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Date: Monday, November 5, 2007

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College of Medicine Faculty Named AAAS Fellows
Two College of Medicine faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Peter Stambrook, PhD, professor and chair of cell and cancer biology, was elected a fellow in biological sciences for his services as president of the Environmental Mutagen Society and editor of Mutation Research, and his contributions to understanding in vivo mutagenesis and recombination between homologous chromosomes.

David Williams, MD, professor of pediatrics, was elected a fellow in the medical sciences section for his contributions to the basic and translational research fields of hematology and pediatric oncology, particularly gene therapy of blood diseases and stem cell biology.

The AAAS, founded in 1848, is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. Read more at

Hove Wins Early Scientist Career Award

Jay Hove, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular physiology, has been named a winner of the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), considered the highest award offered to young scientists by the U.S. government. The PECASE program was initiated by President Bill Clinton in 1996 to honor the “extraordinary achievements of young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers in the fields of science and technology.” PECASE candidates must be nominated by one of nine participating U.S. agencies. Hove, who was nominated by the National Institutes of Health, is the first UC scientist to receive the award. He was recognized during a White House reception held Nov. 1. Read more at

Cluxton Recognized for Alzheimer Care
Robert Cluxton, Pharm D, professor of pharmacy practice and family medicine, has won the Human Health Care Pharmacist Recognition Award for the management of Alzheimer’s disease. Cluxton was one of three pharmacists selected from a national pool of 300 nominees. The award recognizes individuals who have improved the quality of care provided to Alzheimer’s patients through educational or disease management initiatives. Cluxton received a $3,000 honorarium and will have a personal profile published in the November 2007 edition of Drug Topics.

Margolis Lectures in China
Charles Margolis, MD, professor of family medicine, was a recent guest lecturer at the Shandong University Medical College in Jinan, China. Margolis gave three lectures addressing family medicine in the United States and spent time visiting primary care clinics in the region. He also provided counsel to faculty members and medical students on primary medical care issues at the university and at Jinan Central Hospital.

Medical Student Summer Research Program Poster Winners
Jeffrey Sutton and Robert Orlowski won first place in the Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) Poster Session. The pair will now present their research at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas, in April 2008. Suzanne Numan and Heather Hartman placed second, while I-Yuan Chang and Jonathan Hassel finished third. The MSSRP, funded by an National Institute of Health T35 grant, features students between their first and second years who spend 10 weeks during the summer working on basic science, patient-oriented, epidemiologic or outcomes research projects at the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. For more information, contact Lona Pearson at


Just Community Event Canceled
The Nov. 6 Just Community event featuring Hamilton County Coroner O’dell Owens, MD, has been cancelled due to unexpected schedule conflicts. It is unknown whether the event will be rescheduled. If you have any questions, contact Stephen Manuel, PhD, at (513) 558-7314 or

Faculty, Students to Compete at ‘Battle of the Bands’

The College of Medicine will hold a faculty and student "Battle of the Bands" contest to benefit the IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Fund on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Poison Room, 301 W. 5th St., Downtown. All Academic Health Center employees and students are invited to attend and vote for the top performer. The winners will play at the annual IvaDean Medical Student Scholarship Benefit Concert on Friday, Dec 7. Admission is $5. For more information, call (513) 558-5577 or e-mail

Physician-Author Headlines Hutton Lectureship Nov. 13
A nationally acclaimed physician-author who says creative writing can improve a doctor’s clinical skills will deliver the 2007 Hutton Lectureship in Ethics. Abraham Verghese, MD, will discuss “The Pen and the Stethoscope—How Literature Informs Medicine,” at noon Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Kresge Auditorium. Verghese directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and is the Joaquin Cigarroa Jr. Chair and Marvin Forland Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The lecture, which includes a light reception, is open to all. RSVP online at

Biomedical Engineering Research Seminar
Peixuan Guo, PhD, professor and Dane and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in
Biomedical Engineering, will discuss “Construction and Single Molecule Studies on phi29 DNA-Packaging Motor for Applications in Nanotechnology, Therapy, Diagnosis and Drug Delivery” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Medical Sciences Building Room 6254. The event is part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Seminar Series. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, e-mail

28th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum
The 28th annual Graduate Student Research Forum will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15. More than 90 biomedical science graduate students will present posters from 9 a.m. to noon on the Medical Sciences Building fourth floor. At 2 p.m., Jorge Cham, PhD, author and founder of PhD Comics, will discuss “The Power of Procrastination” during a keynote address in Medical Sciences Building Room 7051. For more information, download the poster (pdf).


Entrepreneurial Program Accepting Applications
The Entrepreneurial Launch Pad is accepting applications for its next round of funding. The UC|21 program provides seed funding, expert resources and business connections to faculty and staff interested in developing entrepreneurial initiatives. The program is open to all full-time faculty and staff and to students working with faculty members. Funding, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, will be awarded on the basis of application quality and the likelihood of commercial success. Applications must be submitted to the office of entrepreneurial affairs by Thursday, Nov. 15.  Winners will be notified by Friday, Dec. 14. For more information, visit

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