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2013 Faculty/Staff Campaign: ‘There is No UC Without U’

The College of Medicine is currently at 29 percent participation in the 2013 Proudly Cincinnati Faculty/Staff Campaign, "There Is No UC Without U.”

Gifts made this year will enable the university to build on its recent success of raising $1 billion and rally around a new goal of finishing out the campaign with 100,000 donors. Dean Thomas Boat, MD, has set a goal of a 50 percent or more participation rate for the college, above last year’s rate of 37 percent.

Donations of any amount are encouraged and gifts can be designated to any UC program. Medical student scholarships are a particular target in this year’s campaign. View a list of College of Medicine giving opportunities online.

To see more information about this year’s effort, visit or contact Mike Zenz at the UC Foundation, 513-558-3355.

College of Medicine

Medical Education Recognition Dinner Honors Educators

Every two years, educators and supporters of medical education at the College of Medicine are recognized for their outstanding contributions to medical education.

This year’s Medical Education Recognition Dinner, held on Tuesday, May 21 at the Phoenix ballroon in downtown Cincinnati, applauded the following:

2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Brian Adams, MD, MPH, associate professor of clinical dermatology
  • David Fischer, MD, associate professor of surgery
  • James Huey, MD, volunteer assistant professor of internal medicine
  • DJ Lowrie, PhD, professor (educator) of medical education
  • Bradley Mathis, MD, associate professor of internal medicine
  • David Pettigrew, PhD, associate professor (educator) of medical education
  • Amy Thompson, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology
Community Preceptor Awards
  • Barry Blumenthal, MD (Ob/GYN)
  • Kevin Bundy, MD (Family Medicine)
  • Deborah Goodlander, MD (Pediatrics)
  • James Lang, MD (Internal Medicine)

Outstanding Contributions and Support to Medical Education

  • Rebecca Currier, MSTP Program
  • Anne Gunderson, EdD, GNP, associate dean for medical education
  • Gerardo Perrotta, MPA, department of pathology & laboratory medicine
  • Marguerite Reid Schneider, MSTP Program

Graduate Medical Education Awards

  • JP Lawrence, MD, chair, Accreditation and Oversight Committee
  • Mary Rich, MEd, program manager, Internal Medicine residency training programs
  • Paul Wojciechowski, MD, chair, Duty Hours Committee

Exemplary Service and Commitment to Medical Student Education

  • Catharine Saelinger, PhD
Nicholas Sperelakis, PhD

Nicholas Sperelakis, PhD

Professor Emeritus Sperelakis Dies

Nicholas Sperelakis, PhD, professor emeritus of molecular and cellular physiology, passed away May 21 at age 83.

Recruited to UC for the physiology chairman position in 1983, Sperelakis served as chairman of what was then called the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, now the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, until 1993. Following his tenure as chairman, Sperelakis returned to faculty to continue his research and held the title of Joseph Eichberg Professor Emeritus. He published more than 500 research articles and book chapters on his work in electrophysiology and membrane biophysics.

Sperelakis was honored by his graduate students in 1985 as Professor of the Year and again in 1995 when he was given the Outstanding Research, Mentoring and Teaching Award. A private service for family was held this week. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the WAVE Foundation.

College of Medicine

Emergency Medicine Faculty, Researchers Recognized at SAEM

Faculty and researchers from the UC Department of Emergency Medicine participated in moderated presentations, poster presentations and lightning oral sessions during the Society For Academic Emergency Medicine’s annual meeting, held May 14-17 in Atlanta.

Three abstracts were recognized with three "gallery of excellence posters,” designated by the society as oral presentations worthy of highlighting:

  • Kim Hart: "The Impact Of Race And Sex Of Study Personnel On The Decision To Participate In Research”
  • Jason McMullan, MD: "Degradation of Benzodiazepines After 120-Days of EMS Deployment”
  • Robbie Paulsen: "The Mentorship Gap: Bridging Residents and Medical Students Through A Near Peer Mentoring Program”
Marepalli Rao, PhD

MB Rao, PhD

Sample Size Calculation Workshop June 13-14

The UC Clinical & Translational Research Training Program will present, "Sample Size Calculation with R: A Two-Day Workshop,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-14 in Kettering Laboratory.

