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Locally founded Crossroads now the fastest-growing church in the U.S.

Crossroads has come a long way since its founding in 1995. It has 10 physical locations in Ohio and Kentucky (including three in Cincinnati and one more on the way), which equates to more than 28,000 parishoners.

Outreach Magazine recently named Crossroads the fastest-growing church in the U.S.; in 2016, its attendance jumped 26 percent. (Also, Crossroads has about 21,000 more members than the no. 2 fastest-growing church.)

To read more about Crossroads and view the other top 10 fastest-growing churches in the country, click here.

Four area colleges named best higher education institutions

Every year, Forbes compiles its list of best colleges and universities in the country, and this year, four local institutions made the list. Take a closer look at the 660 top colleges in the country.

Two Cincy universities make Money's best value list

Each year, Money releases its study of colleges and universities that yield the best bang for your buck. This year, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University made the list.

Xavier came in at no. 438 and UC was ranked at no. 583.

Xavier's cost of tuition is estimated at $52,700 for the 2017-2018 school year, and about 56 percent of applicants receive need-based grants and 9 percent receive merit-based grants. After financial assistance, tuition is estimated at about $29,800.

The cost of an education at UC is estimated at $29,300 for the 2017-2018 school year, and about 24 percent of applicants receive need-based grants and 21 percent receive merit-based grants, with an average cost of tuition after financial aid of $21,800.

View the full list here, and learn how Money came up with its ranking.

Cincinnati Children's among best hospitals in the country

For the seventh year in a row, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has come in third on U.S. News & World Report's list of best children's hospitals.

The top 50 hospitals were ranked in 10 specialities: pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, pediatric diabetes and endocrinology and pediatric orthopedics. Cincinnati Children's is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialities; it's a 589-bed hospital that sees about 19,000 admissions per year. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Cincinnati Children's placed no. 3 in pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery and pediatric urology; no. 4 in children's orthopedics and pediatric pulmonology; no. 5 in pediatric cancer; no. 6 in children's cardiology and heart surgery; no. 7 in children's diabetes and endocrinology; and no. 13 in neonatology.

To see the full list, click here.


UC School of Law receives "A" grade from National Jurist, moves up in national ranking

In 2014, the University of Cincinnati College of Law was ranked by National Jurist as one of the top 60 law schools in the country. This year, UC's law school came in at no. 13 with an "A" grade.

Rankings are based on the school's experiential learning opportunities, with data provided by the American Bar Association and the individual schools. National Jurist looked at five categories: clinics, externships, simulation courses, interschool competitions and "other."

Clinical experience is most important, as students get the chance to work with real clients, under the direction of their professors. UC has a number of programs where students get this real-world experience, including a partnership with MORTAR that allows students to provide free legal counsel to clients

To read the article, "Best Schools for Practical Training," and to see the full list, click here.


Under Armour deals show how much money UC athletics miss by not being in major conference

The New York Times reports on a new equipment/shoe/jersey contract signed by Under Armour with UCLA that breaks the record for the largest college sponsorship deal ever — the fifth time in the past two years the record has been broken.

Under Armour will pay UCLA’s athletic department $280 million in cash and apparel over 15 years, an average of $18.7 million per year. It extends a trend of rapidly escalating contracts as three sportswear companies — Under Armour, Nike and Adidas — seek greater footholds in the lucrative college sports industry.

The Times story explains that the three companies are focusing their big dollars on high-profile sports programs in the so-called Power 5 conferences, including Ohio State ($16.7 million/year), Michigan ($15.8 million/year) and Texas ($16.8 million/year). It also mentions that Under Armour signed an agreement with the University of Cincinnati, not in a Power 5 conference, worth $5 million/year.

The Enquirer has written extensively about UC's efforts to join the Big 12 Conference, one of the Power 5 that's headed by Texas and Oklahoma.

Read the full New York Times story here.

20 years later, John Harkes is part of another soccer beginning

Washington Post soccer reporter Steven Goff interviewed FC Cincinnati head coach John Harkes after the local team won its home opener April 9, recalling another Harkes debut 20 years earlier.

"In April 1996, John Harkes stood at midfield before an inaugural soccer match at San Jose's Spartan Stadium, the captain of a new team in a new nationwide league featuring U.S. World Cup players who could finally earn a proper paycheck at home," Goff writes. "Twenty years and three days later, Harkes was again part of something fresh in American soccer, pacing the sideline on a cold Saturday night in Cincinnati as coach of an expansion club making its home debut in the prosperous third flight. D.C. United and MLS then, FC Cincinnati and USL now."

Goff remarks on FC Cincinnati's amazing support from 14,658 fans on a cold night, saying the Nippert Stadium crowd "was larger than MLS matches in Washington and Dallas and considerably bigger than all five games in the second-division North American Soccer League."

FC Cincinnati plays its second home match April 16 against Louisville. Read Soapbox's February interview with FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding here.

Read the full Washington Post story here.

Stop letting starchitects ruin college campuses, including UC, says Project for Public Spaces

The University of Cincinnati received national attention from The New York Times in September for its focus on "starchitecture" in building new facilities on campus — a series of striking structures designed by high-profile architects. The new buildings have helped raise UC's national profile but contribute greatly to its $1.1 billion debt load; still, enrollment has increased by nearly 30 percent over the past 10 years.

The Project for Public Spaces has published an opinion piece that says such "build it and they will come" approaches are ruining college campuses. The nonprofit planning, design and educational organization describes itself as "dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities."

College tuition has been on the rise for 40 years, the article says, but rather than cutting costs colleges are spending more and more money on their exterior aesthetics.

"One of the boldest examples comes from the University of Cincinnati, which has enlisted a 'murderers' row' of architects to redesign their campus, including Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi, and Thom Mayne," Project for Public Spaces says. "This adds up to a lot of shiny new buildings, including the crown jewel — Mr. Mayne’s exorbitant $112.9 million Campus Recreation Center, which opened in 2006. But there’s even more in the works: UC's Department of Athletics has requested a $70 million renovation of the basketball arena, which, if approved, will open in 2017."

The article then points out that academic spending per full-time undergraduate student at UC dropped 24 percent between 2005 and 2013 "while its professors earn salaries that rank far below those at similar research institutions."

Read the full Project for Public Spaces story here.

Good times in Cincinnati, A (art) to Z (Zula)

Andrew Davis, managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times, a newspaper and website serving the LGBTQ community, visited Cincinnati recently as part of its TRAVEL series and came away impressed.

"When I told several people I'd be headed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and neighboring northern Kentucky," Davis wrote in the opening to his report, "I pretty much received a collective shrug as well as comments like, 'You'll probably run out of things to do within a day.' Well, I'm here to tell people near and far that Cincinnati and Kentucky have a LOT to offer — primarily with (courtesy of revitalization) some pretty unique spots that make the area memorable."

Davis' whirlwind visit included Over-the-Rhine, Covington's MainStrasse district ("reminded me of Evanston"), Clifton and Northside ("full of treasures of all types").

Read the full story from Windy City Times here.

U.S. News ranks Ohio State as top area college, followed by IU and Miami

U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest college rankings, which the magazine suggests "provide an excellent starting point ... for families concerned with finding the best academic value for their money."

After the listings intro states, "The host of intangibles that makes up the college experience can't be measured by a series of data points," USN&WR does just that. And how do the data points add up for area schools?

In the "National Universities" category, Ohio State is the first area school at #52. Other area institutions include Indiana University at 75, Miami University 82, University of Dayton 108, University of Kentucky 129, Ohio University 135 and University of Cincinnati 140.

In the "Regional Universities" category, the Midwest features Xavier at #6 and Mount St. Joseph at 68. The South includes Thomas More at 53 and NKU 80.

In the "National Liberal Arts Colleges" category, the region's highest ranked school is Oberlin at 23, followed by Kenyon 25, Centre 45, Denison 55, Earlham 61 and Berea 67.

Forbes magazine released its own college rankings last month, with Miami, Indiana and Ohio State as the highest rated area schools as well, but in that order.

See the full U.S. News & World Report rankings here.

New York Times celebrates "Cincinnati Starchitecture" on UC campus

This week's New York Times Magazine presents "The Education Issue," a collection of thought-provoking stories with headlines like "A Prescription for More Black Doctors," "Why We Should Fear University, Inc." and "What Is the Point of College?" The online headline that caught our attention, though, was for a slideshow called "Cincinnati Starchitecture."

The University of Cincinnati campus is featured in 14 very nice photos as a playground for renowned architects, from the recently unveiled renovation of Nippert Stadium to various academic, recreation and dorm buildings. It's an amazing tribute to the school on a very high-profile web site.

See the New York Times slideshow here.

UPDATE: The Times has added an accompanying feature story to the slideshow, "If You Build It, They Will Come ... Won't They?" The story describes how UC is trying to raise its profile through a risky (but increasingly common) investment: expensive architecture.

"The university now has $1.1 billion in debt — close to 20 percent more than it had in 2004 — largely because of its construction boom," the story says. "During the same time, enrollment has increased by nearly 30 percent. The spending is predicated on the idea that new buildings can help turn provincial universities into outre, worldly 'academical villages.' It's a financial gamble — one that many public institutions find themselves driven to make."

Miami, XU, UC and NKU ranked in Forbes' top 650 colleges

Forbes is out with its annual rankings of U.S. colleges and universities, focusing more than ever on the hot topic of a college degree's return on investment — which it says differentiates its rankings from U.S. News & World Report, among others.

Miami University was the top Cincinnati area college, ranking 167 overall, ahead of Xavier University at 315, University of Cincinnati at 381 and Northern Kentucky University at 626. Other notable area rankings include Indiana University at 112, Ohio State University at 155, University of Dayton at 220, University of Kentucky at 319 and Ohio University at 407.

"While the cost of U.S. higher education escalates, there’s a genuine silver lining in play," Caroline Howard writes in the intro to "America's Top Colleges Ranking 2015." "A growing number of colleges and universities are now focusing on student-consumer value over marketing prestige, making this a new age of return-on-investment education. This pivot is the result of intense public scrutiny on the substantial cost of a degree vs. long tail worth — the very heart of Forbes' definitive Top Colleges ranking, now in its eighth year."

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to rank the top 650 schools on what Howard says distinguishes is "our belief in 'output' over 'input.' We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?"

Forbes' rankings score colleges on post-graduate success (32.5% of grade), student satisfaction (25%), student debt (25%), academic success (10%) and graduation rate (7.5%).

Read the full Forbes article and rankings here.

UC's Santa Ono lauded as "true gentleman and scholar" for giving bonus to charity

The Huffington Post gives some national attention to University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono's recent decision to turn down his $200,000 bonus and donate the money to 13 charities as well as to the family of slain Cincinnati Police Office Sonny Kim.

In its Community Kindness section, writer Cameron Keady relays the WCPO story about Ono's actions. He also mentions Ono's recognition by Inside Higher Ed as the nation's "most notable college president" for 2015, saying "he has certainly fulfilled that distinguished title with this selfless act."

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

FTA to Cincinnati: Consider more streetcar

The Federal Transit Administration appears to be encouraging Cincinnati to begin planning to extend its starter streetcar line, the latter currently under construction. The FTA is urging the line be extended to the Uptown area, an employment center of 55,000 jobs. The current line, serving the city's Downtown, is home to 64,000 jobs. Read more.

