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Dorothy Air, PhD
Dorothy Air, PhD

Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards Nominations Are Open; Deadline Is Jan. 9

UC’s Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization is soliciting nominations for the 2014-15 Entrepreneurial Achievement Awards.

Two categories of awards will be given to faculty for exceptional accomplishment in promoting and maximizing the human benefits and commercial potential of university intellectual property and/or research: the Established Entrepreneur Award and the Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

Faculty members from all colleges are eligible to apply. Nominations are due Jan. 9, 2015.

Questions regarding the awards should be directed to Dorothy Air, PhD, associate vice president for entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization, at 513-558-7339 or

›› Get more information. 

AIDS ribbon

World AIDS Day Event Tonight

The University of Cincinnati Early Intervention Program (EIP) is partnering with other area HIV prevention programs to host a World AIDS Day event, today, Monday, Dec. 1, titled "Getting to Zero.”  

The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County main branch, 800 Vine St. 

The event will include free food and music, as well as spoken word poetry and community art designed to encourage area youth to get the facts about HIV, get tested and "get to zero” new HIV infections. The UC Health Mobile Diagnostics Van will also be on site to perform free HIV testing. 

The UC EIP has provided HIV prevention and testing services to patients in the emergency department at UC Medical Center since 1998. The program tests over 3,500 patients per year. 

For more information, call 513-558-8081.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Alvin Crawford, MD

Crawford Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Cincinnati Business Courier is honoring Alvin Crawford, MD, professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery, with the 2015 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. Crawford is the recently retired director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, an institute that was dedicated in his name.

In addition, three College of Medicine faculty members are finalists for Health Care Heroes awards: Charles Brady, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience; Jay Johannigman, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care; and Judith Feinberg, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Finalists also include Elaine Miller, PhD, College of Nursing, and Rosemary Keiser, University of Cincinnati Physicians.

The Health Care Heroes Awards will be held Feb. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St. 

>> More information and registration.

Muhammad Aslam, MD
Muhammad Aslam, MD

Aslam Invited to Speak at Conference in Pakistan

Muhammad Aslam, MD, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, has been invited to speak at the ninth annual conference of the department of psychiatry, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan, Jan. 1-3, 2015.

Aslam is director of the psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience department’s Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program and serves as medical director of the UC Medical Center at Deaconess Older Adult Unit and a staff psychiatrist at the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

King Edward Medical University, established in 1860 as Lahore Medical College, is the oldest educational institute in Pakistan.

Bearcat Ornament

Participate in 'Giving Tuesday' and Receive Ornament

This year, the University of Cincinnati will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. The UC Foundation has designated a website ( for donations to the university on this day (Tuesday, Dec. 2). Those who make online gifts of $10 or more on Dec. 2 only will receive a limited edition 2014 UC ornament.

U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals

REMINDER: Join; Take U.S. News Survey

Board-certified physicians who claim their profile on by Dec. 5, 2014, are eligible to take the U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals Survey” in their designated specialty. is a physicians-only social media site and platform. Note that not all specialties are being surveyed at this time by U.S. News. To claim your profile, visit

Margaret Hanson, PhD
Margaret Hanson, PhD

Melanie Cushion, PhD
Melanie Cushion, PhD

Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Dec. 11

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Margaret Hanson, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School, and Melanie Cushion, PhD, senior associate dean for research, College of Medicine, will present "Grant Writing" from 9  to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in University Hall, Room 450.

>>View the complete series listing, see learning objectives and register online

UC Bookstore

REMINDER: UC Bookstores Host Annual Open House

The annual UC Bookstores Holiday Open House will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Tangeman University Center, Level 3. 

The event will include cookies and drinks, plus entertainment from the Benjamin Thomas Trio (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) as well as an additional 10 percent discount on top of the standard 15 percent discount for faculty/staff purchases.

An Apple Apps Workshop is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. From noon to 2 p.m., Michael Perry will sign his book, "Tales From the Cincinnati Bearcats Locker Room.”

Bring a canned food item for the Freestore Foodbank and get the 2014 holiday mug. Supplies are limited.


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Dec. 2: Jason Blackard, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, will present "Hepatitis B virus infection in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Physiology Seminar Dec. 2: Raphael Kopan, PhD, director, Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Defying Time: From Progenitors to Nephrons” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds Dec. 3: David Hom, MD, will present "Contouring with Facial Implants” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351. 
  • Department of Environmental Health Wednesday Seminar Series Dec. 3: Robert Roth, PhD, Michigan State University, will present "Inflammatory Stress in Idiosyntric, Drug-induced Liver Injury” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Dec. 3: David Aaron, MD, will present "Lost in Translation: Addressing the Research-Practice Gap with Implementation Science” at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Child Neurology Grand Rounds Dec. 3: Nancy Ratner, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair, Cancer Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "NF1 and RAS: Brain and Tumor Pathologies” at 8 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Sabin Auditorium.
  • Dermatology Grand Rounds Dec. 4: Tor Shwayder, MD, Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer, and director, department of pediatric dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, will present "Photosensitivity Diseases in Children” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center (Room G344).
  • Neuroscience Seminar Series Dec. 4: Brittany Kopp and Kenea Udobi, both of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, will present at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351. Kopp will discuss "Sequester stress: a novel animal model for life stress and atypical depression-like behavior. Udobi’s topic is "The effects of creatine transporter deficiency in mice.”
  • Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series Dec. 8: Peter Mohler, PhD, director, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, and professor and chair, department of physiology and cell biology, Ohio State University, will present "Defining New Pathways for Excitable Cell Disease” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

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