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College Participation Over 33% for Faculty/Staff Campaign

With two months to go, the College of Medicine has a 33 percent participation rate for the 2014 Faculty/Staff Campaign "UC the Impact.”

This year’s goal is 50 percent participation. Faculty and staff can designate their tax-deductible gifts to specific College of Medicine or university priorities, academic scholarships or departments. See a list of all available funds online.

Nearly half of the college’s faculty and staff participated in last year’s campaign, a significant increase from 2012 when 37 percent participated. Everyone who makes a gift from now through June 30 will be eligible for special promotions and drawings.

For more information, visit, email or call Michael Zenz at 513-558-3355.

Stephen Strakowski, MD, says that the psychiatry field has moved from a psychoanalytic model to one that focuses on the brain.
Stephen Strakowski, MD

Strakowski Named President-Elect of Society of Biological Psychiatry

Stephen Strakowski, MD, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, has been elected president-elect of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. His term as president will run from June 2015 to June 2016, followed by a five-year term as councilor.

The Society of Biological Psychiatry, based at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, was founded in 1945 to encourage the study of the biological causes of and treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Alvin Crawford, MD, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

The award represents the society’s highest honor and was given to Crawford at the annual meeting in Hollywood, California on May 1.

Crawford, a professor emeritus in the department of orthopaedic surgery, is internationally known for his contributions to pediatric orthopaedic patient care and clinical research, his commitment to the education of orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows, and for his excellence in leadership in the pediatric and global orthopaedic community.

Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

VA ‘At Home’ Program Receives Federal Excellence Award

The Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center’s "Hospital At Home" program was recently recognized by the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board with a Federal Service Excellence Award.

The program is led by medical director Andrew Grubbs, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine Nettie Canada, MD, and registered nurse Steve Zimmermann.

The Hospital At Home program is an innovative model of care providing an in-home alternative to inpatient hospital care for veterans. The program provides hospital-level care to appropriate patients with complex medical conditions and acute problems.

Since its inception in 2013, the program has provided care to over 230 veterans in their homes, avoiding hospitalizations and reducing hospital readmissions.

Joseph Kiesler, MD
Joseph Kiesler, MD

Kiesler Named AAMC LEAD Fellow

Joseph Kiesler, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine, has been selected as part of the 2014-2016 cohort for the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program through the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The LEAD Certificate Program is a nationwide educational leadership development program designed to provide the knowledge, skills, values and practical experience educational professionals in academic medicine need to be successful leaders. Each year, up to 16 individuals in each Group on Educational Affairs region are selected for the program.

Michael Lieberman, PhD
Michael Lieberman, PhD

Lieberman’s Book Commended by BMA

Michael Lieberman, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry & microbiology, and UC distinguished teaching professor, has been recognized by the British Medical Association for his book, "Marks’ Basic Medical Biochemistry 4th edition."

The book was selected as "highly commended” text by the association and is the only biochemistry text on their list.

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

'How CCTST Can Work for You' May 6

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

Kettering Laboratory

'Careers and Collaborations' Seminar May 7

The Center for Environmental Genetics Career Development program and the Integrative Health Sciences Core will host an interdisciplinary seminar focused on research collaboration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Labs.

"Careers and Collaborations: Minimizing the Tribulations and Maximizing the Triumphs” will feature panel members Grace LeMasters, PhD, Susan Pinney, PhD, Michael Thomas, MD, PhD, Daniel Woo, MD, PhD, and Samrat Yeramaneni, PhD.

To reserve a complimentary lunch, contact Victoria Straughn at or 513-558-0559.

Bench to bedside research

Apply for Intensive Grant Writing Workshop by May 9

The Office of Research is once again sponsoring an Intensive Grant Writing Workshop program. This program provides one-on-one mentoring as you write a grant application to a funding agency.

If you have a UC faculty appointment and participated in the day-long Write Winning Grants Workshop on April 12, 2012, April 11, 2013, or April 8, 2014, you are eligible to apply for this workshop.

You must have a grant that you will be writing for a national/federal grant program that is due no earlier than Jan. 14, 2015.

To apply, complete the pre-application form and send it along with a copy of your biosketch to Dawn O’Neill at by Friday, May 9.

Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD

College of Medicine's Faculty Affairs Presentation May 12

On Monday, May 12, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Alex Lentsch, PhD, will speak about the successes and future challenges of faculty in the College of Medicine and their impact on our broader academic missions.

Lentsch will present, "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment," from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow.

