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Date: Monday, May 1, 2006

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'We're All UC' Giving Campaign

UC's 2006 faculty/staff giving campaign, "We're All UC," is now under way. This year's campaign challenge is to exceed the record participation reported from last year's campaign by emphasizing participation over gift size. The goal is to raise the number of donors to 2,100-an increase of 225 over last year. All faculty members, adjunct faculty, staff and retirees are encouraged to make or pledge a gift in any amount. The giving campaign runs through June 30. For more information, call (513) 556-6781 or visit

Strakowski Named Interim Chair of Psychiatry

Stephen Strakowski, MD, has been named interim chair of the psychiatry department, effective May 1. Dr. Strakowski joined the College of Medicine faculty in 1992 after completing a fellowship in adult psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine. He is currently a professor of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience and biomedical engineering. Dr. Strakowski will continue serving as director of UC's Center for Imaging Research, but will name a replacement for his previous position as director of the bipolar disorders research division. Paul Keck, MD, professor of psychiatry, has been appointed executive vice chair for the department.


Hearing Screenings Offered

In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the communication sciences and disorders department in the College of Allied Health Sciences will offer free hearing screenings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in French East room G-06. All screening appointments are first come, first-served. The communication sciences and disorders clinic offers a full range of speech-language and hearing diagnostic and rehabilitative services. For more information, call (513) 558-8501.


Free Vascular Screenings during May

University Hospital (UH) will conduct free vascular screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms during May for all UC and UH employees and their families. All males between the ages of 65 and 75 who have never smoked are eligible to participate. To schedule an appointment, call (513) 584-TEST. In addition, UC Heart and Vascular Center will hold free vascular screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral arterial disease from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at the University Pointe medical campus in West Chester. Participants must be 60 or older. For more information, call (513) 475-7465.


Public Forum on Breast Cancer and Environment

The Cincinnati Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Center will host a public forum on Saturday, May 13, to help people understand the environmental factors that affect breast development, health and disease. John Peterson Myers, PhD, founder of Environmental Health Sciences, will deliver a keynote address on environmental exposures and how they may relate to breast cancer. The event, open to all, is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Genome Research Institute. For more information, visit

Cushion Named Associate Chair for Research

Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division, has been named associate chair for research in the internal medicine department. Dr. Cushion succeeds David D'Alessio, MD, who will become the new director of the endocrinology and metabolism division, effective June 1. A long-standing UC faculty member, Dr. Cushion is an internationally recognized investigator in the field of pneumocystis biology.


Class of 2006 Honors Day

The College of Medicine's 2006 Honors Day will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. James Gavin, MD, clinical professor of medicine and senior adviser on health affairs at Emory University, will be the featured speaker. Admission will be by ticket only. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail


Hoxworth Recognized for High School Donor Program

Hoxworth Blood Center has received a $2,500 grant from Duke Energy to continue promoting blood donation to area high school students. Hoxworth conducts blood drives and educational activities at more than 100 high schools in 17 Greater Cincinnati counties. About 11,000 high school students donate blood each year, which accounts for 12 percent of Hoxworth's annual collections. For more information, visit

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