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Date: Monday, May 17, 2004

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Inauguration Tickets Available Starting Today

Tickets for the inauguration of UC's 25th president, Nancy Zimpher, are available starting today at the bookstore and University Hall.  The inauguration takes place Friday, May 21 at 3:30pm in the Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center.  Shuttle service will also be available, and you can find out the details at  We strongly encourage COM faculty, staff and students to attend this event.  Additional information is available at


Three COM Faculty win Entrepreneurial Awards

Three of the four winners for this year's Entrepreneurial Awards were College of Medicine faculty members.  They were honored at a banquet May 14 hosted by the University's Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research designed to reward achievements of current and former faculty and students. Eric Gruenstein, PhD (professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology) won the 2004 Established Entrepreneur Award.  He founded Intracellular Imaging, Inc. in 1991 and has since developed low-cost systems designed to measure intracellular calcium in living cells. David Melvin, MD, PhD (associate professor in the Department of Surgery and professor of biomedical engineering) won the 2004 Emerging Entrepreneur Award.  He developed technologies to treat heart failure.  And Christy Holland, PhD (associate professor of biomedical engineering and radiology in the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine) won the 2004 Honorable Mention.  She developed a transcranial ultrasound thrombolysis system (TUTS).  More information is available at


Breast Cancer Alliance Provides Major Gift

Last week, the Breast Cancer Alliance provided the COM with a gift of $10,000. 


Hutton Lectureship Series Debuts

The inaugural John J. Hutton, MD Lectureship in Ethics will be held May 26.  It will feature "Embryo Selection to 'Create a Stem Cell Donor': State of the Art," by John Wagner, MD (professor of pediatrics and scientific director of clinical research of the blood marrow transplantation program and Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota) and "Pre-Implantation Genetics and the Ethics of Creating a Stem Cell Donor" by Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH (director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota). 


AIT&L Completes Renovation-Related Move

Another domino in the MSB renovation/CARE building construction has fallen with the completion of AIT&L's move.  In true COM fashion, AIT&L has used the occasion of its move to reengineer its operations with an eye toward improvement.  It has, for example, greatly accelerated its move to a "virtual library" orientation and continues to work to improve customer service.  Most journal titles carried by the Health Sciences Library are available as "eJournals."  If a needed article is not available online, it will be delivered electronically to the customer within 24 hours of a request, free of charge.  More information is available at, and comments are welcome by clicking here.


Tencza Selected for Rauh Scholarship

Kara Ann Tencza (UC-IV) has been selected by the Women's Faculty Association of the Department of Pediatrics as the 2003-2004 recipient of the Louise W. Rauh Scholarship Award.  The award is presented to a fourth year medical student who is in the top third of the class and has demonstrated a significant commitment to community service.


Free Hearing Screenings Available This Month at University Pointe

In recognition of Better Speech and Hearing Month, University Ear, Nose and Throat (an affiliate of UC Physicians) is offering free hearing screenings during May at University Pointe in West Chester.  Appointments can be made by calling 513-475-8453 to schedule an appointment.  Communication disorders now affect approximately 46 million Americans.


Sostok Joins USMLE Committee

Michael Sostok, MD (Internal Medicine) will join the National Board of Medical Examiners' United State Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Ambulatory Medicine Test Material Development Committee in 2005. 


"Neuroscience Day" Heralds Reactivation of Chapter

Neuroscience Day on May 25 heralds the reactivation of the Ohio Miami Valley chapter of the national Society for Neuroscience, the main organization for the neuroscience field.  The chapter includes neuroscientists at the UC College of Medicine and colleagues at both Miami University and Wright State University and will provide a forum for interaction and collaboration for students, researchers and clinicians.  The affiliation with the national chapter also provides access to funding for speakers and travel.  Neuroscience Day, to be held at the UC Genome Research Institute (GRI), will be supported in part by funds from the UC Neuroscience Center.  The event will include a poster session and research presentations, and feature a lecture by Bruce S. McEwen, PhD titled "Gonadal Hormone Effects on the Brain: It Ain't Just Sex Anymore."  Dr. McEwen is the Alfred E. Mirsky Professor at the Rockefeller University in New York.  For more information, call 513-558-4813 or e-mail


UC Signs Up with Everybody Reads!

The University of Cincinnati has volunteered to work with Everybody Reads!, a non-profit organization that promotes reading for at-risk children by giving them books to read at home.  We'll be participating in the Everybody Reads! Book Collection Drive starting today.  This organization relies on the generosity of people like you who donate new or slightly used books so that we can give them to those who have none. The goal of this specific drive is to get the books out into the schools before school lets out for the summer so the children go home having new books to read.  You can donate your books at the Dean's Office front desk (MSB E-151) through Friday, May 21.  Books can be new or slightly used for children 3-12 years old.


Cicada Limerick Contest

We can't let everyone else have all the fun with the cicadas.  Therefore, we're launching a "cicada limerick contest" for all you budding poets out there.  Try to link the limerick to some theme at the Medical Center.  Send your entries here, and we'll print the best ones in upcoming issues of The Dean's List.  Here's one to get your creative juices flowing:


If you've moved from some city to here

And it hasn't been 17 years

Whether IM or surgeon

When these things start emergin'

You'll see that the warnings were clear


Pocket Directory Uses

Pocket Directory use # 177: Dictation information (pages 128-129), especially useful in preparing for the upcoming JCAHO visit to The University Hospital.


Queen City 101

The first reinforced steel skyscraper was the 15-story Ingalls Building, built in 1902 and located at Fourth and Vine streets in downtown Cincinnati.


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