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Date: Monday, October 31, 2011

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Thomas Boat, MD
Thomas Boat, MD

Watch Dean Boat’s Presentation on Future of College of Medicine Online

Thomas Boat, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine, challenged faculty and staff to commit to transformational improvement with the goal of placing the college among the nation’s elite medical schools during his address Wednesday, Oct. 26, to a nearly filled Kresge Auditorium.

This marked his first major speech as dean and vice president for health affairs, a role he assumed July 1, 2011, after serving three years as executive associate dean.

›› Watch Boat’s full presentation online

Barbara Tobias, MD
Barbara Tobias, MD

Tobias Named Robert & Myfanwy Smith Endowed Chair of Family Medicine

Barbara Tobias, MD, professor in the department of family and community medicine and medical director of the Health Collaborative in Cincinnati, was named Robert & Myfanwy Smith Chair of Family Medicine on Monday, Oct. 24.

The endowed chair honors Robert Smith, MD, and his wife in recognition of Smith’s 40-year career as a leader and innovator in family and community medicine. Smith, professor and chairman emeritus of UC’s department of family medicine and community medicine, stepped down 1991.

Tobias completed her medical degree at UC in 1987. She is a co-leader with Robert Graham, MD, on the Collaborative’s Patient-Centered Medical Home project and was selected as a 2009-10 Robert Woods Johnson Health Policy Fellow where she served in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tobias has developed medical curricula for special populations including adolescents and geriatrics. She’s also received the Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence and the Leonard R. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Fall Feast
Fall Feast

Drop off Coats, Mittens to the Fall Coat Drive

The Department of Emergency Medicine will be collecting winter coats and accessories for the Fall Feast Coat Drive. Fall Feast is a free meal and celebration hosted by Give Back Cincinnati, City Gospel Mission and Kroger at the Duke Energy Convention Center every year on Thanksgiving Day.

Last year, the drive collected almost 1,000 items including gently used adult and children’s coats, mittens and scarves. To participate, drop off any donations to the collection bin in MSB 1654 before Friday, Nov. 11.

Translational Research Day
Student Research

Graduate Student Research Forum Names Poster Winners

The 32nd Annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Research Forum took place on Friday, Oct. 21. The purpose of this annual event is to promote scientific communication among graduate students and their research advisors, as well as to inform the scientific community about current graduate student research activities at the College of Medicine.

This year the keynote speaker was Leslie B. Vosshall, PhD, Robin Chemers Neustein Professor at Rockefeller University. Vosshall presented "Human Sweat and Insect Repellents: The Molecular Biology of Mosquito Olfaction.”

The poster presentation winners are:

  • First Place (four-way tie): Erin Wissing, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology; Jill Fritz, Immunobiology; Teng Teng, Cancer and Cell Biology; Michael Schumacher, Systems Biology and Physiology.
  • Honorable Mention (four-way tie): Mary Lee, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Jessica Donnelly, Systems Biology and Physiology; Stefanie Johns, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology; and Hilary Wilson-Perez, Neuroscience.
Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati
Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati Raises $200,000 for UC Cancer Research Fund

UC-based cancer research concepts are able to move forward with new funding from Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to funding promising breast cancer research projects proposed by basic scientists affiliated with the UC Cancer Institute.

Last week, Ride Cincinnati founders presented a $200,000 check from the 2011 event’s proceeds to William Barrett, MD, chair of radiation oncology and medical director for the UC Health Barrett Center. Since its founding, the organization has raised more than $1 million for cancer research.

›› See projects funded by the award

Kingsgate Marriott
Kingsgate Marriott

AAPW Welcomes UC Women at Benefits Fair

AAPW, an organization for Academic, Administrative and Professional Women at UC, will have a table at the UC Benefits Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Kingsgate Marriott. The organization was created to establish a forum for sharing and discussion of issues concerning academic, administrative and professional women as a campus group.

AAPW holds monthly meetings, sponsors professional development and networking events, coordinates community service programs and holds a monthly book club. New members are eligible for two free tickets to each of the remaining Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concerts.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Singers Needed for the 40th Annual MLK Memorial Celebration

Interested singers are invited to join the MLK Choir for the 40th annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration at UC. The choir will bring the celebration to life through music and lyrics.

The choir will rehearse at UC Health University Hospital from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Jan. 3, Jan. 5 and Jan. 10. Dress rehearsals will be Jan. 11 and 12.

If you are interested in joining the choir, contact Joyce Kinley, director of community relations and external affairs, at or 584-4971.

UC Academic Health Center
UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 1: Nicolas Nassar, PhD, associate professor in the division of experimental hematology and cancer biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will speak on, "Structural and functional regulation of the Sts protein tyrosine phosphatases” at noon in Medical Sciences Building (MSB) 2351.
  • Cancer and Cell Biology’s William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Nov. 3: Allan Spradling, PhD, director of embryology at the Carnegie Institution for Science, will present "A developmental approach to stem cell biology,” from noon to 1p.m. in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Nov. 3: Renu Sah, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, will discuss "Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a translational perspective," at 4 p.m. in MSB 2351.
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