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* Gerontologist Phoebe Liebig has received a Fulbright Fellowship, which will enable her to spend a sabbatical year in India, visiting old-age homes and non-institutional services. She will be making interstate as well as cross-national comparisons of the roles played by public, private and non-profit organizations in providing cost-effective care for older persons in non-institutional settings.

* Sadly missing at this year’s commencement was Harry Blackstone, whose magical voice resonated as the commencement announcer for several years. While his name was listed in the commencement program, he was too ill to attend and died on May 14. Blackstone, a theatrical magician, was a 1958 graduate and a friend of the School of Theatre, serving on its Board of Councilors. Robert Scales, dean of the School of Theatre, served as one of the eulogizers at Blackstone’s memorial service. Blackstone was twice named as magician of the year by the Academy of Magical Arts and was awarded the academy’s Star of Magic, an honor he shared with only 11 other magicians, including his father, “the Great Blackstone.”

* Vern Bullough, visiting professor of nursing, recently received awards from two national groups for his research in human sexuality. Bullough received the award for outstanding contributions to the field from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He also received a Trinity Award from the International Foundation for Gender Education, which recognizes “heroes” of the transgender community.

* Gov. Pete Wilson recently named Raquel Arias, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, to the Medical Board of California. Arias is active in issues of women’s health care, and last year was awarded the Lester T. Hubbard teaching award by the graduating medical school class.

* Shahbudin Rahimtoola, the G.C. Griffith Professor of Cardiology and professor of medicine, was recently named to the International Assessment Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 10-member committee will be charged with reviewing and evaluating virtually all health-related research taking place in the Netherlands.

* Sarah Gardner, “Marketplace’s” business editor, has received the 1997 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. “Marketplace” is a nationally broadcast radio business news show produced at KUSC. Gardner won in the radio category for her “Bottomline Blues.” “Marketplace’s” Eve Epstein and Steven Rosenfeld were finalists for their “Campaign Inflation Index.” The Anderson School has administered the awards – considered the highest honor in business journalism – since 1973. An awards banquet will take place on June 30 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

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