Remembering Ron Taylor: Mentor, Teacher, Friend

Posted: May 4th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

ron-taylor-sea1Charisma—we can’t always define it, but we know it when we see it. And by all accounts Ron Taylor was charismatic. A professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel School of Medicine, Taylor died on March 26 at age 62 of a heart attack. His good-natured personality and intellectual assets, beloved by faculty, students, and staff alike, were well suited to academe.

“I don’t know that he ever had a bad day. He had such a jovial approach to everything and always saw the glass as half full,” says Duane Compton, interim dean. “It’s that eternally optimistic and spirited outlook that he brought to everything that I will miss.”

His legendary sense of humor is what Paula Sundstrom, his partner and also a professor of microbiology and immunology, noticed when she first met Taylor back in the 1980s when both were presenting at a Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis meeting. “I thought Ron was hilarious,” she says. “He had a big personality and a fun way of doing things—he was comfortable to be with and that really appealed to me. He loved science and he approached it in a fun way, which at times may have seemed kind of silly, but he had his finger on the pulse of what was happening.” Read the rest of this entry »

May Native Health Series

Posted: May 4th, 2016 by Derik Hertel


Presented by the Indian Health Service Partnership at Dartmouth College

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Culture, Values, & Beliefs:
Integrating Traditional Native Practices and Western Medicine Lori Alvord, MD (Navajo)
4:00 – 5:30 pm – New Time!
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Announcing the SYNERGY 2016 Pilot Grant Awards

Posted: April 27th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

ec224d40-e124-478c-b324-c71cf451492fCongratulations to the 2016 SYNERGY Translational Pilot Grant awardees. Following a review of 29 letters of intent, SYNERGY invited 16 full applications from which six awardees were selected; two of the six awards are co-funded with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). Aligning with SYNERGY’s mission of fostering collaborative interactions between basic, translational, and health services researchers, the awardees come from diverse Dartmouth schools and departments: Read the rest of this entry »

Community Event: Addressing the Opiate Crisis

Posted: April 27th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and VTDigger are sponsoring a community discussion about the region’s opiate crisis on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. Geisel’s Mark McGovern will be a panelist and deliver the keynote.  This event is free, open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

National Public Health Week at TDI

Posted: April 19th, 2016 by Derik Hertel


Substance abuse disorder, the Ebola crisis, global warfare, the role of entrepreneurs, hospital systems and community organizations in public health — all these topics and many more were covered during National Public Health Week at The Dartmouth Institute April 4-8. The week-long schedule of events started off with a screening of the film Fed Up, which examines the role processed food has played in growing obesity rates, and ended with an open-house at which several Dartmouth Institute faculty discussed areas of their research. See a recap of the week’s events:


30th Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth

Posted: April 13th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

The 30th Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth will be held Saturday, May 14 from 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM in Oopik Auditorium in the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. This day-long event highlights neuroscience research at Dartmouth and beyond and features expert talks, a poster session, a panel discussion and a keynote lecture. Visit the Neuroscience Day website for more information.

Special Showing and Discussion of the Award Winning Documentary “States Of Grace” On 4/21

Posted: April 13th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Please join us for a special showing and discussion of the award-winning documentary “States Of Grace” on 4/21 at 7 PM in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall. This film is sponsored by Geisel Student Services, the Dartmouth Ethics Institute, the DH Chaplaincy, the Nathan Smith Society, the TDI, the Dartmouth Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Mandela Group and the Programs for Compassionate Care.
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Memorial Service for Sakhina Begum-Haque on June 3

Posted: April 12th, 2016 by Derik Hertel
Sakhina Begum-Haque

Sakhina Begum-Haque

A memorial service for Sakhina Begum-Haque is scheduled for June 3, at 4:00 PM in Rollins Chapel. Sakhina, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and well-respected researcher at Geisel, passed away suddenly in December.

John C. Baldwin, former Dartmouth Medical School dean, remembered for contributions to medical education, research

Posted: April 8th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Baldwin_John_16John C. Baldwin, MD, the 11th dean of Dartmouth Medical School, now the Geisel School of Medicine, died at the age of 67 on April 3, 2016. Baldwin, a noted cardiothoracic surgeon, served as dean of Dartmouth’s medical school from 1998 through 2002 and as associate provost of health affairs for Dartmouth College from 2003 through 2007.

After graduating with a degree in anthropology from Harvard College in 1971, he studied physiology at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, then went on to earn his MD at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was inspired to go into cardiothoracic surgery by pioneering Stanford heart surgeon Norman Shumway, MD, PhD. Upon finishing his training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Baldwin was invited to join Shumway back at Stanford, where he was eventually named head of Stanford’s transplantation research laboratory and heart-lung transplant program.

Baldwin went on in 1988 to a faculty appointment at Yale, and in 1994 to Baylor, where he was the first incumbent of the endowed DeBakey-Bard Chair. When he was named dean at Dartmouth four years later, he said that one of the especially appealing aspects of coming to Dartmouth was the medical school’s close relationship with a strong undergraduate program, something he had missed at Baylor, which is a free-standing medical school. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Brenda Green, Geisel’s New Biomedical Librarian

Posted: April 7th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

brenda-green-crop“One thing I can say, and I’ve repeated this several times, is if you’ve seen one medical school, you’ve seen one medical school,” says Brenda Green, the new Head of Education, Research and Clinical Services in Dartmouth’s Biomedical Libraries. She credits a former university chancellor for this astute observation with which she agrees. “Each school’s challenges are different and what works in one environment will not work in another.” Green has witnessed these differences first-hand while working in medical center libraries at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

For Green, knowing both the environment and the people is an important first step in bringing everyone together to decide what the library needs to do to make an impact on campus—learning what the library’s constituents need and want helps focus and target her team’s efforts. Not an advocate for a cookie cutter approach, she has spent her first few months at Geisel meeting with individuals in undergraduate and graduate medical education to familiarize herself with the medical school’s community prior to setting goals.

Read the full story at Geisel NewsCenter.

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