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P&S and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery welcomed the class of 2007 with white coat ceremonies on August 22. The ceremonies are an annual rite of passage recognizing the responsibility of the healthcare professional early in the practitioner's training. At the P&S ceremony (top photo), 151 students took turns donning their white coats on stage in the Alumni Auditorium. It is a program begun a decade ago at Columbia by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is now a tradition at medical schools throughout the country and abroad through the foundation's grants. This year's ceremony was dedicated to the late Russell Berrie, a major Columbia philanthropist and Gold Foundation supporter. The keynote speaker at the P&S ceremony was Dr. Jordan Cohen, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Delivering the keynote address at the SDOS ceremony, in which 75 students participated at the Hammer Health Sciences Center, was Dr. Albert Thompson, assistant clinical professor of dentistry and faculty adviser of the SDOS Professional Societies. In the bottom photo, SDOS students gathered after the ceremony to celebrate.

Mailman Receives $6M Gift for Infectious Disease Lab and Professorship

The Mailman School of Public Health has received a $6 million gift from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation to establish the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory, devoted to global health through the exploration of the causes, diagnoses, and treatment of infectious diseases. The gift also endows the Jerome L. and Dawn Greene Professorship in Epidemiology, which will be held by W. Ian Lipkin, director of the new laboratory. Dr. Lipkin's team at the Greene laboratory is multi-disciplinary, composed of scientists in the fields of molecular biology, virology, biochemistry, neurology, psychiatry, pathology, veterinary medicine, neuropharmacology, bioinformatics, and animal behavior.

The late Jerome L. Greene, a major donor to Columbia University, was a graduate of both Columbia College and Columbia Law School. His wife Dawn has continued his philanthropy through the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Mrs. Greene's gift, said Dr. Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School, "provides the New York region with cutting edge technology that will facilitate biomedical discovery."

P&S-sponsored Symposium Kicks Off Columbia's 250th Anniversary

Beginning in October, Columbia will observe its 250th anniversary with a yearlong series of events and activities, including the opening weekend symposium, "Genes and Genomes: Impact on Medicine and Society." An international group of scholars and researchers will speak at the symposium, taking place at Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred E. Lerner Hall on Columbia's Morningside campus on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations may be made and other events viewed online at

One-Stop Computer Help Desk Opens

Columbia University Biomedical and Health Information Services (CUbhis) has inaugurated 5-HELP, the new state-of-the-art call center facility for computer and peripheral technical support. Health Sciences faculty, staff and students now need only to call one phone number, 5-HELP (4356) to speak with experienced, knowledgeable support technicians offering around-the-clock assistance.

P&S Pediatric Neurologist Honored at Yankee Stadium

Darryl De Vivo, the Sidney Carter Professor of Neurology and professor of pediatrics, was honored at a Yankee Stadium pre-game ceremony near home plate Aug. 6 for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and management of pediatric neurological and genetic disorders. The honor was awarded by Exceptional Parent magazine as part of its Disability Awareness Nights, held at 10 major league baseball stadiums throughout the country. The magazine also honored Paul and Vicky Giblin of the Colleen Giblin Foundation, which helps promote research at Columbia in memory of their 4-year-old daughter, who died of an inoperable brain tumor. Pictured from left are Vicky and Paul Giblin; Dr. Lynn Van Antwerpen, Center for the Disabled; and Dr. De Vivo with his patients Daniel Gaine, holding plaque, and Daniel Minassian.

Professor Provides Entertainment for Young Patients

Steven Valerio, 11, a patient at the pediatric hematology clinic in the Harkness Pavilion, plays a video game on one of two computers donated by Dr. Pamela Flood, assistant professor of anesthesiology. Dr. Flood, who also donated video games to the clinic, says she hopes that when people learn of this donation, "it might give others in the university community the idea to do the same."

Michael O'Connor, associate clinical professor of health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health, has been named vice president for budget and finance and senior associate dean in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine. In this new role, Dr. O'Connor will serve as the chief financial officer at Health Sciences. For the past 23 years, Dr. O'Connor was a senior administrator at Mailman. Since 1998, he was Mailman's chief financial and operating officer and vice dean for finance and administration. He holds a doctor of education degree in higher education finance and management from Columbia's Teachers College and a Master's of public administration from City University of New York.

James Uyanik, assistant professor of clinical dentistry, has been appointed director of the Center for Oral, Facial and Head Pain in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery. Dr. Uyanik received his D.D.S. at SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He then went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral residency program in orofacial pain at UCLA. The Center for Oral, Facial and Head Pain offers an interdisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, management, and treatment of these disorders.

Domenico Accili, professor of medicine and director of Columbia's Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, received the American Diabetes Association's Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. Dr. Accili has an international reputation as a premier molecular geneticist of insulin resistance. His current research focuses on the role of different tissues in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Karen Antman, Wu Professor of Medicine, professor of pharmacology, chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, and director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named president of the American Association of Cancer Research. She took over the presidency for 2003-2004 at the association's annual meeting in July.

Amy Fairchild, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, received Columbia's Presidential Teaching Award for excellence. Dr. Fairchild is the author of "Science at the Borders: Immigrant Medical Inspection and the Shaping of the Modern Industrial Labor Force," published by Johns Hopkins Press in June 2003.

Thomas Franke, assistant professor of pharmacology, received a $100,000 research grant from the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation for his work on the development of new therapeutics in the fight against breast cancer.

Welton Gersony, Nadas Professor of Pediatric Cardiology and director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Center in Children's Hospital, was selected to receive the 2003 Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Heart Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young. The award is presented to a council member who has made substantial contributions to the field. Dr. Gersony will receive the award at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla. in November.

Steven Kaplan, Given Foundation Professor of Urology and vice chairman of urology, received the John Kingsley Lattimer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Urology from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America. The award is named for Dr. John Kingsley Lattimer, professor emeritus of urology and former chairman of the Department of Urology at P&S.

Michael Weicker '06 was awarded a brain tumor research fellowship at Columbia from the American Brain Tumor Association and the Ciamporcero Fund. He will be mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, professor of neurological surgery, as he conducts research on "convection-enhanced delivery of anti-tumor compounds in gliomas."