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Albuquerque IEEE Section/UNM Sigma Xi Awards Banquet
May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Albuquerque IEEE Section and UNM Sigma Xi annual awards banquet Agenda: You are cordially invited to attend the 2022 Sigma Xi and IEEE Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, May 16 at the Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Program 5:30 pm: Check-in 6:00 pm: Dinner Fresh Garden Salad: Ranch Dressing and Balsamic Vinaigrette Warm Dinner Rolls w/ Butter Pan Seared Chicken Breast with an Herbed Supreme Sauce. Served w/ Chef’s Choice of Fresh Vegetable & appropriate Starch OR Pan Seared Salmon with a Basil Pesto Aioli. Served w/ Chef’s Choice of Fresh Vegetable & appropriate Starch OR Vegetarian Enchilada’s Mild Red Chile Cheese Enchiladas w/ Refried Beans & Steamed Tomato Rice and side of sour cream & salsa Dessert Iced tea, lemonade, and coffee 7:00 pm: Awards Recognition of awardees in several categories 8:00 pm: Banquet Talk – “COVID-19: Past, Present and the Future” Speaker: David R. Scrase, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.C.P., Professor, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Secretary, New Mexico Human Services Department Speaker Biography: David R. Scrase, MD was appointed as the Secretary of the Human Services Department by Governor, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, soon after her election in November 2018. In that role he oversees the provision of benefits and services to over half of the New Mexico population. Currently, he oversees the medical response of the State to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Scrase is a Board-Certified Internist and Geriatrician, and at the time of his appointment was the Interim Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and the Chief of Geriatrics at UNM. His first love and understood calling is as a primary care physician, and he has continuously cared for patients for over 30 years, despite concurrent service in administrative roles. He continues to see patients while serving as Secretary of the Human Services Department. Dr. Scrase has held a variety of administrative positions, including nine years in medical education, as well as numerous healthcare executive positions in Michigan and New Mexico. Since moving to New Mexico more than 20 years ago, he has been active in many New Mexico public policy committees and community organizations, including four years as Director and Treasurer of Equality New Mexico and as a member of the Board of Menaul School in Albuquerque. He served on Governor Richardson’s Insure New Mexico! Committee and Health Care for New Mexicans Committee, on the national Ambulatory Quality Association setting quality metrics for professional practice, and on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. He worked closely with the New Mexico Medicaid program for the three years prior to his appointment as Secretary, working to enhance the treatment of Hepatitis C for Medicaid members and to improve quality and reduce hospital readmissions in all New Mexico nursing facilities. He was named a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2019. While not seeing patients and teaching, he also works as a popular public speaker, consultant, and writer. He regularly provides entertaining talks at the local and national level on a wide variety of topics, including fascinating medical cases, successful aging, health policy, mindfulness, and happiness. Under the pen name of David Roberts, in 2013 he published the book, Practice Makes Perfect: How One Doctor Found the Meaning of Lives, which chronicles some of the lessons he has learned from his most interesting patients. 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87110