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Date: Monday, June 14, 2010

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Students Raise More Than $58,000 for Proudly Pennies
This spring quarter, UC students helped raised more than $58,000―or 5.8 million pennies―for the student-led Proudly Pennies campaign, putting them closer to the goal of raising one billion pennies by June 2013. Since launching Proudly Pennies in January 2010, students have raised more than $81,000, or 8.1 million pennies. Funds were raised through two primary initiatives, the "Penny Wars” competition and the "Shiny Penny” Car Wash fundraiser held May 23. Proceeds of the student-led campaign will provide financial support for student programs, scholarships, services and more. Proudly Pennies is part of the University’s $1 billion Proudly Cincinnati campaign.

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Radiology Residents Elected to ACR and OSRS Positions
Matt Hawkins, MD, third year radiology resident, has been elected as secretary of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Executive Committee. The committee was elected May 16 during the ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) and will provide leadership and oversight for the activities of the RFS through the year and will serve as a resource to radiology residents and liaisons to ACR leadership. Josh Nepute, MD, first year radiology resident, has been elected as the communications/government relations chair of the Ohio State Radiology Society RFS. Both Hawkins and Nepute recently represented UC’s radiology department and the Ohio State Radiology Society at the ACR AMCLC in Washington, DC.


Environmental Health Receives HUD Funds
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded UC $554,845 in Healthy Homes Technical Studies funds to study bacterial contamination in moisture-damaged homes. The study, headed by Atin Adhikari, PhD, assistant professor of environmental health, will include the assessment of bacteria and bacterial immunomodulators in homes with high and low Environmental Relative Moldiness Index values. The funding was part of more than $13 million in grants HUD released this year to study lead paint and other household hazards.


First Annual J. Wesley Alexander Lectureship June 15-17
The first annual UC Department of Surgery J. Wesley Alexander Lectureship, hosted by the division of transplantation, will be held Tuesday, June 15, through Thursday, June 17, 2010. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, Sir Peter J. Morris, PhD, will present "The Quality of Evidence in Organ Transplantation” during the transplant grand rounds in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, Morris will present "Transplantation―A Medical Miracle of the 20th Century” during the surgical grand rounds in the surgical amphitheater. Morris is the Nuffield Professor and chairman emeritus of the department of surgery at the University of Oxford. He was president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2001 to 2004 and is director of the Center for Evidence in Transplantation at the University of London.

  Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds June 18
Ruth Lavigne, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, will be the featured presenter at the Friday, June 18, hematology oncology grand rounds. She will present "Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer” at 8 a.m. in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. Lavigne specializes in treatment of breast and pediatric cancers. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0120.

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Lecture June 21
P. Patrick Cleary, PhD, professor of microbiology at the University of Minnesota, will give a seminar sponsored by the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 21, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3051. His topic will be "The Cytokine Link Between Group A Streptococcal Infections and Th17 Cellular Immunity.” For further information, contact Malak Kotb, PhD, at

Golf Outings Support Student Scholarships
The University of Cincinnati colleges of pharmacy and medicine will host golf outings this summer to raise funds for student scholarships and organizations. The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy golf outing will be held Thursday, June 24, at Legendary Run Golf Course in Pierce Township. Registration is at noon with tee-off slated for 1 p.m. The cost is $125 per person with proceeds funding student scholarships and organizations within the college. To register, please visit

The College of Medicine will hold its alumni golf outing at 11 a.m. Monday, July 19, at Wyoming Golf Club in Wyoming. Registration is $150 per player or $600 for a foursome. All proceeds benefit the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund and the Urban Health Project. To register, visit

For more information, contact Maria Gruber at (513) 558-0905 or

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