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Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

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Cushion Named American Academy of Microbiology Fellow
Melanie Cushion, PhD, professor of medicine, was one of 72 microbiologists nationwide elected to the Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Academy fellows are elected annually through a highly selective peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are now over 2,000 fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service. For more information, visit

Call for Spring 2009 Interdisciplinary Grant Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the spring 2009 Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Support Program from the University Research Council. Up to four $25,000 grants will be awarded. This program is designed to support pilot research projects that are part of a collaborative effort between faculty in two or more disciplines. The goal is for these projects to eventually earn national funding. Proposals will be evaluated based on the scholarly merit of the proposed activities, innovativeness of the proposed interdisciplinary program, capabilities of the principal investigators, how the funds will be used as seed money for the collection of preliminary data and future efforts to obtain funds from other sources. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, April 3. Application instructions and materials can be found at For more information, contact Linda Minton at

'Penny Wars' to Benefit Cancer Care
UC and West Virginia University (WVU) have challenged each other to “Penny Wars”—with the goal of collecting loose change to benefit patient care at the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU. The competition kicked off Thursday, Feb. 26, at the basketball match-up between UC and WVU and will continue through Monday, March 23. Donations can be made at any one of the area’s 14 participating Huntington Bank branches. More information and details on participating bank branch locations can be found at

Leesar Invited to Join 2009 TCT Scientific Committee
Massoud Leesar, MD, of the cardiovascular diseases division, has been invited to join the 2009 TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) Scientific Committee and subsequently, co-chair the concurrent session, “FFR and Physiologic Lesion Guidance: A User’s Guide.” The TCT meeting, to be held Sept. 21–29 in San Francisco, is the largest interventional conference in the world. More than 10,000 interventional cardiologists are expected to attend to learn new data to advance the field of interventional cardiology.

Rathore Recognized at National Conference
Rakesh Rathore, PhD, of the cancer and cell biology department, has been recently honored with two awards—the Thermo Scientific ABRF 2009 Outstanding Scientist/Technologist Award and ABRF 2009 Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster Award—during the at 2009 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities conference, held Feb. 710 in Memphis. During the conference, Rathore presented the following two posters, “Extending MALDI-QqQ-MS Enzyme Screening Assays to Targets With Small Molecule Substrates” and “Proteomics, Biological Mass Spectrometry and High Throughput Inhibitor Screening at the University of Cincinnati.” For more information, visit

‘Imagining Grant’ Information Session
All faculty are invited to attend a special information session at noon Thursday, March 5, to learn more about CincyTechUSA’s Imagining Grant Program. The session will be held in University Hall Room 454. Light lunch will be provided. Imagining grants range from $25,000 to $40,000 and are offered on a competitive basis to faculty working to transition promising technologies into significant commercialization opportunities. Imagining Grant funding comes from a Third Frontier award to CincyTechUSA, southwest Ohio’s regional technology initiative. All faculty from UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are eligible to apply. Space is limited. RSVP to or call (513) 558-6054. For additional information, e-mail or call 558-7339

Students Earn Top Scores in Medical Physiology
First-year medical students Edmond Chan, Jenna Klotz and Kyle McCracken have earned the Top 3 scores in medical physiology. Each student will receive a “Departmental Excellence in Physiology Award” of $100. For more information, contact Robert Banks, PhD, at (513) 558-3014 or



Hutton Lectureship—This Thursday
Michael Sandel, DPhil, of Harvard University, will deliver the 2009 John J. Hutton, MD, Lectureship in Ethics on Thursday, March 5. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, will discuss, “How Should We Treat the Human Body? Ethical Dilemmas and Public Controversies.” The talk will begin at noon in Kresge Auditorium. UC’s Hutton Lectureship in Ethics, now in its fifth year, is an annual endowed lecture named in honor of John Hutton, MD, former dean of the UC College of Medicine. For more information, call (513) 558-0203 or e-mail Denise Gibson, PhD, at All are encouraged to attend.

Cancer and Cell Biology Talk
Navdeep Chandel, PhD, associate professor of medicine and cell/molecular biology at Northwestern University, will discuss “Mitochondria as Signaling Organelles” at noon Thursday, March 5, in Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk is part of the Cancer and Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at or (513) 558-1284.

Research Ethics Workshop Saturday
Promoting Ethics in Research, an interdisciplinary faculty development workshop, will be held Saturday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Stratford Heights “Grill 155,” 2634 Stratford Ave. Participants will be introduced to the rationale, content and resources necessary to develop, implement and improve education as it relates to research. The event will be facilitated by Michael Kalichman, PhD, director of the Research Ethics Program at the University of California-San Diego, and Francis Macrina, PhD, vice president for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University. Kalichman and Macrina are both National Institutes of Health-funded researchers who serve as co-directors of the Research of Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, which is sponsoring the workshop with funding provided by the UC Faculty Development Council. All UC faculty are invited to attend. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. For additional information, visit

Affiliates Partner for Mini Heart Marathon
For the first time, UC, University Hospital and UC Physicians are coming together to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and research. The three local health care providers have united to create a team for the upcoming 32nd Annual Mini Marathon and Heart Walk organized by the American Heart Association (AHA). The event, scheduled for Sunday, March 29, is the AHA’s largest fundraiser, raising dollars for local and national cardiovascular research. The AHA currently contributes more than $3.6 million in research support to a number of projects at UC. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m., the 15K mini marathon starts at 10 a.m., and the 5K and 10K heart walks start at 1 p.m. There will be a 2K Mini-MaraFun at 12:30 p.m. for kids ages 7 to 12. The minimum entry fee for all races is $40. The walks are $35 and the kids’ run is $20. To register for the runs or walks, visit

Medical Student Match Day
The College of Medicine’s 2009 Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351. The event will also be shown on the big screen in Kresge Auditorium. During this national event, senior medical students will find out where they will conduct their residency training. Students apply for residency training in their programs of choice, hoping to “match” with their preferred hospital and specialty when the results are announced. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-5577.

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