Public Library of Cincinnati gets five-star rating

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County accepted a national honor last week from the library field’s leading professional publication. "The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service" awarded the public library a five-star rating for service. Read more.

Cincinnati named one of Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com named Cincinnati one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Read more.

Cincinnati Zoo exhibit offers interactive opportunities

Cincinnati Zoo's jungle trails now give visitors the chance to swing like apes.

Read the full story here.

With grant money, Cincinnati Children's pushes for tech innovation

Cincinnati Children's has invested about $500,000 in six ideas through its Innovation Fund.

Read the rest of the story here.

UC student designs for Kevin Durant

Kevin Hart, third-year product designer at the University of Cincinnati, shows off his design for a Kevin Durant shoe giveaway box.

See the full design here.

UC makes Travel + Leisure "top beautiful college" list

A decades-long renewal topping $1 billion is paying dividends for Cincy, which has cultivated a strikingly modern look—and proven that “it doesn’t need ivy-covered brick walls” to be beautiful, as UC Magazine put it.

Read the full story here.

Endangered rhino born via artificial insemination

Born at Alabama’s Montgomery Zoo on June 5, Ethan is the first endangered Indian rhino calf to live and thrive as a result of artificial insemination. The birth was a collaboration between the Montgomery Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, where Dr. Monica Stoops, a reproductive physiologist, pioneered the technique.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Zoo's restaurant greenest in United States

The Cincinnati Zoo, which calls itself the Greenest Zoo in America, now also has the greenest restaurant in the country.

Read the full story here.

University of Cincinnati joining with Chinese university to open medical school there

The University of Cincinnati says it is partnering with another university in China to open a medical school there as the school looks to increase its links to China.

Read the full story here.

Cicadas = cha-ching! Insects in sex fest spawn business

As the East Coast braces for the emergence of Brood II, researchers at the University of Cincinnati offer up a web page of cicada dishes, including quiches.

Read the full story here.

How to Resurrect an Urban School District

The Cincinnati school district has improved both test scores and graduation rates since 2003 while—unlike Atlanta and Washington—transparently pursuing highly collaborative reform strategies that, counter to the current trend, don't rely on rigid hierarchy and punitive accountability.

Read the full story here.

New Nanowire Structure Has Potential To Increase Semiconductor Applications

There’s big news in the world of tiny things.

New research led by University of Cincinnati physics professors Howard Jackson and Leigh Smith could contribute to better ways of harnessing solar energy, more effective air quality sensors or even stronger security measures against biological weapons such as anthrax. And it all starts with something that’s 1,000 times thinner than the typical human hair—a semiconductor nanowire.

Read the full story here.

Solar-Powered Proteins Developed That Can Filter Antibiotics And Carcinogens From Water Read more at

A solar-powered nano filter capable of filtering antibiotics and dangerous carcinogens from large bodies of water has been developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati University fashion student steps back in time

Loungewear and lingerie designs by University of Cincinnati senior fashion design student Emily Battisti look back to another century for detailing and inspiration.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten

The historic importance of urban staircases in Cincinnati was created in part because of geographic contrasts poised by steep inclines situated between neighborhoods. 

Read the full story here.

Gorillification: How to be a surrogate primate mom

A team of dedicated workers in Cincinnati are trying to give a very sad story a happy ending. Gladys, a two-month-old baby gorilla, was abandoned by her mother, and her keepers have been caring for her until a foster mother gorilla can take over.

See the full story here.

The 25 most amazing campus recreation centers

UC ranks #1 on the list of top rec centers in the nation, according to Best College Reviews.

Read the full rankings here.

CERN workshop features Ohio physicist, OSC supercomputer

A UC physicist is currently teaching programmers in Switzerland how to write code on an Ohio supercomputer.

Read full story here.

Students' Art Display Causes Controversy at U. of Cincinnati

At the University of CIncinnati, the display, “Re-Envisioning the Female Body,” was meant to protest previous demonstrations against abortion on campus. It included poster-size images of female genitalia, and critics have expressed concerns about the university allowing the images to be displayed.

Read the full story here.

UC students bring home gold at national Acara Challenge competition

Students from the University of Cincinnati and the Indian Institute of Technology developed Humble Commode, a sustainable sanitation solution that won gold in a national business challenge competition.

Read the full story here.

FRONDORF: Lessons from Santa

This holiday season, I started believing in Santa...Dr. Santa Ono, the new president of the University of Cincinnati. In just a little more than four months as president at UC, Ono has captured the attention of an entire city.

Read the full story here.

UC welcomes more Indian students

In 2010, Indian students at the University of Cincinnati were granted scholarships worth $5 million; in 2012, scholarships worth $7 million are expected to be given.

Read more here.

MedCity News reports on Innov8 For Health accelerator class

A Cincinnati accelerator for health IT startups that models itself on groups like Rock Health, Blueprint Health and Healthbox has named its inaugural class of companies.

Read more here.

UC student's 'green' IT to be presented in Baltimore

University of Cincinnati computer science doctoral student Dippy Aggarwal will be among the leaders in their fields who are sharing emerging research and career interests at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati stuns Virginia Tech with late touch-down

Cincinnati stuns Virginia Tech with late touch-down to win.

Read the story and watch the video here.

Cincinnati Public Schools highlighted in Education Nation

Cincinnati Public Schools made a national mark when the local Community Learning Centers were highlighted as part of a national series of solutions that work in education systems.

Read the full case study here.

University of Cincinnati cracks US News' list of top colleges

The University of Cincinnati cracks US News & World Report's listing of top American colleges.

Read the full listing here.

FotoFocus featured in New York Times

FotoFocus, Cincinnati's month-long celebration of photography, gets a shout-out in The New York Times fall arts preview.

Read the excerpt here.

Ohio Innocence Project, at UC, promotes history of exoneration

More than 2,000 people in America in the past 23 years have been exonerated for serious crimes, according to a blog set up by Mark Godsey, professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Law and director of the Ohio Innocence Project and the Center for the Global Study of Wrongful Conviction.

Read the full story here.

UC research shows entrepreneurial differences between the sexes

A University of Cincinnati study of the sexes reveals that when it comes to starting a business, women are more likely than men to consider individual responsibility and use business as a vehicle for social and environmental change.

Read the full story here.

College co-op pioneer still leading the charge after 100 years

Herman Schneider, a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC), pioneered cooperative education over 100 years ago. Today, Schneider would be happy to know that UC is still leading the charge, with co-op opportunities having grown to many fields of study, and in cooperation with companies around the globe. Two of UC’s experts tell us all about college co-op, and what students should be looking for in a co-op program.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati schools ahead of new national school lunch ruling

This month high schools and K-12 schools across Cincinnati installed student and school-friendly vending machines that feed kids in less than 20 seconds, are visually stimulating and USDA-approved to distribute healthy meals.

Read the full story here.

The best beer gardens in America, including Mecklenburg Gardens

The beer garden is the new coffee shop. So gather your friends for craft brews and a casual vibe at these hot spots, from Mecklenburg in Cincinnati to Standard Biergarten in New York.

Read the full story here.

DAAP professor makes DI's list of 25 most admired educators of 2012

Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2012 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students, one of the chosen teachs at UC's DAAP.

Read the full story here.

UC: Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars

UC is among the “top producers” of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, according to a listing this week in The Chronicle of Higher Education. UC ranked ahead of Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and Ohio State.

Read the full story here.

The sex book that hit the spot

Our Bodies, Ourselves was the kind of book that libraries banned and women stashed under their beds like pornography—a fixture of college dorm rooms that shocked conservatives with its candid discussion. UC's Wendy Kline even wrote a book about its influence.

Read the full story here.

UC one of top 10 most inspiring campuses

The University of Cincinnati was named one of the most inspiring campuses in the world by Delta Sky Magazine.

Read the whole story here.

GE Foundation Grants $5.3M to Cincinnati Public Schools

This month, the GE Foundation announced that it will donate $5.3 million to Cincinnati Public Schools. This donation is a three year extension grant to help students reach the goals set by the Common Core State Standards to make certain that they are prepared for college.

Read the full story here.

Why Cincinnati is (Again) Ohio's Highest Rated Urban School District

Last year, Cincinnati Public Schools made history as the only urban school district in Ohio to reach an “effective” rating on the state report cards. This year, it is once again the only urban school district to get a “B”. So how did it managed to go from the equivalent of an “F” ten years ago to consistent “B’s” today?

Read the full story here.

2012 Creative Writing Doctoral Programs: The Top Fifteen

The University of Cincinnati ranks eighth among creative writing doctoral programs in the country.

Read the full story here.

Salad bars in pork city

Cincinnati isn't the only town in the country that's bringing salad bars to its public schools (there's New Haven, and New Orleans), but it has the rare distinction of once being known as Porkopolis, from the time – the early-to-mid 19th century – when herds of hogs roamed its streets, and it was the biggest pork-packing center in the country.

Read the full story here.

New Sensor Detects Dangerous Heavy Metals in Humans

Work by University of Cincinnati researchers to create a sensor that provides fast feedback related to the presence and levels of heavy metals—specifically manganese—in humans is published in the August issue of the prestigious international journal, Biomedical Microdevices.

Read the full story here.

2011 national conference in Cincinnati focuses on 'The Science of Signage'

Everyone associated with the signage industry is invited to participate in the third annual National Signage Research and Education Conference at the University of Cincinnati, Oct. 12-13, sponsored by the Signage Foundation, Inc.in collaboration with the UC Colleges of Business and Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Read the full story here.

UC archaeologist uncovers ancient Mycenaean fortress

A recent find by a University of Cincinnati archeologist Gisela Walberg, professor of classics, suggests an ancient Mycenaean city was well protected from outside threats.

Read the full story here.

New for aspiring doctors, the people skills test

The University of Cincinnati Medical School joins seven other top medical training programs, including Stanford and UCLA, to include nine brief interviews to test if potential medical school students have the social skills needed to survive in a field where communication is critically important and too often undervalued.

Read the full story here.

National NIOSH symposium here July 12-13

A national safety symposium taking place at the University of Cincinnati this week looks at successful partnership models from around the country, and broadcasts some of its sessions live.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati ranks #1 for best emergency care

HealthGrades ranked the Top 10 Cities for Emergency Medicine, ranking Cincinnati as the number one place for the best emergency care. HealthGrades analyzed patient volumes, quality ratings, and range of services provided at each hospital.

Read the full story here.

UC research digs deep into the fracking controversy

A new growing industry promises jobs and access to cheaper energy resources on American soil. But this process raises concern and controversy as "fracking" involves using millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemical to break up organic-rich shale to release natural gases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral student of geography, Deborah Kittner, has been researching this topic and will present "What's the Fracking Problem?" at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting.

Read the full story here.

New startup incubator focuses on innovation in the health sector

Startup catalyst Rock Health is soliciting hopeful health startups to apply for a chance to develop their ideas into fully-fledged businesses, products and services. To assist them, they will receive a grant, office space in Silicon Valley, branding, design and PR advice from Rock Health's in-house Creative Director, and access to experts at hospital partners such as Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.

Read the full story here.

