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Date: Monday, November 20, 2006

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Graduate Student Research Forum Winners
The Office of Research and Graduate Education has announced winners of the 27th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum. Christopher Runyan won first place, Vanessa Saunders placed second and Ankur Sharma placed third. Seven other students received honorable mention awards, including Yuxin Feng, Serena Jennings, Tiffany Joffrion, Yonatan Mahller, Douglas Millay, Elizabeth Wooddy and Haiming Xu. In addition, Nelson Horseman, PhD, professor in the molecular and cellular physiology department, received this year’s Richard Akeson Excellence in Teaching Award. All winners were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception held Nov. 9.

Medical Students Present at AAMC Meeting
Second-year medical students Clare Herlihy and Julia Kloenne gave a poster presentation at a recent Association of American Medical Colleges meeting in Seattle. Their poster, “Urban Health Project: Medical Students Serving the Community,” described the program’s history, the community sites where students conduct summer fellowships, the corporate sponsors and other details. Herlihy and Kloenne were assisted on the poster by third-year students Heideh Husseinzadeh and Abby Loftus. For more information on the Urban Health Project, visit

Collegeof Medicine Web Survey—LAST CALL!
A task force has been formed to redesign the College of Medicine Web site ( All College of Medicine constituents are invited to give their opinions on the current site and what they would like to see in the new one. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. To take the survey, visit The deadline to complete the form is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. For more information, call (513) 558-4553 or e-mail


UC and UH Commemorate World AIDS Day
The 25th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic—and UC’s and University Hospital’s 20-year involvement in patient care and research—will be commemorated at a World AIDS Day program Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium. Broadcasting celebrity Nick Clooney will emcee the program, which will include presentations by UC Infectious Diseases Center experts Peter Frame, MD, Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, Judith Feinberg, MD, and Peter Grubbs, MD; a recognition and awards ceremony for AIDS caregivers and a remembrance ceremony. For more information, call (513) 584-4818.

GI Cancer Symposium
UC’s 2nd Annual GI Cancer Symposium, “Update on Esophageal and Pancreatic Cancers,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Kingsgate Conference Center. Hosted by the divisions of hematology and oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology, the free event is open to all health care professionals who provide care for cancer patients. For more information, call (513) 558-0120.


Singh Joins Digestive Diseases
Paramvir Singh, MD, has been named instructor of clinical medicine in the division of digestive diseases. Singh completed his residency and fellowship training at the State University of New York. He specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology and pancreatic and biliary endoscopy. For more information, visit

Govil Named Nephrology Assistant Professor
Amit Govil, MD, has joined the nephrology division as assistant professor of clinical medicine. A specialist in renal transplantation, Govil completed his residency training at the State University of New York and fellowship training at UC. For more information, visit

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