Stanford Medicine this year won five awards for media and institutional programming from the National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
CASE awarded the institution a Gold Level Circle of Excellence Grand Award in the Multi-Day In-Person Special Events category for the COVID-19 Commemoration Project,”apart together.” The program was run by the Medicine and the Muse program, the medical school’s home for the arts and humanities.
“The panel was unanimous in deciding that Stanford’s remembrance of COVID-19 should be awarded Grand Gold. It was a creative, accessible and moving monument 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 had two components: a community art project and a sound walk. For the art project, more than 3,000 community members painted pieces of wood to represent a petal. Lauren Toumer, a Stanford lecturer in art and art history, created a tree-like sculpture for the project and joined community-painted petals to create more than 600 flowers symbolizing the more than 600,000 lives that had were lost due to COVID-19 at the time. The art project culminated in an installation event that included a dedication of the sculpture, community members “planting” the flowers around the sculpture, live music, and remarks from Stanford Medicine leaders.
The sound walk consisted of a playlist of narration and music by Stanford students and faculty, designed to be listened to while walking through the Arboretum area of campus, where the art installation is located.
The project was led by Jacqueline Genoveseexecutive director of Medicine and the Muse, with the support of a 10-person committee.
“We would like to say a big thank you to the more than 3,000 people and more than 125 departments and areas of the university who participated and truly made this project a unifier for Stanford Medicine, Stanford Health and Stanford University” , said Genovese.
Winning blog post
An article by a science writer Bruce Goldman for Stanford Medicine Scope blog won a gold medal for “From angel to demon: Why Some Brain Cells Become ‘Bad’. The article combines a look at neuroscience research conducted by the late Ben Barres, MD, PhD, with new findings that answer a question he regretted not having answered as he neared the end of his life: Why do certain brain cells go from “angel to demon” in certain neurodegenerative diseases?
The judges praised the paper, writing, “The humanizing element of personal connection and the passion of the researchers gave it a compelling edge over many others. Strong concept with a lot of information and emotions that make the scientist accessible.
Two videos of Maya Adam, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, received awards. “grandma knows best” won a silver medal. The short, almost wordless animated video used humor and culturally neutral characters to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. “The Great Race: A History of COVID-19,” an animated short that took a similar approach to promoting mask-wearing, won a bronze award.
Stanford Medicine magazine won a bronze medal in the category of magazines intended for a targeted audience. The entry included three issues, each focusing on a different theme: COVID-19, racial inequality in medicine, and the brain and nervous system. The judges commented that the magazine has “a distinctive approach to storytelling that appeals to readers beyond the institution.” The magazine is edited by Rosanne Spector and Patricia Hannon.