UC launches first comprehensive brain cancer research program with $6.5M

University of Cincinnati hopes to improve treatment strategies for brain cancer and has launched the first comprehensive brain metastasis-specific translational research program in the country to better understand how cancer spreads in the brain.

Read the full story here.

Tour of the University of Cincinnati DAAP

Michael DiTullo, a member of frog design - a global innovation firm - toured the University of Cincinnati's DAAP and interacted with students through conversation and critiques. Having worked with DAAP grads in the past, DiTullo's impression was validated as he was impressed by the hardworking students and professors.

Read the full story here.

JCPenney unveils new logo designed by UC student

JC Penny revamped its logo to bring younger and lapsed consumers into its stores. After reviewing many submissions from company associates, design agencies, the University of Cincinnati, and Rhode Island School of Design, JC Penny chose a design by Luke Langhus, a third-year graphic design student at UC. The new logo will be featured at the end of this month and the store will update all packaging and external store signage in the next three years.

Read the full story here.

UC Psychology students to present on cheaper textbook alternatives at national conference

Eleven University of Cincinnati psychology students will present their research on educational technology alternatives to purchasing college textbooks at the national EDUCAUSE Annual meeting in Washington D.C. Their research is a part of the Digital Bookshelf Project, which is an initiative to develop flexible and affordable systems for educational purposes. Students found that free e-textbooks, lower cost print materials, and Wikipedia all provided similar learning support.

Read the full story here.

Scientists study hand movements for ADHD clue

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center partnered with Baltimore's Kenny Krieger Institute for research on children with ADHD. Research found that children's impulsive hand movements control ability may have insight on brain-based differences of the ADHD children. Different studies showed that ADHD children had twice the amount of unintentional extra movements showing that actions and behavior may be unintentional as well.

Read the full story here.

Using clot buster for mild stroke could save millions

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that the blood-clot dissolving drug (tPA) can help reduce the number of patients left disabled after suffering from strokes, saving $200 million in annual disability costs. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Read the full story here.

A toast to history: 500 years of wine-drinking cups mark social shifts in ancient Greece

How commonly used items - like wine drinking cups - change through time can tell us a lot about those times, according to research presented by Kathleen Lynch, UC associate professor of classics, at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Read the full story here.

Famed designer says DAAP one of few design schools not failing their students

Famed designer,Gadi Amit, questions if design schools are failing their students. As Amit reviewed candidate's portfolios to join his growing team, he noticed the lack of quality in student's work. According to Amit, fortunately the one U.S. exception is the University of Cincinnati with "an excellent program and very solid graduates."

Read the full story here.

Children's Hospital part of mother's crusade against rare form of muscular dystrophy

Children's Hospital part of mother's crusade against rare form of muscular dystrophy. A mother of two sons with Duhenne Muscular Dystrophy in Middletown, Ohio is an activist for research for a cure. She also helped lobby congress to pass legislation in order to fund research and founded the organization Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Cincinnati's Children's Hospital is the leading clinical treatment center for Duhenne in the country.

Read the full story here.

Future e-readers could be made of paper

With E-books' popularity over hardcover books increasing this past year, engineers at the University of Cincinnati have revealed that paper could be used as a flexible backing for an electronic display. Using paper is a convenient, renewable, flexible, and cheap material that could be used as a platform for electrowetting. Researchers experimented with all sorts of papers, hoping to develop a future device that rolls and feels like paper yet delivers books, news, and video.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Zoo unveils cougar cubs

The Cincinnati Zoo welcomed two new baby cougars to its nursery. Considered the largest of the small cats, the cougars plan to reach a weight of 140 to 200 pounds. They will also join the zoo's Cat Ambassador Program to prepare for a Night Hunters exhibit planned for May.

Read the full story here.

Children's Hospital research may help explain immune system diseases

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have found that the regulatory process for T Cells may help explain and develop cures for immune system diseases. T-cells are a type of white blood cell necessary for the body's defense system against diseases and pathogens. Now educated about the communication between T-cells, scientists have a better understanding to create therapeutic or diagnostic approaches of immune diseases.

Read the full story here.

UC neurotrauma team awarded $2.1M to test 'lab on a tube'

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati received a $2.1 million Advanced Technology/Therapeutic Development Award from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an advanced and improved brain monitor. The role of the design, known as the "small catheter," will monitor the brain of neurological patients and also drain cerebrospinal fluid. This quick and efficient advancement will allow information to be accessible on a single probe in place of using many different devices to gather information.

Read the full story here.

CCM grad's music featured in new iPod Touch ad

A new iPod Touch Ad from Apple features music by Chris Olsen, a CCM Jazz Studies graduate, and his band Chappo. The two-member band produces an indie space rock sound using unique instruments and objects.

Read the full story here.

UC tech promises best of e-readers, LCDs

The Novel Devices Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, Gamma Dynamics, DuPont, and Sun Chemicals have developed new technology for LCD screens to produce bright screens with little battery power. The e-Design LCD's can be manufactured easily with readily available equipment and will be available within the next three years.

Read the full story here.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center named center of excellence for molecular hematology

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has been recognized as a center of Excellence for Molecular Hematology. The hospital received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease to establish a multi-disciplinary center in order to find new gene and cell therapies for inherited diseases affecting blood cells. The medical center is incredibly successful with the ability to claim excellence in basic science, expertise in genetic manipulation, and outstanding cell and gene therapies at a single location.

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Children's Hospital researchers increasing bone marrow transplant success rate

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center discovered information that could lead to a well-targeted therapy, improving the success rate of bone-marrow transplants. Bone-marrow transplants have a history of failing in the past, but this new research reveals a new rationale for successful transplants in the future.

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UC earns spot as one of the world's top universities

London's influential magazine, Times Higher Education, issued its annual 200 world university rankings. The University of Cincinnati ranked for the first time on this prestigious list as 190th among all universities and 76th regionally among North American schools. Times Higher Education claims this is the most rigorous and reliable rankings ever as the magazine looks at five different categories including teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international mix.

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UC "guru" and grads profiled in Entrepreneur

UC professor Chuck Matthews and graduates Ahmed Shuja, Dan Cremons, and Dan Shelly were profiled in Entrepreneur magazine's 'gurus and grads' issue. Matthews is the founder and executive director of UC's Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research. He earned his doctorate in business from UC. His former students have found success in the business world with Meridian Life Sciences, Alpine Investors, and Progressive Cooling Solutions.

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TriHealth and P&G top companies for working mothers

Working Mother Magazine published its Best 100 Companies for 2010, recognizing two Cincinnati-based companies, Procter & Gamble and TriHealth. The survey measured seven areas including work force profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, childcare, company culture, flexible work, and parental leave. P&G has 43% women in its workforce ;TriHealth has 83%. 

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Air Force, UC expand medical research

University of Cincinnati signed a six-year contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory, receiving $24 million for medical research. The research includes studying how the medical environment on board airplanes affects the body, treatments for this outcome, and how much oxygen is needed when using an oxygen-concentrated device at higher altitudes. UC hopes to have more research projects under this contract and expand their work with Air Force personnel at Wright-Patterson.

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Ohio Justice & Policy Center helps fight for ex-offenders to have a fair chance at employment

David Singleton, executive director at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, helps fight for ex-offenders to have a fair chance at employment. Singleton, along with other local governments in various states, suggests banning the criminal history section on a job application. CNN also featured Dr. Victoria Garcia, an Ohio professor of surgery and pediatrics, who believes there is a direct relation between unemployment and gun violence.

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Portland streetcar success has fueled interest elsewhere

The streetcar built in 2001 in Portland, Oregon has now inspired other cities, including Cincinnati, to build streetcars in a time of rebirth for the city. Portland's streetcar proved to be a success
by transforming a neighborhood with boutiques, condos, and restaurants. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 258.6 million dollars for streetcars in various cities.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital lands $12M for epilepsy research

The National Institute of Health granted 11.7 million dollars to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for epilepsy research. The four-year study includes comparing the long-term effects of three different
drugs used to treat epilepsy. 441 patients and 31 medical centers will be involved to find the best treatment for those who suffer from epilepsy.

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UC to invest one million for Indian students

University of Cincinnati plans to invest one million dollars in undergraduate scholarships for Indian students. Beginning in 2011, the university will issue two full scholarships to Indian students who have overcome substantial disadvantages while pursuing education. UC has a population of 2,000 international students, who also have the advantage of receiving scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,000 per year.

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Cincinnati area is home to thrills, fun of all kinds

A writer at News-Herald in Northern Ohio praised Cincinnati as a great escape from home with many attractions such as King's Island and the Cincinnati Zoo. King's Island offers a variety of rides, including the largest wooden coaster in the nation, and a fifteen-acre water park with price included in the admissions. The Cincinnati Zoo houses a variety of species with a cleanly atmosphere and many activities to enjoy. 

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Wrongly imprisoned, Cavs fan starts fresh

A wrongly accused man of rape, Ray Towler, was sentenced to prison in 1981 for life. With no hope of returning to a normal life outside of the prison walls, an Innocence Project consultant from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Mark Godsey, changed the outcome of his life. Using new DNA technology for evidence, Godsey proved Towler innocent, allowing Towler to start a fresh new life in Cleveland, Ohio.

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UC and XU among the Princeton Review's best 373 colleges

Princeton Review published its annual college guide, "The Best 373 Colleges." The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University both ranked on this list among only fifteen percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Princeton Review ranks schools based on institutional data, school visits, student feedback, and staff opinions.

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UC students test dive mechanical dolphin tails

University of Cincinnati's School of Architecture and Interior Design created and tested prosthetic tails in the Florida Keys. The mechanical foot fins allow swimmers to move like a dolphin and swim twice as fast as an Olympic swimmer. The "Retail Design" course linked design students with entrepreneurs and it will be presented at an international design conference in August.

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A 'Best' hospital for Cystic Fibrosis kids

Cincinnati's Children's Hospital has pushed since 2001 to become one of a handful of elite Cystic Fibrosis Centers for kids. The hospital sought a "pursuing perfection" grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and used tools such as using evidence-based medicine, collecting and sharing data, learning from other centers, defining goals, collaborating with families, and adopting electronic records. Kids with CF suffer daily by participating in four hours of treatment to pursue a normal lifestyle. By adopting these new tools, the hospital pushes to improve the quality of life for their patients.

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UC researchers find changes in fat cells linked to diabetes

A research team at the University of Cincinnati recently found that cellular changes in fat tissue leads to type 2 Diabetes. Formerly believed to be linked to the immune system, this new research suggests otherwise as it may provide knowledge about different drugs to treat type 2 Diabetes and an insight into how aggressive cancers form. Researchers looked at the role of a gene known as protein kinase C, which has a dual role in the molecular signaling that leads to inflammation.

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Children's Hospital implements its own version of health-care reform

Two Harvard Business School professors explore how Cincinnati Children's Hospital implemented its own version of health care reform and transformed performance levels from below average to the top ten percent of the industry. One of the key players at the hospital, Dr. Uma Kotagal, used funding for a series of improvement projects such as an education program within the hospital on improvement science and the use of employees to serve as internal quality improvement consultants. This model at Children's Hospital shows that small changes can lead to significant change in the future.

