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Masters Commencement a Send-Off to New Graduates and Retiring Ziegler

August 15, 2013

On August 2, 2013, the fifth class of the UCSF Masters of Science in Global Health Sciences program graduated with a ceremony at Genentech Hall on the Mission Bay campus. The ceremony was a send-off not only to the new GHS graduates as they begin the next phase of their careers, but also to John Ziegler, the founder and director of the Masters program, who retired on the same day (see photos from the ceremony).

Two awards were established in honor of Ziegler and announced at graduation. The John L. Ziegler Outstanding Capstone Award was granted to Nicole Santos, PhD, MS. Out of a field of 38 students, Santos was selected to receive the award based on the quality of her writing, scientific rigor and methodology, clarity of results and discussion, long-term contribution to the field, as well as her ability to work well with a mentor and capstone team. The title of her research project was “Implementation and Evaluation of the TESA-blot, a Serological Tool to Detect Congenital Chagas Disease among Bolivian Newborns.”

The John L. Ziegler Outstanding Mentor Award was given to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, a Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases at UCSF, and the Director of the AIDS Consult Service at San Francisco General Hospital. Gandhi has co-led the course on Communicable Diseases in the Masters program for the last five years. As one of the students who nominated her said: “I am still in awe of how she manages a demanding career in academic medicine, a family life, and mentoring students (which seems to be an around-the-clock job)! Monica is an inspiring role model and is unequivocally a fantastic mentor.”

Also during the ceremony the winners of the Masters Fieldwork Photo Contest were announced. Katie Fox received first prize for a series of photos that depicted a young girl with cerebral malaria in rural Malawi receiving a new wheelchair. Fox’s fieldwork project was titled "Confronting Gender, Violence, and HIV: Perspectives and Perceptions of Front-Line Health Workers in Malawi."

Second prize went to Sarah Ghattas, who took photos of women from the Egyptian village of Deir El Barsha. Third prize went to two students: Nick Hu, who conducted research in Tanzania, and Vicky Khoury, who did her fieldwork in Lebanon. Honorable mentions went to Olumide Bolarinwa (Philippines) and Joanna Hernandez (central California). (See slide show of winning photos.)

Congratulations Class of 2013!

Photo on home page: Cindy Chew