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Date: Monday, November 15, 2010

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Drake Medal
Drake Medal

Nominations Sought for Daniel Drake Medal

The Daniel Drake Medal is the highest recognition the College of Medicine can bestow on its former students, former faculty, former residents or current faculty. Two awards will be made in 2011 to living individuals who have been associated with the College of Medicine, at the present or in the past.

Nominees for the first award will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research. Nominees for the other will represent a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher. Until Jan. 31, 2001, members of the full-time faculty, the alumni, the emeriti, past Daniel Drake medalists and former associates of the college are invited to submit nominations. Selected nominees will be notified in February.

For more information about nominations, visit:

Ralph Gianella, MD
Ralph Giannella, MD

Gianella Named in ‘Best Gastroenterologists in America’

Ralph Giannella, MD, professor of digestive diseases, was named as one of the "75 Best Gastroenterologists in America” by the Becker’s ASC (Ambulatory Surgical Center) Review. Giannella, who co-supervises the UC Health University Hospital gastroenterology clinic, was president of the American Gastroenterological Association and was 2005 winner of the association's Julius Friedenwald Medal. The ASC list was selected based on awards from major organizations in the field, leadership in those organizations, work on GI journals and other publications or distinguished service in a GI ambulatory surgery center.

Peixuan Guo, PhD
Peixuan Guo, PhD

Guo to Speak at NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Kickoff Meeting

Peixuan Guo, PhD, professor and Dane and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, will speak on "RNA Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy” at the National Cancer Institute’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Kickoff Meeting, held Nov. 15-17 in Bethesda, Md. As part of the second phase of the Alliance’s program, Guo recently received a five-year grant to establish a Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnership for the study of RNA nanotechnology in cancer therapy. The award will expand Guo’s research on RNA nanotechnology and create an interdisciplinary team of biomedical engineering scientists, cancer biologists and RNA and DNA nanotechnology experts.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Named Local ‘Man of Honor’

Alvin Crawford, MD, director of pediatric orthopedics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and director of the hospital’s Crawford Spine Center, will be recognized at the Abercrumbie Group’s "Men of Honor, a Salute to African American Men” Saturday, Nov. 20 in Mason, Ohio. The group, a local event and trade show management firm, created the event to honor some of the region’s high-achieving African-American men. Each honoree also will receive a grant to donate to the organization of their choice that serves African-American men.

Sergey Grinshpun, PhD
Sergey Grinshpun, PhD

Grinshpun Delivers Aerosol Research Conference’s Plenary Lecture

Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, professor of environmental health and director of the Center for Health-Related Aerosol Studies, delivered the plenary lecture, "Recent Advances in Biological Aerosol Research” at the annual conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research, held Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore. The center, established 10 years ago, is nationally and internationally recognized for pioneering research and training on exposure and control of airborne particles and microorganisms.

Academic Health Center researcher
Academic Health Center Research

Graduate Research Forum Recognizes Students, Zavros

The 31st annual Graduate Student Research Forum took place Friday, Nov. 5, in the CARE/Crawley atrium. A total of 66 graduate students presented posters, and 50 faculty and postdocs served as judges. First-place winners were: Fu-Sheng Chou, cancer and cell biology, Joni Prasad, immunobiology and Emily Schulz, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. Second place winners were: Rachael Mintz-Cole, PSTP and immunobiology, David Tompkins, cancer and cell biology and Chang Xiao, systems biology and physiology.

Yana Zavros, PhD, systems biology and physiology, was this year’s Richard Akeson for Excellence in Graduate Teaching award winner. Zavros has been a faculty member at the College of Medicine since 2007 and is currently the mentor of four graduate students.

MSB Rehabilitation
MSB Rehabilitation

MSB Rehabilitation Update

Work on the MSB’s E-level water piping outside the Phase II construction zone will begin Monday evening, Nov. 15, and is scheduled for completion this week. This work involves installing welded steel pipe in the ceiling area to serve cooling equipment in the telephone and electric rooms. Workers will be on the E level from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. The affected area will extend from the elevator lobby area to the north (toward Albert Sabin Way) up to a point just short of the E-251 door. Workers will maintain room for people to get by and use plastic barriers to minimize smoke and dust in the area.

For more information, visit For questions about the project, call 558-2672 or e-mail

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Special Faculty Forum Meeting Nov. 15

Members of the College of Medicine dean search committee will hold an open panel discussion titled "Selecting our next Dean: the Process and the Candidates” at the next faculty forum meeting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in MSB E-351. The committee will address how the search will be conducted and what challenges face the next dean as well as take suggestions for what qualities will be sought in future candidates and any comments for the search committee.

For further information, or to send comments if unable to attend, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, member, search committee, at or (513) 558-6151 or Jim Ball, PhD, president of the CoM faculty, at or (513) 558-2388.

Samuel Godar, PhD
Samuel Godar, PhD

Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 16

Samuel Godar, PhD, will present the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Medical Sciences Building Room 2351. His topic will be, "The Role of CD44 in the Initiation and Progression of Lung and Mammary Cancer.” Godar is an assistant professor in the department of cancer and cell biology. For more information, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at

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