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UC part of Iraq education partnership

The University of Cincinnati is among five universities to support and give resources to five Iraqi Universities. This linkage gives the universities a chance to transform Iraq's program and create a self-sustaining partnership. This program will focus on courses in basic English, education, economics, business, and finance.
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Cincinnati Zoo's Go Green Garden installs a Windspire wind turbine

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden installed the Windspire® wind turbine to help power the ticketing and membership building. This cost and energy efficient turbine produces approximately 2000 kilowatt hours per year in 12 mph average winds. The addition demonstrates the Zoo's dedication to going green and furthers its reputation as the greenest zoo in the country.

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Children's Hospital fights pediatric obesity

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Thomas Inge at Cincinnati Children's Hospital discusses pediatric obesity and weight loss surgery on teens. Prevention and education are the first solutions, but weight loss surgery has been a success by decreasing serious health problems such as diabetes and sleep apnea.

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UC researchers get $2.3M grant for flu diagnostics

The University of Cincinnati received a five-year $2.3 million grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. The research team is responsible for developing a rapid diagnostic tool for detecting the influenza virus. This tool will be beneficial to create effective countermeasures in the future.

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UC physician awarded $150K from the National Kidney Foundation for dialysis study

Timmy Lee, MD, UC Health nephrologist, staff VA physician and lead investigator on the study, was awarded the National Kidney Foundation's Young Investigator Award-totaling $150,000 over three years-to look at ways to improve access placement in patients starting dialysis for the first time. The goal is to increase the use of the most effective dialysis access in order to prevent extra surgeries and interventions in patients. This study along with a multi-disciplinary clinic at the VA for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease will be used in order to perform the research to improve the lives of patients.

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UC wins $3M in Third Frontier funding

The Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program gave many local institutions funding for different research projects. The University of Cincinnati was awarded $3 million to research microfluidics technology and $7 million to develop and commercialize energy efficient building system technologies, designs, and best practices. GE Aviation Electrical Power Systems and Children's Hospital also received Third Frontier Funds and will collaborate with other Ohio institutions for research.

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Cincinnati Zoo renovates one of the world's oldest zoo's for kids

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden recently renovated and reopened the Joseph H. Spaulding Children's Zoo - one of the world's oldest. The renovated area includes a new play area with special features, a larger petting yard with the Zoo's friendliest animals, and an updated nursery viewing area.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital lands $2.3M grant for cancer research

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have landed a $2.3 million federal grant to continue research into treatments for leukemia and and bone marrow failure.  The grants were distributed by the National Institute of Health and will fund five years worth of research.

The first of the two grants will fund research work studying the blocking of a protein that initiates disease in bone marrow and leukemia stem cells.  The second grant will be used to focus on how certain proteins affect the development of blood cells in bone marrow.

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First-generation college students stay the course in Cincinnati

First-generation college students at the University of Cincinnati are part of a new program that focuses on these often vulnerable students in a way to make sure they don't get left behind.  Many of first-generation college students nationally are also low-income students, and 89 percent end up leaving college within six years without a degree.

At UC, school officials have created dedicated housing exclusively for these at-risk students.  The housing provides a support structure specifically designed to get the students through the perils of college and out with a degree.

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CrowdGather buys UC student's website for $1 Million

UC student Phil Santoro recently sold the website he created, Freeforums.org, to CrowdGather for $1 Million. Santoro's three-year-old site lets anybody set up an online forum and claims to have the "largest community among free forum hosts."

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University of Cincinnati researchers convert carbon dioxide and sunlight into fuel

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have successfully converted carbon dioxide and sunlight into fuel in a breakthrough for artificial photosynthesis research.  They did so by taking water, adding carbon dioxide and powering it by clean solar energy.

For some time researchers have been trying to figure out how to copy nature's extremely efficient photosynthesis process, and thanks to a Tungara frog, Cincinnati researchers may be close to releasing the findings on how to do it and, more astonishingly, in a more efficient process than nature itself.

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University of Cincinnati ranked as one of world's most beautiful college campuses

The University of Cincinnati's efforts to remake its urban campus have been well recognized and awarded nationally.  A new ranking by Forbes lists UC's campus as one of the most beautiful in the world.

The ranking was developed by a panel of architects and campus designers.  The Forbes ranking touts UC's bold master plan for its main campus that has positioned the university well for the 21st Century.

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Blind violinist injured in Haiti quake fighting the odds, once again

University of Cincinnati alum Romel Joseph has had a life of music that has not come easily.  As a boy growing up in Haiti he lost his eyesight, but went on to master the violin and get accepted into UC's world famous College Conservatory of Music.

Romel was in Port-au-Prince when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti earlier this year.  He eventually emerged from the rubble of the New Victorian School with injuries he thought might leave him unable to play music ever again, or even live.

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UC is top ranked in ARCHITECT Magazine survey

The University of Cincinnati's world-renowned architecture program was ranked as a top-five program for "practice-based education" thanks to the University's pioneering co-op program.

The survey spoke highly of graduates of the program that boasts six quarters of professional experience by the time they graduate, and noted that when professionals around the country hear the word "co-op," they think of the University of Cincinnati.

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UC is transforming the teaching of teachers

Thought leaders at the University of Cincinnati are once again gaining national attention for their revolutionary work to reform the way in which teaching is approached in urban schools so that students learn more and talented teachers stick around.

UC's new "Transforming Urban Educator Preparation" initiative has gained national acclaim and was named a national model by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) last year.

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University of Cincinnati Architecture professor named one of nation's best

University of Cincinnati Architecture professor Anton Harfmann was selected as one of the nation's most admired by faculty across the nation.  Harfmann was the only educator to make the list from the Midwest, and one of 10 nationwide.

Harfmann teaches construction and technology classes at UC's prestigous College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.  The New York native has been teaching at the university since 1992 when he began instructing on 3D modeling work.

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Streetcars get boost in new transit policy

New policy set out by the Obama administration is placing more of a focus on urban circulator transportation projects that promote livability. The action places Cincinnati's streetcar project among those that could qualify for new funding.

Some 80 cities are qualified for the new urban circulator money, but of those 80 about a dozen are "very close" to actually implementing such a system.  One of those "very close" cities is Cincinnati as it works to develop its own modern streetcar system that will initially run between Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown.

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Fall applications still pouring in at UC

As the University of Cincinnati is coming off of record enrollments and discussing the possibility of budget cuts, there is now no indication that the university will cap enrollment for 2010. As a result, applications continue to pour in to UC.

University officials state that UC is near capacity presently in terms of students, and that managing more than the roughly 40,000 students could become difficult for staff.  So far for Fall 2010, applications are up about 12 percent from the previous record year.

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Cincinnati Making Waves in Transportation

Cincinnati has redefined itself over the past decade.  Perhaps the most surprising transformation has been of its image.  

As Cincinnati moves forward with its plans for a modern streetcar system it joins a new age of mobility with cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. But it also looks back onto the days when it first set the standard for urban mobility whether it was the canal system, extensive cable car network, or inclines that defined its transportation role and set the standard for early American cities.

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Once homeless Cincinnati football player now looking towards NFL

Cincinnati Bearcats star wide receiver Mardy Gilyard has not exactly followed a fairy tale story line.  Or has it? After losing his football scholarship in 2006, Gilyard went homeless and worked his way through school and back into the spotlight on the football field.

Gilyard is the emotional leader for the Bearcats who just finished an undefeated regular season and will be heading to the Sugar Bowl to take on the Florida Gators.  Following the Sugar Bowl, Gilyard will be eyeing the NFL.

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Business Week ranks DAAP among world's best design schools

BusinessWeek released their special report on the world's best design schools and the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning came in as one of the top 30 design schools.

Cincinnati joined the ranks of design programs in London, New York, Milan, Helsinki, Beijing, Hong Kong and more.  Since BusinessWeek began its design rankings in 2006, Cincinnati's School of Design has made the list several times.  The report looks at the world's best design programs that foster creative techniques in business as inspired by design.

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Scientists succesfully reprogram blood cells

Scientists at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center report that they may have discovered a new approach to molecular gene therapy and a much-needed improved treatment option for children with Hurler's syndrome.

The study released by the research team at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is also the first to demonstrate that developing red blood cells can be used to produce lysosomal enzymes.  The lack of this enzyme in children with Hurler syndrome causes progressive tissue damage to organs and the central nervous system which often results in early death.

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Bronx Zoo rhino gets Cincinnati Zoo rhino pregnant without ever meeting

Maybe it's a sign of the times, but a 20-year age difference and hundreds of miles of separation did not keep Nikki, an 18-year-old female rhino in Cincinnati, from getting pregnant from Vinu, a 38-year-old male rhino from New York.

The pregnancy is important because it represents the first endangered rhino species to become pregnant through artificial insemination of frozen-thawed sperm.  The first attempt unfortunately produced a stillborn calf - a common occurrence for Indian rhinos.  Not long after though, Nikki was successful on her second attempt.

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University of Cincinnati welcomes new president

The University of Cincinnati welcomed its 27th President last week as Dr. Gregory Williams took over the position previously held by Dr. Nancy Zimpher who left in June to become the Chancellor of the State University of New York.

Dr. Williams said that he has been "overwhelmed" with the response he has gotten so far in Cincinnati.  "It could not have gotten any better, but it didn't surprise me because of the warmth I've seen thus far in Cincinnati."

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Ohio's Best Team: Not the Buckeyes

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats have quickly launched their way into the National Championship picture after coming off of a Big East Championship run last year that put the team into their first Orange Bowl game and this year's impressive start that finds them ranked in the top ten.  Now Ohioans have the tough choice of choosing between the perrenially ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and upstart Bearcats.

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Children's Hospital uses patient's own stem cells to grow facial bone in groundbreaking procedure

In a groundbreaking procedure, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have used stem cells taken from the fat tissue of a 14-year-old and combined them with growth protein and donor tissue to grow viable cheek bones in the teen.

The new procedure is expected to improve the options for surgeons attempting to repair bone deficiencies caused by traumatic injuries or by disease and genetic conditions.  It is estimated that 7 million people in the United States suffer from these defects in bone continuity that are so severe repair is often difficult.

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Resurgent Bearcats inspired by bond with young cancer patient

As the Cincinnati Bearcats' football program has surged on to the national scene this year, the team has been quietly motivated by its bond with a young cancer patient they adopted at the beginning of the year.

Players and coaches alike will point to 12-year-old Mitch Stone as the special ingredient to the team's success this year.  Stone is a cancer patient and has become the first child to be "adopted" by a Football Bowl Subdivision team through Friends of Jaclyn, which matches pediatric brain tumor patients with sports teams.

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Cincinnati researchers hope they've found gene therapy cure for sickle-cell anemia

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center may have discovered a way to use gene therapy to cure sickle-cell anemia after a decade of research work.

Using lab animals and human tissue samples, scientists have been able to develop the cutting-edge treatment for a disease that affects 70,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. The hope is to receive federal approval to move forward with human testing next year. 

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Ohio's Governor Endorses Legislation Written by UC Law Students

University of Cincinnati College of Law students have put together legislation that would help prevent wrongful convictions.  The legislation has received the support of Governor Strickland and the Ohio Senate.

If passed, the legislation would require the preservation of DNA evidence in all cases of serious crime, establish a standard that requires the recording of all interrogations from beginning to end in cases of serious crime, require police lineups and eyewitness photo ID procedures to be conducted in double-blind fashion, and expand Ohio's current post-conviction DNA testing law to allow for DNA testing to be done during the parole phase of the justice cycle.

