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Date: Monday, October 23, 2006

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Stern Earns Lifetime Appointment

David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, has been appointed a lifetime member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on VA­-Medical School Affiliations by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. In this role, Stern will provide advice and counsel to the U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs regarding medical school affiliations. The panel comprises 15 members who "express the views of large and small medical schools which are involved in the principal affiliation activities-research, patient care and education."


Keck Named Linder Center President

Paul Keck, MD, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Craig and Frances Lindner Center of HOPE (Helping Other People Succeed). Keck, vice chair of psychiatry and professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, will be responsible for coordinating the design and development of the new center in preparation for its scheduled opening in January 2008. A joint venture between the Lindner Foundation and the Health Alliance, the center will offer comprehensive treatment services for adolescents, adults and older adults with psychiatric illnesses. It will be staffed by UC faculty. For more Linder Center information, visit


Tao Presented With Howard Meineke Award

Second-year medical student Haiyang Tao was presented with the Howard Meineke Award today during a ceremony in the MSB. The award honors outstanding student achievements in medical microscopic anatomy that reflect the "profound intellectual curiosity and lively spirit" of Howard Meineke, PhD, professor emeritus at UC. Tao received a $250 check and will have his name engraved on the award plague. During his 50-year career, Meineke challenged generations of medical students to think deeply about the relationship between tissue structure and function.


Surgeons Earn 'Fellow' Designation

Three UC surgeons have been named fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). They include trauma surgeons Timothy Pritts, MD, and Stephen Barnes, MD, and GI-endocrine surgeon David Fischer, MD. The UC surgeons will now be able to include the letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names, denoting that their education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the ACS. Founded in 1913, the ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that works to improve patient care by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. For more information, visit


Sleep Center Receives AASM Accreditation

The UC Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Center (UC Sleep Center) has received full accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). AASM accreditation reflects quality and excellence in sleep disorders medicine and is nationally recognized by patients and physicians. Victoria Surdulescu, MD, assistant professor in the pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine division and director of the UC Sleep Center, spearheaded the accreditation process. The UC Sleep Center has locations at University Pointe and the Drake Center. For more information, visit


Charitable Giving Campaign

The Academic Health Center is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to support UC's Charitable Giving Campaign, which runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31. This effort supports more than 300 agencies and programs through the Greater Cincinnati United Way and Greater Cincinnati Community Shares and improves the lives of one in three people in the local community. To make a gift, visit or use the form sent to you earlier this month. Gifts can be made through payroll deduction or bill-at-home, or by sending a check made payable to UC's Charitable Giving to ML 0067. Anyone who pledges $35 or more will receive two free tickets to the UC-Rutgers football game on Nov. 18 and will be eligible for a drawing for prizes. For more information, call (513) 556-6925.


Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series

Huda Akil, PhD, will discuss "The Emotional Brain: Stress, Mood and Molecules" during the 2006 Lurie Psychiatric Lecture Series to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Medical Sciences Building room 7051. Akil is the Gardner Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and the codirector of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call (513) 558-5326, e-mail  or visit

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