2015 Kurtz Seminar: ‘Harnessing Inspired Imagination: Moving Beyond Nancy Drew and Iolanthe’

Dr. Janice Gabrilove ’73 will present the 2015 Myra Berman Kurtz ’66 Seminar, titled “Harnessing Inspired Imagination: Moving Beyond Nancy Drew and Iolanthe,” on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Buchner Hall of Goucher College’s Alumnae/i House.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Dr. Gabrilove is the James F. Holland Professor of Medicine and Oncological Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City from which she also earned her medical degree. Dr. Gabrilove majored in chemistry at Goucher, during which time she was elected to Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honor Society of Chemistry. She also received an honorary doctorate from Goucher in 1990. Dr. Gabrilove is a world-renowned expert on the role of blood cell growth factors and their role in treating blood cell disorders and leukemia and in combating the life-threatening side effects of chemotherapy.

The Kurtz Seminar series was endowed by the late Myra Berman Kurtz ’66 and her husband, Dr. Stuart Kurtz, to present speakers at Goucher College who will inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in a variety of fields. The programs are presented under the auspices of the Roxana Cannon Arsht ’35 Center for Ethics and Leadership.

During her talk, Dr. Gabrilove will make the case that the field of medicine reflects an intersection between humanities and science and offers endless opportunities for personal fulfillment. She will outline why she was drawn to this discipline and will offer potential insights for those contemplating future directions, whether in medicine, science, or other health care fields.

Dr. Gabrilove will use her decision to pursue a career in medicine to illustrate and underscore key attributes she believes contribute to meaningful outcomes, including: mentorship, the importance of role models, and learning to be a good mentee; a sense of humor and receptivity to constructive feedback; creativity and personal discipline; analytical thinking, seeking new knowledge, and moving beyond accepted dogma; the ability to listen and value others; perseverance; and resilience.


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