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UC to host international research conference on Berlin Wall

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, its anniversary will be bolstered by two major events in Cincinnati: an international research conference and the unveiling of a permanent display of a section of the wall in Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati has been designated by the German Embassy as one of a select handful of collegiate partners in the "Freedom Without Walls" celebration.  The highlight of the UC events will be a research conference entitled, "November 9, 1989 - The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Twenty Years After," which will include presentations from scholars from all over the world.

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Gregory Williams, City College President, to head University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has selected Gregory Williams, former head of the City College of New York, as its new President after Dr. Nancy Zimpher took the chancellor position with the State University of New York earlier this year.

The City College of New York is considered to be the flagship of the larger City University of New York system which boasts 11 senior colleges. During Dr. Williams'  tenure, City College grew 60 percent to over 16,000 students.

In addition, Williams' administration strengthened admission standards at the traditionally diverse institution which counts more than 87 percent of its undergraduate and graduate students from racial minority groups.

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Cincinnati Cheetah breaks speed record

An eight-year-old cheetah named Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo broke the speed record for land animals by covering 100 meters in 6.13 seconds.  The previous record was held by a South African cheetah which covered the distance in 6.19 seconds in 2001.

The cheetah ran on a specially designed course at the Cincinnati Zoo's Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility and was chasing a lure.  The record was set on Sarah's second attempt, although the South African record was also broken on her first.

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Designers create symbols to show way in hospitals

Design students from the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, California Polytechnic State University and Iowa State University have designed a series of navigation symbols to help guide immigrants through hospitals.

The symbols resemble the geometric designs representing a person in a wheelchair for handicapped services and the figures of a man and a woman for male and female restrooms.  The intent is to create a standardized signage system for all health care systems throughout the world.

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Oscar Robertson inducted into International Hall of Fame

The greatest basketball player in the rich basketball history of the University of Cincinnati now has been inducted into the Federation Internationale de Basketball's (FIBA) 2009 Hall of Fame class.  Robertson was one of eleven inductees and the only American basketball player to be inducted.

Often known as "The Big O," Oscar Robertson is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  He led the Bearcats to two Final Four appearances, won national player of the year three times, was named "Player of the Century" by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, set NBA records that many believe will never be broken, and was voted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1979 in his first year of eligibility.

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Cincinnati hospital number one for babies

Cincinnati's Good Samaritan hospital has been recognized as the top hospital in Ohio delivering babies. This marks the third consecutive year for the designation.

Good Samaritan is known for its neonatal intensive care unit (NCIU) and delivered more than 7,000 babies last year in addition to taking on many high-risk pregnancies from across the nation.

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University of Cincinnati joins Eli Lilly's drug-development initiative

The University of Cincinnati has partnered with Eli Lilly to more efficiently determine the importance of research discoveries in areas including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

The partnership takes university research work and turns it over to Eli Lilly scientists to be examined for further potential.  Researchers and the school will retain intellectual property rights, but Lilly will have the first opportunity to partner on further research or enter into a licensing agreement.

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UC students work with local police to fashion better uniforms

In an effort to inject 21st Century design into police uniforms, students at the University of Cincinnati's internationally acclaimed Fashion Design program have been working with local police agencies to develop a new uniform design that is safer, more comfortable and more fashionable.

The students have been examining the use of new fabrics that are more durable and materials that will work better with officers' movements and environment.

Officers from the University of Cincinnati police department and Cincinnati police division have been able to assist students with safety and federal regulations for uniforms.

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No. 25 Cincinnati has the tools on offense but must retool on defense

The Associated Press has the Bearcats football ranked 25th nationally heading into the 2009 season after they won the Big East and lost in the Orange Bowl last season.

The Washington Post reports that the team should be exciting to watch on offense again this season, but will be challenged with a rebuilt defense in the Big East.

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Cincinnati hospital one of eight to take part in clinical trials to test H1N1 swine flu vaccine

Cincinnati's Children's Hospital Medical Center will be one of eight hospitals nationwide that will take part in a swine flu vaccine clinical trial.

The trials are meant to gather "critical data" about influenza vaccines, including two H1N1 flu vaccines.  The research work is being directed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  The hope is that the research will lead to a H1N1 flu immunization program this fall.

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Cincinnati zoo director helps with turnaround

Cincinnati Zoo executive director Thane Maynard has helped turn years of financial hardships into three straight years of operating in the black while also adding more animals and attractions for visitors.

Maynard is often seen doing hard physical labor around the zoo, and maintains a mantra of "more animals, more fun."

In recent years the zoo has not only become more financially stable, but they have added a black rhino, 10,000-pound Asian bull elephant, a new giraffe exhibit and will be breaking ground on a new Cat Canyon exhibit next year.

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Second Home for First-Gens

In an attempt to keep many of its first-generation students around after their first year the University of Cincinnati is hoping a new Gen-1 House just off of campus will help ease the transition.

The house offers tutoring and study sessions, advising, counseling and mentoring.  Students who agree to live in the house also must accept its rules that are seen by some students as too strict.

In addition to the Gen-1 House, the University of Cincinnati also has themed housing options for music, engineering and communications.

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Cincinnati Children's wins $8M in stimulus funding

$8 million in stimulus funding for Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center will go towards research work and create over one hundred new jobs.

Officials from the hospital and medical center say that there are still outstanding funding requests that could result in even more money and even more jobs for one of Cincinnati's largest employers.

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UC rises in research rankings

The University of Cincinnati is classified as a "very high" research activity university by the Carnegie Commission.  The university is also improving in the national ranks when it comes to research expenditures.

According to the National Science Foundation, the University of Cincinnati is the 18th best public university when it comes to federal research expenditures.  This is a ten spot improvement over the previous year's ranking.

UC spent nearly $254 million in federal research funds and ranks above nearby university like Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Kentucky.

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Local hospitals rank on high-tech list

Several Cincinnati hospitals rank among the nation's most technologically advanced according to the American Hospital Association's Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

In that publication it ranks Mercy Hospital as one of the "100 Most Wired" with its parent organization, Cincinnati-based Catholic Healthcare Partners, receiving the "Most Improved" ranking which also went to Christ Hospital in Mt. Auburn.

The rating are based on surveys of hospitals and health care systems throughout the country.

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Fist-sized tumor removed from brain with help of new 3-D brain mapping technology

The University of Cincinnati has developed a new technology that creates a 3-D map of a patient's brain that has helped UC specialists successfully remove a fist-sized tumor from the brain of an Indiana woman.

The new technology is considered to be the "culmination of one of the most important developments in brain tumor surgery in the last 100 years," according to a neurosurgeon with the Mayfield Clinic and professor of neurosurgery and clinical director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, John Tew, MD.

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Leveling the Field in the Weight Room

When University of Cincinnati Industrial Design student Ryan Eder noticed a paraplegic struggling to use exercise equipment he decided to design a machine that would cater to both wheelchair-bound and able-bodied users alike.

Eder's design and idea just landed him the prestigious Best in Show prize at this year's International Design Excellence Awards.

The final "groundbreaking concept" was a machine that could equalize the workout room and make it accessible for those of varying physical abilities.  The machine has two arms that oscillate 180 degrees to accommodate various user heights, and with one-touch buttons the need for manual dexterity is lessened.  The machine also has two retractable hooks that can lock onto any part of a wheelchair in order to stabilize it.

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UC campaign raises $500 million

The "Proudly Cincinnati" fundraising campaign was a bold endeavor when the University of Cincinnati started it back in 2005.  Since that time there has been a major economic downturn which would make one think that it would be difficult to raise the $1 billion goal for the campaign.

The University of Cincinnati has done extraordinarily well so far though and has eclipsed the half way mark with over $500 million raised thus far.

If the university wants to meet its goal it will need to raise the other half of the money by 2013.  Should the pattern hold steady UC should accomplish this goal and be amongst the select universities nation-wide to successfully run a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

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Cincinnati Children's makes U.S. News pediatric hospitals Honor Roll

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was ranked as one of the top ten pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News in their annual ranking of America's Best Children's Hospitals.

The Honor Roll features only those hospitals ranked in all 10 specialties including caner, diabetes, and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and urology.

Cincinnati Children's ranked as the best hospital for digestive disorders and ranked within the top five for five of the other nine categories.  The hospital ranked in the top ten for nine out of the ten total categories.

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New president will find changes at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has experienced dynamic changes over the past several years.  These changes will greet the next president of the nearly 40,000 student university.

The University's main campus has been entirely rebuilt and now boasts one of the most impressive collections of architecture of any university campus, academics and athletics have improved across the board and the university is expecting its largest freshman class ever this year.

Dr. Nancy Zimpher left the University of Cincinnati to take the chancellor position of the State University of New York.

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Cincinnati Zoo attendance skyrockets

The Cincinnati Zoo has seen explosive attendance growth in 2009 when compared to the previous year.  So far in the first five months, of the year, the Zoo has seen a 40% increase in attendance which totals up to more than 370,000 visitors so far.

Those numbers include the second-best April and May attendance in zoo history.  May 23 also marked the highest attendance of any May day in history with nearly 13,000 people visiting the zoo.

The Zoo recently opened a new main entrance off of Vine Street and credit this for some of the increase in attendance.  They also said that an aggressive marketing campaign and a variety of national rankings putting the Cincinnati Zoo as one of the best zoos for families in the country.

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Cincinnati to receive awards for Climate Action Plan

Cincinnati will host the 9th annual Green Energy Ohio Meeting at the CARE/Crawley Building on the campus of the University of Cincinnati on Friday, May 29th.

At the meeting Cincinnati will be recognized as the 2008 Clean Energy Community of the Year.  Efforts from the University of Cincinnati, Duke Energy, Cincinnati State Community & Technical College and the City of Cincinnati led to the selection.

One of the primary forces behind the award is the City's aggressive Climate Protection Action Plan combined with innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Hebrew Union College to stay open

Financial pressures led the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the nation's oldest institution for training rabbis, cantors and educators of Reform Judaism, to consider the option of closing one or more of its three U.S. campuses.

School officials have now announced that its board of governors adopted a move to overhaul operations with the help of technology and innovation that will save the New York, Los Angeles and Cincinnati campuses.

"This is a big, big victory for Cincinnati and the state of Ohio," said Dick Weiland, a lobbyist and former member of the school's advisory board.  The Hebrew Union College was founded in Cincinnati in 1875 and was the first location.  The campus has roughly 100 students at its Clifton campus.

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Cincinnati announces new women's basketball coach

The University of Cincinnati's women's basketball team has struggled since entering the extremely competitive Big East Conference.  Their latest coaching change looks to remedy that by inserting one of the conference's most successful assistant coaches into the UC head coaching position.

Jamelle Elliott has not yet had the role of a head-coaching position, but she has spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Connecticut learning from one of women's basketball's most successful head-coaches in Geno Auriemma.

Elliott helped lead the UConn Huskies to their 1995 unbeaten season and is now the second assistant coach from UConn to move up to a head-coaching position in as many years.

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Nancy Zimpher says farewell to Cincinnati

Cincinnati was the place former University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher called home for the past six years.  During that time the University improved its balance books, academic standing, enrollment and campus safety.

