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Date: Monday, May 15, 2006

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Former UC Scientist Honored

George Rieveschl, PhD, who invented the world’s first effective antihistamine, Benadryl, will be honored at a dinner reception Tuesday, May 16. Dr. Rieveschl, professor emeritus of environmental engineering, will be recognized in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the release of the drug, which is commonly used to treat allergy symptoms, such as hay fever, rashes and hives. The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Queen City Club in downtown Cincinnati. A 1937 alumnus of UC, where he developed the drug, Dr. Rieveschl spent 26 years in the chemical industry as both a scientist and a consultant before returning to UC in 1970. For more information, call (513) 558-3863.


Deans Awarded Funding to Study Medical Advising

Assistant deans Denise Gibson, PhD, Linda Goldenhar, PhD, and Stephen Manual, PhD, have received an 18-month, $4,785 grant from the American Association of Medical Colleges to study how the term “advising” is perceived by medical school students and their faculty advisers. The project, “Readiness to Advise and Be Advised,” will also explore advising expectations and the relationship between students and advisers. Participating schools include UC, the universities of Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri-Kansas City and Wright State University.


Bhakta Awarded Gold Fellowship

Nickhill Bhakta, a first-year medical student, has been selected to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s 2006 Student Summer Research Fellowship. He will study the effects of tuberculosis (TB) testing and education in hopes of alleviating the TB and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) stigma that exists in Eldoret, Kenya. For more information, visit


Genitourinary Symposium

The UC hematology-oncology division will host a free symposium, “Novel Targeted Therapies for the Treatment of Genitourinary Malignancies,” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at Embassy Suites Hotel, Blue Ash. To register or receive more information, call (513) 558-0120 or e-mail


Lu Earns URC Summer Fellowship

Wendell Lu, a fifth-year graduate student in the systems biology and physiology doctoral program, has been awarded a $3,000 summer graduate research fellowship from the University Research Council. Lu is researching the role of lipid adsorption in gastrointestinal hormone secretion.


Scientific Research Advisory Group Seminar

The next Scientific Research Advisory Group Seminar Series will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Hoxworth Blood Center classroom 4052. Fred Finkelman, MD, McDonald Professor of Medicine, pediatrics professor and director of the immunology division at UC, will discuss TRALI in Mice. The series is hosted by Jose Cancelas, MD, PhD, of Hoxworth Blood Center. For more information, call (513) 558-1203 or e-mail

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