Julia Lubsen of Oak Hill, a student at Yale School of Medicine, has been chosen to participate in a two-week program in New York, Berlin and Poland that instructs students on the contemporary ethical issues facing their professions using as a framework for study the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany.
The program, organized by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, is designed for law, medical, journalism and seminary school students. Fifty students called “fellows” were selected, 12 to 14 from each field.
Lubsen’s interests range from neonatal neurology to primary care. She co-led the Student Interest Group in Neurology, the Pediatric Interest Group and the Cohen Mentorship Program in Child Psychiatry at Yale. She also volunteers at the school’s free clinic.
“I was inspired to apply for FASPE after dealing with challenging ethical issues during my clinical rotations,” Lubsen said. “I believe that this experience will empower me to become a better advocate for my patients.”
Lubsen and other medical and seminary fellows are scheduled to begin orientation June 26 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. They expect to visit the exhibits, meet with Holocaust survivors, and work with FASPE staff and guest scholars to study background about the Holocaust.
The first leg of the European portion is in Berlin, where fellows focus on what their profession did during the Holocaust. The fellows then travel to Poland to visit Krakow and Owicim, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, where they will tour Auschwitz-Birkenau.
FASPE’s goal is to educate fellows about the causes of the Holocaust and promote awareness of contemporary related issues in the hope of preventing future collaboration by professional and religious leaders in genocide, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
@GZ_CopySubheads:Four from Herndon become Eagle Scouts
Four members of Boy Scout Troop 159 in Herndon Nicolas Woo, Matthew Johnson, Christopher Pappas and Jon Grove have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting.
The young men, all 18, advanced together through Scouting, having started off in the same Cub Scout den.
An Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate the Scouts’ achievements took place in March at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Herndon, the troop’s chartering organization. In addition to earning merit badges and serving in leadership positions, the Eagle candidates planned and executed projects benefiting their communities.
Woo, a student at Paul VI High School, led a project to improve the community park at Herndon's Fox Mill Estates and installed bat houses there. He is the son of Vince and Susan Woo.
Johnson, a student at Oakton High School, repaired storm damage and improved the grounds at Leesburg’s Aurora School for autistic children, where his brother is a student. His parents are Michael and Brigid Johnson.
Papas repaired storm damage and improved the facilities and grounds at the Fox Mill Estates community swimming pool. An Oakton student, Papas is the son of Chuck and Maura Papas.
Grove, also an Oakton student, installed a butterfly garden and natural learning area at Coates Elementary School. He is the son of Maureen Jender.
@GZ_CopySubheads:Donor gives $10K to children’s cancer 5K
The Evolution Health and Fitness Sunset 5K benefiting CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, scheduled for May 28, has received an anonymous donation of $10,000.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Mark Lander, race director and owner of Evolution Health and Fitness in Vienna. “I must have stared at [the donation] for 10 minutes until it finally sunk in.”
The Triathlon Team came together to make the Sunset 5K happen. Touched by the loss last summer of teammate Michael Gorkowski’s infant son Jack to neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer, the team decided to raise money for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
“Making money the first year of a race is difficult,” said Jeff Lutton, marketing chair for the Sunset 5K and president of Cardio Canine. “A realist goal for us was to get enough racers ... and hopefully clear a couple hundred dollars through donations and sponsors.”
“I am just amazed by the generosity of strangers,” Gorkowski said.
The Sunset Run includes a Saturday evening 1-mile fun run/walk, followed by a 5K off-road race.
For more about the race, visit www.sunset5k.com. To read about Jack Gorkowski, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/jackgorkowski.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer raises private funds for childhood cancer research for the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization.
@GZ_CopySubheads:Mormon congregation honors three
The Centreville Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored Patricia Harrison, deputy county executive of Fairfax County, the Rev. Dr. Eugene Johnson of Centreville’s Mount Olive Baptist Church and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia with the 2011 Family Values Award at a ceremony May 21.
In addition to the character, leadership and exemplary service demonstrated by each of the recipients, they exhibit a commitment to advancing values and standards that reflect the importance of the family in today’s society.
U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Dist. 11) presented the award to Harrison, whose efforts during her tenure with the county have translated into services to improve the lives of at-risk youth and battered women, as well as bolstering adoption and youth sports programs.
Fairfax County Supervisor Michael Frey (R-Sully) of Chantilly presented Johnson with his award for his efforts to develop ministries at Mount Olive that focus on the importance of family life and emphasize the inclusion of family units in faith-based ministries.
State Sen. Charles Colgan (D-Dist. 29) of Manassas presented the award to the Benedictine Sisters for their sponsorship of the Transitional Housing B.A.R.N. for homeless mothers and children in Prince William County. The award also recognizes the mental health services provided through Benedictine Counseling Services and the literacy, parenting and other workshops sponsored through the BEACON program.
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