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Provost Requests Proposals for Cluster Hiring Initiative by Aug. 1

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, visit

Marshall "Chip” Montrose, PhD

Montrose Named Vice Provost, Graduate School Dean 

Marshall "Chip” Montrose, PhD, chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and interim chair of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, has been named UC Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.

He was selected after a national search; the appointment is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Montrose will assume the new position Aug. 1. 

Prior to coming to UC, Montrose served on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Cushion Invited to Serve on NIH Study Section

Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, has been appointed as chair of the AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

Her term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Sgt. Major Raymond Chandler Visits Campus

U.S. Army Sgt. Major Visits Institute for Military Medicine

On Wednesday, June 11, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler toured UC Medical Center and the College of Medicine as part of a daylong visit to Cincinnati and celebration of the Army's 239th birthday.

During his visit, Sgt. Maj. Chandler visited the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills simulation room, toured an Institute for Military Medicine lab and viewed a special exhibit of World War I artifacts in the Winkler Center's Lucas Board Room. 

›› View photos from his visit.

John and Carrie Hayden
John and Carrie Hayden

Gift Creates Hayden Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Research

A $2.1 million gift from the Hayden family of Cincinnati will establish the Hayden Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at the Cincinnati Cancer Center, supporting efforts of CCC Director Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, and its members.

This fund will be used to advance the CCC toward National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Read more about the Hayden fund and NCI designation at

Jun-Lin Guan, PhD
Jun-Lin Guan, PhD

Guan Article Named ‘Most Read’ by Journal 

An article by Jun-Lin Guan, PhD, Francis Brunning Endowed Chair and professor of cancer biology, was recently listed as one of the "Most Read Articles” in the past five days from the journal Genes and Development.

Guan was senior author of the paper, "p62/SQSTM1 synergizes with autophagy for tumor growth in vivo,” and co-authored it with colleagues from the University of Michigan Medical School and Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars  

  • Cancer Biology Seminar June 23: Xi Chen, PhD, postdoctoral associate at the Weill Cornell Medical College, will present, "Emerging Roles of the ER Stress Response in Cancer: Insights from XBP1 in Breast Cancer,” at 11 a.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Shared Facilities Research Seminar Series June 24: Members of the Cincinnati Children’s Office for Clinical and Translational Research (OCTR) will discuss "Collaborating With You to Move Your Research Forward,” at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room 1.203. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 24: Doctoral students Sayali Karve (Weiss Lab) and Catie Shelton (Herr Lab) will give presentations at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Hematology-Oncology Special Grand Rounds June 24: Robert Dreicer, MD, director of the GU Medical Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic, will present, "The Evolving Impact of Health Care Reform on Academic Clinical Oncology Practice and Clinical Research: Metaphysical Observations,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Medical Grand Rounds June 25: Richard Becker, MD, director and physician-in-chief of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, and Patrick Daly, MD, instructor of clinical medicine, will present, "Safe and Effective Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar June 25: Rami Aqeilan, PhD, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, will discuss, "The Story of a Large Gene: A New Chapter in Cancer Evolution” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Transplant Lecture Series June 27: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, professor of medicine, division of nephrology and hypertension, will present, "Allograft Loss and Return to Dialysis," at noon in MSB 2004.

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