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Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Daniel Drake
Daniel Drake, MD

College of Medicine Awards Highest Honor

The UC College of Medicine on Sunday, May 25, presented two alumni and one current faculty member with the college’s highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal.

Drake Medal recipients for 2014 are:

  • John O’Shea Jr., MD, ’78, director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
  • Richard Steketee, MD, ’76, current science director of the Malaria Control Program at PATH, a Seattle-based not-for-profit public health organization.
  • Arnold Strauss, MD, who is completing his term as Rachford Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at UC and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation and chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The Daniel Drake Medal, established in 1985, is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Medicine and is given annually to living faculty or alumni for their outstanding and unique contributions to medical education, scholarship and research.

›› Read about the Drake winners

University of Cincinnati

Provost Requests Proposals for Cluster Hiring Initiative

As part of UC’s Third Century agenda, the Office of the Provost, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, is requesting proposals for the advancement of existing or new programs through the cluster hiring initiative.

The goal of the initiative is to create faculty clusters--that build on existing faculty strengths supported by new hires--in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary arenas in which UC is currently or has the potential to become a global leader. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the cluster hiring initiative, proposals must be endorsed by at least two academic deans.

Proposals are due Friday, Aug. 1, and awards will be made by Sept. 15.

For more information about the cluster hiring initiative and details on the proposal criteria,


LiveSafe Mobile App, NightRide Available from UCPD

UC has launched a new mobile application, called LiveSafe, to enhance communications between UC Police and the campus and wider community. LiveSafe can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play for iPhone and Android devices. LiveSafe allows users to:

  • Report tips anonymously.
  • Send UC Police your location in an emergency.
  • Provide information that can include an image, video or audio.
  • Let friends or family monitor your walk to a destination.
  • Receive safety updates, tips and emergency alerts.

Learn more about the app online at

In January, UC’s NightRide service added three vans and walking escort teams to provide free nighttime transportation to and from locations within a one-mile radius of the UC campus. Call 513-556-RIDE (7433) for service.

CARE/Crawley Atrium

Technology Commercialization Series Starts in June

UC’s Technology Commercialization Accelerator will host a series of workshops at the College of Medicine to offer interested faculty a chance to learn more about entrepreneurialism, technology development and pathways to commercialization.

Each hour-and-a-half session will offer attendees the chance to talk with the Accelerator’s Entrepreneurs in Residence and/or faculty inventors about the process of turning ideas into commercial potential. Sessions include:

  • Session 1: Overview of Commercialization: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, in MSB E-151
  • Session 2: Pathways to Development: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, in MSB E-151
  • Session 3: Putting Your Idea on Path to Commercialization: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, MSB E-005h (Stanley Lucas Boardroom)

See details about each session at Lunch will be provided and RSVPs are required. RSVP to Tonya Mohn at or 513-558-2485.

Justin Gibson
Justin Gibson

Student Wins AOA Research Fellowship

First-year medical student Justin Gibson has received a 2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

Gibson was awarded the $5,000 grant to support his research project, "Role of adenosine signaling in protection against secondary brain injury.” Gibson will conduct the project this summer with Jed Hartings, PhD, research associate professor of neurosurgery.

AOA fellowships provide continual support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology and social science/health services research for medical students. Colleges may nominate only one student for each cycle.

Xiaoqian Gao and Hong-Sheng Wang
Xiaoqian Gao

Graduate Student Wins Outstanding Publication Award

Xiaoqian Gao, a graduate student in the department of pharmacology and cell biophysics, has been selected as a recipient of the Endocrinology Student Award for Outstanding Publication in 2013.

Gao, who works in the lab of Hong-Sheng Wang, PhD, was the lead author of an article published in Endocrinology (October 2013) illustrating the signaling pathways by which bisphenol A (BPA) elicits its effects on calcium handling and how BPA affects key cardiac calcium-handling proteins.

Gao will receive a $1,000 award at ICE/ENDO 2014, the Endocrine Society’s 96th annual meeting, June 21¬24 in Chicago.

UC the Impact

Pick up Faculty & Staff Campaign Gifts May 29

Faculty and staff who have donated to the 2014 Faculty & Staff Campaign "UC the Impact” can pick up their gifts from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29, on MSB Level 1 in the main hallway by the passenger elevators.
As part of this year’s effort, if you made:

  • A gift of $25 or more, you will receive a UC tervis cup.
  • A gift between $5 and $24.99, you will receive a UC-themed magnet.

UC Foundation staff will be on hand as well. For more information, visit, email or call Michael Zenz at 513-558-3355.

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.

University Hall
University Hall

Retirement Seminars June 4, 5

UC Human Resources will host two upcoming retirement workshops, "Imagine: Your Life Without Limits Retirement,” presented by Queen City Financial Advisors, LLC.

The workshop is offered at two different sessions:

  • Wednesday, June 4, noon to 1 p.m., in University Hall Room 450.
  • Thursday, June 5, 5 to 6 p.m., in University Hall Room 450.

Spouses and partners are welcome. Register online at

Bicycle in Ride Cincinnati

Register for 2014 Ride Cincinnati

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

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar May 27: Doctoral students Jennifer Schwanekamp (Molkentin Lab) and Daniel Michel (Stambrook Lab) will give presentations at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar May 27: Donald Hilgemann, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, will present, "Ca-dependent regulation of cardiac Na/K pumps and sarcolemma turnover," at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds May 28: John Boyles Jr., MD, will discuss food allergies at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Medical Grand Rounds May 28: Nishant Gupta, MD, assistant professor in the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine: will present, "Spontaneous Pneumothorax: Beyond the usual etiologies” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar May 29: Q. Richard Lu, PhD, professor of pediatrics, will present, "G-protein Linked Signaling in Medulloblastoma Formation," at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Transplant Grand Rounds June 3: William Asch, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and director of pre-transplant operations at Yale School of Medicine, will present, "Kidney Transplants for the Elderly: Hope or Hype?” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3051.
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