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Robinson Chosen 'Member of the Year' by Clinical Laboratory Society

Released: 02/08/2010

Cathy Robinson, assistant professor of allied health at LSU Alexandria, has won the peer-selected Member of the Year award from the Louisiana Clinical Laboratory Science State Society.

Robinson, who coordinates the LSUA phlebotomy program, was recognized for her AIDS-relief work in Africa and contributions to the state society. As part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) team, Robinson has been to Africa more than 20 times since 2006 to increase medical laboratory capacity in Kenya and develop competency-based college curricula in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Namibia. She also has consulted with universities in Vietnam.

“We’re striving to help Africans improve quality control and testing services in their medical laboratories as they deal with an extremely serious AIDS problem,” Robinson said. “There’s also a need to shift the emphases of the college medical curricula to make the process more effective.” Robinson’s work is coordinated through the Centers for Disease Control and African ministries of health and education.

Robinson also has connected her LSUA students with their African counterparts through the Internet. “My students here have the opportunity to see their peers in Africa in their laboratories and classrooms. The students on both continents thoroughly enjoy the global education aspect to medical technology,” she said.

Robinson, who is president-elect of the state organization, is a member of its board of directors and has edited the group’s newsletter for six years.

“Cathy Robinson is a very good example of how the classroom merges with real-world medical issues and solutions,” said Dr. David Manuel, LSUA chancellor. “Her students have a unique opportunity for exposure to academic and professional applications.”

Robinson has been a member of the LSUA faculty since 2001.