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World AIDS Day Symposium Looks to the Future

The Mailman School of Public Health – in collaboration with P&S, the Black and Latino Student Caucus, Global Health Forum, Student Government Association, Columbia Global Justice, Columbia AIDS Action Network, and the Black and Latino Student Government – held the World AIDS Day Symposium, "Opportunities and Challenges for the Future," Dec. 1 at P&S to explore issues related to the global AIDS pandemic.

Panel discussions featured Columbia faculty members Dr. Ronald Bayer, professor of sociomedical sciences; Dr. Alan Berkman, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology and sociomedical sciences; Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harlem Hospital Center; Dr. Anke Ehrhardt, professor of psychiatry and director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York Psychiatric Institute; Dr. Robert Fullilove, associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences; Dr. Scott Hammer, the Harold C. Neu Professor of Infectious Diseases at P&S and professor of epidemiology at Mailman; Dr. Richard Parker, professor and chairman of sociomedical sciences; Dr. Allan Rosenfield, dean, Mailman School; Dr. Ezra Susser, professor and chairman of epidemiology; and Dr. Nancy Van Devanter, associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences.

The keynote addresses were delivered by Stephen Lewis, above, special envoy to the U.N. Secretary-General for AIDS in Africa and fellow in the Mailman School Center for Global Health and Economic Development, and Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, former director of the CDC, and current director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.


Summit Explores Entertainment's Role in Combating AIDS

The Mailman School of Public Health, in collaboration with Population Communications International, hosted the Entertainment/AIDS Summit at Alfred Lerner Hall on the Morningside campus Nov. 18. The summit brought together leaders from the worlds of entertainment, public health, business, advertising, and politics to explore how entertainment programming can have a more beneficial effect on the cultural and social aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, associate dean for public health advocacy and disaster preparedness and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Mailman School, opened the day-long session. Stephen Lewis, special envoy to the U.N. Secretary-General for AIDS in Africa and fellow in the Mailman School Center for Global Health and Economic Development, gave the keynote address, and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and currently president and CEO of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS, delivered the luncheon address.

Writers, producers, and stars of series currently on TV in China, South Africa, Kenya, India, and Afghanistan shared stories of how they are incorporating story lines about HIV/AIDS into their shows to inform audiences about important health messages.

Participating in the event were Rob Shepardson, a partner in communications firm SS+K, and lecturer at the Mailman School, above, and Dr. Sai Subhasree Raghavan, assistant professor in clinical nutrition medicine and program director of the HIV-Nutrition Program, Division of Infectious Diseases, Harlem Hospital Center.

Rosenthal Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the P&S Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, celebrated its 10th anniversary with an awards ceremony and benefit at the St. Regis Hotel in New York Nov. 20. Dr. Fredi Kronenberg, professor of clinical physiology and the center's director, was the host for the evening. Dr. Ruth Fischbach, professor of bioethics, co-chaired the benefit and philanthropists Angelica Berrie and Hinda Rosenthal were honorary co-chairs.

Twenty-five leaders in the field of complementary and alternative medicine each led a talk in his or her area of expertise, including Columbia faculty Dr. Richard Brown, professor of psychiatry; Dr. James Dillard, assistant clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine; Dr. Aaron Katz, associate professor of clinical urology; and, Dr. Mehmet Oz, professor of surgery. Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean, spoke of the center's development and the importance of new research. Hinda Rosenthal, who founded the center with her late husband, Richard, and Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, spoke of the founding of and vision for the Rosenthal Center.

The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the program in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and author of the best-selling book, "Spontaneous Healing."

The honorees were Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, for international leadership, facilitating the implementation of integrated health care and better regulation of practitioners and complementary medicine practices in the United Kingdom; Darshan Shankar, director of the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore, India, for his pioneering work and unique approach to the conservation of medicinal plants and local health traditions in India; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), for his leadership in Congress to initiate the first Office of Alternative Medicine and ultimately the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH; Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, professor (retired) in physiology and zoology at the University of Toronto, for clarifying the relationship between acupuncture and endorphins; and, Mary Ann Liebert, for her family of publications in the area of complementary and alternative medicine.

