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Asian Indian Alliance Ohio Leadership Award

Ohio Leadership Award presentation

Boat Receives Asian Indian Alliance Ohio Leadership Award

This March, the Asian Indian Alliance presented its Ohio Leadership Award to College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, MD.

The annual award recognizes professional achievement and outstanding service to the community. Boat was recognized for his leadership in higher education and medicine in Ohio, as well as his work as a tireless champion of quality healthcare for children on a global scale.

Boat is the second recipient of the AIA Ohio Leadership award at UC; Last year, President Santa Ono, PhD, received the award.

In addition, the AIA recognized assistant dean and registrar IvaDean Lair-Adolph for her dedication to medical students with a donation to the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund.

Alberto Espay, MD

Alberto Espay, MD

Espay Elected Chair of Movement Disorders Section

Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine, has been elected chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Movement Disorders Section for 2014-2016.

His term begins after this year’s AAN annual meeting in Philadelphia April 26-May 3 and runs through the 2016 annual meeting in Vancouver.

Aurora Bennett, MD

Aurora Bennett, MD

Bennett Elected CGSA Vice Chair

Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean for student affairs and admissions, has recently been elected to serve as the vice chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Central Group on Student Affairs and the CGSA Steering Committee, with her term to begin immediately following the close of the 2014 CGSA Business Meeting in April in San Diego.

Mosty recently, she has served as a member at large to the CGSA Steering Committee. Her term of elected office will run as follows: Vice Chair (2014-15), Chair-Elect (2015-16), Chair (2016-17) and Past Chair (2017-18).

Amy Engevik

Amy Engevik

Kyle McCracken

Kyle McCracken

Students Selected for Nobel Laureate Meeting

After a competitive national selection process, two College of Medicine students have been chosen to attend the 64th annual Nobel Laureate meeting, held June 29-July 4 in Lindau, Germany.

During the meeting, students Amy Engevik and Kyle McCracken will be among 600 young researchers in attendance.

McCracken is a sixth-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program doing his graduate work in molecular and developmental biology. Engevik is a fourth-year systems biology and physiology PhD student.

Two organizations sponsor the student attendance at the Lindau meeting: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Mars, Inc.

›› Read more about the students' work.

University of Cincinnati

Singh Receives Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Scholarship

Shatrunjai Singh, graduate student in molecular and developmental biology, received the UC Graduate Student Award for Exemplary Scholarship: Life Sciences award.

Singh was formally recognized at the University Student Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, April 6, in the Tangeman University Center Great Hall.

Earlier this semester, Singh was named one of the 2014 UC Graduate Poster Forum winners in the Life Sciences & Medicine category.

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2014

The College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, has announced the GHHS class of 2014.

Five students from the graduating class of 2014 were selected for induction: Brittany Almaraz, Kathy Sunnie Wang, Danisa Clarrett, P. Vairavan Manickam and Rebecca Yeager.

Also selected this year are 12 students from the class of 2015: Leslie Applegate, Erin Capitena, Doug Cionni, Ellen Diego, Chris Doyle, Stephan Dixon, Konstantin Grigoryan, Kara Lewnard, Leigh Morrison, Thomas Park, Junzi Shi and Sally Woods.

All students were nominated by their peers and faculty as students who best exemplify integrity, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and a dedication to service.

Membership in GHHS will be recognized at the Honors Day Ceremony on May 25, and their residency programs will be notified of their membership at the start of their intern year.

Stephen Thomas, PhD

Stephen Thomas, PhD

CCTST Events Address the Impact of Poverty on Health, April 23-24

The Impact of Poverty on Health is the theme of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Speaker Series, April 23-24. Featured speaker is Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, professor of health services administration and director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland.

On Wednesday, April 23, he will discuss, "Improving the Odds: The Role of Academia and Communities in Addressing Poverty and Health,” at the CCTST Health Transformation Dinner, held at 6 p.m. at The Phoenix, 812 Race St., downtown Cincinnati. RSVP online to this free event or email Teresa Smith by April 21.

On Thursday, April 24, he will present, "Poverty and Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Health Disparities,” at 11 a.m. in Cincinnati Children's Medical Education and Resource Center Auditorium, 620 Oak St. (Oak Campus). An interactive panel discussion will follow from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Continuing education credits are available.

