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Alpha Omega Alpha

Nominations Due for Alpha Omega Alpha

Nominations are now being accepted for election into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national honorary medical society. Each year, the College of Medicine submits nominations for three residents with at least one year of training, two faculty members and two UC alumni with at least 10 years of post-UC experience.

Resident nominations must include a medical school transcript, CV and nomination letter from their respective department chair. Faculty nominations must include a CV and a department chair letter. Alumni nominations require a CV and department chair letter. Letters can be addressed to Alpha Omega Selection Committee

Submit nominations, electronically, to IvaDean Lair at no later than Aug. 1, 2013.

David Linger

David Linger

Linger Named CEO of UC Research Institute

David Linger has been named CEO of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) effective July 15, 2013.

An alumnus of the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science, he has held leadership roles with GE Aviation since 2004 and recently served as the integration leader for GE Aviation's November acquisition of Morris Technologies.

UCRI serves to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of intellectual property in all of UC's colleges and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences for UC students.

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Ho Named Cincinnati Cancer Center Director

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, has been appointed director of the Cincinnati Cancer Center, effective June 15, 2013. The Cincinnati Cancer Center is a collaborative initiative of the University of Cincinnati, UC Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Ho is the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Chair of Environmental Health, a role she has held since October 2005 and will continue to fill. A recognized translational scientist, she is internationally known for her expertise in the role of hormones, endocrine disruptors and epigenetics in cancer development as well as gene-environment interaction cancer research.

As director, Ho will work with an administrative team and research program leaders to develop cross-institutional and cross-departmental research teams and to ensure alignment with the National Cancer Institute’s guidelines for research programs and initiatives.

›› Read More About the Appointment Online

Translational Research

UC Brain Tumor Center Offering Two $100,000 Translational Research Grants

The Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute announces its second Molecular Therapeutics Pilot Grant Program to accelerate basic and translational research of primary and metastatic brain tumors.

All UC faculty with 80% or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, are eligible to apply.

Interested applicants may submit a Letter of Intent and NIH biosketch to Angel Hall by August 1, 2013. Read additional information in the Request for Proposal. Questions can be directed to business manager Angel Hall at or 513-558-8646.

University of Cincinnati

Trustees Approve Emeriti, Chair Positions

At its June 25 meeting, the UC Board of Trustees approved the following emeriti appointments:

  • Kenneth Clark, PhD, as professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Jerry Friemoth, MD, as professor emeritus of family and community medicine.
  • Myron Gerson, MD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine.
  • Sara Kozma, PhD, as associate professor emerita of internal medicine.
  • Michael Luggen, MD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine.
  • Ronald Millard, PhD, as professor emeritus of pharmacology and cell biophysics.
  • Rakesh Shukla, PhD, as professor emeritus of environmental health.
  • George Thomas, PhD, as professor emeritus of internal medicine.

The board approved a department chair extension for Joseph Broderick, MD, as chair of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, effective Sept. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013.

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Litsa Kranias, PhD

Kranias Invited to Serve on NIH Study Section

Litsa Kranias, PhD, Hanna Professor and director of cardiovascular biology in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Cardiac Contractility, Hypertrophy and Failure Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her term runs from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities.

Kranias is a Distinguished University Professor and co-director of UC’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

Rita Alloway, PharmD

Rita Alloway, PharmD

Alloway Receives Transplantation Mentoring Award

Rita Alloway, PharmD, research professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, became the sixth recipient of the American Society of Transplantation Mentoring Award during the 2013 American Transplant Congress annual meeting, held May 18-22 in Seattle. The award is intended to recognize outstanding mentors in the field of transplantation.

Special consideration is given to individuals whose dedicated leadership and contribution have shaped the career paths of individuals who trained under their guidance. To date, Alloway and her team have trained 32 transplant pharmacy residents and fellows. She serves on the AST’s Board of Directors.

William Barrett, MD

William Barrett, MD

Barrett Shared Expertise at International Cancer Congress

William Barrett, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, recently served as a visiting professor at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. As part of the visiting professorship, he presented on the management of advanced prostate and head and neck cancers at the 13th annual Pan Arab Cancer Congress. The conference included more than 300 oncologists from 18 countries.

Barrett also serves as director of the community outreach for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute and medical director of the UC Health Barrett Center, the health system’s adult outpatient cancer care facility.

Student Clinician Ceremony

Student Clinician Ceremony

New Third-Year Students Recognized at Clinician Ceremony

The Class of 2015 was formally welcomed into its third year at the Student Clinician Ceremony Friday, June 28, in Kresge Auditorium.

Dean Thomas Boat, MD, provided introductory remarks, and Richard W. and Sue P. Vilter Chair in Internal Medicine Eric Warm, MD, gave the keynote address. To conclude the ceremony, the class recited its oath of professionalism led by Stephan Dixon.

The ceremony also included presentation of the gold apple awards to David Pettigrew, PhD, DJ Lowrie, PhD, and David Fischer, MD, and the silver apple awards to Lowrie, Pettigrew, Keith Stringer, MD, Laura Wexler, MD, Le Ann Coberly, MD and John Quinlan, MD.


Commercialization Accelerator Proposals Due July 3

The UC Technology Commercialization Accelerator is seeking proposals for its second round of funding. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.

The accelerator’s primary focus is to identify promising early-stage technologies, assess those technologies to determine viable startup company opportunities, develop a commercialization strategy and facilitate the work necessary to move the technology toward commercialization.

Award funding will range from $25,000 to $40,000. For details on eligibility and information about the application process, visit

Questions should be directed to Dorothy Air, PhD, at

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