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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Incoming Medical Student Wins C-Ring Award

Rachel Robitz, a first-year medical student, has been named the 2007 C-Ring winner. The C-Ring Award, given annually by the UC Women’s Center to an outstanding graduating senior woman, was presented to Robitz May 19. Robitz will receive her bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering this June and enter UC’s College of Medicine in August. She is one of a select few admitted under the highly competitive dual admissions option involving UC’s colleges of engineering and medicine. For more information, click here. 


Watts Speaking at Endocrine Society Meeting

Nelson Watts, MD, will give an oral presentation Sunday, June 3, at the Endocrine Society’s 89th  annual meeting in Toronto on “The Effect of Once-Yearly Infusion of Zoledronic Acid 5 MG in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis.” Watts was a principal investigator in studies of the medication. For more information, visit

Honors Day Award Winners

The College of Medicine graduated 142 students during its annual Honors Day ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Forty-six graduates will stay in Cincinnati for residency training, including 20 at University Hospital and 11 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. An additional 25 graduates will complete training at other Ohio hospitals, and the rest will head out of state. Among the numerous presentations at the event were the 2007 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, to Charles Schubert, MD, department of pediatrics, and Sara Murdick, a fourth-year medical student. David Fischer, MD, interim director of UC’s gastrointestinal surgery division, received the Gold Apple teaching award, and Richard Stevenson, MD, pediatric surgery, and Thomas deHoop, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, won Silver Apples.


Reproductive Physiology Education Program Wins International Award

UC College of Medicine has won a major international award for its online multimedia education program in reproductive physiology. The 64 modules, based on lectures given by OB/GYN’s Andy La Barbera, PhD, took the $20,000 first prize in the Life Sciences Division of the 2007 Pirelli INTERNETional Award, sponsored by the Pirelli international industrial group. The learning modules, which have proved to be as effective as lectures, were produced by La Barbera, Karen Marsh, manager of the College of Medicine/AIT&L Instructional Technology Center, and Kyle Sliney, multimedia designer and coordinator, in collaboration with co-op students Brendan Bruce and Ryan Yearwood from the digital design program at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.


Mihaescu Wins First Place for Poster

Mihai Mihaescu, PhD, a postdoctoral aerospace engineering fellow working with the otolaryngology department as part of the voice consortium, received first place for his poster, “Modeling Flow in the Compromised Pediatric Airway During Inhalation and Exhalation of Heliox,” in the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) basic science section at the 2007 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in San Diego. Collaborators on the poster included Ravi Elluru, MD, Effie Gutmark, PhD, Sid Khosla, MD, Shanmugam Muruguppan, PhD, and Paul Willging, MD. For more information, visit


Digestive Disease Week Dinner 

Medical personnel unable to attend the national Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference May 19–24 in Washington, DC, 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 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


Center for Environmental Genetics Awards Pilot Grants

The Center for Environmental Genetics at UC has named recipients in this year’s Pilot Project Grant awards program. The center awarded $85,000 in research grants for projects involving the gene-environment interaction. Charles Vorhees, MD, department of neurology, will study genetic susceptibility to polychlorinated biphenyl-induced developmental neurotoxicity. Krista Medina, PhD, psychology, will look at the interaction between catechol-O-methyltransferase genotype and nicotine exposure on neurocognition in young adults. Scott Wesselkamper, PhD, environmental health, will investigate immunogenetic factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) susceptibility. Dennis McGraw, PhD, environmental health, will research epigenetic dysregulation of airway epithelial cell gene expression in the pathogenesis of smoking-induced COPD.

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