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Daily Debriefing

(11/20/09 4:00am)

Universities rarely report their researchers' financial conflicts of interest to the government as is required for government-funded research, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report issued on Thursday. The report found that universities that do report research conflicts often do not take steps to minimize or eliminate them, and 90 percent of universities rely exclusively on researchers to self-report any potential conflicts. Federal regulations require universities to report and work to minimize any identified conflicts to ensure the objectivity and value of the research. Although hundreds of universities receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health, only 41 reported researchers' financial conflicts. The report is leading some officials to question universities' ability to monitor their researchers themselves, The New York Times reported.

Biologist Zamecnik '33 passes away at 96

(11/20/09 4:00am)

Renowned scientific researcher Paul Zamecnik '33, who is credited with the discovery of a molecule critical for protein synthesis, died Oct. 27 of cancer in his home in Boston at the age of 96, according to his daughter, Elizabeth Coakley. Zamecnik, long considered a front-runner for the Nobel Prize, enrolled in Dartmouth Medical School at the time a two-year program in 1934, and later finished his medical degree at Harvard University, where he spent the majority of his career.

Kim announces changes to admin. structure

(11/20/09 4:00am)

Kadish, who followed Kim to Dartmouth from Harvard University, has played an increasingly significant role at the College since he assumed his current position five months ago. Kim said in the e-mail that chief human resources officer Traci Nordberg, associate vice president for fiscal affairs Julie Dolan and director of operations management Lisa Celone, in addition to the Investment Office, will all now report to Kadish.