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February 19, 2013

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A nurse on the Medical Floor at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake has been named the 2012 recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award. Lisa Frechette, a registered nurse, was recognized recently for her exceptional work in patient care. The Handler award is given annually to an AMC nurse with less than three years experience. It is named in memory of Meghan Handler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Handler, died in 1998. Dr. Handler, an internist, was a long-time member of the Adirondack Health medical staff who retired in 2011. Recipients are chosen based on their commitment to improve and expand their knowledge base of patient care, technical skills, compassion, rapport with patient families and colleagues, and efficiency.

Amanda Zullo has earned National Board Certification for Teaching. The process requires teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills for teaching in their content area. Teachers need to write and provide evidence for the development of a concept over time, scientific inquiry, a classroom discussion and activities done outside of the classroom. Teachers also undergo rigorous testing in science; its six tests are the equivalent of AP level for biology, Earth and space science, chemistry and physics. Each teacher’s performance is individually examined by trained classroom educators and assessed by the highest standards in the profession. Zullo had the administrative support of Saranac Lake High School school and the Union Graduate College group, which was partially funded through CASADA and her parents. Some financial support was also available through the Albert Shanker Grant.

SUNY Plattsburgh biology major Philip Martoccia took third place overall out of 29 entries in the National Association of Biology Teachers national conference poster contest held in Dallas last November. Martoccia attended the conference with five other SUNY Plattsburgh biology research students and a Vermont high school teenager who did a summer internship in the biology department. Rebecca Robbins, Mackenzie Kilkeary, Shaneice Nettleford, Siobhan Levere and Kade Sewell also represented SUNY Plattsburgh in the competition. The students were accompanied by Dr. Nancy Elwess and Sandra Latourelle, professor and lecturer, respectively, in biological sciences.

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