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William Ball, MD, Interim Vice President for Research
William Ball, MD

Ball Named Interim Vice President for Research

William Ball, MD, has been named interim vice president for research, effective Aug. 1.

A professor of radiology, biomedical engineering and pediatrics and former interim chair and chair of the department of biomedical engineering, Ball currently serves as attending neuroradiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

While at UC, he has chaired or co-chaired a number of initiatives, including the Bioinformatics Taskforce, the Initiatives subcommittee of the Academic Priorities Taskforce and the Research in Radiology Taskforce. His research focuses on pediatric neuro-imaging, and he has contributed to nearly 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 13 book chapters.

In a memo announcing the appointment, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Santa Jeremy Ono, PhD, said Ball’s appointment was based on "the tremendous respect so many members of the community have for him as a scientist, clinician and administrator.” Ono also thanked outgoing vice president Sandra Degen, PhD, noting that, under her leadership, the university's research enterprise has grown to more than $443 million in funding, placing UC among the top public universities for federal research expenditures.

Ball will continue some clinical responsibilities at Children's after assuming his new position. Larry Johnson, dean of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, will chair the search for a permanent vice president for research.

University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati

College Meets Goal of 25% Participation in Faculty/Staff Campaign

The College of Medicine has reached 25 percent participation in the 2011 Proudly Cincinnati faculty/staff campaign—meeting the participation goal set by then-Interim Dean and Vice President for Health Affairs Andrew Filak, MD, at the beginning of June.
In a memo to faculty and staff at the campaign’s close, Filak said he has seen enthusiasm for the campaign across departments and divisions: "I already knew what dedicated faculty and staff we had here at the College of Medicine, but their support of the campaign has been truly appreciated.”

The seventh annual Faculty/Staff campaign, themed "There is no UC without U,” ended at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2011). Official reports on the total raised will be available in mid-July.

Ryan Hayes
Ryan Hays

Hays Named Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Ryan Hays, has been appointed UC Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Deputy to the Provost, effective July 1. Hays most recently served as assistant dean of the faculty at Princeton University, where his administrative duties spanned all four of Princeton’s academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Hays will succeed Wayne Hall, who will return to teaching following 10 years of administrative work on faculty development.

Sangita Kapur, MD,
Sangita Kapur, MD

Kapur new Section Chief of Cardiopulmonary Imaging

Sangita Kapur, MD, assistant professor of clinical radiology and director of cardiac imaging, has accepted the role of Section Chief of Cardiopulmonary Imaging

One of Kapur’s responsibilities in the role will be to work in conjunction with hospital administration to implement a dashboard of measurable goals for the section. She is working with cardiology to build the cardiac imaging program within UC Health and will continue to lead that effort. Kapur replaces Ralph Shipley, MD, professor of diagnostic radiology.

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Environmental Health

Fulwiler Receives Distinguished Service Award

Richard Fulwiler, ScD, adjunct professor of environmental health, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2011 from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The award was established in 1978 to recognize distinguished service in the advancement of industrial hygiene and to recognize unique technical contributions to the aims and goals of the AIHA.

Mario Zuccarello, MD
Mario Zuccarello, MD

Joe Clark, PhD
Joe Clark, PhD

Vasospasm 2011 Conference July 21-23

An international contingent of researchers and clinicians will converge on Cincinnati this month for Vasospasm 2011: The 11th International Conference on Neurovascular Events After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel will host the proceedings Thursday, July 21, through Saturday, July 23. Co-chairs will be Mario Zuccarello, MD, Frank H. Mayfield Professor and Chair of neurosurgery and director of the neurovascular program for the UC Neuroscience Institute, and Joe Clark, PhD, a professor in the neurology department.

Although intensive research has focused on subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), there is still no optimal clinical management strategy for SAH patients. This conference will spotlight neurovascular events after SAH and how this information can be used to advance clinical management strategies via translational and clinical research efforts.

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Brendan Kelley, MD, and Priscilla Burt, Priscilla Burt, president of the Cheering for Charity Foundation
Brendan Kelley, MD, and Priscilla Burt, president of the Cheering for Charity Foundation

‘Cheering for Charity’ supports Memory Disorders Center

Save the date—Saturday, Aug. 20—for the Cheering for Charity Foundation’s third annual Sideline Event, benefiting the Memory Disorders Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Brendan Kelley, MD, Sandy and Bob Heimann Chair in Research and Education of Alzheimer’s Disease in the department of neurology, is the center’s director.

Former Cincinnati Bengals players and Ben-Gals will appear at at Coney Island’s Moonlite Gardens for the event, which will include wine tasting by the Biltmore Estate, dinner by the bite, a silent auction, live entertainment and music by the UC Alumni Big Band. For more information, visit

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Biomedical Informatics Seminar July 8: Qi Li, research assistant in the department of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on "Pathways from un-structured data to structured information on medical diagnosis,” at 11 a.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Location S, Room 10.130.
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute Faculty Colloquium July 8: Sean Davidson, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will speak from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Room, Building A, at UC's Reading Campus.
  • Center for Immunological Research Retreat July 12: Guest speakers from UC and CCHMC will present from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oasis Conference Center near Loveland. RSVP by July 8. For more information, email
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