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Date: Monday, January 12, 2009

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Otten Named to U.S. Defense Health Board
Mel Otten, MD, professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed to the United States Defense Health Board (DHB). This is an extension to Otten’s membership on the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, which he has held for the last eight years. The DHB is a federal advisory committee providing independent scientific advice and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Defense with a mission to maximize the health, safety and effectiveness of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, Otten recently passed the toxicology boards, which gives him board certification in this discipline for the next 10 years.

CEG New Investigator Scholars Named
The Center for Environmental Genetics’ (CEG) Career Development Core has named its 2008 CEG New Investigator Scholars. Clinicians will receive funds to conduct thesis, postdoctoral or related research, or for professional development activities related to their research and focused research mentoring toward their transition to physician scientist. This year’s awardees are:

  • Stephen Adjei, MD, clinical fellow, pulmonary medicine

  • Tolly Epstein, MD, clinical fellow, allergy and immunology

  • David Hooper, MD, clinical fellow, nephrology and hypertension

  • Kelly Metz, MD, clinical fellow, allergy and immunology

  • Nicholas Newman, DO, clinical fellow, molecular epidemiology

The clinical fellow awardees will be recognized during a presentation at noon Thursday, Jan. 15, in Kehoe Auditorium. Awards will follow a talk on “Managing the Early Stages of Your Career” by Daniel Woo, MD, co-director of the CEG Career Development Core. The CEG, housed in the environmental health department, exists to increase the amount and quality of environmental health sciences research at UC and its affiliates. For more information, visit


Immunology Research Benefit Concert
A benefit concert to support immunology research at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, in Werner Recital Hall at UC’s College–Conservatory of Music. David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs, and Christopher Karp, MD, professor of pediatrics, will join Parry Karp, cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet; Howard Karp, emeritus professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin; and Frances Karp, solo and chamber music pianist, in a musical event. Money raised will be used to support immunology research and training through the College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children’s Center for Immunology Research. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased through Sonya Shields at (513) 803-2194 or at the door.

Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series
Carolyn Price, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology at the UC College of Medicine, will discuss, “Making Caps for Chromosomes: Telomere Replication and Protection” at noon Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Vontz Center for Molecular Sciences’ Rieveschl Auditorium. The event is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284 or

37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Celebration
The College of Medicine, University Hospital and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati will host the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Kresge Auditorium. Presentations will include speeches by prominent Cincinnati clergy members and civic leaders as well as this year's featured speaker, Carl Westmoreland, a senior adviser and exhibit curator for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Martin Luther King Choir will also perform, and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Cincinnati and Vicinity and University Hospital will present their 2009 "Spirit Awards” and "Living the Dream" Grants, respectively. For more information, contact Jonathan Goolsby at (513) 584-7035 or


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