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Jeffrey Whitsett, MD
Jeffrey Whitsett, MD

Whitsett to Discuss Work in Pediatrics

With Panelists at ‘Life of the Mind’ Event

Jeffrey Whitsett, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of neonatology, perinatal and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will be the speaker at the next "Life of the Mind” event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Tangeman University Center Room 400ABC. Whitsett’s talk is on "The Impact of the Acceleration of Transforming Technologies in Medicine and the Biological Sciences.”

The lecture includes three panelists who will respond and discuss the presentation from diverse perspectives. The panelists will be Karen Bankston, PhD, associate dean of the College of Nursing; James Clark, PhD, professor and director of the School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences; and Joseph Tomain, dean emeritus of the College of Law. The discussion will be moderated by UC President Santa Ono, PhD.

Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished University of Cincinnati faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. It is sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate. For those who cannot attend, the lecture will be streamed live online at

>>>More information

Jennifer Bard
Jennifer Bard

Bioethicist Selected as Next Law School Dean

Jennifer Bard of Texas Tech University has been selected to serve as the next dean of UC’s College of Law, effective July 1, 2015. An expert in public health and bioethics, she has a master’s of public health degree and will hold a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine.

The announcement of Bard’s selection was made by Beverly Davenport, PhD, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, who said Bard has a long history of working across academic and medical campuses.

Bard, who received her law degree from Yale University, currently serves as special assistant to the provost for academic engagement at Texas Tech, where she directs the JD/MD program as well as the Health Law concentration program. She also has been a member of the faculty at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Judith Feinberg, MD
Judith Feinberg, MD

Feinberg to Be Honored for Battling HIV/AIDS

Judith Feinberg, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, will be honored for her dedication and commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day workshop set for Tuesday, March 10, at the UC Health Business Center, 3200 Burnet Ave. The recognition ceremony will be held from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual nationwide observance, now in its 10th year, and designed to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

Alex Lentsch, PhD
Alex Lentsch, PhD

Valerie Hardcastle, PhD
Valerie Hardcastle, PhD

REMINDER: Next 'Ready, Set, Go!' Workshop Thursday

As part of the 2014-15 "Ready, Set, Go!" series, Alex Lentsch, PhD, senior associate dean, College of Medicine, and Valerie Gray Hardcastle, PhD,  professor of philosophy, psychology and psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and executive director of UC LEAF, will present "Planning for Career Advancement (RPT)” from 9  to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in University Hall Room 450.

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

Mary Beth Privitera
Mary Beth Privitera

Medical Device Design Competition Friday, March 13

The annual medical device design competition at UC, hosted by the Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program (MDIEP), Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, is set for 8 a.m. to noon Friday, March 13, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3351.

Every year, virtual startup teams of students from the MDIEP program work with clinicians from the Academic Health Center and industry to develop new medical devices. At the competition, these teams will be presenting their work in an elevator pitch format to the UC and local industry community and will compete in a mock venture fund competition with millions of "Bearcash” dollars at stake.
Some attendees will be appointed as investors and will receive "Bearcash” to invest in their favorite startup team. They will have an opportunity to talk to the students and clinicians, find out about the medical device development process and invest "Bearcash” in what they think are the most innovative projects likely to impact patient care.

Due to the nature of the presentations, non-UC personnel/invitees will be requested to sign a confidentiality agreement during registration.

For more information, contact associate professor Mary Beth Privitera at 513-258-5824 or

Kari Dunning, PhD

Next College of Medicine IT Workshop Thursday, March 19

The next College of Medicine Information Technology Workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in Room 4051 of the Medical Sciences Building. It will focus on the IT @ UC service management program and College of Medicine data ownership and management.

Dom Ferreri, assistant vice president, client services, will discuss service management at UC. Erma Fritsche, assistant director, service management, will give an overview of the service management program. Brian Tyree, process design engineer, service management, will give an overview of process design projects, and Jessee Fatherree, manager, College of Medicine IT system services, will review shared data ownership and management.

E. Steve Woodle, MD
E. Steve Woodle, MD

Organ Transplant Numbers Break Record in 2014

University of Cincinnati Medical Center recorded a record number of organ transplants during 2014, successfully completing 184 procedures and surpassing the center’s previous high of 149 in 2003. Last year’s total included 99 kidney transplants, 73 liver transplants and 12 pancreas transplants. Nineteen procedures were dual organ transplants involving kidney and liver or kidney and pancreas in the same surgery. Nearly a quarter of the transplants (or 49) performed at UCMC last year resulted from living donors. Increasingly, organs are being secured from relatives, spouses, unrelated people and even anonymous unrelated donors rather than relying solely on donated organs from deceased people.

"These results were achieved as a result of several years of hard work by program personnel and important programmatic investments by UC Health,” said E. Steve Woodle, MD, director of transplantation at UC Medical and professor of surgery at the College of Medicine.


  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar March 10:  Erik Martinez-Hackert, PhD, Michigan State University, will present "TGF-β Family Signaling: From Molecular Mechanisms to Potential Therapeutics” at noon in MSB 3051. 
  • Physiology Seminar March 10: Surya Nauli, PhD, School of Pharmacy, Chapman University will present "Roles of Sensory Primary Cilia in Disease and Therapy” at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051. 
  • Department of Surgery Transplant Division Grand Rounds March 10: Rolf Barth, MD,  Maryland School of Medicine, will present "Face Transplantation and Translational Studies in Vascularized Composite Allografts” at 4 p.m. in MSB 3351 
  • Medical Grand Rounds March 11: Tahir Latif, MD, Division of Hematology Oncology, will present "Navigation Through the World of Lymphoma in 2015” at noon in MSB E-351. 
  • Otolaryngology Grand Rounds March 11: Peter Hoekman, MD, will present "Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in H&N Melanoma” at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds March 11: Shannon Seals, MD, will present "Neurological Clinicopathologic Case Presentation” at 8 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics Faculty Seminar March 11: Basilia Zingarelli, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and director, Basic Science Research, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Age-dependent Mechanisms of Inflammation and Metabolic Stress in Sepsis” at noon in MSB 2351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Series March 12: Jayanta Debnath, MD, University of California, San Francisco, will present "New Functions for Autophagy During Cancer Progression” at noon in the Vontz Center’s Rieveschl Auditorium.  
  • Biomedical Informatics Friday Speaker Series  March 16: Philip E. Bourne, PhD, associate director for data science, National Institutes of Health, will speak at 10 a.m. in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Location S, Room S1.204.
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and Cardiovascular Center Seminar Series March 16: David Hui, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director, Metabolic Diseases Research Center, will present "Pleiotropic Roles of LDL Receptor Family Proteins in Cardiometabolic Disease Modulation” at noon in MSB 3351. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Research in Patient Services Colloquium March 16: Ardythe Morrow, PhD, professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Division of Neonatology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present "Human milk oligosaccharide as medicine: The ancient and novel” at noon in Cincinnati Children’s Location S, Room S1.204.

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