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Postdocs Form Association

Melanie Rutkowski

The College's postdoctoral research fellows ("postdocs") have a new resource in the Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association (DCPDA). Postdocs, as the name implies, are professionals gaining further experience after having received a doctoral degree. Dartmouth has more than 150 postdocs, most of whom are part of research teams in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School, and Thayer School of Engineering. Melanie Rutkowski, a postdoctoral research fellow in microbiology and immunology, started the association and hosted its first meeting on Oct. 24, which more than 35 postdocs attended. The DCPDA will offer career support through networking and workshops on topics such as writing grant proposals and research management. The organization is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by Assistant Provost Elizabeth Bankert. For more information, contact Melanie Rutkowski.

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Nov. 17

Employee Open Enrollment for 2009 benefits begins Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 17. Information packets have been mailed to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. For more details, call 646-3411 or visit the Benefits Office online

Podcast on the Financial Crisis

Eric Zitzewitz

In a "Views from the Green" podcast, Associate Professor of Economics Eric Zitzewitz discusses how the U.S. banking and investment industries have plunged the world into economic uncertainty. Zitzewitz suggests how the U.S. government can help banks recapitalize: "One option would be to just make a direct equity investment in the banks themselves; another option would be to buy some of the bad loans or some of the dubious mortgage-backed securities from the banks, swap that for cash, and improve the situation of the banks."

New Director, Center for Informed Choice

E. Dale Collins

E. Dale Collins, a national leader in implementing shared decision making and coordinated care into patient treatment, has been named director of the Center for Informed Choice at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). For the past nine years, Collins has led the Comprehensive Breast Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She says, "I look forward to bringing a clinical perspective and developing new strategies to help patients make informed choices about their options." Learn more.

NIH Grant for Mental Health Research

Dartmouth Medical School has been awarded a five-year, $3.89 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to launch a National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research in collaboration with several organizations. The new center will conduct long-term studies that address questions of postdisaster resilience and wellness. Partners include Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), University of Michigan, Medical University of South Carolina, Yale University, and the University of Oklahoma. L. Frances Norris, a research professor of psychiatry and of community and family medicine at DMS, will direct the center. Learn more.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08