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Date: Monday, July 25, 2005

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Seed-Grant Funding Awarded

The Office of Medical Education has awarded seed grants of up to $5,000 to six faculty and staff members for medical education research projects. Congratulations to the following award winners:

  • D.J. Lowrie, PhD (cell biology)-Web-based instruction in embryonic folding
  • Pranav Sheth, MD (dermatology)-Web-based instruction in dermatology
  • Laura Wexler, MD (cardiology)-Web-based ECG instruction
  • Toni Robinson-Smith, MD (pathology)-Web-based instruction in diseases of the female reproductive organs
  • Ron Millard, PhD (pharmacology)-Effect of simulator-based learning on retention of principles of autonomic pharmacology by second-year medical students
  • Stewart Wright, MD (emergency medicine)-Evaluation of high-fidelity medical-simulation training for flight surgeons 

For more information, contact Linda Goldenhar at 513-558-5587 or via e-mail at

Vice President for Research Position Open

The Academic Health Center is conducting an internal search for the position of vice president of research. This full-time position is open to all employees of UC, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Shriners Hospital. The vice president for research, under the general supervision of Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs Jane Henney, MD, will be responsible for matters related to the university's research enterprise, including internally and externally sponsored research, development and enforcement policies, management of the university's programs for compliance with federal, state and local regulations regarding conduct of research, and the general supervision of research programs established at the university. In addition, the vice president for research will oversee technology transfer and entrepreneurial affairs. Interested applicants should provide the following, including position control number 25UC6052, in electronic format, to Heather Cox at by Aug. 11, 2005:

      Curriculum vitae

      Personal statement of qualifications and interest in the position

      Four letters of reference speaking to the qualifications of the applicant as a leader, administrator and research visionary. At least two of these reference letters should come from outside the institution

To review a complete job description, including requirements, please visit


New Dean's List Editor Announced

Jill Hafner, recently named public information officer for the Academic Health Center, has been appointed editor of The Dean's List and Findings, the newsletter for the Academic Health Center. She succeeds Dama Kimmon, who edited both for the past two and a half years. Hafner, who will manage all internal communications efforts, will play a key role in both Web and marketing communications, among other assigned duties. A graduate of Ohio University with degrees in both journalism and business administration, Hafner joins us from Episcopal Retirement Homes, where she served as a public relations specialist since 2002. She was previously a health/medicine account manager at Hobsons, an international company that produces student-recruitment publications and services. Hafner also worked in sports information at both UC and Southern Illinois University. 


Kimmon will now be responsible for media relations for the colleges of medicine and allied health, Genome Research Institute, Institute for the Study of Health, general internal medicine, nicotine and alcohol research, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, pulmonary and critical care medicine and research. She will continue to serve as editor of UC E-Health News Daily. Kimmon can be reached at 513-558-4519 or via e-mail at


Send suggestions, comments or story ideas for The Dean's List to Hafner at 513-558-4553 or via e-mail at


Dr. Komrokji Selected for Young Investigator's Program

Rami Komrokji, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, was one of four applicants selected nationally to participate in the Young Investigator's Training Course conducted by the Southwest Oncology Group. The course is designed to foster the growth of young clinical investigators in clinical cancer research and trials. Dr. Komrokji will use the training program to design and conduct a phase II clinical study using oral epidermal growth factor inhibitors for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes, one of the most common hematological malignancies.


Dr. Reed Accepts Appointment

Amy Reed, MD, assistant professor of surgery, recently accepted a three-year appointment to the outcomes steering committee of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), a professional organization dedicated to education and public awareness of vascular health. She will implement the newly created SVS database, a comprehensive registry designed to capture individual carotid artery intervention outcomes. The goal is to analyze outcomes more thoroughly and improve patient care.


Dermatology Web Site Wins Award

The Department of Dermatology has received the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) for its redesigned Web site, Launched in November 2004, the site focuses on dermatologic education, research and patient care. It includes a comprehensive patient information section on cutaneous lymphoma and a children's educational section, complete with sing-a-longs and skin-themed interactive games designed to capture and educate young minds. Content was provided by Debbie Breneman, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology.


Students Advance in ACP Competition

Twenty-six third- and fourth-year medical students were selected to present at the American College of Physicians (ACP) Ohio Chapter state-wide meeting in Cleveland Oct. 28. Mentored by Department of Internal Medicine faculty, the students wrote abstracts based on original research or clinical vignettes. They will present their work in poster form at internal medicine grand rounds Sept. 14 and then at the ACP state meeting, where they will compete to present their work at the ACP's national meeting in Philadelphia, April 6-8. Students representing all Ohio medical schools submitted 29 abstracts for the Ohio Chapter meeting.


Queen City 101

Cincinnati has its fair share of firsts, but did you know that two of its claims to fame involve UC? UC was the first municipal university in the United States (1870) and the first to offer cooperative education (1906).

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