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Health Services Offers Students Expanded Benefits

Student Health Services has initiated expanded and improved health care offerings to all students on campus under the leadership of its new director, Dr. Samuel Seward, assistant professor of clinical medicine.

Among the initiatives are more primary care service hours, same-day and advance appointments, and a greatly expanded list of specialty care physicians available to care for students.

A health education division is being developed, which includes information on disease prevention, health maintenance, and proper nutrition. The service's Web site, has been improved to better meet student needs, with forms and brochures available online.

More than 100 students attended an open forum Oct. 12 to air their concerns about health care benefits. A new student advisory committee meets monthly and offers suggestions for further improvements.

"All this came about in response to students' needs. It's important to engage students in the process so we can provide the best health services available today," Dr. Seward says.

IRB Begins Monthly Meeting Series

The Columbia University Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) office has initiated an education/outreach program with a monthly meeting series for investigators and research coordinators. The objectives of these monthly meetings are to help ensure that all human subjects research is conducted in accordance with the federal regulations, in an ethical manner, and with high standards of excellence. In addition, the meetings provide an opportunity to form a network among researchers, the IRB, and the Office of Clinical Trials for the purposes of facilitating human research.

The next meeting is an introduction to the upcoming seminar series, led by George Gasparis, executive director of the IRB and Human Subjects Protection Program, on Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the P&S Alumni Auditorium. The guest speaker is Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean. A question and answer session for clinical investigators will follow.

For further information, call the IRB at 212-305-5883.

Lou Gehrig's 100th Birthday Bash Supports ALS Research

Columbia University and Columbia's Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center sponsored a celebration in honor of Lou Gehrig's centennial birthday Nov. 3 at the Low Library Rotunda on the Morningside campus. Gehrig, a Columbia alumnus who became a baseball legend, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The event, one of several planned to celebrate Columbia's 250th anniversary, featured rare Gehrig memorabilia on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Among the speakers were Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto, director, Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center and Ted Spencer, vice president and chief curator, National Baseball Hall of Fame. John Sterling, announcer for the New York Yankees was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker for the evening was Ray Robinson, Columbia alumnus and author of "The Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in his Time." The memorabilia included Gehrig's complete 1939 New York Yankees uniform, the bat he used in 1934 when he won the American League batting championship; his last baseball glove; and the plaque given to him by his teammates on Lou Gehrig Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the research center, established by the Gehrig estate in 1987. Pictured from left are John Sterling; Dr. Mitsumoto; Ray Robinson; David Stern, chair, Columbia's Board of Trustees and commissioner, National Basketball Association; and Ted Spencer.

Long-time Dental Professor Honored

The division of oral surgery of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery threw a surprise 80th birthday party for Dr. Louis Mandel, clinical professor in the division of oral surgery and director of the Salivary Gland Center, Oct. 30 in the P&S Faculty Club. Dr. Mandel has been a researcher and professor of oral surgery at SDOS for more than 50 years. Members of Dr. Mandel's 1946 SDOS graduating class, family, friends, faculty, students, and colleagues came to offer their warm wishes. Pictured are Raymond Kotch'46, retired; Dr. Mandel; Bertram Weissman'46, assistant clinical professor, division of oral surgery; and Bert Ballin'46, retired. In addition, Dr. Mandel received the Henry Spenadel Award from the New York County Dental Society on Nov. 3 for his contribution to the advancement of the dental profession.

Library of Medicine Exhibit Honors Columbia's Women Physicians

An exhibition at the National Library of Medicine headquarters in Bethesda, Md., celebrates the lives, careers, and accomplishments of women physicians such as Drs. Virginia Apgar, anesthesiology; M. Irene Ferrer, cardiology; and Virginia Kneeland Frantz, pathology. The library exhibit runs through April 2, 2005. The stories of all 18 P&S alumnae are available on an interactive Web site:

Library Exhibit Showcases 75 Years of Medical Center's History

The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center with an exhibit of original documents, newspaper clippings, publications, and vintage photographs that tells of its creation. Included in the display is a draft of the original 1910 letter from Edward Harkness to Roosevelt Hospital in which he offers to make a $1 million gift to Roosevelt to join with Columbia (the offer was turned down). Stephen Novak, head, Archives and Special Collections, curated the exhibit. An architectural rendering, above, of the Medical Center viewed from the south, c.1928, is just one of the original visual documents on display. The exhibit is on display on the lobby and lower level in the library until Jan. 5, 2004.

