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

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., president of Dartmouth College, was named to the federal government's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Kim cofounded the internationally recognized nonprofit organization Partners in Health, which has brought treatment for AIDS and other diseases to impoverished communities worldwide. He is also former director of the World Health Organization's Department of HIV/ AIDS. In that role, he led the 3 by 5 Initiative, which sought to treat 3 million new HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by 2005; launched in September 2003, the ambitious program reached its goal in 2007. The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS provides advice and recommendations on domestic and global HIV/AIDS policy issues.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently elevated two members of the Dartmouth faculty to the rank of fellow. Jay Dunlap, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, was recognized for his contributions to the genomics of the fungus Neurospora, in particular the genes involved in the circadian system that controls cellular behavior. And Carol Folt, Ph.D., a professor of biology as well as the acting provost and the dean of the faculty of Dartmouth College, was honored for her limnological work on salmon restoration and conservation and on metal toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, and also for advancing scientific education and literacy in her role as dean of the faculty.

Gregory Holmes, M.D., a professor of medicine and chair of the Department of Neurology, was named the 2009 Candlelight Honoree of the Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He was recognized for his commitment to the epilepsy community, especially his leadership at Camp Wee Kan Tu in Massachusetts, a camp for children with epilepsy.

Duane Compton, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry, won first prize in the public outreach category in Celldance 2009, an annual still and film image competition sponsored by the American Society for Cell Biology. The contest recognizes work that is "both scientifically important and visually engaging." Compton's submission was a short, humorous video titled "Down the Impact Factor Ladder."

Thomas Colacchio, M.D., president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and a professor of surgery; and Nancy Formella, M.S.N., president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, were highlighted by Business NH Magazine as being among "New Hampshire's Most Powerful" business leaders.

Thomas Ward, M.D., a professor of neurology, was named editor-in-chief of the journal Headache Currents, which is published by the American Headache Society.

Louis Kazal, M.D., an associate professor of community and family medicine, was elected president of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians.

The Dartmouth Medical School chapter of Physicians for Human Rights received Dartmouth College's Martin Luther King Social Justice Award for a student group. The award was accepted by the leaders of the chapter, Katherine Ratzan, a fourth-year M.D. student, and Alexandra Coria, a second-year M.D. student. (In addition, Dr. Peter Kilmarx, DMS '90, received the College's social justice award for lifetime achievement; he is chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.)

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center received the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the institution's success at ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center also received the Department of Health and Human Services' Organ Donation Medal of Honor for the fifth year in a row; the award is presented by the New England Organ Bank.

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