Sen. Harkin and Prince Charles accepted their awards via a video presentation. Prince Charles identified areas of common interest such as women's health and integrated pain medicine and said he looked forward to a collaboration between the Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Health and the Rosenthal Center.

The center began its anniversary celebration Nov. 19 with its sixth annual Carol Ann Schwartz Lecture on complementary medicine and cancer, featuring Dr. Keith Block, founder and medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care in Chicago.

School of Nursing is No. 1 in Endowments

The School of Nursing has received three large bequests totaling $5.4 million. The gifts bring the school's endowment to more than $40 million, the highest of any nursing school. The endowment includes 10 endowed chairs, also the most in a nursing school. The new gifts, primarily for student financial aid, include the largest single gift the school has ever received, $4.4 million from the Frances L. Somers estate. The remaining gifts are from the Elise Fish and Jacqueline Webb estates. "These gifts will substantially assist us in providing the $3 million in financial aid grants our students receive each year," says Dr. Mary Mundinger, Centennial Professor in Health Policy and dean of the School of Nursing. "We are enormously proud of our growing alumni support. We celebrate the opportunity such support gives promising young women and men who have chosen nursing as a profession."

CUMC Honors Assemblyman Farrell

New York State Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell was honored by Columbia University Medical Center with the Inaugural Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award at the P&S Faculty Club Dec. 1. Assemblyman Farrell, who has represented northern Manhattan since 1974, was presented the award in appreciation of the work he has done for Columbia and on behalf of academic medicine. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Sam Silverstein, John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics; Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; Helen Morik, vice president, government and community affairs, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Assemblyman Farrell; Dr. Ira Lamster, dean, School of Dental and Oral Surgery; Ross Frommer, deputy vice president, government and community affairs and associate dean, CUMC; Emily Lloyd, executive vice president, government and community affairs, Morningside campus; and Gerald Thomson, professor of medicine emeritus.

Derek Jeter Scores for Local Children

Derek Jeter, captain and shortstop for the New York Yankees, was honored by the Columbia Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council at its semiannual meeting in the Milstein Hospital Building Nov. 20. Mr. Jeter received the council's Award for Distinguished Service for his child advocacy activities, such as creating in 1996, during his rookie year, the Turn 2 Foundation, which helps promote healthy lifestyles for children. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president and dean; John Castle, chairman of the council and trustee, NewYork-Prebyterian Hospital; Derek Jeter; and Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO, NewYork-Prebyterian Hospital.

Broadway Parade Celebrates Opening of Children's Hospital

Nearly 300 children representing local community organizations and elementary schools paraded down Broadway from 168th Street to 165th Street Nov. 22 to celebrate the opening of the new Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Marching bands from Mother Cabrini High School in Inwood and Youth United Baton Twirlers and Marching Band provided music during the parade, which concluded in the hospital lobby's Wintergarden Plaza. The Strings Band of Intermediate School 218 in Inwood, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, Centro Cultural Ballet Quisqueya, and Grupo NV provided entertainment inside. Patients in the new hospital watched the festivities via closed circuit television.

SDOS Student Wins Scholarship

I-An Sherrie Lai'05, center row, fourth from left, received the 2003 Scholarship of Academic Excellence from the Chinese American Dental Association (CADA). The award is presented to a CADA member who has achieved the highest score of all dental student members in New York City on Part I of the national board dental examination. Ms. Lai received the award at the CADA annual convention and banquet at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, Queens, Nov. 16. Dr. Ira B. Lamster, dean of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and his wife, Gail, top row center, and other SDOS faculty joined in the festivities.

A memorial service honoring Dr. Joseph L. Fleiss, professor of biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health, took place Dec. 2 at the Hartford Chapel. Dr. Fleiss, who died June 12, 2003, at age 66, was a leader in mental health statistics, particularly in the area of the assessment of the reliability of diagnostic categories, and the measures, models, and control of errors in classification. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematical Statistics at Columbia in 1967 and was head of the Division of Biostatistics at Mailman from 1975 to 1991. Dr. Fleiss co-authored the highly regarded textbook, "Statistical Methods for Rates and Proportions," and was sole author of "The Design and Analysis of Medical Experiments," which is a classic in its field. Parkinson's disease forced Dr. Fleiss first to step down as division head in 1991 and finally to withdraw from an active role in the division in 1996.