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

Alan Eastman, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was elected chair of the 2006 Gordon Research Conference on the Molecular Therapeutics of Cancer. He will also be vice chair for the 2005 Gordon Conference on the same topic. Gordon Research Conferences, founded in 1931, are a prestigious international forum in which the most wellknown scientists in the world discuss their work. Participants come from academia, industry, and government.

Michael Whitfield, Ph.D., an assistant professor of genetics, was named a V Foundation Scholar; the V Foundation for Cancer Research was funded in memory of famed basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer. Whitfield is the third V Scholar at DMS in four years: Lawrence Myers, Ph.D., was chosen in 2001 and James DiRenzo, Ph.D., in 2003.

Michael Sateia, M.D., a professor of psychiatry, was elected president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

William A. Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry, was recognized by the Veterans Health Administration with the establishment of the William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics.

Jay Buckey, M.D., an associate professor of medicine, was appointed team leader for the Technology Development Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

Dean Seibert, M.D., an associate professor of medicine, was selected by his alma mater, Albany Medical College, as the recipient of its 2004 Humanitarian Award.

Geraldine Rubin, M.D., an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, received a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for development of the New Hampshire Health Professionals for Healthier School Nutrition Coalition.

The New Hampshire Pediatric Society presented its Pediatrician of the Year Award to Charles Cappetta, M.B.B.S., an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, and its Franklin Norwood Rogers Award, for contributions to pediatric causes, to John Brooks, M.D., a professor of pediatrics.

Joyce DeLeo, Ph.D., a professor of anesthesiology, received the 2004 Dartmouth Graduate Student Council Teaching Award.

Hussein Samji, a fourth-year medical student, received the Francois- Xavier Bagnoud Health and Human Rights Essay Award for a paper he wrote on the health impact of incarceration at the United States prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

DHMC was again ranked among the Top 50 Hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—35th in cancer and 39th in urology. The rankings are based on reputation, mortality ratios, nursing proficiency, and availability of key technologies.

For the fifth year in a row, DHMC was included in the list of Most-Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by Hospitals & Health Networks and was also listed in the journal's Most Wireless category.

DHMC received an award in recognition of its excellent organ transplant results from the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.

The American Academy of Family Physicians presented its Program of Excellence Award to the DMS Family Medicine Interest Group, for its efforts to stimulate student interest in family practice.

A few facts in a piece on page 11 of our Summer issue bear correction or clarification. The story was about the role played by Dartmouth's Dr. Benita Walton in the creation of Casting for Recovery, a program that runs fly- fishing retreats for breast-cancer survivors nationwide. The name of one of Walton's early Dartmouth supporters was misstated —it was oncologist Letha Mills, M.D., who helped Walton get the program off the ground. And Walton's residency at DHMC was in general surgery, not plastic surgery; she did her plastic surgery training in Madison, Wisc., and Glasgow, Scotland. Finally, Gwen Perkins—whose role in gaining support for the program from the Orvis sporting goods company was noted in the article—"must be considered a cofounder of the program," says Walton. We strive hard for accuracy (dare we say "reel" hard?), and apologize for the errors.

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