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Date: Monday, November 7, 2005

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Degen Named VP for Research

Sandra Degen, PhD, has been appointed UC vice president for research, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Dr. Degen, who has served as acting vice president for research since September 2004, is a professor of pediatrics and associate chair for academic affairs in the COM and is an active researcher at the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation. Dr. Degen will be responsible for the oversight and strategic development of the university's broad research initiatives as outlined in the UC|21 strategic plan. Additional responsibilities include oversight of research compliance (IRB, IACUC, biosafety, radiation safety, research compliance training and human research monitoring), technology transfer, entrepreneurial affairs and animal laboratory medicine. The office of sponsored research services, which is responsible for the pre-award functions of the research enterprise, also will report to the vice president for research. This function was previously a dotted line report to the vice president for research, but will now report directly to Dr. Degen.


Drunk Driving Simulator Comes to COM Tuesday

The "Save A Life Tour" drunk driving simulator will make a stop at the COM from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, on the Medical Sciences Building's E-level (near the dean's office). All Academic Health Center faculty, staff and students are invited to experience first-hand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. Funding for the simulator is provided by the colleges of medicine and pharmacy and the public safety office. For more information, visit

UC Med Mentors Receive Grant
Wan Lim, PhD, of the department of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, has received an $8,000 grant from the Charles H. Dater Foundation to support the UC Med Mentors program. Med Mentors is a group of more than 130 medical students who serve as role models in one-on-one relationships with students from Cincinnati Public Schools. The grant will be used to purchase tickets to museums and theatrical performances and to fund other activities. For more information, contact Dr. Lim at or visit


Cancer Center Initiates Pilot Grant Program

The UC Cancer Center has initiated a pilot grant program to stimulate additional cancer research. The new program will focus on developing new collaborative and translational research that will be competitive for national funding. For more information, including a funding mechanism description and application materials, contact Amy Itescu at


New Program Encourages Junior Faculty Development

The COM has recently created the Dean's Scholars in Clinical Research program to promote the career development of junior faculty in clinical research. Dean's Scholars will be eligible to receive $50,000 a year for up to three years to cover expenses for biostatistical support, informatics support, grants administration and tuition for courses offered in the Master of Science in Clinical Research program. As many as three Dean's Scholars will be awarded funding beginning on July 1, 2006. Applications are due Jan. 1, 2006, and award winners will be announced on Feb. 1, 2006. For more information, including application information, contact Joel Tsevat, MD, at (513) 558-7532 or, or James Heubi, MD, at (513) 636-8046 or


COM's "Battle of the Bands" This Thursday

The College of Medicine will be holding a faculty and student "Battle of the Bands" contest to benefit the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Topcats. All Academic Health Center employees and students are invited to attend and vote for the top performer. The winners will play at the second annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Benefit Concert to be held Dec 2. For more information, contact Laura Wexler at (513) 558-5575 or


QSI Service Enhancement Grant Winners Announced

Jim Krabacher, of the environmental health department, and Bobbie Handwerger, of the student affairs office, were awarded Quality Service Initiate-Service Enhancement Grants through the university's Quality Service Initiative (QSI). Krabacher won $10,138, while Handwerger was awarded $4,500, respectively. QSI Service Enhancement Grants are designed to assist departments with addressing service operation needs that will enhance the UC experience and help the university achieve its QSI vision. To read more about this initiative, visit


NFL Hall of Famer to Visit COM

Anthony Muņoz, NFL Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Bengal, will speak on "Making Decisions and Choices for a Healthy Lifestyle" on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. The event, part of UC's Just Community initiative, will include a free lunch. All UC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs. For more information, call (513) 556-6049.


Poster Winners Announced

The Medical Student Summer Research Program has announced the winners of its 2005 poster session. First place was awarded to both Doug Nguyen and Tifany Nolan. Second place went to Kent Zettel and third place was awarded to Monica Hurtibise. In addition, several students garnered honorable-mention accolades, including Adam Czaikowski, Mark Lechner, Brandi Reeves and Jon Wisler.


Singers and Musicians Wanted

There will be a meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Alliance Business Center Auditorium for individuals interested in joining the Martin Luther King Choir or becoming a background musical accompanist. The choir, which will perform at the Jan. 13 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, consists of Academic Health Center, LabOne and Health Alliance employees. For more information, contact Geneva Watkins at

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