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Date: Monday, April 30, 2007

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Medical Student Awarded Scholarship

Allegra Tenkman, a third-year medical student, has been awarded a $15,000 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund scholarship for the 2007–08 academic year. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, community involvement, leadership qualities, and involvement in women’s health care issues. A Cincinnati native, Tenkman has worked in women’s shelters and as an academic tutor and is a choreographer and dancer in the COM women’s hip hop group Ligamentum Flava. THe Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund was created in 1908 with a gift from Jacob G. Schmidlapp in memory of his daughter.


Pilot Research Training Program Offers Grants

The UC Environmental Health Department’s Education and Research Center (ERC) is accepting applications for research-project funding through the Pilot Research Training Program (PRP). The PRP is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) initiative that offers financial support to young investigators with promising research ideas. The ERC teaches young professionals the skills necessary for pursuing occupational safety and health careers. A key focus of the center is its interdisciplinary collaboration between students in the colleges of engineering, nursing and medicine. This year, NIOSH will award about $84,000 for projects related to occupational and environmental health and safety issues conducted through June 2008. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 7, at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Amber Twitty at or (513) 558-5710.


Faculty Awards Celebration Tomorrow

President Nancy Zimpher and the Faculty Senate cordially invite you to attend the Faculty Awards Celebration at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Great Hall at the Tangeman University Center. More than a dozen UC faculty members, including College of Medicine faculty Joseph Broderick, MD, Melanie Cushion, PhD, Philip Diller, MD, and Christopher Wylie, PhD, will receive the university’s top awards for research, teaching, public service and other contributions. RSVP by e-mailing For more information, visit


Physician Scientist Training Program Distinguished Lecture Series

Charles Sherr, MD, PhD, Herrick Foundation Chair in the department of genetics and tumor cell biology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, will present “The ARF Tumor Suppressor: Mouse Models and Human Cancer” Tuesday, May 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 3381 at Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. Sherr is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For more information, contact Trisha Wise-Draper at (513) 636-1155. 


Systems Biology and Physiology Fest

Nationally recognized computational biology authority Lewis Chodosh, MD, PhD, from the Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will speak on Tuesday, May 22, at a retreat hosted by the molecular and cell physiology department’s systems biology and physiology program. The retreat, at the Genome Research Institute, 2180 E. Galbraith Rd., Reading, will demonstrate the fusion of concepts from many disciplines, including biology, computer science, applied mathematics, physics and engineering, that converge to form systems biology and physiology. For more details on the retreat, visit, e-mail or call (513) 558-2536.

Environmental Links to Breast Cancer Community Program

The Cincinnati Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Center (BCERC) presents its third annual community program, “Looking Upstream for Environmental Links to Breast Cancer,”  Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Genome Research Institute, 2180 E. Galbraith Rd., in Reading. Open to the public, the forum provides timely information on environmental factors that may impact breast development and health.


Keynote speaker Marcia Herman-Giddens, DrPH, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina, will discuss “Too Much Too Soon: Puberty, Environment and the Collapse of Cultural Boundaries Defining Childhood.” Also featured are updates on the continuing research of the Cincinnati Breast Cancer and Environment Research Center, an overview of the potential endocrine-disrupting effects of the chemical bisphenol A found in common plastics, and an examination of water quality regulation and monitoring in the United States. The $15 registration includes a buffet breakfast, educational materials and free parking. Registration deadline is May 7. Click here for a registration form. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-0854. 

Digestive Disease Week Dinner

Medical personnel unable to attend the national Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference May 19–24 in Washington, D.C., can get an overview from Ralph Giannella, MD, on Tuesday, June 12, during dinner at the Precinct. DDW is the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. The dinner event is free and offers two CME credits. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. For more information or to register, call (513) 558-3525.For more information on DDW, visit

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