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Date: Monday, January 10, 2005

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day Jan. 14

Please make plans to join the UC community for the 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial March and Ceremony on Friday, Jan. 14. Themed "Revive the Dream," the ceremony kicks off with a memorial march assembling at Kresge Auditorium at 10:45 a.m., with a memorial ceremony following at noon. Keynote speaker is Ken Hanover, president and CEO of the Health Alliance, which is sponsoring the event along with UC and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Cincinnati and Vicinity.


New Intellectual Property VP Appointed

Anne H. Chasser, formerly commissioner for trademarks for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., has been appointed associate vice president for technology transfer and commercialization, responsible for UC's Intellectual Property Office. Prior to joining the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1999, Chasser was director of Trademark and Licensing Services at Ohio State University. Described by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world, Chasser has also served as president of the 135-nation International Trademark Association. Her office is in G07 Wherry Hall on the UC Academic Health Center campus (phone 558-5653, e-mail


Crawford Receives "Founder's Award"

Alvin Crawford, MD, professor of orthopaedics and director of pediatric orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children's, has received the Founder's Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society. He is the second surgeon and the first African American to receive the award.


University Pointe Surgical Hospital Opens

The University Pointe Surgical Hospital, a joint venture between UC Physicians and the Health Alliance, is now open after receiving JCAHO accreditation. The 28,600-square-foot hospital, located in West Chester, has four operating rooms, a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab, two procedure rooms and eight overnight inpatient rooms. Doctors will perform outpatient (day) procedures and inpatient (short-stay) procedures at the hospital. For more information on privileges and scheduling, physicians should contact Executive Director Karen Adams at 513-475-8300.


Cincinnati Children's Sports Medicine Center Receives Grant

Cincinnati Children's has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a division of the NIH, to identify female athletes at risk of injury to their knee ligaments, specifically the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). Adolescent females who participate in jumping and pivoting sports suffer ACL injury four to six times more frequently than adolescent males in the same sports. The study should improve the referral of high-risk athletes to effective, targeted interventions that prevent these injuries.


Nebert Selected for SOT Award

Daniel Nebert, MD, Department of Environmental Health, has been selected for the Society of Toxicology (SOT) distinguished lifetime toxicology scholar award. The SOT noted that Dr. Nebert is one of the most productive and influential scientists of our time. He has authored more than 530 publications, and his research on cytochrome P450 (CYP) regulation and drug and carcinogen metabolism has significantly influenced the fields of toxicology, pharmacology, genetics, endocrinology, oncology, biochemistry and molecular biology. One of the most frequently cited scientists in his field, Dr. Nebert has been honored by numerous universities, governments and scientific societies.


Medical Student Summer Research Program Poster Winners

Kasey Reynolds, David Plank and Thomas Pham won first place in the poster session for the Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) and will present their results at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston in April. The MSSRP, funded by an NIH T35 grant, features students who spend 10 weeks during the summer working in laboratories or on clinical research projects throughout the COM and Cincinnati Children's. Twenty students participated in 2004. Deadline for new applications to MSSRP for 2005 summer research fellowships is March 11. Contact Lona Pearson at for more information. 


Queen City 101

The World Peace Bell in the Millennium Monument in Newport, Ky., is the world's largest free-swinging bell. The 62,000-pound bell was cast in France and shipped up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Newport.

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