Upstate News

July 2, 2002
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate names writing competition winners

Anna Olson, a fourth-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Barbara Silverstone, associate director of the genetics program at SUNY Upstate, have received the highest honors in the 2002 Bruce Dearing Writing Awards competition, which encourages and promotes the connection between arts and medicine sponsored by SUNY Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Olson received an award of $300 in the student category for a satirical account of a medical student’s efforts to receive a diagnosis and treatment for a seemingly simple allergic reaction. Olson resides in Syracuse.

Silverstone captured the grand prize in the faculty/employee category for a short story about a woman who relives her past to come to terms with her imminent death. Silverstone resides in Fayetteville.

Six students received honorable mention They are: second-year medical student Jay Dalal of Syracuse; third-year medical student Teresa Pliskowski of Syracuse; Brenda Jobe of SUNY Upstate’s College of Nursing, who lives in Sherrill; second-year medical student Mark Barreto of Syracuse; third-year nursing student Laurie Oot Leonard of Kirkville; third year medical student John Yowpa III of Syracuse

Receiving honorable mentions in the faculty/employee category are Margaret Braungart, Ph.D., of Manlius; Deborah Bradshaw, M.D., of Syracuse; Joan Cofrancesco of Syracuse; and Michael Gordon, Ph.D., of DeWitt.

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