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Date: Monday, November 1, 2004

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Chakraborty and Jin are "Overachieving Geneticists"

Statistics compiled by Dr. Jonathan L. Haines of Vanderbilt University listed two COM faculty members among the "overachieving geneticists" presenting at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in Toronto. Of the 3,081 presenters, Ranajit Chakraborty, PhD, ranked 15th with 13 scheduled presentations and Li Jin, PhD, 30th with 10 papers. Both researchers, from the Department of Environmental Health's Center for Genome Information, have been listed among the ASHG's top achievers for the last five years.

AIT&L Ranks High

UC's Academic Information Technology and Libraries (AIT&L) is among the top medical school libraries in the country, according to rankings released recently by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors. In Ohio AIT&L ranks first in computers, education attendance, contact hours, number of sessions, endowment value, gate count, grants and contracts, and electronic journals, and second in total journal count. Nationally, it ranks first in computers, fourth in number of sessions, seventh in contact hours, eighth in electronic journals, 11th in education attendance, 15th in endowment value, 15th in grants and contracts, 15th in total journal count, and 18th in gate count.


Well-Rounded Students

Student organizations at the COM run the gamut from UC Med Mentors and the Urban Health Project, to the Craft Club, Book Club, Cricket Club, Martial Arts Society, Outdoors Club, Soccer Club, Motorcycle Club, Sushi Club, Rock Climbing Club and Amnesty International. "We try to provide our medical students with a wide range of options, both as a balance to their incredibly rigorous medical training and to help make them well-rounded people," says Laura Wexler, MD, associate dean for student affairs and admissions.


Provident Bank, Postal Service Pay Tribute to Cancer Center

Provident Bank has donated  $25,000 to The Barrett Center to be used for patient care programs at the center and to fund research at the UC Cancer Center. At a ceremony last Friday to conclude Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the U.S. Postal Service also presented Provident Bank and The Barrett Center with framed enlargements of the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp honoring their continuing commitment to the fight against breast cancer. The semipostal stamp sells for a few cents more than first-class postage with the additional funds being donated to breast cancer research. Through September 2004, stamp sales have generated over $40.8 million.


Reminder: Closing the Gap Conference is November 15

The Second Annual Conference on Health Disparities: Approaching Disparities Through Prevention is slated for Nov. 15 at the Cinergy Cincinnati Convention Center. Open to students, health care professionals and the general public, the conference will offer workshops for health care providers, patients, consumers, and policymakers. For information contact the Center for Closing the Health Gap at 585-9872 or visit The Office of Multicultural Affairs can offer a limited number of free registrations. Call 558-4898 for details. Continuing education credit is available for some workshops.


Update on UC|21

Faculty, staff and students were given an overview Oct. 29 of UC|21: Defining the New Urban Research University. Described by Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, as our "voyage into a bright and exciting future," UC|21 is the plan for charting UC's academic course for the 21st century. Dr. Henney was joined in hosting the briefing in MSB 5051 by Andrea Lindell, DNSc, RN, dean of the College of Nursing, and Greg Vehr, vice president for governmental relations and university communications. UC|21's six overall goals are to Place Students at the Center, Grow Our Research Excellence, Achieve Academic Excellence, Forge Key Relationships and Partnerships, Establish a Sense of "Place," and Create Opportunity. For complete information on UC|21, log on to


COM Faculty Named to YWCA's Rising Star Program

Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, and Karen Knudsen, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, have been named to the YWCA's Rising Star program. The program was created by the members of the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement, a group of more than 200 professional women. The nominees for the Rising Star program will have the opportunity to interact and network with local career women of diverse backgrounds. Nominees have proven leadership qualities and have demonstrated potential to attain marked achievement in their chosen careers.


Queen City 101

The average November temperature in Cincinnati is 44 degrees. In November, we also average three inches of rain and one inch of snow.

Question of the Week
Who was Levine Park named for?


A: Levine Park was named for Maurice Levine, MD, chair of the College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

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