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Date: Monday, October 1, 2007

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2007–08 Research Orientation Series Begins Friday
UC’s research orientation series—designed to introduce faculty, staff and students to the various research offices at UC—will begin on Friday, Oct. 5, with a presentation by Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research. Degen will offer an introduction to research at UC from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Faculty Club Conference Room on the Varsity Village eighth floor. The research orientation series provides helpful information to investigators as they work to run a more efficient research program. In order to reach a greater portion of the UC community, many of the 2007–08 orientation sessions will first be presented at Varsity Village, and then repeated in Rieveschl Auditorium. For a full listing of 2007–08 orientation series programming, visit The research orientation series is sponsored by the Office of Research. For more information, e-mail Linda Minton at

Tennis Tournament Benefits Memorial Fund
The College of Medicine will host a tennis tournament fundraiser to benefit the Eric Steichen Pediatric Neurosciences Cancer Research Fund. “Serve for Cancer: The Eric Steinchen Memorial Tournament” will be held Oct. 13–14 at the Lunken Airport tennis facility. Registration is $30 for singles play and $40 for doubles. The tournament was created in memory of Eric Steichen, a member of the Class of 2010 who died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2006. To support the memorial fund without playing in the tournament, send your tax-deductible donation to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center’s Eric Steichen/Serve for Cancer Tournament, P.O. Box 64327, Cincinnati, OH, 45264-3270. For tournament information, e-mail

Students Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha
Eighteen fourth-year College of Medicine students will be inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Honorary Medical Society during the AOA annual banquet on Friday, Nov. 16. The students, currently ranked in the top 10 percent of their class, include Paul Bunch, Michael Dentler, Blake Evans, William Forton, Sarah Fox, Brian Grawe, Joseph Hall, Lauren Imwalle, Gregory Kohls, Brett Lloyd, Andrew Lund, Lauren Ostling, Brandi Reeves, Justin Stevens, Christopher Tangren, Philip To, Joseph Turner and Emily Weibracht. For more information, visit

Blumenthal Wins Volunteer Teacher Award
Barry Blumenthal, MD, of obstetrics and gynecology, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. The award, voted on by the College of Medicine classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009, recognizes “a physician who contributes with distinction to the education and training of clinical students.” Blumenthal will be honored during the Nov. 16 AOA annual banquet.

Musical Performers Wanted
The IvaDean Benefit Concert planning committee is soliciting faculty, staff and students interested in performing in this year’s Battle of the Bands. The event, to be held Friday, Nov. 9, serves as a prelude to the Dec. 7 IvaDean Benefit Concert and includes all types of musical performances. If interested, send your name, type of performance, e-mail address and phone number to


WilsonAwarded Grant to Study Children and Tobacco Smoke
Stephen Wilson, MD, of internal medicine, was awarded a five-year, $136,890 K01 career development grant from the National Cancer Institute. Wilson will use the grant to study markers of DNA damage in children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke and to conduct a pilot study to test whether communicating children's DNA damage levels to parents alters their smoking behaviors. 

Gibson to Start Gold Humanism Honor Society
Denise Gibson, PhD, assistant dean for academic support and associate professor of clinical psychiatry, has received a $2,000 grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to begin a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) at the College of Medicine. GHHS recognizes fourth-year medical students, residents and faculty who are “exemplars in humanism in medicine.” The College of Medicine will soon join 67 other medical schools throughout the United States and Canada that have established a GHHS chapter. For more information, contact Gibson at


UC to Host Pilot Research Training Program Symposium
The UC Education and Research Center will host its eighth annual Pilot Research Project Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12, in Kresge Auditorium. Adedeji Badiru, PhD, of the Air Force Institute of Technology, will discuss a systems engineering view of global health care research and delivery during a keynote address on Oct. 11. Thomas Thundat, PhD, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will give a keynote address about nanomechanics and sensors on Oct. 12. In addition, last year’s research award winners will present their results, while 2007–08 winners will give a poster presentation of their proposed work. The symposium is free and open to the public. Continuing education units are available. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Smith at (513) 558-1730 or, or Amber Twitty at (513) 558-5710 or For more information on the UC Education and Research Center, visit

Coroner to Speak at Just Community Event
Hamilton County coroner Odell Owens, MD, will discuss violence in the community and its effect on health care as part of the Academic Health Center’s 2007 Just Community Initiative. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Kresge Auditorium. Owens has worked as the county’s elected coroner since 2004. His career includes a stint at the College of Medicine where he served as a faculty member during the early 1980s. While at UC, Owens established the reproductive endocrinology division and the college’s in-vitro fertilization program. He also is credited with achieving Cincinnati’s first successful in-vitro conception and delivery. Just Community is a university-wide initiative that works to promote cohesiveness, appreciation for diversity and a sense of pride among students, faculty and university employees. For more information, contact Stephen Manuel, PhD, at (513) 558-7314 or 

Tristate Nursing Summit Oct. 26
The College of Nursing will host a summit, “Innovation in Nursing—the Future of Nursing in the Tristate,” on Friday, Oct. 26, in Rieveschl Auditorium. All community nurses, practitioners and educators are invited to share their views for improving performance levels in clinical and operational nursing and education. Fran Todd, RN, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will discuss nursing education during the keynote address. Registration is $60 per person or $45 each when combined with a group of four. College of Nursing alumni can attend for $20. Continuing education units are available. For more information, contact Liz Karle at (513) 558-5311 or, or download the brochure.

Conference Focuses on Managing Patients With Insulin Resistance Syndrome
UC’s Center for Continuous Professional Development will host an interprofessional health care conference on how to manage patients with insulin resistance syndrome Thursday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Greenbrier Hotel and Conference Center in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. James Gavin, MD, PhD, of Emory University School of Medicine and former president of the American Diabetes Association, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday. Registration is $295 and includes dinner on Thursday and a continental breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. All primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and nutritionists and other health care professionals are invited to attend. Continuing education units are available. For more information, call (513) 558-1810, or visit


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