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Date: Monday, October 4, 2004

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Jensen News Heralded Far and Wide

The fact that UC faculty member Elwood V. Jensen, PhD, has received the prestigious Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (known as "America's Nobels") has had the added benefit of spreading the university's name. News about Dr. Jensen's award and his College of Medicine affiliation appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, to name a few. Dr. Jensen's work was also heralded in USA Today, the New York Times and an Associated Press story sent to newspapers across the nation.


Third Frontier Grant Submissions

Submitting proposals for Third Frontier grants has been a major objective of the College of Medicine. For the current funding round, the COM was able to submit four such proposals, the largest number ever. We would like to send a hearty thank you to the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, as well as the Genome Research Institute, for their hard work in preparing the grant proposals. These proposals take a lot of time and effort on behalf of many dedicated people. The payoff, though, can be tremendous.


Knudsen on Key Editorial Board

Karen Knudsen, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, has been elected to the Molecular Endocrinology editorial board, the premier journal in the field. Dr. Knudsen works in the hormonally based malignancies program at the UC Cancer Center.


Residents, Students Take Home Awards from National Meeting

Eight residents and eleven medical students presented their abstracts in either oral or poster form at the Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting in Chicago this past weekend. The residents and students represented the COM in an exemplary fashion. Debbie Bradley, a PGY-3 categorical medicine resident, presented her work in the SGIM Midwest plenary session. She was the only trainee to do so and was one of five oral presenters. UC residents and students presented four of the nine total oral clinical vignettes at the meeting. Michael Staiko presented a case of "Graves Disease Presenting with Chronic Urticaria" and was recognized as the meeting's outstanding student. UC residents and students presented 15 of the 53 total clinical vignette posters. Congratulations to all presenters. You've made us proud!


Resident Saves a Life

Adebowale Adeniran, MD, a third year resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was deemed a hero last month on a Northwest Airlines flight from Detroit to Amsterdam. While in flight, Dr. Adeniran was made aware of a passenger with a history of hypertension who had developed dizziness and was experiencing fainting spells. Dr. Adeniran performed CPR in flight, and revived and stabilized the passenger until the flight destination was reached.  For these deeds Dr. Adeniran was awarded the Medical Assistance Certificate from Northwestern Airlines and given 5,000 bonus miles. As no other physician was on the flight, Dr. Adeniran was most assuredly in the right place at the right time!


Kelly Lands President's Quality Service Award

Elizabeth Kelly, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a 2004 recipient of a President's Quality Service Award from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kelly, the only recipient from East Campus, and other awardees will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 14 at Great Hall. "Dr. Kelly won this award because of her passion and commitment to underprivileged women," said Baha Sibai, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "She organizes and manages a team of health care providers and clinicians who not only provide care to these women but who strive to recognize, accept and celebrate their patient's cultural and ethnic diversity." Dr. Kelly and her team currently provide services to nine Cincinnati health centers.


COM to Honor AOA Electees

Congratulations to the new electees of Alpha Omega Alpha. Faculty electees are Karyn Butler, MD, and Walter Merrill, MD, both from the Department of Surgery. Resident electees are Maya Bilic, MD, of the Department of Dermatology, and Amod Sarnaik, MD, and KuoJen Tsao, MD, both of the Department of Surgery. Alumni electees are Thomas Bell, MD, Department of Urology, and David Bernstein, MD, Department of Internal Medicine. In addition, 17 students have been elected. All will be honored at the AOA dinner in November. Organized in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha seeks to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession.


Queen City 101

Cincinnati, care of Gibson Greeting Cards in 1850, was the first city in the nation to publish greeting cards.

Question of the Week

Q: The new carpeting on the entrance level of CVC looks great. When will the rest of the floors of the CVC have this new carpeting installed as well? Seems to me that additional carpeting should be installed sooner rather than later, at least up through the first and second floors of the CVC. An updated looking research facility speaks volumes to COM interviewees who are taking tours of the school. In this, I think a little effort will go a long way.


A: The carpeting that is currently in the public corridors on the upper floors of the CVC is going to be removed and a vinyl floor will be installed. This new floor will be the same style as the new flooring scheduled to be installed in the main corridors of the MSB during the renovation project. The work in the CVC should start in approximately one month and will last for about six weeks.

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