This presentation is sixth in the series of talks by senior leadership. The next presentation, by UC Health CEO Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH, will be Tuesday, June 10.

Links to the previous presentations can be found on the College of Medicine home page,, in the "Dean’s Corner.”

Ruben Kuzniecky, MD
Ruben Kuzniecky, MD

Neurology Hosts Aring Lecture May 14

Ruben Kuzniecky, MD, professor and co-director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University, will deliver the 28th annual Charles Aring Memorial Lecture at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in MSB E-351.

His topic will be, "Brain Imaging in Epilepsy: Update 2014.”

The Aring Lecture is named in honor of Charles Aring, MD, who founded the department of neurology (now the department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine).

CARE/Crawley Building

Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium May 30

The 2014 Mayfield Neuroscience Symposium is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 30, in MSB E-351. Registration and continental breakfast are at 7:30.

Featured speakers will be Mayfield Lecturer Andres Lozano, MD, PhD, chair in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, University of Toronto, and Alumnus Lecturer Chad Morgan, MD, chair of neurosurgery, University of Missouri.

For more information, contact Jillian Bollinger at 513-569-5354 or

›› See the full program schedule.

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati

Save the Date: Ride Cincinnati Event June 8

The 2014 Ride Cincinnati cycling event is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, at Sawyer Point in downtown Cincinnati.

The event raises funds for local breast cancer research at the UC Cancer Institute and its affiliated adult cancer care facility, the UC Health Barrett Center.

Rides range from a one-mile kids bike rally up to a 62.8-mile event, with rides starting at various times between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. Cost is $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old and under; late registration starts Monday, June 2.

A UC Health team has been formed and is looking for participants; however, affiliates interested in participating can form their own teams. Learn more about Ride Cincinnati and register at

Erin Haynes, DrPH
Erin Haynes, DrPH

LabTV Video Featuring Haynes Wins Award

A student-produced video featuring Erin Haynes, DrPH, an assistant professor of environmental health, was among the award winners announced recently by LabTV, which showcases video portraits of young medical scientists who work in labs funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Jeff Kraus, an electronic media student at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, was named a semifinalist for his video. He was honored Friday, April 25, along with finalists and special category winners, at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York in what will be an ongoing series of semi-annual honors. Kraus received $500 and a certificate signed by LabTV Chairman Jay Walker and NIH Director Francis Collins, PhD.

Haynes’ research interests focus on environmental toxicants that threaten public health. More UC researchers will be featured in LabTV’s next round of competition, whose winners will be chosen Sept. 24.

Kraus’ winning video can be viewed here. All winning videos can be viewed on LabTV’s YouTube channel.

University of Cincinnati

New URL for Blackboard

On Monday, May 5, at 7 a.m., all College of Medicine courses delivered via Blackboard (, UC’s learning management system (LMS), will be available at

This move coincides with the launch of Canopy, UC’s eLearning ecosystem. For more information about Canopy, visit

For support, contact the UCIT Help Desk via email at or phone at 513-556-HELP (4357), or toll free at 1-866-397-3382.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 6: Michael Poirier, PhD, department of physics, Ohio State University, will discuss, "Functional Dynamics of Chromatin” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds May 7: David Steward, MD, will discuss, "Thyroid Nodules and Cancer: Revising the Revised Guideline,” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 7: Angela Fitch, MD, associate professor of medicine, will present, "Update in Obesity Medicine: Eat, Move, Sleep, Repeat,” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar May 8: Aimee Edinger, PhD, assistant professor of developmental and cell biology, UC Irvine, will present, "Targeting Nutrient Uptake and Autophagy to Starve Cancer Cells to Death," at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.
  • Dr. Khushman V. Sanghvi Memorial Lectureship May 8: Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, will present, "Cultivating Wellbeing in Our Lives and Communities,” at noon Thursday, May 8, in MSB E-351.
  • Cleft Palate Guest Speaker May 9: The Craniofacial Anomaly Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will host guest speaker Andrea Ogier for a talk on growing up with a cleft palate from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Cincinnati Children's Building D, Room D2.23.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds May 13: Banu Sis, MD, assistant professor of pathology and lead investigator at the Alberta Transplant Applied Genomics Centre, University of Alberta, will present, "Getting Into a New Era: Precision Diagnosis of Antibody-Mediated Transplant Rejection and Predicting Outcomes,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Series May 13: Max Reif, MD, department of internal medicine, division of nephrology and hypertension, will present, "Essential hypertension,” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
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