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In late July, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, announced that David Hirsh will become the first executive vice president for research at Columbia on Sept.1. Dr. Hirsh has been at Columbia since 1990 as the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Professor and chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Hirsh will focus on issues involving various facets of research – from matters of compliance to facilitating external funding opportunities to helping formulate university-level policies with respect to research.

Dr. Hirsh is a molecular biologist working in the fields of molecular genetics of development and nucleic acid structure and function. His research has focused on gene expression in early development and the processing and maturation of messenger RNA. More recently, he has sought to define the molecular basis of the inflammatory response.

From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Hirsh was executive vice president and director of research at Synergen Inc., a biotechnology company whose purpose was to develop proteins as therapeutics for treating disease.

Renowned Cell Biologist is Welcomed to Columbia

James Rothman, one of the world's leading cell biologists, was welcomed to Columbia at a dinner reception at the Terrace Restaurant near the Columbia Morningside campus July 10. Dr. Rothman joins the faculty as a professor in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at P&S and will help establish a new Center for Chemical Biology. He is renowned for his research into the mechanisms underlying transport of proteins within cells and was the 2002 winner of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and Columbia's Louisa Gross Horwitz prize, both considered predictors of future Nobel Prize winners. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Rothman was vice chairman of Sloan-Kettering Institute and helped found the Department of Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Rothman; Lee Bollinger, president, Columbia University; Dr. Andrew Marks, chairman of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics; and Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean.

Memorial Fund Benefits Renal Cell Cancer Research

A luncheon marking the establishment of the Andrea Powers Memorial Research Fund to support and encourage renal cell cancer research at Columbia took place at the P&S Faculty Club on July 10. Leland and Sheran Powers established the fund to honor and pay tribute to their daughter, Andrea, who died of renal cell cancer in March. All funds will strengthen the Department of Medicine's renal cell cancer research, including the work of Dr. Daniel Petrylak, associate professor of medicine, who treated Andrea. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund may contact Laura Chiappetta in Development, at 212-304-7214.

Pictured, from left, are Maurice Piergrossi, Andrea Powers' fiancée; Sheran Powers; Dr. Petrylak; and Leland Powers. They are standing by a photo of Andrea taken by Mr. Piergrossi.

John Herbert, clinical professor of anesthesiology, has been appointed senior associate dean, P&S, with operational responsibility for the Harlem Hospital Center affiliation. Dr. Herbert will continue to serve as director of anesthesiology at Harlem Hospital Center.

Marian Jakubiak has been appointed special assistant to Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean. In this position, she will manage the dean's calendar and coordinate special projects. For the past year, Ms. Jakubiak served as the assistant to Harvey Colten, vice president and senior associate dean for translational research, and to Joanna Rubinstein, associate dean for institutional affairs.

In a related appointment, Claudia Allon is the new executive assistant to Dr. Colten. She will coordinate the activities for the academic program committee, departmental reviews, and search committees. Ms. Allon joins Columbia from E*TRADE Financial in New York, where she served as chief of staff.

Theresa Larivee has been appointed deputy vice president of budget and finance and associate dean for finance. Ms. Larivee has 11 years of experience at Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a variety of progressively responsible administrative positions. Her most recent position was chief financial officer for the Department of Surgery.