and Jean Ivey Fund donated $2 million to help the faculty of medicine and dentistry's program in drug and environmental safety. The interest from the fund will be used to pay for the salary of the new program head, who will be picked from a search committee, said Jack Bend, chair of the department of pharmacology and toxicology.

The committee hopes to appoint a chair by Sept. 1, Bend said. The person will hold the position for five years, with a renewable option available.

The positions will bring many things to Western, including the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, he added.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity – I believe that this chair is the first one in molecular toxicology in North America," Bend said.

Keith Sumner, a representative from the Richard and Jean Ivey Fund, said the fund was attracted to this unique project and pleased to participate in something so important as health care.

The Dr. Earl Russell chair in pain management was the result of a donation of $1 million by Russell, a retired anesthetics professor at Western.

David Banting, associate dean of medicine and dentistry, said the position, which the faculty hopes to have filled sometime during the summer, would be in charge of a group program in pain management.

The university is seeking a matching fund to keep the chair going in perpetuity so it may exist in future years, Banting said

"We're just delighted with the gift and the opportunity to establish an interdisciplinary community clinic in London," Banting said.

Russell said he was very happy about the new position. "Pain management is a very important part of medicine and we don't seem to have enough people in it."

Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic, said the donations would allow the university to bring unique people to Western. "I'm thrilled to see endowed professors and chairs."




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