June 25, 2004

Lorenzi receives Medical Library Association award

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Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D.

Nancy Lorenzi, Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs, professor of Biomedical Informatics, and clinical professor of Nursing has received the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Marcia C. Noyes Award for 2004.

Lorenzi received the award during MLA’s 2004 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Named for Marcia C. Noyes, the first woman and the first non-physician to be elected president of MLA, the Noyes Award is the highest professional distinction of the MLA. The award was established in 1947 and recognizes a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to the health sciences information profession.

Lorenzi is a past president of the organization.

"This award is richly deserved,“ said William W. Stead, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs. “Dr. Lorenzi is the best person I know when it comes to helping people work together to achieve something that they do not think they can do."

This is the third time this prestigious award has come to Vanderbilt. The earlier recipients were medical library directors Eileen R. Cunningham (1926-1956) and T. Mark Hodges (1972 -1995). No other academic health science center has received it more than twice.

Cunningham was the first recipient of the award (in 1949); she compiled the bibliographic classification that bears her name and established MLA’s international fellowship program. Hodges was director during the design and construction of the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library.