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Columbia professor receives 2003 National Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence

Dickson Despommier, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and professor of microbiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, has been named the 2003 winner of the American Medical Student Associations (AMSA) National Golden Apple for Teaching Excellence award. Chosen from a pool of student-nominated candidates from across the country, Dr. Despommier was singled out by AMSAs selection committee for his deep commitment and singular contributions to excellence in medical education. He received his award in late March at AMSAs 53rd annual national convention in Washington, D.C.

I am deeply touched to have been chosen for this award, said Dr. Despommier. As a teacher, there is nothing more important and fulfilling than having your students and their peers recognize and appreciate you for your work. I thank AMSA for this considerable honor and would like to share the award with my many equally deserving colleagues at Columbia.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University (B.S. biology, 1962), Columbia University (M.S. medical parasitology, 1964), and the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D., biology, 1967)and a member of Columbias faculty since 1970Dr. Despommier today has a wide variety of teaching and curriculum development responsibilities at Columbia, serving as course director for educational programs in parasitic diseases, ecology, medical ecology, emerging infections, and the environmental health sciences. Dr. Despommier is also the author of a textbook on parasitic diseases published in 2000 and is widely acclaimed for his book West Nile Story, an account of the West Nile virus epidemic that began in New York City during the summer of 1999.

As one of the students who nominated Dr. Despommier, I am particularly delighted to hear of this award, said Puneet Masson, class of 2005, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Im su
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Contact: Leslie Boen
lsb2001@columbia.edu
Columbia University Medical Center
6-May-2003


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