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Date: Monday, May 8, 2006

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Researcher Wins Flying Pig Marathon
Norah Shire, a doctoral student in digestive diseases, won the women’s division of the Eighth Annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, held Sunday, May 7. Shire, running her third marathon and first Flying Pig, completed the course in 2:56.19. She was among 4,919 runners from across the globe who competed. To honor their victory, Shire and the men’s division winner will throw out the first pitch at Thursday’s Reds versus Washington Nationals game.

Army Combat Surgery Team Visits Campus Wednesday
The 933rd Forward Surgical Team (FST), a 20-person Army health-care unit that provides immediate medical care on the battlefield, will set up a temporary "camp" Wednesday, May 10, on the green space in front of University Hall, Goodman Drive and Vine Street. Stationed in Paducah, Ky., the unit recently returned from Iraq, and members will share their experiences and photographs with guests from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also give tours through the unit. There are currently 24 FST units in the Army reserves and 12 on active duty. An FST provides care to critically wounded soldiers for 72 hours before it is relieved by another unit while it restocks its supplies. All are invited to attend. For more information, call (513) 558-3600.

Knudsen Recognized for Urologic Research
Karen Knudsen, PhD, associate professor of cell biology, has won the 2006 Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) Young Investigator Award. The annual award is presented to an active member of SBUR who is less than 40 years old and has made significant contributions to urologic research. Dr. Knudsen will be recognized during the May 20 SBUR spring meeting in Atlanta. She says she will use the $2,500 check to augment the college funds for her own “budding scientists,” sons Dylan, 7, and Liam, 2.

Article Ranks High for Citations
Daniel Nebert, MD, has been recognized by Biochemical Pharmacology for his article, “Role of the aromatic hydrocarbon receptor and [Ah] gene battery in the oxidative stress response, cell cycle control, and apoptosis,” which was published in 2000. According to the journal, the article ranks among the top 1 percent of citations among all articles published during the last decade. Dr. Nebert is a professor of environmental health, pediatrics and molecular development biology.

Second Annual Liver Forum
The second annual UC Liver Forum will be held June 9–10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Directed by Nyingi Kemmer, MD, and Guy Neff, MD, this course will provide insightful reviews and major advances in liver and hepatobiliary diseases. All gastroenterologists, hepatologists, transplant physicians, mid-level treaters, surgeons and pharmacists are encouraged to attend. The cost is $50 each day or $100 for both. For more information or to register, call (513) 558-5519 or e-mail by Monday, May 29.

Yakuboff Wins Spirit of Caring Award
Kevin Yakuboff, MD, professor of surgery and plastic surgery chief at Shriners Hospitals for Children, has won the hospital’s Spirit of Caring Award. Dr. Yakuboff was recognized for his contributions to plastic surgery and his commitment to delivering outstanding—and compassionate—medical care to his burn patients. The Spirit of Caring Award is given each year to a hospital employee who demonstrates an exemplary level of caring toward patients and contributes significantly toward the hospital’s overall mission of providing superior burn care.

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