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Dartmouth researchers were awarded $12 million during March, including $2.3 million in new and competing awards. Here, VOX spotlights two investigators and their work.

Ann Gormley, professor of surgery

Ann Gormley, Prof. of Surgery
(Photo by Sue Jenks, DHMC Public Affairs)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
UITN Steering Committee Chair

What: "The Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network (UITN) is comprised of nine clinical sites with a urologist and urogynecologist at most sites. The network's goal is to perform randomized clinical trials examining treatment of incontinence, especially surgery." Gormley chairs this group of investigators.

Taking charge: Gormley chaired the data safety monitoring board for the UITN for six years before being asked to lead the network one year ago.

Teamwork: "Although I'm not an investigator on this project, the investigators from the nine UITN sites who I collaborate with are some of the brightest minds in the field," Gormley says. She notes that her involvement in the network is helpful to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's urogynecology research group, which also includes Paul Hanissian, Kris Strohbehn, and James L. Whiteside.

Sean Smith, associate professor of computer science

Sean Smith, assoc prof of computer science
(Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
CA Labs
Identity Management Modeling and Organizational Simulation

Why: In computer security, the basic questions of "access control" center on who can use what information resource when. In theory, the problem is solved, but, Smith notes, "when we talk to managers and users in large enterprises, they emphatically disagree: when the problem scales to the size and dynamics of real-world enterprises, things quickly become unmanageable."

Carry on: This project extends two existing projects, Smith says; one that explored how the financial industry deals with computer security technology, and a second that built a tool set to allow rapid modeling and evaluation of such technology in real-world settings.

To boldly go: "Working in computer security is fun because you get to follow the truth wherever it takes you," Smith says. "To get to the bottom of this problem, we need to learn about investment banking, health care, regulations; psychology and law; discrete event simulation; classical authorization and access control theory; and do some cutting-edge programming too."

Teamwork: Collaborators include computer science Ph.D. students Sara "Scout" Sinclair and Gabe Weaver, as well as Professor Eric Johnson and his team at the Tuck School.


Last Updated: 5/27/09