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Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Vote for the 'People’s Choice' at 2011 Undergraduate Research Poster Session

The 2011 Undergraduate Research Poster Session is being held this week in the Tangeman University Center (TUC) Atrium. The Undergraduate Research Council will hold a People’s Choice Awards for the best research posters entered in this year’s session. Voting will take place between 9 and 11:45 a.m. Friday, June 3.

Stop by the voting table in the TUC lobby and collect your dots, then add them to your three favorite research posters to vote. Winners will be announced at the poster session luncheon in TUC’s Great Hall at noon Friday, June 3.

For more information, contact Cheri Westmoreland at

Karen Edwards, MD
Karen Edwards, MD

Karen Edwards Becomes Director of UCEDD

Karen Edwards, MD, has been named director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Edwards is associate professor of pediatrics and is director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and UC.

The UCEDD, located in the division of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at CCHMC, is one of 67 UCEDDs nationally. The center works to advance health and well-being of those with disabilities and their families through training health professionals to assume leadership roles, creating innovative models of care delivery, expanding knowledge in the field through state-of-the art research, publications and presentations and providing community education and technical assistance to increase understand and promote advocacy.

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Jason Blackard, MD
Jason Blackard, MD

Blackard Receives International Professorship

Jason Blackard, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of digestive diseases, has received the ASM International Professorship for Africa from the American Society for Microbiology. Blackard will teach a course on "Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics and Virus Evolution,” at the University of Limpopo in South Africa.

The professorship provides funding support to an ASM member scientifically recognized in his or her area to teach a hands-on, highly interactive short course in the microbiological sciences at a university in Africa, Asia or Latin America and the Caribbean.

Karl Golnik, MD,
Karl Golnik, MD

Golnik Receives Secretariat Award

Karl Golnik, MD, adjunct professor of ophthalmology, received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award. This award recognizes special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology. Golnik was selected for his outstanding service as the first Editor-in-Chief for the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE) Network and his helping guiding the development and ongoing improvement of the ONE Network since its launch in 2007.

Golnik is also a neuro-ophthalmologist at the Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). Golnik received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia. He returned to Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins for his neuro-ophthalmology fellowship.

College of Medicine
College of Medicine

Tichy Wins Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Prize

Elisia Tichy won second prize in the postdoctoral fellow category for her poster presentation at the 13th annual Midwest DNA Repair Symposium held in Toledo, Ohio, May 14-15. The title of her presentation was, "Mechanisms that regulate RAD51, and subsequently homologous recombination, in mouse embryonic stem cells.”

Tichy is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology and is supported by a training grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

Health Sciences Library Journal Subscriptions

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) is updating journal subscriptions for 2012. The library is accepting suggestions of journals that would enhance teaching, research and clinical activities or of journals that are no longer needed. For suggestions of either, send the name of the journal to Leslie Schick, associate dean of library services and HSL director, by Monday, June 6 at (513) 558-4321 or by emailing

To check the library’s holdings of online journals, visit For print journals, visit

Jane Strasser, PhD
Jane Strasser, PhD

Video of CCTST Responsible Authorship Forum Available

More than 120 researchers, administrators and staff from the Academic Health Center and its affiliates attended the April 22 Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) forum on Responsible Authorship. Now, videos and slides from the session are available online.

The session was moderated by Jane Strasser, PhD, UC research integrity officer and chair of the CCTST Regulatory Knowledge & Support Core. Covered topics include: what constitutes distinct publications (least publishable units, etc.), what is appropriate for authorship and the definition of plagiarism.

For the complete agenda and video, visit

University of Cincinnati gate
University of Cincinnati

Pre-Existing Condition Limitation Removed From Student Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance within University Health Services has announced that the Pre-existing Condition Limitation under the UC Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed effective with the upcoming 2011-12 plan year. Students who are eligible for and enroll under the 2011-12 UC Student Health Insurance Plan for the first time or after having a break in their spring/summer quarter or semester coverage will be covered by insurance for ongoing conditions which are medically necessary and considered a "covered service.”

This benefit will also be applicable for the 2011-12 plan year to those students who are currently under the plan and in the process of exhausting a pre-existing condition waiting period.

For further information, contact Student Health Insurance at (513) 556-6868.

Steven Abrams, MD
Steven Abrams, MD

CCTST Pediatric Nutrition Seminars June 6-7

Baylor College of Medicine professor of pediatrics Steven Abrams, MD, will present two lectures on pediatric nutrition on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center campus:

From 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 6, in CCHMC Location D, Room 2.46, he will speak during a CCTST Special Seminar on "Malnutrition in Children in Developing Countries.” Abrams will provide an overview of the global scope of malnutrition in children, and describe international efforts to address the problem using education and technology.

From 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, Abrams will present, "Vitamin D: A Cure for Rickets or a Cure for Everything?" during pediatric grand rounds co-sponsored by the CCTST in CCHMC Location D, 5/3 Auditorium. He will describe new US guidelines for vitamin D in healthy infants and children, discuss the risks and possible benefits of high dose vitamin D therapy, and explain the limitations in current knowledge of vitamin D toxicity. Abrams is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars:

  • Department of Environmental Health Seminar Series June 1: Courtney E. W. Sulentic, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Wright State University, will present "Transcriptional regulation of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene: A novel target of exogenous chemicals?” at 10 a.m. in the Kettering Labs Complex, Kehoe Auditorium.
  • 2011 Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium June 3: Ralph G. Dacey Jr., MD, the Henry G. & Edith R. Schwartz Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, will be the Mayfield Lecturer at the 2011 Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium, held from 8 a.m. to noon in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Room E-351.
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