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Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

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Winners of Cancer Center Pilot Grants Announced

The winners of the most recent round of Cancer Center Pilot Grants are Robert Brackenbury, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Arthur Buckley, PhD, College of Pharmacy; Sue Heffelfinger, PhD, Department of Pathology; Angela Drew, PhD, Department of Genome Science; Toni Robinson-Smith, MD, Department of Pathology; Andrew Herr, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology; Mike Leonis, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics; Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery; Craig Tomlinson, PhD, Department of Environmental Health; James Wells, PhD, Department of Pediatrics; and S. Wells, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology.  Funds for breast cancer-related projects came from last year's Think Pink event; the remaining came from the Cancer Center. The winners make up eight individual and team projects.


Undergrads Visit Research Facilities at College of Medicine

Twenty undergrads from colleges in and around Cincinnati and as far away from Alabama and Michigan visited the College of Medicine this month. The students, all of whom are interested in pursuing graduate study in biomedical sciences, interacted with program directors and investigators from a variety of graduate programs and saw demonstrations in several core research facilities at the COM and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Thanks to all tour hosts. Hosting tours of the biomedical research facilities is an important part of the graduate recruiting initiative at the COM.  The participation of faculty is key to the success of recruitment efforts and increases the overall awareness of medical research as a career choice for the next generation.


Medical Center Participates in UC's Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Medical Center will be participating in the University of Cincinnati's month-long series of events in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  The "Bridging the Health Gap for the Hispanic Population" forum will be held October 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in MSB room E-351.  This free forum is co-sponsored by the Just Community initiative (East Campus) and the Medical Center; a complimentary lunch will be provided.  For reservations, contact Karen Christian.  The broader UC celebration runs from September 11 through October 13 and includes everything from discussion forums to Spanish lessons for beginners.


COM Welcomes New Faculty

Some 34 new faculty have recently joined the ranks of the COM, and we'd like to offer one and all a hearty welcome.  The new faculty include Ahmed Khalil, MD, Gerald Kitchens, MD, and Steven Lisco, MD, in anesthesia; Balakrishna Haridas, PhD, in biomedical engineering; El Mustapha Bahassi, PhD, in cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy; William Hinckley, MD, in emergency medicine; Matthew Wortman, PhD, in genome science; Abhinav Diwan, MD, Gautham Mogilishetty, MD, and Ralph Panos, MD, in internal medicine; Marshall Montrose, PhD, in molecular and cellular physiology; Angela Morriss, MD, in neurology; Stacy Boulton, MD, Jeffrey Livingston, MD, and Katheryn Moreira, MD, in obstetrics and gynecology; Theodore Toan Le, MD, in orthopaedic surgery; Siddarth Khosla, MD, in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery; Lois Arend, MD, PhD, and Xiaofa Qin, MD, PhD, in pathology and laboratory medicine; William Border, MB, ChB, Lesley Breech, MD, Kathleen Campbell, MD, Gary Geis, MD, James Geller, MD, Michael Jordan, MD, Karen Mason, MD, Kelly McGraw, PsyD, Stephanie Ware, MD, PhD, and Manoj Warrier, MD, in pediatrics; Michael Bertram, MD, and Durgada Sakalkale, MD, in physical medicine and rehabilitation; Deborah Clegg, PhD, in psychiatry; Karin Hoeg, MD, in radiology; and Anureet Bajaj, MD, in surgery.


More 40 Under 40

Make that six College of Medicine faculty members named among the Cincinnati Business Courier"s "40 Under 40." The article in last week's Dean's List on this topic inadvertently omitted the names of two volunteer assistant professors in the Department of Family Medicine: Candace Ireton, MD, and Christopher Lewis, MD.


VFM Ladies Auxiliary Donates to Cancer Center

While in town last week for its national convention, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars donated $5,000 to the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center.  The funds are earmarked for research and special honors to members and students.


Queen City 101

In 1905, Great Cincinnatian Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, later known as the Boy Scouts of America.

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