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Date: Monday, January 4, 2010

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Nominate a Nurse for Nightingale Awards
The College of Nursing is accepting nominations for the 18th annualFlorence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. Nominations can be submitted from patients, family and friends, colleagues, physicians and other health care workers. The goal is to recognize registered nurses for their contributions to direct patient care. This year’s awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 21. Board of Advisors award winners will receive $1,000 and a commemorative award. Dean’s award winners will receive $400. Nominations are due by Friday, March 5. For more information, including a list of criteria, visit


Changes in UC Office of Research
The UC Office of Research has announced two administrative changes, effective Jan. 1. Geoffrey Pinski has been named the interim director of the UC Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization. He will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of technology transfer activities relating to scientific findings and inventions. He will also supervise the administrative staff and oversee technology licensing of university inventions. Anne Chasser, associate vice president for research, will work directly in the UC Office of Research, identifying new opportunities for building new business models for non-scientific intellectual property with industry and nonprofit organizations. She will be working closely with the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, the Innovation Council and the Live Well Collaborative on studio-based student projects sponsored by our industry partners.  


Lung Cancer and Genetic Models Talk Jan. 12
The molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department will present a seminar with Yolanda Sanchez, PhD, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Medical Sciences Building Room 3051. Sanchez is an associate professor in the pharmacology and toxicology department of Dartmouth Medical School. Her topic is, “The Unexpected Role of Checkpoints in the Early Stages of Lung Cancer Development: Why Genetic Models are Important.” The seminar is co-sponsored by the Midwest Integrative Technology Center for Existing and Emerging Infectious Diseases. For details, contact Peter Stambrook, PhD, at


Cancer and Cell Biology Talk Jan. 14
Jeffrey Chang, PhD, a faculty candidate from the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, will present, “Genomic Strategies to Decipher the Complexity of Cancer” at noon Thursday, Jan. 14, in Rieveschl Auditorium. The talk is sponsored by the Cancer and Cell Biology Recruitment Committee and the Cancer Cell Biology Seminar Series. For more information, contact Peggy Bareswilt at (513) 558-1284 or


Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer Jan. 28
The dermatology department will host Thomas Ruenger, MD, PhD, of Boston University, as the Procter & Gamble Visiting Lecturer on Jan. 28. Ruenger, a professor and vice chair of dermatology and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, will discuss, “Roles of UVA in the Pathogenesis of Malignant Melanoma” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building’s Heaton Conference Center (Room G344). Ruenger specializes in photodermatology and dermato-oncology. His current research focuses on characterizing the effects of ultraviolet light on skin cells, and involves investigations on DNA damage signaling, cell cycling, apoptosis, DNA repair and mutagenesis. For more information, contact Janet Burdsall at (513) 584-6803.

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