A free boxed lunch will be provided between sessions. RSVP by Monday, April 21. The CCHMC red shuttle serves the Oak Campus and free parking is also available.

For questions or special accommodations, email Teresa Smith or call (513) 803-0917.

Scott Bresler, PhD

Scott Bresler, PhD

Paula Shear, PhD

Paula Shear, PhD

Forum on False Confessions April 24

UC’s Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry will present a day-long forum on false confessions and why they happen Thursday, April 24, at Tangeman University Center.

"False Confessions: Why Do They Happen?” will feature five speakers, including Scott Bresler, PhD, department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, and Paula Shear, PhD, departments of psychology and psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in TUC 220.

Continuing education credit is available. The program is free for UC faculty, staff and students

RSVP to Mindy Lawson at

James Heubi, MD, (left) and Joel Tsevat, MD

James Heubi, MD, and Joel Tsevat, MD

How CCTST Can Work for You

Have you ever wondered what the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) can do for you? Join directors James Heubi, MD, and Joel Tsevat, MD, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in MSB 6254 for a presentation on CCTST services.

Heubi and Tsevat will give an overview of the center, its program areas, funding opportunities and research services, which include study design and biostatistical expertise, among others.

CCTST operates the university’s Clinical and Translation Science Award, which UC received in 2009 from the National Institutes of Health.

Membership is free and includes access to services offered through Research Central (10 free hours annually), access to training opportunities and eligibility for funding. Join online at

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

Health Sciences Library Ranked 14th Most Impressive Medical School Library

The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library was ranked 14th among "the 25 most impressive university medical school libraries in the world” according to the Best Master’s Degrees Reviews and Rankings, a public site that explores and ranks the vast world of Master’s degrees in all the disciplines.

Institutions were culled from top world medical school listings; libraries were then selected based on the following four guidelines:

  1. Size and variety of holdings/resources
  2. Special collections or exhibits
  3. Architecture
  4. Bonus features (including accessibility, public access, length of time open or environmental considerations).

›› Read more about the selection.

Academic Health Center Campus

Academic Health Center Food Drive Runs Through May 2

From April 10 to May 2, Academic Health Center colleges are competing in a campus-wide food drive to benefit local food pantries Freestore Foodbank and St. Vincent de Paul.

Collections bins have been placed in the CARE/Crawley atrium for College of Medicine participants. The initial "food drive bracket” will be College of Medicine vs. the College of Nursing, and the College of Allied Health Sciences vs. the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Communication Sciences Research Center Lecture April 14: Saima Riazuddin, PhD & Zubair Ahmed, PhD, associate professors of otolaryngology & ophthalmology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will be the featured speakers at noon in CCHMC, S Bldg., room S1.204.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar April 15: Yana Zavros, PhD, department of molecular and cellular physiology, will discuss, "Novel insights into Helicobacter pylori-host gastric epithelial interactions” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Lecture April 15: Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, from the division of neonatology, UC Department of Pediatrics, will discuss, "The impact of maternal obesity and insulin resistance on lactation sufficiency,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Seminar April 16: Abid Yaqub, MD, associate professor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB E-351. Yaqub’s topic will be, "Diagnosis, staging and treatment of thyroid cancer.”
  • Cancer and Cell Biology Lecture April 17: Natasha Kyprianou, PhD, James F. Hardymon Chair in Urologic Research at University of Kentucky College of Medicine will discuss, "Targeting the Androgen Receptor to Overcome Therapeutic Resistance to Taxanes in Advanced Prostate Cancer,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar April 17: Ravi Varadhan, PhD, associate professor of medicine and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, will present, "Analysis of Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect for the FDA and the PCORI: Two Perspectives," at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Transplant Lecture Series April 18: E. Steve Woodle, MD, director of the division of transplantation, will discuss corticosteroid minimization at noon in MSB 2004.
  • The Nasrallah Endowed Schizophrenia Lecture April 23: Daniel Javitt, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, will discuss, "Schizophrenia From a Glutamate Perspective: New Insights and Treatment Approaches” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Stetson Building, Suite 2108.
  • The Donald Blaney Endowed Lecture in Dermatology April 24: Bernard Cohen, MD, professor of dermatology and pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present, "Cutaneous Findings in Child Abuse: Role of the Dermatologist,” at 10 a.m. in the Heaton Conference Center (Room G344), in the Hoxworth Building.
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