January 6, 2014

UConn’s Laurencin elected AAAS fellow

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin
Richard C. Robinson

Renowned UConn Health Center physician-scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The nonprofit group — made up of scientists from around the country — elected Laurencin for his international leadership in biomaterials sciences and engineering; development of revolutionary technologies in musculoskeletal regeneration; and work in mentoring students.

Laurencin holds many titles and accomplishments at the UConn Health Center. He's a professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, materials science and engineering, and biomedical engineering; the director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences; and founding director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, among other roles.

Laurencin has patented and invented new technologies for bone and soft tissue regeneration, and was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring at the White House in 2010.

Pullman & Comley attorney receives healthcare award

Pullman & Comley attorney Richard C. Robinson was recently recognized with the Georgette Koopman Trustee Award for Excellence at the Hebrew Health Care annual meeting.

Robinson, HHC's board chairman, was honored for his service and leadership in the organization's fundraising efforts. Over the past four years, he helped to raise more than $4 million in operating support through his work with individuals and businesses.

Robinson's practice areas include construction and employment litigation. He heads Pullman & Comley's construction law and litigation section.

CFDA’s Cascio honored, King named funeral assoc. president

The Connecticut Society of Association Executives recently presented its 2013 executive director of the year award to John C. Cascio of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA).

Cascio was honored for his 26 years in association management and his work as CFDA's executive director.

Meanwhile, Stephen M. King was recently elected the 2014 president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.

King is a licensed funeral director and owner of the Mystic Funeral Home. King served four terms on CFDA's executive committee, most recently as the association's vice president.

CT lawmakers lauded for farm preservation efforts

The Working Lands Alliance recently presented state Reps. Linda Gentile and Arthur O'Neill its Legislative Leadership Award for their farmland preservation efforts. Rep. O'Neill, a republican, represents Southbury, Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington. Rep. Gentile, a democrat, represents Ansonia and Derby. The Alliance is a statewide coalition that aims to preserve Connecticut's productive farmland.

Gentile and O'Neill played key roles in passing legislation to permanently preserve 825 acres of prime farmland at the Southbury Training School, said Terry Jones, the Alliance's chairman.

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