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Deepe, Rothenberg Among UC's Five New AAAS Fellows

Five UC scientists have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with two coming from the College of Medicine.

George Deepe, MD, professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division, is being recognized by AAAS for "distinguished contributions to the field of fungal immunology and host defenses to fungal pathogenesis and to our understanding of metals in regulation of fungal immunology.” He has been on UC’s faculty for more than 30 years, serving 15 years as chief of the division of infectious diseases. 

Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center's Division of Allergy and Immunology, is being recognized by AAAS for "distinguished contributions to the field of allergy/immunology, particularly for advancing our scientific understanding of eosinophilic disorders, and pioneering pediatric research.” He is actively involved in managing a research program focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of allergic disorders. 

AAAS fellowship status is given annually to distinguished individuals by society members and their peers. UC now has 29 faculty members who are AAAS Fellows.

Read the full release from the University of Cincinnati.

Installation Underway for CARE/Crawley Sculpture

Installation has begun for "Super Twister,” the state-funded art project that won the competition to be placed near the entrance to the College of Medicine’s CARE/Crawley Building.

Installation began Tuesday for the project by Alice Aycock, a New York sculptor known for her large-scale public works. It involves ribbons of brushed aluminum wrapping around each other in a sculpture about 20 feet high and 20 feet in diameter, with an adjacent circular piece about 7 feet high.

A dedication event will be held at a later date. Read more about the sculpture at

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD

Ho Receives Mentor of Excellence Award

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, director of the Cincinnati Cancer Center, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Chair and professor of Environmental Health Medicine, is the recipient of the 2013 Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Mentor of Excellence Award, honoring her mentorship and dedication toward prostate cancer research.

The award is given to celebrate those who have advocated for, coached and trained PCF Young Investigators for success. PCF requested its 125 selected Young Investigators submit their nominations to honor individuals who have guided them professionally and intellectually toward developing their ideas and pursuing research.

Rita Alloway, PharmD

Rita Alloway, PharmD

Alloway Advocated for New Law on HIV Positive Organ Donation

Research professor of medicine Rita Alloway, PharmD, was a key advocate for a recently signed law to update a 20-year ban on HIV-positive organ donation.

The HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act ends the federal ban on research into organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients, and paves the way for eventual transplantation of those organs to HIV-positive recipients. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama Thursday, Nov. 21.

Alloway advocated for the act in her role as board and public policy committee member of the American Society of Transplantation, an international organization of transplant professionals. Alloway also directs UC’s transplant clinical research program.

From 2003 to 2009, UC participated in a multicenter collaborative studying transplantation in HIV infected patients. The study, led locally by professors of medicine Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, and Kenneth Sherman, MD, has led to many publications advancing this area of patient care.

Jane Strasser, PhD

Jane Strasser, PhD

Upcoming CCTST Events, Nov. 26, Dec. 6

Sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), the forum "Acceptable Limits of Integrity: Responsibly Handling Pressures For Funding, Promotions And Personal Gain,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Research Auditorium, Location R, Rooms 3381-3383. 

The session will be moderated by Jane Strasser, PhD, associate vice president for research and UC research integrity officer. For more information, visit

Improving health through interactive smart technology is the topic of the next CCTST Grand Rounds, held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs. Continuing education credits are available. For more information, visit, call 513-803-2612 or email

Medical Sciences Building

College of Medicine Research Presentation Dec. 9

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, and Christopher Lindsell, PhD, associate dean for clinical research, will give a presentation on the College of Medicine’s research endeavors at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Kresge Auditorium.

The talk is the second in a series of presentations by college leadership. It follows the Oct. 29 presentation, "Beyond Organizational Restructuring: Opportunities for Program Development,” by Thomas Boat, MD, vice president for health affairs and Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the College of Medicine.

IvaDean Concert 2012

IvaDean Concert

IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Concert Dec. 6

The 10th annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Kresge Auditorium.

The night will include a silent auction starting at 5:30 to raise funds for scholarships.

Tickets are $5 for students/children under 12 and $15 for non-students, with the option to donate more. Call 513-558-5577 or see IvaDean Lair for more information.

College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Nominate Outstanding College Alumni

Each year, the College of Medicine Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni though the Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards recognize MD graduates of the College of Medicine for achievements in the areas of basic research, education, clinical care, health service administration and public and/or civic duties.

Nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards are due by Sunday, Dec. 15. The awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend 2014.

›› Submit your nomination online

University of Cincinnati

Nominate for Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award

The UC community is invited to submit nominations for the 2014 Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award sponsored by the President’s Diversity Council. The award showcases current campus and community individuals and groups whose diversity and inclusion initiatives have positively impacted their constituencies.

Nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Awareness for diversity and inclusion.
  • Sensitivity to various people and cultures.
  • Evidence of helping colleagues/peers grow in the area of diversity and inclusion.
  • Prepares others to thrive in a diverse, global workforce.

Nominations can be made online. Deadline is Jan. 13, 2014.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Nov. 26: David Ussery, PhD, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Comparative Genomics, will discuss, "Sigma Factors in a Thousand E. coli Genomes," at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Nov. 27: The chief resident will present the morbidity and mortality report at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Surgical Grand Rounds Nov. 27: Marie Audett, MD, will discuss, "Colorectal Anastomotic Leaks: A Comprehensive Review,” at 9 a .m. in the Surgical Amphitheater.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Dec. 5: Rylon Hofacer, of the UC Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present, "Anesthesia-induced neuroapoptosis in developing neurons,” and Maggie Schneider, also of the graduate program, will present, "Functional activation patterns associated with mania and euthymia in adolescents early in the course of bipolar disorder,” at 4 p.m. in MSB E-351.

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