Science and Technology Hall of Fame Inducts New Members
November 14, 2017
The St. John Fisher College Science and Technology Alumni Society inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9.
Established in 2011, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to science and technology, science education, medicine or health-related fields, or who are noteworthy for their service to their community or the College.
This year’s inductees include:
Dr. Timothy J. Kinsella ’69 has had a distinguished career as a physician-scientist. A board-certified medical and radiation oncologist, he has focused his clinical and research careers on the fields of radiation oncology and radiation biology. He currently serves as a research scholar professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.
An internationally respected radiation oncologist, Kinsella is known for his clinical expertise in the treatment of sarcomas, brain tumors, lymphomas, gastrointestinal cancers, and pediatric cancers. He has an extensive research history and has pioneered developments in intraoperative radiotherapy, radiation sensitizing drugs, and understanding of the processes that modify DNA repair of radiation damage. His work has been recognized and supported by NIH funding for more than 30 years, and is highlighted in his more than 350 published articles, chapters, and books.
After graduating from Fisher, Kinsella earned his master’s in radiation biology and medical degree from the University of Rochester, and most recently, an honorary master’s degree from Brown University. He trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, then medical and radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Brown University as a research scholar professor in 2010, he was senior investigator and deputy branch chief in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute, chair of the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, founding chair of Radiation Oncology at Case Western Reserve University, and director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center.
Kinsella has served on numerous advisory boards, currently serves on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals, and is the editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Radiation Oncology. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, a member of numerous national and international oncology-related professional organizations, and recipient of numerous awards for his research, teaching, and patient care.
Dr. Michael Tuite ’83, an expert in shoulder imaging, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal interventional radiology, is a member of the faculty in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Before being named vice chair of clinical operations for the University, Tuite served as director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology, and before that, medical director of diagnostic radiology.
He serves as a member of several national committees, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Appropriate Use Criteria Panel – Shoulder; the International Skeletal Society, and the Society of Academic Bone Radiologists. In addition, he was named a fellow by the American College of Radiology and was given the Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award for one of his research papers.
Tuite has served as a long-time reviewer and editorial board member of several scientific journals, and has authored numerous articles and chapters as well as the book, Diagnostic Imaging – Musculoskeletal: Trauma, which was published in 2010.
After graduating at the top of his class from Fisher, Tuite earned his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center before engaging in a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Dr. Terence Bates ’92 is a senior research associate and director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory through Cornell University’s School of Integrated Plant Sciences. His areas of expertise include grapevine nutrition, juice grape and wine grape production, vineyard mechanization, and precision viticulture.
Through viticulture research and education, Bates works to help the New York grape juice industry produce a maximum sustainable yield of high quality fruit. Collaborating closely with producers and processors to develop research paths, he and his lab conduct research that can be applied directly to the industry.
His research focuses primarily on viticulture as plant biology—understanding the effects of environmental factors on vine size, yield, fruit maturation, and viticulture as agriculture business—identifying techniques for efficient vineyard production in the regional marketplace.
Bates graduated from Fisher with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University. In 2014, he was given the Extension Distinction Award from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. In 2015, he became the national project leader of a four-year, six-million dollar USDA project in precision viticulture for the U.S. grape industry.
A founding member of Vaccinex and head of the company’s research department, Dr. Ernest Smith ’94 has more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology industry.
After graduating from Fisher with a bachelor’s degree in biology, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in immunology from the University of Rochester, and for 10 years, served as a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University.
Based in Rochester, New York, Vaccinex is a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of targeted biological therapies. Currently, the company is focused on clinical trials with a novel antibody for the immunotherapy of cancer and to prevent or delay the onset of Huntington’s disease. As head of the research department, Smith is responsible for technology development, target validation, antibody discovery, and the preclinical testing of the company’s antibody drugs.
Through his work with Vaccinex, Smith has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles in top tier journals, and is an inventor on over 20 issued U.S. patents. He has also delivered dozens of poster presentations and talks describing the company’s research and findings at scientific meetings both in the U.S. and in Europe.
During the ceremony, the Society also recognized two rising stars, Dr. Ivana Obradovic and Sheri Girvin, both members of the Class of 2005.
Born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Obradovic moved to the United States when she was 14 years old. She attended Fisher, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology. After Fisher, she went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her residency in ocular diseases, and subsequently became a fellow of the American Optometric Association. Obradovic established her own practice in Miramar, Florida, where she received an award for the top medical optometrist in Florida by Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
After graduating from Fisher with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in adolescence education, Girvin went on to earn a master’s degree in adolescence education from The College at Brockport. Today, she teaches physics and chemistry at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, where she has taught for the last 12 years. In addition to teaching, she serves as the science club advisor, a club she co-developed in an effort to build relationships between middle and high school students. She also co-advises the Envirothon Team, which has won the county competition for the last six years, and has placed first and second in the state competition. Girvin is involved in the Women Educator’s Service Organization, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Mary’s Church. In 2011, she was named a Teacher of Merit by Buffalo Business First.
The Hall of Fame evaluation committee includes Sean Pelkowski and Dr. Mark Parsons from the Class of 2009; Dr. Kristin Picardo; Dr. Theresa Westbay from the Class of 1986; Dr. Michael Butler, a member of the Class of 1980; Dr. Tom Bonfiglio, Class of 1964; and Dr. Robert Curtis, Class of 1978.