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Irvings Named Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs Herbert and Florence Irving, pictured above, have agreed to serve as the honorary chairs for the new Health Sciences Capital Campaign, whose goal is to raise more than $1 billion for the division's initiatives by 2009. The honor recognizes the Irvings' remarkable generosity to the university and their continuing endeavors to publicize needs and opportunities at Health Sciences to potential donors. The Irvings' philanthropic support, the greatest in the history of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, has resulted in the creation of several buildings, centers, and programs that bear their name: the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Irving Cancer Research Center (to open in 2003), the Irving Center for Clinical Research, the Herbert Irving Pavilion, and the Irving Scholars awards, which sponsor young researchers. "The Irvings' acceptance honors us all," says Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean. "It has lifted our spirits as we take the first steps in planning the campaign that will help us reach new levels of excellence in biomedical sciences."

Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony The Master of Science program in Physical Therapy held its fourth annual White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 8 for 30 first-year students. The ceremony, initiated by Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold through the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, was designed to help encourage empathy and humanism in medicine. Students at the event donned white coats and recited the American physical therapy code of ethics. Program director Dr. Risa Granick noted the white coat symbolizes the trust patients place in their therapists. Featured speakers included Dr. Gold, professor of clinical neurology and pediatrics, and Dr. Kenneth J. Harwood, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Students Welcomed into Public Health More than 200 students at the Mailman School of Public Health's second annual convocation on Aug. 27 recited the public health professional's declaration of human rights in a ceremony that inducted students into the profession. Dr. David Rosner, professor of sociomedical sciences and director of the Center for the History and Ethics in Public Health, delivered the keynote address about the history of public health. Also present were Dr. Allan Rosenfield, dean; Dr. Ngina Lythcott, vice dean; and department chairs.

Countdown for New Children's Hospital Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, far left, joined others on Oct. 16 at the capital campaign countdown for the new Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. The hospital, scheduled to open next fall, will be a nine-story facility housing inpatient and diagnostic services, a neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, and floors dedicated to specialized services, including cardiology, neurology, oncology and surgery. The building will have 100 medical/surgical beds, 41 pediatric critical-care beds, and 50 neonatal critical-care beds, along with child life centers, classrooms, and family lounges. The campaign has raised $95.5 million of its $120 million goal.

Oxford CEO Speaks at Mailman The Mailman School of Public Health hosted a lecture by Dr. Norman Payson, above left, chairman and CEO of Oxford Health Plans, on Oct. 17. More than 150 alumni, students, faculty, and invited guests attended his discussion about the history of HMOs and their current condition. Dr. Payson also provided an analysis of today's insurance climate in which traditional indemnity coverage no longer exists and consumers increasingly bear greater responsibility for the cost of care. He predicted managed care will retain its competitive position by offering a hybrid of indemnity and managed care, while the public will continue to see an escalation in costs. Also pictured with Dr. Payson is Dr. Sherry Glied, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy at Mailman, and Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Mailman dean.

A New Link to Bioethics The Center for Bioethics has launched a web site ( to provide information and resources about Columbia bioethics projects and initiatives. It also has a calendar of events. Links direct users to subjects ranging from writing grants to addressing conflict of interest issues. Center director Dr. Ruth Fischbach says the site will help keep the Health Sciences and Morningside campuses current about each campus' activities related to biomedical ethics. In addition, the site is a resource for other colleges, universities, and medical centers.

Dental Students Get NHSC Scholarships Four School of Dental and Oral Surgery students have received National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships, among several dozen awarded annually to the nation's 52 dental schools. Third- and fourth-year students may apply for the program and receive full tuition for the remainder of their enrollment. In return, they must practice primary care dentistry in underserved regions of the country following graduation for a minimum of two years. While they do not select their future work locations, they are allowed input. Third-year students Ryan Lee, Raj Lotwala, and Veronika Vazquez, along with senior Long Nguyen, were named NHSC awardees. "The hope is that they will like practicing in these communities and want to stay longer," says Dr. Martin Davis, associate dean for student and alumni affairs and director of the school's pediatric division.

Karen Marder, professor of neurology and director of the Huntington's Disease Center, has been named the first recipient of the Sally Kerlin Professorship of Neurology. The professorship is funded through a pledge of $1.5 million from New York-based lawyer Gilbert Kerlin in honor of his late wife for the care she received at Columbia. Dr. Marder is the principal investigator for an NIH-funded study of the genetic epidemiology of Parkinson's disease and is a site principal investigator for five multi-center studies on Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. Since 1977, Dr. Marder has been an associate director of the Irving Center for Clinical Research.

Eleanor Schuker, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center, was honored by the Museum of Natural History on Oct. 1 for founding the Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. The program, celebrating its 25th anniversary, provides advocacy for victims of violent crimes. Dr. Schuker served as the program's first psychiatric director. A plaque presented by museum administrators said her work and support "has forever changed the ways in which law enforcement and medical professionals respond to victims of crime."

Cheryl Waters, chief of clinical practices and services in the Division of Movement Disorders, has been named the first Albert B. and Judith I. Glickman Professor of Clinical Neurology. Principal funding for the professorship comes from a $1.1 million grant from the Glickmans, on behalf of Dr. Waters, who is Mr. Glickman's neurologist. A second gift of $225,000 was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Jacoby, in addition to gifts from other donors. Dr. Waters has a national reputation as a clinician, educator, and researcher for testing and promoting new drugs for Parkinson's disease and related disorders. Her handbook, "Diagnosis and Management of Parkinson's Disease," is widely used by physicians, medical students, and patients.