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Dr. Farnum recognized with professional award

farnumDr. Cornelia Farnum is the 2010 winner of the Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award, presented annually by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She intends to use her share of the prize money to establish a traveling fellowship for trainees who are presenting a paper at the Orthopaedic Research Society. Read her award-winning manuscript.

In 1947, at its Golden Anniversary, Kappa Delta Sorority announced the establishment of the Kappa Delta Research Fellowship in Orthopaedics, the first award ever created to honor achievements in the field of orthopaedic research. The first annual award, a single stipend of $1,000, was made available to the Academy in 1949 and presented at the annual meeting in 1950. The Kappa Delta Awards have been presented by the Academy at the annual meeting to persons who have performed research in orthopaedic surgery that is of high significance and impact.

In 1961, the sorority increased the number of awards from one to three, and over time their dollar value has been raised. At present, three annual awards of $20,000 each are given. Two awards are named for the national presidents who were instrumental in the creation of the awards: Elizabeth Winston Lanier and Ann Doner Vaughn. The third is known as the Young Investigator's Award.

In the years since their inception, the Kappa Delta Awards have totaled over a million dollars. The awards are bestowed for outstanding manuscripts that focus on basic and/or clinical research related to the musculoskeletal system. Many recipients have cited the Kappa Delta Awards as having been the decisive factor in encouraging them to continue in the field of research. The orthopaedic research awards are one of the four national philanthropies supported by Kappa Delta Sorority and the Kappa Delta Foundation.