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Date: Monday, June 19, 2006

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Hoxworth Needs Blood
Hoxworth Blood Center will host a blood drive today (Monday, June 19), from 12:15 to 3 p.m. in the first-level conference room of Kingsgate Conference Center. This is in response to a recent a blood shortage and in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Donors are asked to eat a good meal at least four hours prior to donating, drink plenty of water or juice and to furnish a photo ID upon donation. All donors will receive a free T-shirt. The “Double Red” machines will also be available for people interested in giving twice the number of red blood cells. For more information, call (513) 487-3800.

Lowe Honored with Endowment
The anesthesiology department has established an endowed lectureship in honor of Edward Lowe, MD, a professor emeritus. Lowe has been actively involved in student and resident education at UC for more than 35 years, focusing most of his career on pediatric anesthesiology and intensive care. He will present the first annual lectureship this fall.

Two Weeks Left for Faculty/Staff Campaign
Only two weeks remain to participate in the 2006 “We’re All UC” faculty/staff giving campaign. The campaign, which ends June 30, supports the areas you chose – from colleges and departments to fellowships and medical research. If you haven’t already done so, all Academic Health Center faculty and staff are encouraged to participate by visiting or returning the pledge card that was enclosed in the recent campaign mailing. All donors will receive a lapel pin showing their support of UC and an invitation to a celebration following President Zimpher’s State of the University Address in October. Other benefits are available. For more information, call (513) 558-3863.    

Research Council Announces Interdisciplinary Grant Recipients

Five College of Medicine faculty members have received $25,000 University Research Council grants under the new Interdisciplinary Grant Program. The program’s goal is to encourage campus-wide, interdisciplinary research projects that will result in applications to federal granting agencies. Thirty-eight grant applications were received from 129 faculty members representing nearly every UC college, the Institute for the Study of Health and Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. COM faculty will work with other UC researchers in the following projects:

  • Novel Electrode for Deep Brain Stimulation: Michael Behbehani, PhD, and Raymund Pun, PhD, both of molecular and cellular physiology, with Raymund Li, ScD, of the College of Engineering.
  • Modeling of Transduction in Olfactory Cilia: Steven Kleene, PhD, of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, with Donald French, PhD, of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Development of Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Shiga Toxin: Alison Weiss, PhD, of molecular genetics, with Suri Iyer, PhD, of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Managing Cognitive Workload and Stress in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Interfaces: James Donovan, MD, and Krishnanath Gaitonde, MD, both of surgery, with William Ball, PhD, College of Engineering, and Gerald Matthews, PhD, Michael Riley, PhD, and Joel Warm, PhD, all of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
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