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Date: Monday, September 29, 2008

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Seeley Named to New Endowed Chair Position
Randy SeeleyRandy Seeley, PhD, professor of psychiatry and associate director of UC’s Obesity Research Center, has been named the Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medicine. This endowed chair position was established by Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs from 1986 to 2002. Seeley received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. He studies metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes—researching peripheral hormones and how they act in the central nervous system to regulate food intake and body weight. Seeley has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and has received several awards. Most recently, he was named as co-recipient of the 2008 Ernst Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society.

Faculty Research Grants Program Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008–09 Faculty Research Grants Program sponsored by the University Research Council (URC). This funding program provides summer stipend or research support for the development of faculty research and scholarship. It is designed primarily for those in the initial stages of developing their research careers. Awards are limited to $6,500 in research support or$8,000 ($4,000/month) for two months of summer stipend support. Successful applicants are expected to present records of prior activity that indicate a devotion to scholarship and the potential for high-quality achievement. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. For more information on eligibility and required application materials, visit

Career Development Grant Winners
Four UC researchers were selected to receive funding from the Center for Environmental Genetics’ (CEG) Career Development Core. Opeolu Adeoye, MD, of emergency medicine, Yuet-Kin (Ricky) Leung, PhD, of environmental health, Alexey Porollo, PhD, of environmental health, and Ge Zhang, PhD, of family medicine, will receive $5,000 to support the development of preliminary data, research core use or career development activities. Each year, the Career Development Core of the CEG actively seeks promising junior level biomedical, clinical and environmental health researchers who can use assistance crossing the interface between environmental health sciences and a basic, translation or clinical discipline.  The winners will receive acknowledgement of their awards on Oct. 15, 2008.  CEG is supported by P30-ES06096 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. For more information, visit



Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Thursday
Jorge MoscatJorge Moscat, PhD, professor and chair of cancer and cell biology, will present “PKCzetaSignaling Networks in Cancer” at noon Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies’ Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk, open to all, is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284.

Cosmetic Surgery Hosts Ageless Beauty Celebration
The UC cosmetic surgery group will host an open house event, “Ageless Beauty Celebration,” on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University Pointe in West Chester. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet UC’s experienced team of plastic surgeons who will discuss Botox, fillers, fractional resurfacing, breast enhancement, new skin care products and treatments. The event aims to help attendees create a personalized “beauty” plan reflective of their age as well as personal choices, safety, cost-effectiveness, lifestyle and timeline. Food and complimentary skin product samples will be available. Attendees who bring a friend will also receive a coupon for discounted skin care services. Reservations recommended. For more information, contact Cathy Fricke at (513) 475-8883.

Cancer Talk on Friday
Tak Wah Mak, PhD, of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, will discuss “Did the Oncogene Revolution Setback Clinical Oncology?” at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3. The presentation, part of the Joint Cancer Program Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, will take place in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies’ Rieveschl Auditorium. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284. 

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