Dr. Zimpher now prepares for her next task as the Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY).  Dr. Zimpher will be challenged to bring her talents to the nation's largest university system.

The guest column, from Zimpher, looks back on her time at the University of Cincinnati and reflects on her personal experiences and points of pride during her six-year tenure.

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UC dancers on top of the world

Coming off of their fourth national championship in six years for hip-hop dance, the University of Cincinnati Dance Team was selected to represent the United States in the first-ever International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The UC Dance Team was there with teams from more than 40 countries competing in dance and cheer events.  The result was impressive as the team swept all three categories and took home gold medals in jazz dance, hip-hop and freestyle dance.

The team is made up of 17 students that come from all over the country to be a part of the University of Cincinnati’s now internationally acclaimed dance team.  The team also boasts an overall grade point average of 3.4.

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UC assistant professor wins Stroke Leadership Prize

Dr. Matthew Flaherty, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati, is being awarded the 2009 Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize for his research in stroke treatment.

Flaherty is being recognized for his leadership in the STOP-IT Study, a test to help doctors predict which patients who suffer a stroke with bleeding in the brain will experience further bleeding.

As part of the study, patients are given either a fast-acting drug to stop the bleeding or a placebo.

"While there are no proven, effective treatments for intracerebral hemorrhage, the model being evaluated in the STOP-IT Study may eventually lead to a medical treatment that improves outcomes for stoke patients," Flaherty tells UC HealthNews.

Flaherty will receive the award during the 61st annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, currently underway in Seattle.

Read the full article here.

'CBS Sunday Morning' to film at CCM

CBS Sunday Morning is in town next week to shoot interviews and footage of piano lessons, recitals and “Pianopalooza,” a piano concert at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. CCM recently invested in 165 Steinway pianos as part of a record-breaking, $4 million deal to make CCM an All-Steinway School.

The deal marks the single largest sale in the history of Steinway & Sons.

“CBS Sunday Morning” number one Sunday morning news program, with a viewing audience of 5.03 million.  

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Edith J. Crawley vision research lab dedicated at UC

The Edith J. Crawley Vision Science Research laboratory on the University of Cincinnati medical campus was dedicated on April 7.

Located on the fifth floor of the CARE/Crawley Building, the larger laboratory space includes state-of-the-art equipment that will help scientists advance research in eye-related diseases.

According to Dr. James Augburger, chair of the department of ophthalmology, they now have more than double their previous space -- allowing them to recruit additional scientists and work on finding treatments for such maladies as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The new space was made possible by Crawley's 2003 bequest to the department of $12 million to be used to research visual disorders in older adults.

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Hamilton County taxes lower than its peers

A recent Forbes survey finds that Hamilton County's property tax rate is the lowest, as a percentage of income, of Ohio's six largest urban areas, says Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper.

In his PepTalk blog, Pepper says that there are misconceptions about the county's tax rate, but that it's actually relatively low when compared to other metropolitan areas against which it competes for jobs, businesses, and talent.

The Forbes survey found that Hamilton County's property tax rate as a percentage of income was 26 percent lower than Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), 16 percent lower than Franklin County (Columbus), and 8.5 percent lower than Summit County (Akron).

Hamilton County's sales tax was also the lowest of the top six urban counties, tied with Summit County.

Read the blog post here.

Cincinnati Children's continues rapid growth

While others have slowed or stopped their hiring, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center continues its 12-year growth spurt under CEO James Anderson.

Since June 2008, the hospital has added 800 new employees to bring their total workforce to 11,400 people, a number that Anderson attributes to the hospital's focus on improving outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Competition has been so heavy for registered nurses, patient care assistants, customer service representatives, research fellows and residents, and administrative assistants that Children's has stopped participating in job fairs.

The growth has also occurred as Anderson has built the hospital into a world-class institution, increasing research revenue and more than quadrupling the facility's operating budget.

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DAAP student designers place well in China's Lotus Cup

Of the 10 U.S. merit award winners in China's Lotus Cup international design competition, nine are in the transportation track of the industrial design program at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

Prizes ranged from between $1,000 and $2,000.

The students' work will be incorporated into an exhibit that will travel throughout the province of Hunan, China, and will be included in the 2008 "Lotus Cup" print catalog and website.

The competition drew more than 3,000 entries from around the world.

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UC Science and Engineering Expo selects presentations for state, national competitions

More than 100 student poster presentations won superior ratings at the University of Cincinnati's fifth-annual Science and Engineering Expo and were recommended for the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day, May 9 in Columbus.

One team project and two student projects were also selected to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, the world's largest pre-college science competition.

Students in grades 7-12 representing 39 schools in southwest Ohio competed at the March 14 event in the categories of physics, engineering, and mathematics, seeking more than $73,000 in awards and scholarships.

UC will pay the $50 entry fee of students participating in the state contest.

Read the full article here, and see the list of student heading to the state competition here.

BioStart creates online resource center

BioStart, a Corryville life sciences and biotech incubator, has launched an online resource center for entrepreneurs and start-ups called DialedIn.org.

In addition to newsletters and social networking tools, users can get advice on finding funding, grantwriting, branding, recruiting, and attracting board members.

According to the Enquirer, BioStart is hoping to attract contact submissions from industry experts, freelance writers, and researchers.

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UC professors produce first known introductory text on LGBT Studies

Finding a lack of textbooks that could adequately introduce the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies to their students, a pair of University of Cincinnati professors decided to create one.

Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies professors Deborah Meem and Michelle Gibson worked with former UC colleague Jonathan Alexander to produce "Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies", considered by the authors to be the first real introductory LGBT textbook published in the field.

The book, which covers such topics as gay and lesbian history, queer theory, intersectionality, and concepts of moral panic, was field tested by Meem's students and by students in a similar course at Northern Kentucky University.

While designed as a textbook, the authors hope it will attract a broader readership of people who want to learn more about the topic.

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Spohr appointed to direct SW Ohio workforce development

Jennifer Spohr has been appointed as the regional workforce director of the Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD) Southwest Ohio office.

In her new role, Spohr will serve as a liaison to state government, local business leaders, elected officials, and economic and workforce development entities to meet the training and talent development needs of businesses throughout Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties.

Spohr joined ODOD in 2005 as coordinator for the Ohio Investment in Training Program and is currently on the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network's Hard-2-Hire Workforce subcommittee.

This year, she received from Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory the 2009 Super Award from the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio in recognition for her work with the SuperJobs Center.

Read the full release here.

CincyTech funds two start-ups

SpineForm and Wiresoft Net will receive start-up capital from CincyTech, a public-private technology funding group.

SpineForm, a research and development company focusing on less-invasive spinal deformity surgical treatments, will receive $300,000 from CincyTech and $950,000 from Queen City Angels and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Wiresoft Net, which provides network security solutions for businesses, will receive $200,000 from CincyTech and $126,000 from private investors with ties to the company.

CincyTech is now moving into its third year.

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Registration open for inaugural UC Diversity Conference

Registration is now open for the inaugural University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, to be held April 15 at the Tangeman University Center.

"Exploring Commonalities and Celebrating Differences", hosted by the President's Diversity Council, will highlight best practices in the catgories of recruitment and retention, campus life and climate, community collaborations, and assessment and accountability.

Nineteen sessions will include topics of race and enthnicity, gender, sexual orientation, education, healthcare, and housing.

"In order to make this conference a great community collaboration, we are encouraging our University community, the consortium of colleges and universities, and the greater community to attend this dynamic one-day event," vice president for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Mitchel D. Livingston tells UC News.

Read the full release here.

Mt. Sinai hematologist selected to lead UC cancer programs

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has selected George Atweh, MD, to lead the department of internal medicine's division of hematology/oncology and will serve as Koch Chair and professor of hematology/oncology.

Atweh will also become the new director of the adult cancer program located in the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital, a position previously heldon an interim basis by College of Medicine Dean David Stern, MD.

UC HealthNews says that Atweh's top priority is building a "more robust" hematology/oncology division, eventually hiring up to 25 new faculty members to form multidisciplinary disease-based teams.

Prior to joining UC, Atweh served in leadership roles at Mt. Sinai Medical Center including hematology/oncology division chief, interim director of the Tisch Cancer Institute, associate director of the General Clinical Research Center, chair of the appointments and promotions committee, and medical director of the cancer clinical trials office.

Completing his medical degree and residency at the American University of Beirut with fellowships at Duke University Medical Center and the Yale University School of Medicine, he has published more than 65 scientific manuscripts and holds a U.S. patent.

Read the full article here.

UC team wins ACG Cup

A team from the University of Cincinnati has won the ACG Cup, a business competition in which participants use a realistic case study of a financial transaction to prepare a presentation for a mock board of directors.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, the competition's goal is to expose area companies to graduate-level business talent, and to keep that talent in the region.

Multiple teams of master's-level business students from Miami University, the University of Dayton, Xavier University, and Northern Kentucky University also took part in the event.

The five schools in the finals split $10,500 in prize money, with the UC team taking home $4,000.

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New UC Co-op assessment model available for other colleges and universities

A new assessment model based upon employers' feedback on the University of Cincinnati Co-op program is now available online, and will be distributed to other co-op colleges and universities this month.

"Leveraging Cooperative Education to Guide Curricular Innovation: The Development of a Corporate Feedback System for Continuous Improvement" is a guide to building a real-time process that allows any institution to assess its classroom cirricula, then make adjustments to that cirricula that will make students more competitive in the marketplace.

Recognized as the birthplace of co-op education, the university was singled out for nearly $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education and other funders to develop the model.

The model's database will continue to be updated throughout this year, further strengthening the efficiency of UC's experiential learning programs.

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Cincinnati earns its 'Queen City' nickname

Yes, Cincinnati has a sometimes shaky reputation.  But let's forget about that for a second.  (Or forever.)

Laura DeMarco, a writer for the Newhouse News Service whose story was picked up by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, sees in Cincinnati a cultural revival, a city that boasts "world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, and a rich look at the state's history".

For sights, DeMarco recommends Fountain Square, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the "forward-thinking" architecture at the University of Cincinnati.

The writer also recommends catching a show at the Southgate House, taking a trip off the beaten path to the Comet in Northside to dine on a giant burrito, or experiencing the fine dining, fantastic views, and charming streets of Mount Adams.

Read the full article here.

Ohio's 10 best-kept secrets

Following a year and a half of talking to Ohio's business leaders and executives, the Ohio Business Development Coalition has compiled a list of the ten best-kept secrets about doing business in Ohio.

Everybody knows about the relatively low cost of living and the advantageous location, but what other advantages does Ohio have?

I'm not going to give it all away here!

You'll have to read the full article here.

UC research displayed for state

A February 18 event at the Ohio Statehouse showcased the University of Cincinnati's groundbreaking research and how it's contributing to Ohio's economy.

The second annual event, featuring interactive, hands-on exhibits, highlighted UC research that has not only resulted in start-up companies and jobs in the region and brought significant savings to existing Ohio companies, but also holds the potential for significant economic growth in the future.

Among the exhibitors were clinical kit producer Siloam Biosciences, Inc. of Forest Park; Mac Tools of Georgetown, Ohio, which optimizes manufacturing processes; and the team of Anastasios Angelopoulos and Jonathan Bernstein, who are working to produce more efficient fuel cells as an alternative to gasoline.

