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Vital Signs

Worthy of note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.

Charles Barlowe, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry (top photo), and Ronald Taylor, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology and immunology (bottom photo), both received MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MERIT stands for Method to Extend Research in Time. The awards, based on "superior competence and outstanding productivity," are designed to spur scientific creativity with long-term, stable funding. Barlowe studies intracellular transport and Taylor the bacterium V. cholerae.

Robert Gougelet, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, was appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council.

Lori Alvord, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery and associate dean of student and multicultural affairs, was appointed to the National Advi sory Council of the National Center for Complementary and

Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Dale Collins, M.D., an associate professor of surgery, was named a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.

Yolanda Sanchez, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was appointed a member of the Molecular Genetics Study Section of the National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review.

Elaine Frank, director of the Injury Prevention Program at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, was named New Hampshire Public Citizen of the Year by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society, for her leadership in such initiatives as the Buckle Up New Hampshire Coalition, the New Hampshire FirearmSafety Coalition, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly.

Heidi Keup and Kandice Nielson, DMS Year 4s, received John Gibbons Medical Student Awards to attend the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District I Annual Meeting.

Karen Liby, Ph.D., a research fellow in pharmacology, was presented with the

Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was included among the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine evaluated 5,462 hospitals, and only 173—just over 3%—made the top 50. DHMC was among the top 50 in three of 16 specialties—cancer care, digestive disorders, and gynecology.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center received a Governor's Council Outstanding Achievement Award for Physical Activity and Health and the Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award from the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

DHMC Media Services received a bronze medal in the 27th Annual Telly Awards, for a video about DHMC's fertility medicine program.

Erratum: An article in the Summer issue of Dartmouth Medicine on student-initiated electives stated that an elective on medical anthropology included a lecture by a Tibetan physician; the class was listed on the syllabus but did not actually happen. We apologize for . . . well, not doing our homework.

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