Watson named health sciences liaison officer

June 14, 2007

Heidi A.C. Watson has been named health sciences liaison officer for Penn State College of Medicine. In the role, Watson will coordinate academic pursuits among Penn State's health sciences colleges and institutes and handle day-to-day operations for the University Health Sciences Council. The Council, formed by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier in October 2006, is charged with developing, recommending and promoting initiatives across the University to advance health sciences education, research, service and outreach.

Harold L. Paz, Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, and chief executive officer of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who appointed Watson to the role, describes the health sciences liaison officer as vital to the continued integration of the University's many health and life sciences pursuits.

"Penn State is home to a significant number of excellent, multi-disciplinary health sciences programs and a key goal of the Health Sciences Council is to enhance collaboration and develop new synergies between these programs," said Paz, who also serves as chair of the University Health Sciences Council. "Heidi Watson possesses experience in academic curriculum design; familiarity with Penn State's many colleges and institutes; and a community service orientation that make her well-suited to help the council achieve our goal of increased integration and alignment in the health sciences."

Watson has worked for Penn State in various roles since 1999, most recently as an instructional designer for the University's Outreach Justice and Safety Institute, where her duties included review and design of educational curriculum such as classroom training materials and online courses. She also has worked as a program development specialist with Penn State Outreach and served as senior research technologist with Penn State's Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy.

Watson is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She received her master's in education from Penn State, graduating summa cum laude.

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