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Take the Climate Assessment Survey by May 2

To continue and enhance the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts, UC has created a university-wide Climate Assessment Survey.

Data gathered will be used to benchmark diversity and inclusion strengths and opportunities for improvement, as well as help shape subsequent D&I goals and initiatives.

The anonymous survey should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will be accessible 24 hours a day until Friday, May 2:

University of Cincinnati

Board of Trustees Approves Chairs, Emeriti Positions

At its April 15 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Kautz Family Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine Education in the UC Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine.

It also made the following emeriti appointments:

  • Mark McGovern, MD, as volunteer professor emeritus of pediatrics.
  • Linda Parysek, PhD, as associate professor emerita of cancer biology.
  • Douglas Smucker, MD, as professor emeritus of family and community medicine.
  • Eugene Somoza, MD, PhD, as professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD

Zimmer Invited to World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery

Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, was invited to give two lectures at the sixth World Congress for Endoscopic Surgery of the Brain, Skull Base & Spine and Second Global Update on FESS, the Sinuses and the Nose, held April 14-17 in Milan, Italy.

Zimmer presented, "Inverted Papilloma: Diagnosis and Classification,” and "Juvenile Angiofibroma: Diagnosis and Classification,” during the conference.

Susan Waltz, PhD
Susan Waltz, PhD

Waltz to Serve on NIH Study Section

Susan Waltz, PhD, professor of cancer biology, has been asked to serve on the Cancer Molecular Pathology Study Section for the National Institutes of Health, for the term beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2020.

The Cancer Molecular Pathobiology [CAMP] Study Section reviews applications involving the pathology of the malignant cell with the emphasis on mechanisms controlling cell growth and death, and the molecular events in gene regulation.

Emphasis is on pathological approaches to oncogenesis and the basic cellular events involving growth of transformed cells in animal models, with more translational studies in human cells.

Andrew Herr, PhD, is UC's 2014 recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.
Andrew Herr, PhD

Herr Recognized at UC Faculty Awards

The University of Cincinnati held its annual All-University Faculty Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 17, honoring faculty who have excelled in teaching, research, service, entrepreneurship and more.

Andrew Herr, PhD, associate professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, received the Emerging Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

He was recognized for his discovery of the mechanism by which staphylococcal bacteria adhere to one another to form biofilms, as well as his role in co-founding a company with an exclusive licensing agreement to develop and market resulting technology.

›› See a video and feature stories on the 14 winners

Bryce Robinson, MD
Bryce Robinson, MD

Achala Vagal, MD
Achala Vagal, MD

CCTST CT2 Research Scholars Named

The UC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) has named Bryce Robinson, MD, associate professor of surgery, and Achala Vagal, MD, associate professor of radiology, as the first recipients of CT2 Research Scholar awards. The one-year award period begins July 1 and is renewable for one additional year.  

As the institutional equivalent of the CTSA-funded KL2 program, the CT2 is supported by the CCTST and the scholars’ home departments to provide a mentored research and career development experience in clinical and translational research for junior faculty, leading toward an independent interdisciplinary scientific career.

Robinson will study, "Early Intervention for Acute Lung Injury After Trauma,” mentored by Alex Lentsch, PhD.

Vagal’s project is titled, "Penumbral Relation to Clinical Outcome and Time (PREDICT- A Natural History Study),” mentored by Pooja Khatri, MD.

Cover of Blood Journal
Cover of Blood 

Student Research Image Featured on Journal Cover

Nicholas Boespflug, a M3 student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, recently had his research featured on the cover of the journal Blood.

Boespflug took the cover image himself, which shows excessive formation of actin polymerization and focal complex area in neutrophils, stained with rhodamine-phalloidin and rabbit anti-vinculin.

His article, "ATF3 is a novel regulator of mouse neutrophil migration,” published ahead of print Jan. 27, 2014, is included in the journal’s March 27, 2014, print issue. Boespflug conducts his research in the lab of Christopher Karp, MD.

Jeeyeon Cha
Jeeyeon Cha

Rebecca Currier
Rebecca Currier

Maggie Schneider
Maggie Schneider

Medical Students Receive PEO Scholar Award

Three College of Medicine students have been named recipients of the P.E.O. Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization, a philanthropic organization that celebrates the advancement of women.

Jeeyeon Cha, Rebecca Currier and Maggie Schneider, all students in the Medical Scientist Training Program, received the one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women in the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.

In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, the awards provide partial support for study and research.

