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Milsteins Lauded for Their Generosity

The Department of Surgery honored philanthropists Paul and Irma Milstein at its annual reception Oct. 7 for their major gift that established the Paul and Irma Milstein Laboratories. The reception, which took place at the P&S Faculty Club, also honored new faculty members as well as those who have returned from humanitarian missions and received promotions and awards. Chairman Eric Rose presided over the celebration of the department's achievements during the past academic year. Pictured, from left, are Paul and Irma Milstein and Dr. Rose.



Innovation is Legacy of Former SDOS Dean

A symposium presented by the School of Dental and Oral Surgery Oct. 10 honored the work of Dr. Melvin Moss, right, professor emeritus at SDOS and in anatomy at P&S. The symposium, "Advances in the Modeling of Form: Clinical and Computational Interfaces," featured an international panel of speakers at the Morningside campus. Dr. Moss, who was SDOS dean from 1968 to 1973, developed the functional matrix theory, which has led to a major shift in the study of craniofacial morphology and growth.



Police Captains Brief Health Sciences on Safety

Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, and representatives from Columbia security and the Office of Government and Community Affairs had a breakfast meeting with New York City Police Department captains and officers from the 33rd and 34th police precincts Oct. 21 in the P&S Faculty Club. The group discussed neighborhood security concerns and the captains gave an update on how their precincts are protecting Columbia and the community. Pictured, from left, are Jeannine Jennette, associate director of security; Jason Wilcox, captain, 33rd precinct; James Kehoe, captain, 34th precinct; Ray Diaz, assistant chief, Manhattan North; and Ken Finnegan, acting assistant vice president for security.



Giant Cake is Centerpiece of Columbia's Birthday Bash

A 13-foot high, 3 1/2-ton frosted red-velvet colored birthday cake in the shape of Morningside's Low Library was displayed at Columbia's 250th birthday bash Oct. 17 on the south field. Despite the rain, approximately 3,500 Columbia faculty, staff, students, and alumni participated in the celebration. The birthday bash, which kicks off a year-long anniversary commemoration, included student performances and the viewing of Ric Burns' film about the history of Columbia. A proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg was unveiled declaring Oct. 17 "Columbia 250th Anniversary Day" in New York City.



Retirement Party Honors Health Sciences Leader

Thomas Q. Morris, Alumni Professor of Clinical Medicine, vice president for Health Sciences, and vice dean, was honored at a dinner Oct. 15 upon his retirement from Columbia. The reception, which took place at the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library at the Morningside campus, included remarks by Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, and Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. A video of Dr. Morris' 50-year career at Columbia was produced by the Center for Biomedical Communications. The Bard Hall Players performed songs from Broadway shows spanning the past 50 years. Earlier that day, Dr. Morris was recognized for his leadership in medical education at the Dr. Thomas Q. Morris Symposium, "What is the Future of Medical Education?" at P&S. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Morris; Dr. Ruth Fischbach, professor of bioethics; and Dr. Gerald Fischbach.



Surgery Awards Startup Research Grants The research committee of the Department of Surgery has awarded startup research grants to 23 researchers: Drs. Heesum Kwak, Jae-O Bae, Charles Yoon, Timothy Martens, Samuel Soffer, Faisal Cheema, James Lee, Yousef Odeh, Dmitri Belov, Kenneth Flanagan, Nickalesh Ippagunta, George Berberian, Christopher Mutrie, Alistair Phillips, Jason Fisher, Juliet Park, Robert Cowles, Nicholas Dang, Stamatis (Steve) Xydas, Eric Liu, John Lew, Patricia Sylla, and Deon Vigilance.

Stephen Rayport, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, received an Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for his research, "Analysis of hypoglutamatergic schizophrenia model by transgenic tissue-specific rescue of glutaminase."


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