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Date: Monday, October 31, 2005

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Marshall Wins Presentation of the Year Award

Charles Marshall, MD, of the department of internal medicine, has won the 2005 Regional Resident Presentation of the Year Award from the Midwest Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) for his vignette, "Hypersmolar Lactic Acidosis from an Unexpected Source." Dr. Marshall will be recognized at the SGIM's annual meeting, held April 26-25, 2006, in Los Angeles.


COM Makes a Difference

Wan Lim, PhD, of the cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy department, along with 30 medical students, represented the COM in the 2005 national Make A Difference Day. The team spent the morning at the Drop-In Shelter in downtown Cincinnati, where they painted the shelter's exterior, cleaned and weeded the gardens and renovated a nearby apartment. They also donated $450 from a recent fundraiser to the shelter.


UC Hosts Colorectal Cancer Education Event

UC Cancer Center will host "Trauma to Triumph," a free, educational event on colorectal cancer on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. Edward Leigh, a nationally known motivational speaker and cancer survivor, will describe his personal experiences living with advanced colon cancer. UC medical oncologist Malek Safa, MD, and surgical oncologist Syed Ahmad, MD, will then discuss the latest colon cancer treatments and answer questions. For more information, call Rachel Whisner at (513) 558-8624.


Embi Named Award Finalist

Peter Embi, MD, of UC's Institute for the Study of Health, was a finalist for the 2005 Diana Forsythe Award for his paper, "Impacts of Computerized Physician Documentation in a Teaching Hospital: Perceptions of Faculty and Resident Physicians." Co-authored by Thomas Yackel, MD, Judith Logan, Judith Bowen, MD, Thomas Cooney, MD, and Paul Gorman, MD, the paper was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


Breneman Presents at Pediatric Oncology Meeting

John Breneman, MD, of the division of radiation oncology, was invited to present at the recently concluded International Society of Pediatric Oncology annual meeting, held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Breneman spoke on current topics in the local control of rhabdomyosarcoma.


Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics to Hold Seminar Nov. 2

The pharmacology and cell biophysics department welcomes Hector Valdivia, MD, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin's physiology department, who will speak on "modulation of cardiac ryanodine receptors by sorcin" from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Medical Sciences Building room 3351. For more information, call Beth McDonald at (513) 558-4723.


Family Medicine Receives Community Service Grants

The family medicine department has received two grants from local foundations to support community service activities. The Robert Reakirt Foundation is sponsoring a home-visit program for homebound frail elderly and terminally ill patients, while the Jack J. Smith Foundation is helping to pay for neurodevelopmental assessments and referrals for homeless infants and toddlers. Doug Smucker, MD, and Susan Montauk, MD, direct the projects.


Call for MLK Scholarship Nominations

The 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, in Kresge Auditorium. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at the event to individuals whose actions have served to foster the guiding principles and philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. Any UC Academic Health Center, Health Alliance or LabOne employee is eligible to compete. Nomination packets are available in all Health Alliance human resources departments and must be returned by Friday, Nov. 18, to Peggy Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee, at University Hospital mail location 0707. Materials also may be faxed to (513) 584-3816.


Mark Your Calendars for COM's "Battle of the Bands"

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

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