Puddester to chair state panel reshaping CareFirst
executive director of the Office
of Budget and Financial Planning and Analysis, has been
named to chair the nine-member panel that will select new
directors for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland,
the state's largest health insurance provider.
Puddester, who served as secretary of the Department
of Budget and Management under Gov. Parris N. Glendening,
was named to the panel by Senate President Thomas V. Mike
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Miller and House Speaker
Michael E. Busch each selected three members.
"The nominating committee appointments reflect a
cross-section of health care, business, insurance and
public sector leaders from around the state," Busch said in
a written statement. "These are individuals who understand
what it takes to run a successful nonprofit company and
understand the importance of CareFirst's nonprofit
Genetics and Public Policy Center forms advisory
Genetics and Public
Policy Center at JHU has
established the Reproductive Genetics Advisory Committee to
provide expert advice on the scientific, medical, legal,
social, ethical and policy issues that accompany genetic
testing, gene transfer and cloning technologies and their
potential applications to human reproduction.
The center, a $10 million project supported by the Pew
Charitable Trusts, seeks to assess societal attitudes
toward reproductive genetics and to develop evidence-based
policy options to guide the development and use of these
Over the coming months, the center, in consultation
with the advisory committee, will develop a preliminary set
of policy options, which will then be refined taking into
account comments from key stakeholder groups, opinion
leaders and the public. The center will present a range of
options for each topic, rather than advocate for any
The committee members are leading ex-perts in science,
law, policy, medicine, religion and consumer/patient
advocacy. For a complete list, go to
SOM oncologist named to magazine's 'Brilliant 10'
Popular Science has named its second annual
"Brilliant 10" -- young scientists in the United States who
are doing extraordinary work that will touch all facets of
life. "These are the researchers who have the potential to
redefine the world in which we live," said Scott Mowbray,
editor in chief, in announcing the group. The article
appears in the September issue, which appeared on
newsstands last week.
Victor Velculescu, an assistant professor of
in the JHU School of Medicine, is cited for his work in the
field of genomics. "His maverick approach ushered in a new
way to finger cancer genes," wrote the magazine.
For a profile of Velculescu's and the other
scientists' research, go to
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