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Vital Signs

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

Victor Ambros, Ph.D., a professor of genetics at DMS, received the 2006 Genetics Society of America Medal for outstanding contributions to the field over the past 15 years. Among Ambros's discoveries was the identification in 1993 of a new family of small genes involved in the orchestration of development and behavior. Ambros's lab now studies the roles of micro-RNA-mediated regulatory pathways in animal development and human disease.

Lynn Butterly, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, was the recipient of the American Cancer Society's 2005 Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award in recognition of her efforts to raise colon cancer awareness and screening rates. She headed New Hampshire's Colorectal Cancer Screening Community Outreach Project and Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration.

James Platt, M.A., an instructor of psychiatry and director of the Dartmouth Faculty and Employee Assistance Program, was recently chosen as the presidentelect of the International Association of Employee Assistance Professionals in Education.

David Glass, M.D., a professor and the chair of anesthesiology, received the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's John C. Gienapp Award in recognition of his leadership in overseeing the implementation of new national work-hour standards for medical residents.

Sean Hunt, M.D., an assistant professor of anesthesiology, was elected president of the New Hampshire Society of Anesthesiologists.

James Varnum, M.H.A., the president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, was chosen to receive the American Hospital Association's Award of Honor, as well as the Distinguished Service Award of the Regent for New Hampshire. See the feature "Leading a Shared Endeavor" in this issue for more about Varnum's 28-year career at Mary Hitchcock.

Jennifer Bomberger, Ph.D., a research fellow in physiology, and Emily Cordas, a graduate student in physiology, received the Caroline tum Suden/Frances A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award from the American Physiological Society. Selected from a nationwide pool of earlycareer researchers who were first authors on studies, they will present the results of their work at the annual Experimental Biology conference in San Francisco.

KC Wright, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian in DHMC's outpatient cardiology clinic, was selected as an evidence analyst by the American Dietetic Association.

The ALS Clinic at DHMC was recently certi- fied as an ALS Center of Excellence by the national ALS Association. ALS is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. DHMC's ALS Clinic was only the 24th to be certified by the national association.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at DHMC was recently accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. The Midwifery Service at DHMC was presented with the "With Women, For a Lifetime" Gold Commendation from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The award recognizes midwifery services that have provided innovative and compassionate care to women and their families, expanded access to women's health care, engaged in community outreach, and educated midwifery students.

Errata: An article in the "Discoveries" section in our Winter 2005 issue, about Lee Witters's work with an enzyme known as AMPK, misstated the degree that he holds. Although Witters is primarily a researcher rather than a clinician, he has an M.D., not a Ph.D. Dartmouth Medicine herewith also grants him a G.S.H. (Good Sense of Humor), since his message informing us of the error read as follows: "Thanks for the . . . story and the awarding of a Ph.D. degree to me (always thought I deserved one!)." And we assign ourselves to a refresher course in fact-checking—especially since, more seriously, there was an error in a "Vital Signs" article in the same issue. A story about a new approach to treating pancreatic cancer stated, "So far, the cancer has not returned in patients who had surgery." The passage should have stated that there had been no local recurrences of the cancer in those patients—in other words, no further evidence of pancreatic tumors, although there may have been metastases elsewhere. We regret all errors, but especially one of such substance.

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