Ohio senators and representatives, aides, representatives from the Ohio Board of Regents, Statehouse staff, industry partners, and high school students were among those who viewed the exhibits.

Read the full article here.

UC dean to be keynote speaker at international nanotechnology conference

Dr. Carlo Montemagno, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 International Conference on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry, June 23-26 in Edmonton.

His career in research has focused on the application of advanced micro and nanotechnologies to translational medical applications, the development of hybrid living-nonliving functional materials for energy transduction and sensing, and the creation of engineered systems that manifest emergent intelligence.

Prior to joining UC, Dr. Montemagno served as the chair of the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA and has worked at Argonne National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Dr. Montemagno holds eleven patents.

Read the full release here.

Mayor Mallory gets assurances from President Obama

Following a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says that he's assured that Cincinnati will receive its fair share of the $787 billion federal economic stimulus bill.

According to Mallory, the president told the 80 mayors in attendance that stimulus money will be on the streets within six months and is expected to be spent on projects within 18 months.

He was also pleased that $7 billion of the $12 billion set aside for transit projects would go directly to cities, instead of being funnelled through state governments.

"The president stressed several things, that he understands the importance of cities as it relates to stimulating the economy," Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

Students rally to better UC's environment

Several University of Cincinnati student organizations are bringing environmental sustainability initiatives to campus.

Last year, Students for Ecological Design (SED) worked with university administration to bring recycling to the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection have focused on water saving, and plan on partnering with SED and student government for Earth Week activities.

And the President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability made sure that the new campus power plant was less polluting than the old coal one.

Read the full article here.

UC joins effort to improve educators

The University of Cincinnati is among 107 universities around the country that have joined the Science and Math Teachers Imperative, an effort to address the lack of qualified science and math teachers in middle and high schools.

The initiative, launched by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, requires universities to commit to working with their state governments to identify short- and long-term needs for teachers in the state school systems, to increase the number of science and math teachers in state high schools, and to build partnerships with other universities and schools to meet the need for more teachers.

UC students will get a unique opportunity to learn non-traditional teaching techniques next year when the Hughes Center opens as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school.

It is hoped that, as a by-product, the Hughes Center's STEM education program will steer more teachers into these fields.

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Obama hopes to boost green energy, UC can help

The Obama administration has proposed to jumpstart the U.S. economy through the development of green and alternative energies, and the University of Cincinnati is poised to take advantage.

The bulk of the 10-year, $150 billion plan will be channelled into public research universities, which will likely be acting to develop state initiatives.

In Ohio, this means finding ways to develop clean coal technology in a way that will mitigate the negative effects of the fossil fuel on the environment.

But UC is also doing significant research in fuel cell technology and biofuels, and additional funding could go a long way in bolstering the sometimes tedious process of alternative energy development.

Read the full article here.

Mayor Mallory names new YP Kitchen Cabinet

A new Cincinnati Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet was announced Tuesday, and already they're charged with working on a major initiative.

The group must prepare a proposal, due this month, to host the 2009 Next Leaders Summit, the largest meeting of young professional groups in the nation.

Mayor Mark Mallory started the advisory group in 2006 in an effort to coordinate the activites of various YP groups throughout the region, with the goal of attracting and retaining young professionals.

This year saw a record number of applicants for the cabinet, Mallory tells the Enquirer.

Read the full article here.

UC researchers seek improved targeting in Parkinson's surgery

A $51,000 grant will enable University of Cincinnati researchers to determine whether sophisticated new imaging technologies can help them achieve pinpoint placement of deep-brain stimulation electrodes in patients with Parkinson's disease, reports UC HealthNews.

The pilot study, taking place at University Hospital, will utilize a 3-Tesla MRI scanner and diffusion tensor imaging fiber tracking to quickly and accurately predict the size and position of the subthalamic nucleus, a small area deep within the brain that varies in size and location from patient to patient.

Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus often alleviates the symptoms of Parkinson's, making its quick and easy location paramount to improving a patient's quality of life.

Funding for the 20-patient study comes from the Sunflower Revolution, an annual fundraiser and bike ride held in Cincinnati.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati submits $332M stimulus wish list

Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has submitted a request for $332 million to fund 51 projects as part of the proposed $819 billion federal stimulus package.

The list includes $190 million in water and sewer projects, $74 million for new streets and related infrastructure, and $24 million for public improvements connected to neighborhood economic development initiatives.

Also requested was $12.6 million to conduct an engineering study to determine the best route for an Over-the-Rhine-to-Uptown streetcar connector.

Mallory estimates that more than 3,600 jobs would be created if the list of projects were fully funded.

Read the full article here.

STEM schools could make CPS an educational innovator

Next fall, the Hughes Center will shake up how a public high school functions, and, if successful, could position Cincinnati Public Schools as an educational innovator.

With a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), instruction will be built around projects that will sometimes combine multiple subject areas.

Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take courses at the University of Cincinnati or Cincinnati State, or stay at Hughes to attend classes taught by college faculty.

Upon receiving their diplomas, students could even have associate's degrees and a familiarity – and a love for – college life.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati in top 30 most wired cities

Cincinnati has ranked as the 28th most wired city in the United States, according to an annual evaluation conducted by Forbes.com.

Forbes measured cities' "wired quotient" by computing the percentage of Internet users with high-speed connections, the number of companies providing high-speed Internet, and the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Placing between Philadelphia and Columbus, Cincinnati received top 20 marks for broadband adoption and Wi-Fi hotspots, but lost ground due to the number of service providers available.

Ohio has invested heavily in providing 100 percent broadband access throughout the state, and the Obama administration and House Democrats have proposed including $6 billion for broadband infrastructure as part of the economic stimulus package.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati State grabs $499K for green business and technology

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has been awarded $499,014 for its green business and green technology programs from the U.S. Department of Labor.

In Northern Kentucky, Gateway Community and Technical College will receive $846,670 for training in the homeland security industry.

Part of President Bush's Community-Based Job Training Grants Initiative, the grant is meant to improve the ability of community colleges and community-based organizations to provide their regions' workers with the skills needed to enter growing industries.

The Cincinnati State and Gateway applications were two of 68 approved out of 274 submitted for the $123 million in grants.

Read the full release here.

Parents ranks Children's as top 10 hospital

In a national survey of 75 pediatric hospitals by Parents magazine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center placed fourth.

The 250-question survey, given to full members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, covered topics such as survival rates, the number of complex procedures performed, research studies, staff qualifications, and safeguards against medical errors.

"Knowing that parents of sick kids can feel isolated, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center sparked a 'family-centered' care movement that is spreading to other facilities," says writer Karen Cicero.  "Plus, the hospital received a national award for a program that reduced surgical infection rates by more than half, a measure of the facility's quality.  It's also a leader in leukemia research."

None of the top 10 hospitals ran away from the pack, as hospitals ranked 3 through 10 finished within 50 points of each other on a 1,500-point scale.

Read the full article here, or read the section about Cincinnati Children's here.

UC partnership hopes to build health center in Tanzania

The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is working with the university's colleges of Medicine and Engineering to bring a health care center to Roche, a small community in the remote Tarime region of Tanzania.

As part of an elective studio course, assistant professor of architecture Michael Zaretsky is working with 14 graduate students to design the center, which will require the incorporation of natural cooling methods due to a lack of reliable electricity and water.

In providing adjacent living quarters for the medical staff, students are well on their way to master planning a real-life site that could include a school, commercial space, and a community center.

The UC team presented their final design on December 8, and they hope to break ground this summer.

Read the full article here.

New UC technology could help eliminate deadly esophageal cancer

A new procedure at University Hospital may help eliminate the risk of cancer for patients suffering from Barrett's esophagus.

Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to that which lines the intestines due to GERD or acid reflux, can lead to esophageal cancer.

The new technology, called HALO, uses radiofrequency ablation to burn away the intestine-like lining and allows the patient to avoid the complication rates and severe skin burns possible with invasive surgery procedures.

University Hospital is the only local facility offering the procedure.

Read the full article here.

UC design programs continue drawing national recognition

The DesignIntelligence rankings of national design programs is out, and University of Cincinnati's architecture, interior design and industrial design offerings continue to receive high marks.

The rankings, based upon annual polling of employers, rates all three programs within the top three in their respective disciplines for preparing students for professional practice.

A feature in DesignIntelligence also highlights the partnerships between UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and private industry, as well as the college's collaborations with other disciplines at the university.

Considered the birthplace of the co-op concept, UC requires its design students to gain 18 months of paid, professional experience with firms prior to graduation.

Read the full article here.

UC students to spend holiday building water system in Cameroon

A group of eight University of Cincinnati students representing the student service organization Serve Beyond Cincinnati have traveled to Reh, Cameroon over winter break to lay pipe for a gravity-fed water system that will serve 2,000 people.

The trip is an example of "experiential learning", one of UC's 21st Century Learning Initiatives, which blends classroom theory with hands-on field experiences.

Planning and fundraising for the trip began in January, with each student raising approximately $7,000 of the $56,000 needed to pay for travel and water system supplies.

The water system, which collects from a fresh-water spring, was designed by local residents and engineers.

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UC, P&G create cutting-edge computer sim center

The University of Cincinnati and Procter & Gamble have teamed up to create a center of expertise in computer simulation, allowing them to solve real design problems in a virtual world.

Traditional engineering and production requires a product to be designed, a prototype to be created and tested, and then results to be fed back into redesign -- a time-consuming and costly method.

Exploring other options, P&G looked at Caterpillar, Inc.'s Champaign Simulation Center at the University of Illinois Research Park, a model of partnership with universities that could provide cost-effective simulations while helping to grow future talent.

The center opened in September at the UC Turner Building and is staffed by nine students for UC's College of Engineering, who are working closely with P&G engineers on limited modeling projects, with plans to expand modeling capabilities as the center matures.

Read the full article here.

Children's chooses AMICAS for image management

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has announced a new partnership with AMICAS, Inc. that will enable the hospital to streamline its imaging and information management capabilities.

Under the terms of the agreement, Children's will utilize new, Web-based technology from AMICAS called AMICAS PACS, AMICAS Reach, and AMICAS RadStream for integrated reading, productivity, and critical results management.

The AMICAS platforms have been designed to offer radiologists with powerful clinical tools and to lower medical-legal risk by automating and documenting patient results communications.

"We are excited about our new partnership with Cincinnati Children's, one of the most respected healthcare providers in the world," Stephen Kahane MD, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of AMICAS said in a media release.  "Offering anintegrated reading, productivity, and critical results management platform within their existing infrastructure will offer powerful benefits throughout the enterprise."

Read the full article here.

Groundbreaking Stroke Recovery Center lanunched at Drake

University of Cincinnati clinicians have announced that they have launched a groundbreaking service at Drake Center designed to help stroke survivors achieve the fullest possible recovery.

The Stroke Recovery Center at Drake will combine the hospital's neurorehabilitation strengths with the university's leadership in stroke research and treatment and will include inpatient and outpatient treatment, research, and consultation.

One unique feature of the new center is the new Stroke Team Assessment and Recovery Treatment (START) Program, which creates an individualized, evidence-based treatment plan for patients who are months or years post-stroke but may be seeking a fuller recovery.