Cha’s research interests include developmental and reproductive biology. Currier is studying infectious disease epidemiology and patient safety/quality improvement, and Schneider is interested in the neural underpinnings of executive function deficits in youth with and at risk for bipolar disorder.

 Medical Students Pie-A-Prof

Pie A Professor April 28

Hosted by UC’s student chapter of the American Medical Association, the third annual "Pie-A-Prof” event will take place at noon Monday, April 28, in the CARE/Crawley Atrium.

Bid on which professor you’d most like to see with pie on their face with a contribution in IvaDean Lair-Adolph’s office by 4 p.m. Friday, April 25. Chances to throw the pies will be raffled off to students.

Proceeds from the event will support AMA activities throughout the school year, including the annual Casino Night charity event, the Physician Meet-and-Greet and the M4 Meet-and-Greet.

Denice Cora-Bramble, MD
Denice Cora-Bramble, MD

Visiting Professor Cora-Bramble Lectures April 29

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Office for Faculty Development and the Cincinnati Children's and UC College of Medicine Offices of Diversity and Inclusion will host visiting professor Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, for a day of presentations Tuesday, April 29.

Cora-Bramble is professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and chief medical officer and executive vice president of ambulatory and community health services at Children’s National Health System.

For a full list of her talks and registration information, visit www.healthnews.uc.edu/events/?/24156/.

Kingsgate Marriott

Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care Conference May 3

The Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and the Department of Continuing Medical Education will host the third annual "Cardiovascular Disease for Primary Care and Specialists” Saturday, May 3, at the Kingsgate Marriott. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.

Register at the event website: https://www.regonline.com/UCCardiologyCMEMay2014.

Registration is free for all UC faculty/staff and affiliates (UC Physicians, UC Medical Center, UC Health, West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs).

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Location S

Cleft Palate Guest Speaker May 9

The Craniofacial Anomaly Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will host guest speaker Andrea Ogier for a talk from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Cincinnati Children's Building D, Room D2.23.

Ogier is the author of Finding My Voice, a book about her experience growing up in Australia with cleft palate. In 1958, at the age of 14½ , she became the first patient in South Australia to undergo plastic surgery for correction of a cleft palate. She now spends time raising awareness about cleft palate and discussing the work done by craniofacial teams.

For registration and more information, contact Holly Finnegan at 513-803-2744 or holly.finnegan@cchmc.org. Registration is free and spaces are limited.

MSB Rehabilitation


MSB Rehabilitation Update

Beginning Monday night, April 21, the contractor for the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Rehabilitation Project will begin removing barrier walls on Level 4 in preparation for ceiling duct work. This work will be performed on weeknights between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The walls will be removed Monday and Tuesday; the duct work will continue for about six more weeks.

In addition, the ceiling will be removed in the main passenger elevator area of Level 4, also for duct work, and a plastic barrier will be installed with negative air containment. Read more at healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/24356/.

Additionally, ongoing work resurfacing the exterior doors of the main MSB elevators will limit elevator use at night for 10 to 12 weeks. For more information on elevator resurfacing, visit healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/24317/.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 22: Stephen Blacklow, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, will discuss, "Unraveling the mechanism of Notch activation” at 12:15 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds April 23: Ephraim Gutmark, PhD, and Liran Oren, PhD, will present, "The Role of Basic Science Research to Inform Treatments of Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis and Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.   
  • Medical Grand Rounds April 23: Madhuri Sopirala, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases, Allison Kelly, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and William Freedman, partner in the corporate department at Dinsmore & Shohl and adjunct professor of health administration, will present, "Antifiotic Stewardship: Interfering in someone else's management-ethics and legalities,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • The Nasrallah Endowed Schizophrenia Lecture April 23: Daniel Javitt, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, will discuss, "Schizophrenia From a Glutamate Perspective: New Insights and Treatment Approaches” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108.
  • The Donald Blaney Endowed Lecture in Dermatology April 24: Bernard Cohen, MD, professor of dermatology and pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present, "Cutaneous Findings in Child Abuse: Role of the Dermatologist,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), in the Hoxworth Building.
  • Cancer Biology Student Seminar April 24: Michelle Glaunert will present, "A Novel Genetically Engineered Mouse Model for Angiosarcoma,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Transplant Division Grand Rounds April 29: Luis Hidalgo, PhD, assistant professor of medical laboratory science and assistant director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory at the University of Alberta, will present, "Understanding the Generations of Donor-Specific Antibodies and Downstream Immune Effector Mechanisms,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
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