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Date: Monday, November 22, 2004

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COM Hosts Graduate Student Research Forum

The Dean's Office and the Committee on Graduate Education recently hosted the 25th annual Graduate Student Research Forum. A record 84 abstracts were submitted, and 79 students presented posters. First place went to Linda Yang (molecular and developmental biology). Lamar Gerber (pharmacology and cell biophysics) was awarded second place. Seven students received third-place awards: Jitesh Kawedia (molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology), Pavitra Keshavan (pathobiology and molecular medicine), Kelly Monk (cell and molecular biology), David Myer (cell and molecular biology), Jiang Qian (pharmacology and cell biophysics), Christopher Runyan (molecular and developmental biology/physician scientist training program) and Megan Straiko (neuroscience). Dr. Peter Kalivas, from the Medical University of South Carolina, delivered the keynote address, "Can We Forget to Relapse: Prefrontal Regulation of Addictive Behaviors."


Kleene Selected for Teaching Award

COM graduate students have chosen Steven Kleene, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, to receive the Richard Akeson Award in recognition of excellence in graduate student teaching.


Academic Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the COM's 2004-5 academic awards! Emily Moosbrugger received both the Ferris Award and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Award. The Ferris Award is for scholastic performance and leadership qualities, during the first two years of medical school, that best exemplify the importance of excellence in the basic sciences. The ASCP honor is for excellence in pathology. Matthew Meier won both the H.B. Weiss Award, for academic skills and excellence in patient evaluation, and the William Buchanan Wherry Award, for the highest honors in microbiology. Justin Smith took first place, Berkeley Limketkai, second place, and Adam Metzler, third place for the Physiology Award, recognizing the highest cumulative grade in physiology. Tyson Cook received the Robert Swain Memorial Award, presented by the second-year class to the classmate who has done the most to make medical school enjoyable to all. Berkeley Limketkai and Janice Schlotman McDaniel received the McGraw Hill Publishing Award for the top two students at the end of the first year of medical school. McDaniel also received the Howard Meineke Microscopic Award, judged by microscopic anatomy faculty members.


Wikenheiser-Brokamp Lands Cancer Grant

Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has secured a four-year grant from the American Cancer Society to study the role of the retinoblastoma (Rb) tumor suppresser gene in lung cancer. She will examine what Rb functions are important for suppressing tumor development and progression, and seek to define Rb's role in protecting against lung injury, such as that associated with tobacco smoking.


Queen City 101

According to 19th century English author Charles Dickens, "Cincinnati is a beautiful city, cheerful, thriving, animated. I have not often seen a place that commends itself so favorably to a stranger at first glance."


Question of the Week

Q: I was looking for some information about the Uptown Consortium. Do they have a Web site or anything that I can review?


A: The Consortium has a new Web site that contains a great deal of information about the group and its mission. There is also a link for contact information in case you want to learn more. You can find the site at

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