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Date: Monday, February 25, 2008

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Gaskill-Shipley Named Interim Radiology Chair
Mary Gaskill-Shipley, MD, has been named interim chair of radiology, effective Feb. 18. She has assumed the duties of Robert Lukin, MD, who resigned. Gaskill-Shipley joined the radiology department in July 1984 as a resident and has since served as an associate professor in the neuroradiology section. In a letter to staff, David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president of health affairs at UC, commended Lukin, now a professor of radiology, for his service to UC. "Dr. Lukin became chair in January 1993 and under his keen leadership the department has grown significantly and continues to provide extraordinary patient care," he said. Stephen Strakowski, MD, chair of psychiatry, will lead the search for a permanent chair. If you are interested in this opportunity or would like to nominate a candidate, contact Strakowski at

Cepela Selected for International Eye Clinic Program
Mark Cepela, MD, of ophthalmology, is one of eight experts nationally selected to participate in a two-week eye health program in Mandalay, Burma (southeast Asia). Under the direction of ORBIS, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eye health, Cepela will help train and educate the Burmese ophthalmic community using the latest American tools and techniques. The program will include approximately 70 eye and laser surgeries, lectures, hands-on and simulator training, live surgical demonstrations and wet-lab sessions. The program begins today and runs through Friday, March 7. For more information, visit

Watt’s Abstract Wins Award
Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine, has won theInternational Society of Clinical Densitometry’s (ISCD) Best Abstract by a Clinician Award for his research, “Vertebral Fracture Rick Is Reduced for Women Who Lose Femoral Neck Bone Mineral Density During Teriparatide Treatment.” Watts, also director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, will be honored at the ISCD annual meeting on Friday, March 14.  For more information, visit

Feinberg to Speak at HIV/AIDS Conference
Judith Feinberg, MD, of the infectious diseases division, will present at the second annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Saturday, March 8, at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. The conference, free and open to the public, will include workshops and exhibits on HIV/AIDS. Continuing education units will be available for counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists. For more information or to register, call (513) 531-7539 or visit

Environmental Health Chair Opens Lecturer Series
Shuk-mei Ho, PhD, chair of environmental health, was the keynote speaker at the Feb. 20 Distinguished Lecture Series on Advances in Toxicology and Risk Assessment, sponsored by the state of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Ho, an expert in hormonal carcinogenesis and steroid hormone action, discussed “Epigenetics: The Interface Between Environment and the Genome.” Epigenetics is defined as heritable changes in gene expression that do not alter DNA sequence but are mitotically and transgenerationally inheritable. To view slides of her presentation, visit


Center Distinguished Scientist Series
Helen Piwnica-Worms, PhD, will discuss “Translation of Fundamental Cell Cycle Principles to Novel Breast Cancer Treatments” at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, in Rieveschl Auditorium. Piwnica-Worms is a professor of cell biology and physiology and investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The event is part of the UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (513) 558-1284.

Brain Awareness Week
UC's neuroscience graduate program, together with Wright State University, University of Dayton, and Miami University, will host Brain Awareness Week March 10-16 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Brain Awareness Week is an international effort to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. The hands-on exhibit will educate kids and adults about how the brain works and highlight neuroscience research. UC's display will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Jennifer Stancati at (513) 558-6180.

Goldsberry to Present at AAPW Meeting
Sara Goldsberry, MD, of the general internal medicine division, will be a featured speaker at UC’s Academic Administrative and Professional Women (AAPW) meeting. Goldsberry will discuss “Balancing Work and Life: Stress and Its Effects” at noon Thursday, March 13, in University Hall Room 450. A brown bag lunch is suggested. Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, March 6, to Mindy Weaver at (513) 245-3408.

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