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Date: Monday, November 8, 2004

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Luke Chosen President-Elect of National Organization

Robert Luke, MD, former chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has been chosen president-elect of the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA), effective November 2005. Founded in 1884, the ACCA is the oldest internal medicine society in the United States. 'Climatological' refers to the fact that climate was a key factor in the treatment of tuberculosis, a major health problem when the society was formed.

Hurford Joins ASCCA Board

William E. Hurford, MD, FCCM, professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesia, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (ASCCA). The ASCCA is a national organization of anesthesiologists that provides for the specialized needs of "intensivists" as well as the broader needs of practicing anesthesiologists.

Health Alliance, College of Nursing to Recruit Nurses
UC College of Nursing and the Health Alliance have signed a three-year agreement to recruit nurses. The Health Alliance will provide $158,000 annually for College of Nursing faculty salaries, $4,000 scholarships for UC nursing students (who would be required to work in Health Alliance hospitals for 12 months after graduation), and a one-time $1,000 supplement for each scholarship awarded.


Construction Update

The Sabin Way entrance to MSB on the E Level will be closed at 3 p.m., Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).  Enter or exit the building through CVC or Eden Garage. The entrance will reopen at 1 a.m., Nov. 12.


First IvaDean Scholarship Awarded

College of Medicine Senior Michael Straiko has been awarded the first scholarship from the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund. Straiko hopes to pursue an ophthalmology residency after a preliminary year in internal medicine. The IvaDean Scholarship Fund was formed in 2002 by that year's senior class in honor of IvaDean Lair-Adolph's contribution to the College of Medicine and its students. Don't forget to sign up for the IvaDean Benefit Concert, being held March 11. Proceeds will benefit the IvaDean Scholarship Fund. The first casting call is Nov. 16. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Jonathan Schilling at


Atrial Fibrillation Demo Live on Internet 

Randall K. Wolf, MD, professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, and E. William Schneeberger, MD, associate professor of surgery, will demonstrate the new mini-MAZE procedure live via the Internet on Nov. 16. They will be joined in the hour-long, free program by noted electrophysiology cardiologists Warren Jackman, MD, University of Oklahoma, and Richard Henthorn, MD, of Greater Cincinnati Cardiovascular Consultants. The mini-MAZE procedure treatsatrial fibrillation without the need for a chest incision or use of a heart-lung machine. Access the demo and debate at


Queen City 101
In 1860 Greater Cincinnati was the largest manufacturing center in North America and possibly the world.


Question of the Week

Q: What happened to the video screens in the elevator lobbies and where will they be relocated? 


A: The COMNet screens were temporarily removed to make way for construction and renovation-related work. They should be back up sometime in the next four to six weeks.

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