Columbia-CUNY Program Offers Community Scholarships Columbia University Medical Center and the City University of New York are offering 12 health science career scholarships to northern Manhattan residents. The Northern Manhattan Health Sciences Internship Awards Program was created to increase the number of local residents entering a medical field and to provide greater job opportunities. The program will pay stipends to students so they can take internships required to qualify for licenses in occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiological technology or medical laboratory technology. In addition, the program will attempt to place awardees in Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital facilities to complete requirements for clinical hours and assist them in applying for jobs at both institutions. For a program application, contact Chi Koon at 718-270-6107. For further information contact Sandra Harris at 212-305-6359.

Grad Students Encourage Local Youth Dental students from the Columbia chapter of the Student National Dental Association presented a panel discussion on higher education to 150 area students during Health Careers Day Oct. 24 at the Hammer Health Sciences Center. The panel of 13 graduate students from all Columbia University Medical Center schools shared stories of how they achieved their goals despite cultural, economic, or educational barriers. After the discussion, students signed up with panelists to become "e-mail buddies" to receive guidance and encouragement. Participating organizations were Science and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP), Double Discovery, Children's Arts & Sciences Workshops, and the Lang Youth Medical Program. Dental student Katayoun Yaraghi'05, the association's community service coordinator, obtained a grant from the American Medical Students Association to sponsor the event. Saleem Josephs'05 is chapter president.

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine has received a $50,000 grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb to support consultation about the impact on patients of drugs the pharmaceutical company manufactures.

Named professorships from the Department of Surgery: Ann Marie Schmidt has been named the Gerald and Janet Carrus Professor of Surgical Sciences and Dennis Fowler has been named the United States Surgical Professor of Clinical Surgery.

Nursing Students Receive Scholarships Thirty-seven nursing students were awarded scholarships at the eighth annual scholarship reception of the School of Nursing at the Stanhope Hotel in Manhattan Oct. 17. The scholarships were made possible by endowments and gifts of friends and alumni of the school.

Columbia Announces Dyckman Scholars for 2003/2004 The Dyckman Institute Scholars program, which provides financial support to outstanding students from the Washington Heights/Inwood area who attend Columbia College, has announced the winners for the 2003/2004 academic year. They are Brenda Cepeda, a freshman, and Alexandra Hernandez and Katherine Paez, both juniors.

"Columbia is the quintessential urban university. I think it's wonderful that students from our area, a quintessential urban neighborhood, will have the experience of attending Columbia College," says Ross Frommer, deputy vice president for government and community affairs and associate dean at Columbia University Medical Center. "Perhaps after graduation one of them may come uptown to further their education and become a scientist, doctor, dentist, nurse or public health professional."

The Dyckman Institute traces its origins to Alexander Hamilton, a Columbia graduate, and his widow, Eliza, who donated the building and land for the Hamilton Free School in upper Manhattan in 1818. The building eventually became the Dyckman Institute, until it was dissolved in 1943 and the trustees established a scholarship fund at Columbia for area students.

Zead Ramadan, chairman of Community Board 12, says, "People in our area grow up in the shadow of Columbia University. Many, in fact, were born at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. It gives me great pleasure to see these three young women attend Columbia."

Victoria Raveis, associate professor of clinical sociomedical science at Mailman, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her study, "Care Preferences and Life Priorities of People with AIDS Near Death."

Jeffrey Sachs, professor of health policy and management at the Mailman School of Public Health and director of the Earth Institute, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Sachs was elected based on his work in addressing critical global health issues and its impact on economic growth.

Jo Anne Staats, assistant professor of clinical nursing and director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing, has been appointed to a task force of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care to develop nursing standards and scope of practice for HIV/AIDS nursing.

Ezra Susser, professor of epidemiology at Mailman, received a grant for $2.5 million from the National Institute on Aging for a study that examines the association between fetal characteristics and exposures and adult health in the areas of neuropsychiatric outcomes, cardiovascular risk, and breast cancer risk.

Lorraine Tiezzi, associate clinical professor at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Mailman and director of the Center for Community Health, is the 2004 recipient of the Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership Award by Family Planning Advocates of New York State. The award honors Ms. Tiezzi for her work in expanding access to comprehensive, high quality reproductive health services for low-income, undocumented, uninsured minority women and men in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx.