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Date: Monday, August 25, 2008

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Cardiothoracic Radiologist Named Chairwoman of UC’s Radiology Department
Jannette Collins, MD, has been appointed chair of the College of Medicine’s radiology department. She replaces Robert Lukin, MD, who retired in February 2008 after 15 years as chair of the department. Collins will be the fourth chair and the first woman to lead UC’s radiology department. Her appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2009, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees. Interim chairwoman Mary Gaskill-Shipley, MD, will continue to lead the department through January 2009. Collins joins UC from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Radiology where she currently serves as a professor of radiology and medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on advanced cardiothoracic and diagnostic breast imaging, including mammography, ultrasound and image-guided biopsy. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio where she was ranked first in a class of 120. Collins completed her diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Wisconsin, and a thoracic imaging fellowship at Yale University. In addition to her clinical training, she completed one-year fellowships in medical education research, radiology journalism and executive leadership in academic medicine. For more information, visit

New Postdoctoral Funding Program Announced
The University Research Council is accepting applications for the new Postdoctoral Fellow Research Program. The program—designed to support the research of UC postdoctoral fellows—is open to all postdoctoral fellows at UC and affiliated institutions, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m., Oct. 3, 2008, and will be evaluated on the scholarly merit of proposed activities and the capabilities of the principal investigator. Awards are limited to $5,000. Applicants are expected to present records of prior activity that indicate a devotion to scholarship and the potential for high-quality achievement. For more information, visit Questions should be directed to Linda Minton at

Major Basic Science Cardiology Grant Re-Funded
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed a major UC pharmacology and cell biophysics grant through 2013. Litsa Kranias, PhD, professor and chair of the pharmacology and cell biophysics department, serves as principal investigator of the study looking at the regulating action of calcium in heart. This recent round of funding totals $1.95 million distributed over five years. Kranias’ project has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1980.


M.D. Anderson Cancer Expert to Speak
John DiGiovanni, PhD, a professor in department of carcinogenesis at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will give a presentation titled “The Role of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (Stat3) in Multistage Carcinogenesis” on Friday, Sept. 5. The talk is part of the joint cancer program’s Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series. DiGiovanni’s research focuses on epithelial carcinogenesis, oncogenes, growth factors, transgenic models and cancer prevention. The presentation—scheduled for 11 a.m. in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center for Molecular Studies—is open to all interested faculty, staff and students. Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284.

CARE/Crawley Building Grand Opening
The Center for Academic Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building will have its grand opening Sept. 9–10, celebrating the completion of a signature architectural structure on the Academic Health Center campus. Following an invitation-only dinner and gala Sept. 9, a public ceremony will be held Sept. 10. All are invited to attend the public ceremony. For more information, contact the public relations and communications office at (513) 558-4553 or

Town Hall Meeting: "Your Home, Your Health, Your Voice"
The UC Center for Environmental Genetics and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will host a town hall meeting to discuss the connection between health and home. Local scientists will present recent data on hazards in the home, including lead, plastics, second-hand smoke, mold and traffic. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required and must be received by Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kopras at (513) 558-3625 or


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