People in the News

People in the news 10.5.12

ESTHER STERNBERG, MD, has joined the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine as director of research. She also joins the faculty of the UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), where she will establish and direct the Institute on Place and Well-Being. Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries proving the role of the brain’s stress response in arthritis, autoimmune and other debilitating illnesses. She received her medical degree and trained in rheumatology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., before joining the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., in 1986. She is the author of “The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions” and “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being.” For more information, visit

SUSAN CLAASSEN, managing artistic director of the Invisible Theatre, was named Best Actress for 2012 by Phoenix New Times for her performance in “A Conversation with Edith Head,” which she will reprise at IT Oct. 11-14.