Tuesday, December 20, 2016

SCMotW 12/13: Nobel Answers

When I asked our Operations Committee who would be a good SCMotW more than one person suggested Niall Buckley, an M3 on Community Outreach, because of the work he did with our outreach team on the gala last year and everything he did with New Brunswick Tomorrow. Out of sheer laziness, I asked him to summarize some of his work and he graciously did so: 

"One of our prior Directors, Lindsay Volk (PGY-1, RWJMS Surgery Dept.), and a current M4 member of Finance and Grants, Matt Cichoki, initially birthed the idea of a large fundraiser before I ever stepped foot on campus. Their initial plans were two-fold: to address the increasing costs of medications and supplies as well as host an event to engage our alumni and the greater Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical school community in our mission.

Given the importance of this project, the steering committee class of 2018 made a concerted effort to make these ideas a reality. Over many months, Nikihil Yegya-Raman, Gaby Ghobrial, Alexa Melucci, and I worked with Promise Clinic Admin and the Rutgers Foundation to reach as many people as possible with our message. A special shout-out goes to Steph Oh, who made considerable time in her busy schedule to give the Gala personal attention (she brought her own Polaroid camera for the photo booth!). Also, the Gala could not have happened without the tremendous efforts of Promise Catering, particularly Chef Carol, and the Zimmerli Art Museum Manager of Events Services, Rebecca Brenowitz, as well as many student volunteers.

Beyond the tremendous amount of money the evening raised for Promise Clinic, the Gala served as a testament to the commitment of the Rutgers RWJMS community to addressing healthcare inequality. The Gala succeeded due to broad support of many, from the founders of Promise Clinic to the current Dean of our medical school. Working on this project was a truly rewarding experience for my fellow classmates and I."

Niall Buckley, M3 on Community Outreach

1) If you could win the Nobel Peace Prize for solving one international crisis, which would it be?

PLOT TWIST, Niall changed it to “Who is your favorite Nobel Laurette?”

Niall Buckley (M3): “Linus Pauling. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for research into the nature of chemical bonds and later received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 for his activism against nuclear weapons proliferation. He is the only person to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes.”

2) What would the title of your book that wins the Nobel Prize in Literature be?

Niall Buckley (M3): Memoirs of a Med Student

3) What disease would you cure, granting you the Nobel prize in medicine?

Niall Buckley (M3): "Tuberculosis. It is currently estimated that 1/3 of the world population is infected, 10.4 million people become infected annually, and 1.8 million people die annually from TB."

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