WHEN ILENE WARNER-MARON PHD'07 DECIDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL for a doctorate in health policy, she naturally chose University of the Sciences, where she is an adjunct professor at Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.
Returning to the other side of the classroom also inspired Warner-Maron to give back to USciences by endowing a lectureship that will expose more budding professionals to urgent global health issues. She used the gift to honor her aunt, Dr. Lois K. Cohen, a leading expert in the field.
"My aunt has always been a huge influence on me as an example of a woman who was educated and successful and who contributed to society through her work," says Warner-Maron, a legal nurse consultant and president of Alden Geriatric Consultants, Inc. "As a gerontologist, I see people often honored for their contributions at the end of their lives or after they've died. I wanted to do this now, so that my aunt could be an active participant in the lecture series named in her honor."
On October 4, 2010, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization, delivered the first Lois K. Cohen Global Health Lecture. Among the many USciences students and alumni in the audience, were Dr. Warner-Maron and Dr. Cohen, thoroughly enjoying the dialogue they are sparking and the global awareness they are promoting among the next generation of healthcare professionals.