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Dr. Samuel Silverstein, the John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and professor of medicine, received the New York City Mayor's Award for Public Understanding of Science at an Oct. 8 ceremony in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored Dr. Silverstein for developing and directing the Summer Research Program for Secondary School Science Teachers, which has provided hands-on research opportunities and practical science experience to New York-area science teachers for the past 14 years.

Faculty Welcomes New Chairman of Medicine

Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, welcomed Dr. David Brenner as the new chairman of the Department of Medicine at a dinner reception Sept. 30 at the Terrace in the Sky Restaurant on the Morningside campus. Dr. Brenner joined Columbia in March from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and the Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor of Digestive Diseases.

Pediatric Dental Clinic Opens

The School of Dental and Oral Surgery opened its new pediatric dentistry office Oct. 7 on the 8th floor of the Mailman Building at 722 W. 168th St. The six-chair state-of-the-art facility was designed to be child and wheelchair friendly and includes digital radiography and dental laser capability on site. The project is part of the school's Community DentCare program to expand access to oral health care for the communities in northern Manhattan. The site is operated by the postdoctoral pediatric dentistry program. Pictured is patient Hugo Malo being examined by pediatric dental resident Selene Wun.

Diabetes Center Walks for a Cure

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center participated in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes Sept. 21. More than 100 Berrie Center staff and patients, along with their families and friends, walked from Foley Square Park near City Hall, across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, and back. The Berrie Center walkers raised approximately $10,000 for the foundation. The walkers wore T-shirts decorated with a picture of a boy searching for a cure for diabetes on the moon, drawn by an 8-year-old with the disease. Pictured, from left, on the Brooklyn Bridge, are Michele Hughes, mother of Lauryn, being held, and Analeigh, standing, a patient at the center; Laura Golden, pediatric nurse educator; and Sabrina Gianini, nutritionist.

Technical Help Line Begins Operations

The 5-HELP call center for technical support opened Oct. 1 on PH 18, with a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by Robert Blechman, director of the center, left, and Frank Moore, associate vice president for information resources. The staff of customer service professionals can assist Columbia faculty, staff, and students with password resets, e-mail problems, network connectivity issues, off-the-shelf software questions, desktop client problems, security and virus issues, and other technical problems. For 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service call 5-4357. For more information visit

Students Reach Out to Improve Health of Area Seniors

The Columbia Center for the Active Life of Minority Elders and the Center for the Health of Urban Minorities sponsored medical and nursing students who provided blood pressure screenings, health education, and a variety of health-promotion activities at senior centers in northern Manhattan. Nursing student Carley Weitzman takes the blood pressure of a northern Manhattan resident at the ARC Fort Washington Senior Center on Broadway and 174th Street.

Professor Honored for Work with Huntington's Patients

Stanley Fahn, the H. Houston Merritt Professor of Neurology and scientific director of the Department of Neurology's Division of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders, received the Guthrie Family Humanitarian Award from the Huntington's Disease Society of America at the seventh annual Guthrie Awards Dinner Oct. 2 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Dr. Fahn received the award for his compassion and concern for the care and support of people with Huntington's disease. Singer John Mellencamp was also among the award winners. The society was founded in honor of folksinger Woody Guthrie, who died of Huntington's disease.

Internet Video Link to 250th Anniversary Symposium Did you miss attending Columbia's 250th anniversary symposium, "The Impact of Genes and Genomes on Medicine and Society" on Oct. 16 and 17? It's not too late —you can see and hear the online version of the symposium, which includes video, slides, links, and speaker bios —starting the first week of November at

Conference Examines Issues of Gender in Research The fourth annual Conference on Gender-Specific Medicine Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Manhattan presented current research on the impact of gender on normal function as well as disease. The issues of industry-funded research and public concerns over conflict of interest were also discussed.

Paul LoGerfo, the David V. Habif Professor of Surgery and director of the Endocrine-Thyroid Research Laboratory, died Sept. 16 at age 64. Dr. LoGerfo is recognized as one of the world's leading thyroid and parathyroid surgeons. Early in his career at Columbia Dr. LoGerfo developed the thyroglobulin assay, which remains one of the most commonly used methods for detecting recurrent thyroid cancer. In the late 1980s, he pioneered a new technique in thyroid and parathyroid surgery by using local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. LoGerfo was also an artist whose sculptures have appeared in several galleries around the country.

A memorial tribute will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, Amsterdam Avenue at West 117th Street.

Joyce Anastasi, the Helen F. Pettit Professor of Clinical Nursing, has been designated by the New York State Nurses Foundation as the recipient of the foundation's 2003 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award.

Anne Elayne Bernstein, clinical professor of psychiatry, will receive the Bertha VanHoosen Award for her leadership and service to the American Medical Women's Association at its annual meeting in February 2004.

Samantha Cramoy P&S'04, was elected to a one-year term as the alternate delegate of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section Governing Council. The alternate delegate is instrumental in leading the section in its policy-making decisions and advocacy efforts.

The School of Dental and Oral Surgery received a one-year planning grant of $100,000 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to promote the growth of basic science research. SDOS was among 15 schools to receive the grant. In addition, the school received a grant of more than $217,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help provide oral health services for HIV/AIDS patients.

Steven Heymsfield, professor of medicine and deputy director of the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, received the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) award, the highest research award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Dr. Heymsfield was honored for his lifetime scientific achievements.

Bruce Levin, professor and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health, is the newly appointed co-editor of the column "Chance at the Bar" for the publication Chance, a quarterly publication of the American Statistical Association. The column focuses on public policy issues relevant to the fields of law and statistics.

Mindee Barham has joined the Mailman School of Public Health as director of development. She will manage the school's fund-raising initiatives for the new building, endowed student financial aid, and faculty support with individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Fred Kass, professor of clinical psychiatry, has been named interim chairman of the P&S Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Kass joined the P&S faculty 25 years ago as an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.