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Date: Monday, July 28, 2008

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Gesteland Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Gesteland, PhD, emeritus professor of cancer and cell biology, has been named the recipient of the Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. The annual lifetime achievement award is named after Max Mozell, one of the founding members of the association. Gesteland has invested 45 years in the chemical-senses community, making major contributions to both research and the research infrastructure. He was nominated for the award by Steven Kleene, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, and recognized during the International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste held July 21-26 in San Francisco. For more information, visit


Cancer Pilot Grants Awarded
Seven UC scientists have received start-up research funding through the Cancer Center Pilot Award Program for basic science studies. The recipients and their studies include:


  • Rhett Kovall, PhD, molecular genetics, biophysical characterizations of the CSL-RTA complex, a structural and thermodynamic basis for developing anti-Kaposi’s sarcoma drugs

  • Susan Waltz, PhD, surgery, Ron receptor/ß-catenin axis in breast cancer

  • Tianying Wu, MD, PhD, environmental health, oxidative stress and prostate cancer risk

  • Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, surgery, role of the estrogen receptor in breast cancer formation

  • Maria Diaz-Meco, PhD, cancer and cell biology, role of the p62 gene in human lung cancer

  • Mustapha Bahassi, PhD, cancer and cell biology, effects of uterine exposure to “unopposed estrogens” and Bisphenol A on mammary gland development

  • Leighton Grimes, PhD, pediatrics, molecular control of lung adenocarcinoma initiating cells.


Two additional grants were awarded through the Marlene Harris-Ride Cincinnati Pilot Grants Program for clinical studies. Frederick Lucas, MD, of pathology, will investigate the biology behind “triple negative” breast cancers in terms of clinical outcomes, treatment responses, epidemiology and possible therapeutic targets. Ruth Lavigne, MD, of radiation oncology, will screen for depression and assess the psychosocial needs of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer entering radiation treatment.

UC Bookstore Opens Today in New Location

The UC Bookstore, formerly located in the Medical Sciences Building, has moved to its new location on the CARE-Crawley Building E-Level. The store is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the school year, the store will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, visit


Health Sciences Library to Begin Move This Week

The health sciences library staff, equipment and collections will being its move into the new Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library this week. The computer lab will move today followed by the circulation disk on Wednesday, July 30. The complete move will occur in stages over the next month and will not hinder any library services. All current locations will remain open until they move into the new space. The tentative move timeline is as follows: 


  • Computer lab—July 28

  • Circulation desk—July 30

  • Current journals and reference collection—Aug. 7

  • Nursing collection—Aug. 14

  • Book collection—Aug. 18


For more information, contact Leslie Schick, associate dean of library services and director of the Health Sciences Library, at (513) 558-4321 or 

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