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

Jay Dunlap, Ph.D., a professor and chair of genetics, received the first Robert L. Metzenberg Award from the Genetics Society of America, for his contributions to understanding the genetics of the fungus Neurospora; the award was presented at the annual Fungal Genetics Conference.

Allen Dietrich, M.D., a professor of community and family medicine, received the 2005 Curtis G. Hames Research Award. The award honors dedication to research in family medicine; the recipient is selected by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the North American Primary- Care Research Group, and the Hames Endowment.

Surachai Supattapone, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of biochemistry, was named a member of the Clinical Neuroimmun- ology and Brain Tumors Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

Nancy Speck, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry, was appointed chair of the Hematopoiesis Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

Gilbert Fanciullo, M.D., an associate

professor of anesthesiology, was elected to the board of the American Pain Society.

James Bernat, M.D., a professor of medicine, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about end-of-life issues and advance directives. He is former chair of the American Academy of Neurology's ethics committee.

Ronald M. Green, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of community and family medicine, was recently awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The fellowship will support his examination of ethical, religious, and literary perspectives on genetic enhancement.

Patricia Ernst, Ph.D., an assistant professor of genetics, received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.

Nicholas Shworak, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine, was selected as the American Heart Association's Lobby Day representative for New Hampshire. One researcher was chosen from each state to exemplify the objectives of the association's funding process.

Andrew Pomerantz, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry, based at the White River Junction, Vt., VA, was honored as Manager of the Year and Federal Employee of the Year by the

Federal Association of Vermont.

Dean Seibert, M.D., an associate professor of medicine emeritus, was elected to the DMS chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical honor society. Three third-year DMS students were also elected to AOA: Lisa Ernst, Greg Fuhrer, and John Raser.

Jeffrey Barrett, a fourth-year medical student, was awarded a Minority Medical Student Travel Scholarship by the American Psychiatric Association.

Karen Skalla, A.R.N.P., received the Oncology Nursing Society Pat McCue/New Orleans Chapter End-of-Life Nursing Career Development Award. She is an oncology nurse practitioner at the Claremont, N.H., Valley Regional Hospital, part of DHMC's Regional Cancer Program.

Dartmouth Medical School was again ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. DMS was 35th in the research category and 34th in a category that factors in the percentage of graduates who go into primary care. DMS was also 17th in the "Rural Medicine" specialty category. The rankings are based on reputation, research funding, student selectivity, and faculty/student ratios.

The DHMC Adult Diabetes Self- Management Program was recently accorded recognition as an "outstanding program" by the American Diabetes Association.

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