Stanford Medicine won five awards this year for media and institutional programming from the National Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
CASE honored the institution with a major gold Circle of Excellence award in the multi-day, in-person special events category for the ‘Apart-Together’ COVID-19 memorial project. The program was led by the Medicine and the Muse Program, the home of the arts and humanities medical school.
“The panel was unanimous in deciding that Stanford’s COVID-19 commemoration should receive the Grand Gold. It was a creative, accessible and moving memorial to those who gave so much during the pandemic, and it honored the loss of life in a beautiful and meaningful tribute,” the CASE judges wrote.
The project consisted of two parts: a community art project and a sound walk. For the art project, more than 3,000 community members painted pieces of wood representing a flower petal. Lauren Toomer, a Stanford art and art history teacher, created a tree-like sculpture for the project and joined the community-painted petals to create more than 600 flowers to symbolize the more than 600,000 lives lost to COVID-19 at the time. 19 . The art project culminated in an installation event that featured an inauguration of the sculpture, community members “planting” the flowers around the sculpture, live music, and comments from Stanford Medicine leaders.
The soundwalk consisted of a playlist of narration and music from Stanford students and faculty, designed to be listened to while walking around the campus arboretum area, where the art installation is located.
The project was led by Jacqueline Genovese, Executive Director of Medicine and the Muse, with the support of a 10-person committee.
“We would like to thank the more than 3,000 individuals and more than 125 departments and areas of the university who participated and made this a truly unifying project for Stanford Medicine, Stanford Health and Stanford University,” Genovese said.
Winning blog post
An article by science writer Bruce Goldman for Stanford Medicine’s Domain blog won a gold medal for “From Angel to Demon: Why Some Brain Cells Get ‘Bad’.” The paper combines a look at neuroscience research conducted by the late Ben Barres, MD, PhD, with new findings that answer a question he regretted remaining unresolved as he neared the end of his life: Why do certain cells in the brain’s cells go unanswered? angel to demon” in some neurodegenerative diseases?
The judges praised the article, writing: “The humanizing element of the personal connection and the passion of the researchers gave it a compelling edge over many others. Strong concept with a lot of information and emotion that makes the scientist recognizable.”
Two videos by Maya Adam, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases, were awarded. “Grandma Knows Best” won a silver award. The short, almost wordless, animated video used humor and culturally neutral characters to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. “The Great Race: A COVID-19 Story,” an animated short that took a similar approach to promoting mask-wearing, won a bronze award.
Stanford Medicine magazine won a bronze award in the targeted audience category. The entry featured three songs, each focusing on a different theme: COVID-19, racial inequality in medicine, and the brain and nervous system. The jury noted that the magazine “has a distinctive approach to storytelling that engages readers outside the institution”. The magazine is edited by Rosanne Spector and Patricia Hannon.