| The Gainesville Sun
University of Florida neurosurgery chair Dr. Brian Hoh has been elected the 2020-21 president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, one of the largest international neurosurgical societies, with over 9,800 members. UF Health neurosurgeons Dr. Daniel Hoh and Dr. Maryam Rahman also have been elected to leadership positions in the CNS: Daniel Hoh will serve as treasurer, and Rahman began her term last year as a member-at-large of the executive committee, according to a news release from UF Health.
“Dr. Hoh and his team embody the drive, passion and excellence that are elevating the University of Florida to claim its place among the very finest universities in this country,” said UF President Kent Fuchs.
“These elected positions recognize the expertise and leadership of University of Florida neurosurgeons in advancing the field to provide the best possible care to patients facing devastating conditions such as brain or spinal cord tumor, aneurysm, stroke or spinal cord injury,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “To have not one but three of our neurosurgeons leading the main professional neurosurgical society exemplifies our commitment to not only offering the best possible patient care of today, but to discovering ever-better techniques and providing world-class training to the neurosurgeons of tomorrow.”
Hoh took the helm as 71st president of the CNS. U.S. News & World Report named the University of Florida the No. 6 public university in the country, marking the fourth consecutive year that UF has risen in the rankings. U.S. News also recently named UF Health Shands Hospital the No. 1 hospital in the state of Florida, with nine adult specialties placing in the top 50 in Florida, five of them top in the state. In addition, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was nationally ranked in three specialties. The combined 12 ranked specialties are the most of any medical system in Florida.
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Taylor Danielle Allen-Boswell graduated virtually in August at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a degree in biology. Taylor is the daughter of Dawn Allen-Boswell and Israel Boswell. She is the granddaughter of Detroit and Bettye Stoney Allen and Eva Thomas.
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Anderson Hardy, a sophomore at Santa Fe College studying business administration, is the newly elected finance chair of Student Government.
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The Alachua County Library District’s 2018-2019 Accomplishments Report placed first in the annual report category of a national library design competition and earned the top spot in the Advocacy /Fundraising/Annual Reports/Strategic Plans category of the 2020 PR Xchange Awards Competition, which is directed by the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice, Library Leadership and Management Association — a division of the American Library Association.
The annual PR Xchange Awards recognizes the best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. More than 300 entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from more than 100 institutions, including public, academic, school, state and special libraries.
Entries were evaluated virtually by a jury of 21 judges. Submissions were judged on the quality of content, format, design, creativity, and originality.
The annual report was produced by Rachel Cook, Library District Public Relations and Marketing Manager and Design Graphic Designer Leah Welch. The report highlights the Library District’s accomplishments in the past fiscal year across all 12 branches.
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Ann LeZotte, library specialist at the Alachua County Library District, received the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Member of the Year Award in recognition of providing inclusive programs to underserved children and teens, particularly patrons with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.
The Library District received the Making the Most of NEFLIN The 2020 Award for dedication to training and continuing education. NEFLIN is a nonprofit training and research organization that serves 550 libraries in 24 counties throughout northeast Florida.
“We’re proud to receive this award for our commitment to training for all our employees,” said Library District Director Shaney T. Livingston. “We’re also happy to see Ann LeZotte honored for her outstanding work across the Library District.”
LeZotte, who is deaf, has led multiple American Sign Language classes and built partnerships with groups including PFLAG Gainesville and Noah’s Endeavor, Inc., a local nonprofit that fosters recreational opportunities for children of all abilities and disabilities. LeZotte continues to offer programming through her Sign Language Fun videos teaching ASL signs and songs for all ages.“It is my pleasure to serve all our communities and our populations,” LeZotte said in a video accepting the NEFLIN award.