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Jeannine Jennette, associate director of security for the Health Sciences campus, joined Columbia in September 2002, following a career in the New York City Police Department. She was commanding officer for the 69th precinct in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and then assumed the same rank at the 67th precinct in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Before that, Ms. Jennette was in the Intelligence Division, covering security at Gracie Mansion and City Hall and in the Narcotics Division, running undercover assignments.

What are some highlights from your career at the NYPD?

When I was a lieutenant in the Intelligence Division, I was involved in an investigation that enabled emergency service officers to thwart a bomb threat on the subway at Atlantic Avenue. Within hours of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, I was assigned to the pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn, helping to set up a triage center so that excavation equipment could be mobilized to the site. Then I was zone commander at the site, supervising security and access for emergency crews. While at the Canarsie precinct, I had to deal with numerous incidents of gang violence between the Crips and the Bloods. I became a youth advocate, helping gang members turn their lives around.

How has your NYPD experience helped you in your position at Health Sciences?

I've navigated the city system—I know how it works. I'm used to dealing with diverse neighborhood cultures and quality of life issues. All of this is useful in understanding the greater Columbia community in Washington Heights. I deal with the local police precinct here and the community board. Although crime at the university is low compared with the precincts I've worked in, my experience in analyzing data about petty thefts and where to best utilize security resources has helped me a great deal. Some things I do here are pretty similar to what I did at the NYPD, such as assigning undercover officers to high-theft areas in the university.

What impact would you like to have on security here?

I'd like security to be viewed as a unit that fixes problems. We're well equipped to analyze high-crime areas and what can best be done to decrease crime. We're concentrating on educating everyone in the university about how to keep themselves and their valuables safe. We're available to suggest security changes in university departments, whether it be the addition of surveillance cameras or an officer on patrol. It's important for everyone to be security-minded and we're here to help.



Double Helix Discovery Gala The 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helical structure of DNA by Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick was celebrated at a black-tie dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Feb. 28. The three institutions that spearheaded the research, Columbia University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Rockefeller University, were co-organizers of the event, along with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Nobel prize winners and leaders in science, business, politics, and entertainment attended the gala, which was hosted by television journalist Charlie Rose. Pictured, front row, from left, are Robert Bruce Merrifield, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1984; Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; Michael Brown, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985; James Watson, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1962; Maclyn McCarty, professor emeritus, Rockefeller University; Arthur Kornberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1959; Walter Gilbert, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1980; Edward Rover, president, Charles A. Dana Foundation; Eric Kandel, University Professor of Physiology and Cell Biophysics, Psychiatry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia, and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2000; and Joseph Goldstein, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985. Back row, from left: Thomas Cech, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989; Günter Blobel, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1999; Philip Sharp, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1993; William Safire, syndicated columnist at the New York Times; Hamilton Smith, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1978; Tom Sakmar, head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Rockefeller University; and Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1989.


Nobel Laureate Lecture Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg (P&S'51), foreground, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1976 for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus, presented grand rounds at the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases on March 3. His lecture was titled "Hepatitis B Virus: Prevention of Cancer with a Vaccine." Also pictured is Dr. Harold Frucht, assistant professor of clinical medicine at P&S, who hosted the lecture.


Jeffrey Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, professor of health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health, and director of Columbia's Earth Institute, presented the Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities on Feb. 19. He spoke on "The Role of U.S. Universities in the Health Challenges Facing the Low-Income Countries." Pictured at the ceremony is Gerald Fischbach, left, executive vice president and dean, with Dr. Sachs, who received the P&S Dean's Distinguished Award in the Humanities.


The neurocomputing section of the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) center was dedicated on March 6 at the Neurological Institute. The new computing resources will integrate many levels of data, including neuroimaging, behavior, physiology, electrophysiology, genetics, pharmacology, and nanotechnology. Representatives from Sun Microsystems, whose technologies are being used at the center, presented the center's director, Dr. Joy Hirsch, with a Sun Center for Excellence in Neuroscience recognition plaque. Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony are, from left, Sandrino Cueva, engineer, Sun Microsystems; Jerry Hindes, service manager, Sun Microsystems; Van Corbin, account manager, General Electric, which has a research contract with Dr. Hirsch's lab; Dr. Hirsch; Teresa Butler, sales executive, Sun Microsystems; Paul Stieman, district manager, Sun Microsystems; and Gillette Harriprashad, customer service, Sun Microsystems.


Bar Mitzvah Gifts Donated to Diabetes Center At his bar mitzvah celebration in January, Robert Sorrel, 13, asked his guests to donate gifts to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center's pediatric program. The $30,000 donation helps support a summer program that teaches children with diabetes how to better manage their disease. Robert, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3 and is a patient at the center, is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a nationally ranked tennis player. He visited the center on March 11.


Running in the Rain Children run to the finish line in Coogan's 5th Annual Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K/Kids Races on March 2. Despite the rain, more than 500 runners, including children and adults, helped raise $30,000 to benefit the Armory Track and Field Center. The race, from the Armory to Fort Tryon Park and back, was co-sponsored by Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Gospel, bagpipe, meringue, and salsa music accompanied runners every few blocks along the route.



Andrea Califano was appointed professor of biomedical informatics at P&S and chief of the Division of Bioinformatics of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. He will also serve as co-director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and director of bioinformatics for the Columbia Genome Center. Dr. Califano joins Columbia from First Genetic Trust, a company he co-founded and where he served as chief technology officer. Before that, he was the program director of the IBM Computational Biology Center and manager of the functional and structural genomics group of IBM's Watson Research Center.


Ronald Waldman, professor of clinical population and family health and director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Mailman, was a member of a team that recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Iraq. The mission of the team, made up of leaders in public health, food security and nutrition, primary healthcare, emergency and curative medicine, was to establish a baseline of current conditions and to assess the probable humanitarian consequences of war.

Patricia Miller, assistant professor of occupational therapy at P&S, was featured in a front-page story in the New York Times on March 5 titled "For Elderly, Fear of Falling is a Risk in Itself." Two of her student interns, Debra Mlotek'04 and Shira Dworetsky'04, were also profiled regarding their work at the Riverdale Senior Center in the Bronx as part of Dr. Miller's graduate course, Prevention and Rehabilitation with Older Adults.

Raising Funds for Ecuador Mission Monica Chmiel'04, a student in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, raised more than $1,300 from a campus bake sale to help fund an upcoming humanitarian mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador, with Healing the Children Northeast, a chapter of a medical volunteer organization that provides free medical care throughout the world to children who lack resources or health insurance. Ms. Chmiel will be part of the team, headed by Dr. Steven Roser, George Guttman Professor of Clinical Craniofacial Surgery at SDOS. The mission is scheduled to take place April 20 to 28. Ms. Chmiel was helped in her efforts by Zoila Noguerole, administrative manager, SDOS, and classmates Phyllis Chiang'04, Narmatha Sinnarajah'04, Amy Bryer'04, Michael Lin'03, and Celeste Fernandez'04.





Sharon Davies, research administrator and special projects coordinator of the Anxiety Disorders Unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, died Nov. 30 at age 52. A remembrance service was held for her Feb. 26 at the institute. Ms. Davies joined the institute in 1975 as a staff nurse and held positions that included head nurse and acting director of nursing. She was also chairman of the board of directors for Freedom from Fear, a non-profit mental illness advocacy association.


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