Sample size calculations are basic in any planned study, whether retrospective or prospective. This workshop provides a thorough grounding in core ideas, formulas, and formula execution in a wide variety of design settings using the free computing software R.

The instructor, MB Rao, PhD, has joint appointments in epidemiology and biostatistics and biomedical engineering, and more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting.

Online registration is required. Both graduate credit and non-credit options are offered. Non-credit registrants may participate online, via live streaming video. For complete details click here or contact Jackie Knapke.

Robert Luke, MD

Robert Luke, MD

Luke to Serve on the USMLE Step 1 Standard Setting Panel

Robert Luke, MD, adjunct professor of medicine, has been invited to serve on the USMLE Step 1 Standard Setting Panel held by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

The panel, held June 11-12 in Philadelphia, will determine content-based standard setting and review minimum passing scores for NBME Step 1.

Erin Winstanley, PhD

Erin Winstanley, PhD

Winstanley Named to NIH Early Career Reviewer Program

Erin Winstanley, PhD, research assistant professor of psychiatry and director of dissemination and services research for the Ohio Valley Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network, has been accepted for participation in the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Center for Scientific Review is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. It receives all research grant applications sent to NIH and handle the review of more than 70 percent of those by organizing peer review groups (study sections) to evaluate research grant applications. For each review round, scientific review officers may select one ECR to participate in each study section they conduct.

Jack Rubinstein, MD

Jack Rubinstein, MD

Rubinstein Named to CSTP Leadership

Jack Rubinstein, MD, assistant professor in the division of cardiovascular diseases, will be taking over leadership of the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP).

CSTP is an American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-approved, research-based residency program for training clinical investigators and physician scientists. The goal of the program is to train ABIM-eligible internists who are able to initiate and sustain independently funded research programs.

A scientist conducts laboratory research

Awards Given at Annual Diabetes Research Retreat

The Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center hosted its annual research retreat Monday, May 20. Five early investigators were selected to present on their research during the day-long event. They were:

  • Kirk Habegger, PhD, internal medicine
  • Jonathan Howell, MD, PhD, pediatrics
  • Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, pediatrics
  • Karen Ryan, PhD, internal medicine
  • Yvonne Ulrich-Lai, PhD, psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience

›› See additional awards from the retreat

Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati

Ride Cincinnati to Benefit Breast Cancer Research June 9

The seventh annual Ride Cincinnati event will be held Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Yeatman’s Cove in downtown Cincinnati.

All proceeds from this family-friendly event—organized by the nonprofit Ride Cincinnati—benefit cancer research conducted at the University of Cancer Institute and the Barrett Center, the institute’s primary site for clinical care.

Rides range from a one-mile kids bike rally up to a 62.8-mile event, with rides starting at various times between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 or younger until June 3. Register online at

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Institutional Review Board Open House May 29: Learn about the structure and function of the UC IRB in two sessions, held from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. in University Hall 454. Registration is requested. Email Melanie Fulton at or call 558-0332 with your preferred time.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds May 29: Mont Reid Surgical Society Visiting Professor John J. McDonough, MD, will present, "Surgical Mentoring - Informal Education," at 9 a.m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 29: Bruce Trapnell, MD, will present, "The Translational Pulmonary Science of GM-CSF-Related Lung Diseases," at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series May 30: Graduate student Marthe-Sandrine Eiymo Mwa Mpollo, will present, "Role of Placenta Growth Factor in Airway Hyper-Reactivity in Sickle Cell Disease,” and Allie Adams will present, "Targeting the DEK Oncogene in Cancer: Transcriptome and Functional Consequences,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium May 31: The Mayfield Clinic will host the 2013 Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 31, in MSB E-351. See the full schedule online.
  • Transplant Lecture Series May 31: E. Steve Woodle, MD, will present, "Corticosteroid Elimination: State of the Art," at noon in MSB 2004.
  • Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute Seminar June 3: Iannis Aifantis, PhD, professor of pathology at NYU and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, will present, "In vivo mapping and molecular targeting of cancer stem cell activity,” at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center TCHRF 3381.
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