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A Gift of Thanks Morgan Moubayed, 8, center, and her sister, Dani, 9, present checks totaling $1,250 to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and EEG Laboratory at the Neurological Institute. The girls, whose sister, Sophia, 2, is a patient at the center, collected the donations from family, friends, and neighbors to purchase toys for the center's pediatric patients. Morgan and Dani, who recently celebrated their birthdays, gave up their presents to add to the donations. Also pictured, from left, are Robin Katz, the girls' mother; Mary Nealon, pediatric nurse practitioner at the epilepsy center; Dr. Martha Morrell, the center's director; and Dr. Linda Leary, head of the center's pediatric division.

Dental Molecular Biology Laboratory Dr. Robert J. Genco, distinguished professor and vice provost of science, technology transfer and economic outreach, at State University of New York at Buffalo, right, holds a guest lecturer plaque given to him by Dr. Panos N. Papapanou, associate professor of dentistry and director of the Division of Periodontics at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, at the opening of the Bernard S. Moskow laboratory on Nov. 22. The lab provides space for the division's expanding molecular biology research. At the dedication, Dr. Genco discussed oral infection in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis.

Toy Drive The Mailman School of Public Health's Black & Latino Student Caucus sponsored a toy drive from Nov. 20 through Dec. 6 to benefit the children of fallen 9/11 EMS workers. The toys also will be given to disadvantaged children during a Christmas party at St. Clare's Hospital in New York on Dec. 19. Pictured in the Mailman student commons lounge are Jennifer Pierre, SMS'05, and Ernesto Vasquez, SMS'05.

Bard Hall Players Perform The P&S Bard Hall Players, a theatrical group comprised of Columbia medical students, presented "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" from Nov. 21 through 24 in the P&S Alumni Auditorium. The play was directed by Mike Gallo P&S'03 and produced by Stephanie Leonard P&S'05 and Antoinette Wong, P&S'05. Pictured are actors, from left, Adam Regelmann (M.D./Ph.D.), Saral Mehra P&S'06, and Dave Anthony, P&S'06.

Dance the Lyme Away The National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases presented its inaugural fund-raiser, "Dance the Lyme Away Under the New York Stars," on the World Yacht Marina in New York on Nov. 16. The fund has supported research for tick-borne diseases, including the research of Dr. Brian Fallon, director of the Columbia Lyme Disease Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and associate professor of clinical psychiatry. Pictured from left are Dr. Leo Shea, neuropsychologist at New York University; Laura Sibert-Cardoza, fund-raiser co-chair and member of the board of directors of the National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases; Dr. Fallon; and Dr. Douglas Bunnell, director of the Renfrew Center of Southern Connecticut and member of the fund's planning committee.

Alumni Society Honors The Society of the Alumni of the Presbyterian Hospital presented the 2002 Distinguished Alumni of the Year awards to Lewis P. Rowland, professor and former chairman of neurology; and Alfred Jaretzki, III, associate professor of clinical surgery, on Nov. 6 at Low Library.

Walter Berdon, professor of radiology and former director of pediatric radiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, will be presented a gold medal for lifetime achievement by the American Roentgen Ray Society in May 2003. Dr. Berdon has been practicing pediatric radiology at Columbia Presbyterian for 40 years. He stepped down as director in July after serving in that position for 20 years.

Stephen Billick, lecturer in psychiatry, received the Outstanding Service Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law at its annual meeting held Oct. 24 to 27 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Jeffrey Fagan, professor of sociomedical sciences and founding director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention at the Mailman School of Public Health, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Criminology, in recognition of his scholarly contribution to the field. The induction took place at the society's annual meeting in Chicago on Nov. 13.

Edward Lee Nickoloff, professor of clinical radiology, has been elected vice chairman of the American College of Medical Physics. He will succeed to chairman and then chair of the board of directors. Dr. Nickoloff also has been elected secretary of the Health Physics Society's Greater New York chapter.

Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, and Wafaa Mahmoud El-Sadr, professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at Mailman and chief of the division of infectious diseases, Harlem Hospital, were honored by the New York City-based organization Iris House at its annual dinner on Nov. 7. Iris House, which provides free services for HIV-positive women and their families, honored Drs. Rosenfield and El-Sadr for their contributions to public health policy and the advancement of patient care standards.

Joshua Weintraub, assistant professor of radiology and associate director of the radiology residency, received one of three Physician of the Year awards for attending physicians from the nursing staff of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia Presbyterian campus. The award acknowledges physicians for their commitment to providing a collaborative and collegial environment that supports the highest standards of quality patient care and enhances clinical practice. Dr. Weintraub is the first radiologist to receive the award.

Wei Zheng, associate professor of clinical public health in environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, has received a three-year research award from Johnson & Johnson for his development of an immortal choroidal epithelial cell line as a screening tool to determine which drug candidates can cross the blood brain/CSF barrier.

Dr. Emanuel M. Papper, the first chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, died on Dec. 3.

In 1949, Dr. Papper was named the director of the anesthesiology service within Columbia's Department of Surgery. In 1952, he was appointed chairman of the newly created Department of Anesthesiology, the youngest department chairman in the school's history. During Dr. Papper's tenure, subspecialty groups within the department were established, specifically devoted to pediatrics, obstetrics, and neurosurgery. The educational program for residents was expanded and a required clinical clerkship in anesthesiology for all Columbia medical students was introduced. Dr. Papper's achievements have been honored by the creation of a university lectureship and professorship in his name.

Carlos Alfonso, assistant professor of clinical dentistry, lectured to more than 300 dentists at the Dominican Dental Association meeting in Teaneck, N.J., on Nov. 23. His presentation was entitled "What Dentists Should Know in Order to Restore the First Implant Case."

Lynne Quittell, associate clinical professor of pediatrics and medicine, and director of Columbia's Cystic Fibrosis Center, visited Beersheva, Israel, on Nov. 19 and 20 to teach students in the M.D. Program in International Health and Medicine at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The program, in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences, offers the world's first medical degree designed to train doctors in the practice of international health and population-based medicine.

NCBI Offers Database Course The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, is presenting a training course at Health Sciences titled "A Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources" Feb. 11 and 12, 2003. The course consists of a required three-hour lecture, optional hands-on computer workshops, and one-on-one consultations. The course is free and open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is Jan. 30, 2003. To register and for further information go to

The 2003 holiday schedule for Health Sciences is as follows:
Wednesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day
Monday, Jan. 20 Martin Luther King's Birthday (Observed)
Monday, Feb. 17 President's Day
Monday, May 26 Memorial Day (Observed)
Friday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, Sept. 1 Labor Day
Tuesday, Nov. 4 Election Day
Thursday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Nov. 28 University Designated Holiday
Thursday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Friday, Dec. 26 University Designated Holiday

Note: Slightly different holiday schedules are observed at the Morningside campus, Harlem Hospital, and for TWU Local 241.

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