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Dr. Thomas Jessell, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Dr. Anna Marie Pyle, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, were among five Columbia professors honored with the 2002 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology. Dr. Jessell was given the award in the Biological and Medical Sciences category and Dr. Pyle received a Young Investigator award.

The Mayor's Awards recognize the important role members of the science and engineering communities play in the city's success. The mayor's office chooses winners from a list of finalists provided by the New York Academy of Science.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the two with their awards in a ceremony held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens in June. Dr. Jessell also was recently honored by the National Academy of Sciences, which elected him a foreign associate in April.


The P&S Class of 2004 officially made the move from basic science to clinical study during the Student Clinician's Ceremony, which was sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and held June 21.

Following an introduction from Dr. Steven Miller, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Dr. Thomas Garrett, professor of clinical medicine (oncology), praised the class members for their accomplishments and offered them best wishes as they moved to the next phase of their education.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Excellence and Teaching Awards. Six residents were chosen for their commitment to teaching and dedication to patient care by the Class of 2003, which just finished its clinical year. They were Dr. Rishi Gupta, neurology; Dr. Grace S. Hyun, urology; Dr. James Mojica, medicine; Dr. Zephaniah Okeke, surgery; Dr. Catherine Salva, OB/GYN; and Dr. Audra Schweitzer, pediatrics.

A video produced by second-year students Brock Macdonald, Scott Paul, Scott Rickert, and Ben Scott provided insight into the issues students face as they prepare for clinical rotations. In the video, second-year students described what they liked most and least about their first two years at P&S and their concerns about their third year, and third- and fourth-years shared stories and advice.

The new clinicians, after being presented with a survival guide and transition pin designed by the Class of 2004, were officially welcomed as third-years by Dr. Arnold P. Gold, professor of clinical neurology and clinical pediatrics. After reciting the Hippocratic Oath, all made their way to the Faculty Club for a reception.

—Aileen Moroney

The reopening of the renovated Paul Milstein Institute for Surgical Science was commemorated with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast in June. The institute comprises a network of coordinated laboratories and houses clinical and basic research projects. On hand to officially open the institute were, from left, Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; Irma Milstein; Dr. Anne Marie Schmidt, associate professor of surgery and division chief, Paul Milstein Institute for Surgical Science; Paul Milstein; Dr. Eric Rose, the Morris and Rose Milstein/Johnson & Johnson Professor of Surgery and department chair; Howard Milstein; and Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, the Jose M. Ferrer Professor of Clinical Surgery.


Connie Gao, Xiaoming Zhang, and Magnon Reyes, all members of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery's Class of 2005, have been awarded summer fellowships at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health.

The program is designed to promote the professional careers of talented dental students through exposure to the latest advances in oral health research, clinical care, and administration. Fellows are assigned to mentors and research projects that reflect their qualifications and interests. They are encouraged to take advantage of professional growth opportunities, such as publishing in scholarly journals and presenting research findings at scientific meetings.

SDOS is the most well-represented dental school among this year's class of fellows; three of nine available fellowships were awarded to SDOS students.


Columbia University's Science & Technology Ventures last month welcomed high-level officers from Johnson & Johnson to Health Sciences to foster new academic and industrial collaborations. The full-day itinerary began with overviews of the neuroscience research being conducted at Health Sciences. J&J's Dr. Stanley Shapiro spoke of grant opportunities. Smaller breakout sessions offered people from both institutions the chance to talk more in depth about common research interests.


Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Shane, professor of clinical medicine, have been named associate program directors of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Dr. Rosenbaum will be responsible for the Adult Inpatient Unit, while Dr. Shane will oversee the GCRC Core Laboratory.

The GCRC, which is housed in the Irving Center for Clinical Research, was established in 1971 to provide the infrastructure that allows medical investigators to conduct safe, state-of-the-art, and patient-oriented research. The facilities include separate adult inpatient and outpatient units; bionutrition, computing, and core laboratory facilities; and research and administrative space.


The School of Dental and Oral Surgery has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to enhance its Dental Assistant Training Program. The funds—which total $384,900 over two years—will be used to hire additional faculty and strengthen applicant recruitment by providing emergency daycare assistance for students.

The one-year, tuition-free training program is designed to educate local residents—many of whom are unemployed or underemployed. The only one of its kind in the New York City area, the training program is in its fourth year and boasts 52 graduates. With the exception of six students who entered more advanced educational programs, all graduates are employed as dental assistants, mostly in northern Manhattan.


The Department of Government and Community Affairs held a breakfast to welcome the new commanding officers at the New York Police Department's 33rd and 34th precincts, which serve the Washington Heights and Inwood areas. Above, 34th Precinct Captain James Kehoe, far left, and 33rd Precinct Captain Jason Wilcox, third from left, stand with Ivy Fairchild, associate vice president for government and community affairs, and Ross Frommer, deputy vice president for government and community affairs.


KAREN ANTMAN, the Wu Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the 2002-2003 term. The AACR, which has an international membership of more than 18,000 laboratory and clinical scientists, was founded to accelerate the prevention and cure of cancer through research, education, communication, and advocacy.

DIMITRIOS HATZIS, clinical fellow in medicine, is a recipient of GlaxoSmithKline's Research Fellowship Award. The award—given to researchers in the fields of pulmonary and allergy medicine—is for his project, "Comparison of Intracellular Signaling by Two Distinct Allelic Forms of the IL-4 Receptor Alpha Chain."

DAVID M. KROL, assistant professor of pediatrics at P&S, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Mailman School of Public Health, and an associate of the Center for Oral Health Policy at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, has been awarded a Soros Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute of New York. The fellowship is designed to help healthcare providers cultivate advocacy skills through collaborations with U.S.-based non-profit organizations. Dr. Krol will work with the Children's Dental Health Project in Washington, D.C., to provide better primary medical and dental care services in socially vulnerable and special needs pediatric populations.

BRUCE LINK, professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, received the 2002 Leonard Pearlin Award, the highest honor offered by the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association. The award is in recognition for outstanding contributions to the sociology of mental health and illness. At the Mailman School, Dr. Link is director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention and the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program.

HERBERT PARDES, professor of psychiatry and president of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was elected to the 2002 class of fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is an international society that includes the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders. Dr. Pardes and the rest of the class of 2002 will be welcomed into the academy at an induction ceremony in October.

GERALD E. THOMSON, the Lambert Professor of Medicine and the Robert Sonneborn Professor of Medicine, was one of five professors who received Columbia University's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the 2002 Commencement. The award, established in 1996, honors Columbia's best teachers for the influence they have on their students as well as their dedication to the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence.



DR. ERWIN CHARGAFF,
Dr. Erwin Chargaff, a central figure in the history of biochemistry and, in particular, to our knowledge about DNA, died June 20 at the age of 96. He joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1935 and was named professor of biochemistry in 1952. He retired to emeritus status in 1974. Dr. Chargaff was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and winner of numerous awards, including the 1974 National Medal of Science.


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