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Published April 2007

Pilot Research Training Program Offers Grants

The UC environmental health department's Education and Research Center (ERC) is accepting applications for research-project funding through the Pilot Research Training Program (PRP).

The PRP is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health initiative that offers financial support to young investigators with promising research ideas.

The ERC teaches young professionals the skills necessary for pursuing occupational safety and health careers. A key focus of the center is its interdisciplinary collaboration between students in the colleges of engineering, nursing and medicine.

This year, NIOSH will award about $84,000 for projects related to occupational and environmental health and safety issues conducted through July 2007. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 7 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Amber Twitty at or (513) 558-5710.

Grants Fund Minority Blood Donor Campaign

Hoxworth Blood Center has received $50,000 in grants to develop an education and outreach campaign encouraging minorities to donate blood. Currently, less than 8 percent of Hoxworth's blood donors are minorities.

The donation came in the form of two grants of $25,000 each from the H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation and the H.G., H.F. and L.T. Dornette Foundation.

Munda Named Champion Surgeon

Rino Munda, MD, division of transplant surgery, was recognized as a "Champion Surgeon" by the Renal Network at their annual meeting in Chicago on March 15. Champion Surgeons are those surgeons who have been identified by dialysis facilities as an elite group that has achieved excellence in arteriovenous (AV) fistula creation and maintenance. They are considered to be invaluable partners by the dialysis facilities they work with in the ongoing efforts to increase AV fistula placement and patency rates.

Degen Named to ORAU Council

Sandra Degen, PhD, vice president for research, has been named vice chair of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Council of Sponsoring Institutions. She will serve as vice chair for two years, followed by a two-year term as chair.

In her role as vice chair, she will oversee a policy committee responsible for the review of grant applications for junior faculty, fellows and graduate students for selected ORAU grant programs. Degen will also serve on the ORAU Board of Directors.

UC has been a member of ORAU since spring 2005. As a member, the university takes part in ORAU-sponsored or -administered scientific research programs. Faculty and students at member institutions also benefit from opportunities for travel grants, internships and laboratory research at federal facilities.

Boyce Authors Book

Suzanne Elizabeth Boyce, PhD, College of Allied Health Sciences, has coauthored a book called Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians, 2nd edition. Her chapter of the book shows magnetic resonance images, produced at UC, of people saying the sounds "r" and "l" and explains why "r" is a difficult sound for children and adult learners of English to produce. UC's Christy Holland, PhD, biomedical engineering, and Ann Choe, MD, radiology, contributed to the book's content.

Rao Elected to Honorary Fellowship

Marepalli Rao, PhD, a professor in environmental health, has been elected a fellow of the International Statistical Institute. Founded in 1885, the institute is one of the oldest scientific organizations in the world and has members from 133 countries. Rao is the only fellow from UC.

Burger Named Associate Division Director

Andrew Burger, MD, has been named professor of clinical medicine and associate division director of cardiovascular diseases. Burger specializes in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and heart failure. He joins UC from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Havlin Joins Hematology-Oncology

Kathleen Havlin, MD, has been named associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of hematology and oncology. A breast cancer specialist, Havlin will conduct clinical research at UC and see patients at the Barrett Cancer Center.

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