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Date: Monday, December 17, 2007

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Degen Appointed to Research and Education Council
Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research, has been elected to a two-year term on the executive committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE), one of the councils of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC). As a member, Degen will assist in monitoring government rules and regulations affecting campus scientific and technical research and those concerning graduate education.She accepted her appointment during the NASULGC annual meeting held Nov. 12 in New York. Founded in 1887, NASULGC is the nation's oldest higher education association dedicated to supporting excellence in teaching, research and public service. For more information, visit

Young Receives Career Development Award
Lisa Young, MD, of the pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine division, has been awarded a one-year, $10,000 Early Career Development Award by the Central Society for Clinical Research (CSCR). Young, who also works in the pulmonary medicine division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will use the grant to further her lung disease research. She will present her abstract, "Dissecting the Mechanisms of Pulmonary Fibrosis in Mice With Genetic Disorders of Intracellular Trafficking," at the CSCR annual conference April 24–25, 2008, in Chicago.

Merrill Serves as Keynote Speaker
Walter Merrill, MD, John B. Flege Jr. Professor of Surgery, delivered the Kent Trinkle Education Lectureship at the 54th annual meeting of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Society (STSA) held Nov. 9 in Bonita Springs, Fla. Merrill, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, discussed issues in contemporary resident education and specifics on the cardiothoracic surgery training program at UC. The lectureship was created in honor of former STSA president Kent Trinkle, MD. For more information, visit

Alexander Lectures at UC Davis
J. Wesley Alexander, MD, ScD, professor of surgery, was invited to serve as a visiting professor and guest lecturer at the University of California (UC), Davis, Nov. 13–14. Alexander addressed bariatric surgery for chronic renal failure and transplant patients during surgical grand rounds at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He also was the featured presenter during the university’s transplant conference, discussing the role of immunonutrient levels in preventing complications after renal transplantation. 


Hoxworth’s ‘Gift of Life’ Day Dec. 22
Hoxworth Blood Center will hold its Gift of Life Day on Saturday, Dec. 22. All donors are encouraged to bring a friend or loved one to donate blood from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following neighborhood donor centers: Anderson, Blue Ash, Ft. Mitchell, Ft. Thomas, Mason, Tri-County and Western Hills. All donors will receive a limited edition winter blood donor T-shirt and be entered into a drawling to win a 42-inch plasma high-definition TV from Entertainment Solutions. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit

Hablitzel to Discuss Book at UC Meeting
William Hablitzel, MD, associate professor of medicine, will discuss his award-winning book, “Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” at noon Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in University Hall Room 450. The brown bag luncheon is sponsored by UC’s Academic, Administrative and Professional Women group, but is open to all. Space is limited. Reservations are required by Friday, Dec. 28. For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Thyberg at (513) 558-2333 or, or Mindy Weaver at (513) 245-3408 or


Dean’s List Not Published Next Week
Due to the Christmas holiday, Dean’s List will not be published on Monday, Dec. 24. It will resume on Monday, Dec. 31, and then follow its regular Monday schedule.  


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