Drake officials say they know of only a handful of similar types of services in the country.

Read the full article here.

UC one of six universities selected for coal research

A University of Cincinnati project is one of six chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to take part in its University Coal Research Program.

UC researchers will work to investigate and demonstrate two new types of doped-ceramic nanofilm-coated optical fiber chemical sensors that will only detect and interact with specific gas molecules.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology will collaborate on the three-year project.

The University Coal Research Program, which is the nation's longest-running student-teacher research grant initiative, is designed to "advance new ideas in coal research and to train a new generation of scientists and engineers in the investigation of long-term solutions for clean and efficient use of the nation's abundant coal resources", according to the DOE.

Read the full article here.

New technology creates options for patients with severe heart disease

A new device is allowing University of Cincinnati cardiologists to recover the hearts of patients with severe heart disease by taking over the pumping action during cardiac procedures.

According to UC HealthNews, the Impella 2.5 is a minimally invasive catheter designed to pump blood to the aorta and reduce the heart's workload and oxygen consumption.

When implanted, the device uses a miniature pump to push 2.5 liters of freshly oxygenated blood from the left ventricle of the heart into the aorta, vastly eliminating stress for patients with limited function.

The Impella 2.5, which has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is being tested against the traditional balloon pump in the PROTECT II clinical trial to see which is more beneficial to patients.

Read the full article here.

UC students win international underwater architecture competition

Three University of Cincinnati architecture and interior design students have won France's Archipelaego Competition, a global contest to design forward-looking underwater architecture.

Sarosh Ali, Jason Rohal, and Heather Vorst submitted designs for an eco-hotel/research center to be located on the Belize Barrier Reef that incorporated a skinned frame that would conserve divers' energy, a façade that was resistant to the growth of underwater organisms, and the use of tidal energy to supply the center's electricity.

The three will jointly receive the Jacques Rougerie Architecture of the Sea Award and will share a cash prize of about $2,000.

Archipelaego, which was open to both architecture students and professional architects, was held to encourage the public to preserve the oceans by increasing public awareness of the need for better management.

Read the full article here.

A 'free market' for higher ed?

Larry Johnson, dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, is helping to craft a performance-based budgeting model that he refers to as "a higher ed free market".

The plan would reward colleges for enrolling more students to generate revenue, while cutting the budgets of colleges that fail to meet revenue goals.

Based upon models used at Ohio State University and Indiana University, the strategy is meant to encourage growth during an uncertain economy and declining state support while incentivizing colleges that are able to raise money through donations, gifts, and endowments.

UC president Nancy Zimpher assures Inside Higher Ed that the plan would not lead to deteriorating quality, as the university would put safeguards in place to keep student/faculty ratios steady and to keep colleges from relying too heavily on adjunct labor.

Read the full article here.

Children's helps create genome-based atlas for kidneys

An international consortium of researchers led by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has generated the first comprehensive blueprint of a forming mammalian organ, providing insight into the genetic and molecular dynamics of kidney development.

The study, involving embryonic mice, shows how the entire genome is regulated to produce thousands of specific genes that are mixed and remixed to form genetic teams, which work together to direct the formation of 15 embryonic compartments in the developing kidney.

A combination of microarray analysis, laser capture micro-dissection and fluorescent activated cell sorting was used to isolate specific types of cell populations, and the use of bioinformatics allowed the team to see how different sets of genes cooperate through circuits or pathways.

Researchers believe that their findings will help them understand the underpinnings of human disease because of the mouse's genetic similarity to people.

Read the full release here.

UC research dollars climb $20M in 2008

The University of Cincinnati's research funding topped $353 million in 2008, besting the university's 2007 totals by $20 million.

Not only does this put the university ahead of its 2011 goal of $350 million, but it represents a doubling of funding over the last decade.

The Academic Health Center and affiliates brought in nearly 76 percent of the total, with the National Institutes of Health remaining the top funder at $104.5 million.

UC's $1 billion "Proudly Cincinnati" capital campaign is making research a key focus, which should help the university retain its "very high research activity" designation by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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PDS Biotechnology selected to collaborate on nanotechnology cancer therapies

PDS Biotechnology Corporation has announced that it has been selected as a collaborator of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Nanotechnology Characterization Lab (NCL) to complete preclinical trials of Versamune-HPV.

Versamune-HPV is an immunotherapy drug which has shown promise in curing HPV infection and HPV-related cancer in preclinical animal and human model studies.

The drug works by facilitating the uptake of disease-associated protein and peptide antigens while simultaneously acting as a strong immune system activator, without the inflammatory side effects caused by other activators.

NCL will perform studies on PDS's behalf at its facilities in Frederick, Maryland.

Read the full release here.

UC surgical director to lead global medical education hub

Charles R. Doarn, executive director of UC's Center for Surgical Innovation, has been tapped to lead Ohio's new Ohio Telehealth Video Resource Center.

A creation of the University System of Ohio, the new center aims to establish Ohio as a global hub for online medical educations and videoconferencing.

"The Ohio Telehealth Video Resource Center will establish Ohio as a center of excellence worldwide in videoconferencing technologies and, at the same time, contribute to the improved health and well-being of countless people throughout world," Ohio Governor Ted Strickland tells the Birchley Hall Press.

The new non-profit center is expected to strengthen and build linkages between higher education and Ohio's healthcare industries, a key target for economic development in the state.

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UC researcher wins grant to study language recovery after stroke

Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski, an associate professor of neurology and member of the UC Neuroscience Institute, has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to study language recovery after stroke and to test a new method of rehabilitation from loss of language function.

According to UC HealthNews, Szaflarski and his team will use functional MRI to examine changes the brain undergoes while recovering from a stroke, resulting in the loss of language functions, or "aphasia".

They also plan to test the effectiveness of a new method of aphasia rehabilitation called constraint-induced aphasia therapy, which forces patients to slowly constrain their communication methods until they communicate non-word sounds or writing only verbally.

Earlier this year, a pilot study by the team showed that patients who underwent the therapy following left middle cerebral artery stroke showed substantial improvement in comprehension and verbal skills.

Read the full article here.

UC team virtually rebuilds lost architecture of the Shakers

An ongoing University of Cincinnati public education project is virtually rebuilding the lost structures of the Shakers, with a focus on the White Water Shaker Village near Harrison.

Jose Kozan, adjunct professor of architecture and research associate in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, is working in conjunction with members of the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites to recreate the buildings and interiors that have been lost since the site was vacated in 1916.

Using Google's 3D Warehouse and Google Earth, the team has created 3D virtual models of nearly a dozen buildings, taking great care to present the interiors as they would have looked when the village was established in 1824.

According to UC News, Kozan's goal is to expand these virtual reconstructions to include other Shaker communities throughout the United States, to spread the architectural lessons to be learned, and to encourage tourism via preservation.

Read the full article here.

How James Anderson pushed Children's into the future

There was great skepticism when James Anderson began the visioning process for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1996, but he had no doubts that he knew how to make the vision a reality.

The vision became even clearer when Anderson was named the hospital's president and CEO.

According to Smart Business Online, three elements - a vision statement, mission statement, and strategic plan - were key to Anderson achieving his goal.

"The vision statement is the biggest, broadest umbrella; that’s the kind of thing we aspire to be and want to do," Anderson tells the magazine.  "The mission statement is fully consistent with that and, in the direction of providing leadership, says a little about how we’re going to do it and describes the deliverables, mainly improved outcomes of patient satisfaction and value.  And then the strategic plan itself says more specifically exactly what we’re going to do clustered under these five categories [innovation, organization, outcomes, experience, and value]."

Read the full article here.

New regional transit agency in the works

Cincinnati and Hamilton County have reached an agreement on a new regional transit agency that could give more say to suburban governments - if they are willing to pay.

The Greater Cincinnati Regional Transit Authority would consist of a 13-member board, with seven being appointed by the City of Cincinnati and six from Hamilton County.

Butler, Clermont and Warren counties would be able to directly appoint board members if they formally join the new agency, and could gain a majority of the board seats if they contribute more than 50 percent of the agency's budget.

Both the City of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Commission are likely to consider resolutions on the matter this month.

Read the full article here.

Lindner Athletics Center wins AIA Chicago award

The Richard E. Lindner Center and George & Helen Smith Athletics Museum on the University of Cincinnati main campus has won special recognition from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Focusing on interiors and, more specifically, the trophy case, one juror called the multi-story, translucent wall of trophies "brilliant".

AIA Chicago jurors also liked the "good environmental graphics and industrial design" employed by the architects in showcasing the university's athletic and academic success.

Earning special recognition were Perkins+Will/Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Bernard Tschumi Architects, Glaserworks, Intaglio, Turner Construction Company, Harmon Inc., and Xibitz.

Read the full release here.

Air Force partners with University Hospital to ready nurses for deployment

The United States Air Force and University Hospital inaugurated a new program this month to provide newly graduated registered nurses with the tools they need to become Air Force Nurse Corps officers.

The Nurse Transition Program (NTP) provides an 11-week comprehensive training cirriculum that exposes nurses to a variety of medical and surgical inpatient settings aimed at preparing them for what they might encounter in the field.

Programs such as the NTP allow the Air Force to have clinical opportunities that are not currently available at their own facilities.

University Hospital, which is also part of the Air Force C-STARS trauma program, is the first civilian hospital to partner with the Air Force in the NTP.

Read the full article here.

Darwin recreated in Second Life

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, the University of Cincinnati has recreated the Galapagos Islands in Second Life.

By January 2009, avatars will be able to retrace Darwin's steps aboard the Beagle and throughout the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin conducted much of his research.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, archived audio and video clips, as well as live events, will be available in the Darwin Celebration Theater and Gallery.

The project is part of UC's 2009 Darwin Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati's library system earns top 10 ranking

For the third year in a row, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) has ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Cincinnati placed 10th among 79 library systems in the "Over 500,000 population" category in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

The ratings are based on statistics such as circulation, customer visits per hour, and number of volumes owned per capita.

While PLCHC executive director Kim Fender is pleased with the ranking, she tells WLWT.com that "our Library is much more than the number of items on the shelves".

Read the full article here.

UC could be Ohio innovation hub

Last month, Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher announced the Ohio Hubs of Innovation and Opportunity program, which could create a targeted investment zone around the University of Cincinnati.

According to the Business Courier, the hubs will use proximity and shared focus on industry clusters to maximize the impact of new ideas in such fields as bioscience, aerospace and aviation, environmental technologies, and distribution and logistics.

Universities, hospitals, research and development centers and community colleges would be the natural knowledge centers around which the innovation hubs would be built, as would Ohio's Edison Centers such as Bond Hill's TechSolve.

At least a dozen zones are planned, with the first to be indentified by the end of 2009.

Read the full article here.

UC's IT program first in Ohio to receive ABET accreditation

The bachelor of science in information technology (IT) degree at the University of Cincinnati is now accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the first school in Ohio to receive the honor.

ABET works closely with the SIGITE interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery to set the body of knowledge that IT professionals are expected to master and practice.

"The accreditation process validates the quality and content of our IT program," says College of Applied Science dean Richard Newrock.  "ABET holds to high standards.  Degrees with their accreditation are among the best offered anywhere.  We view ourselves as a leader in technical education and welcome having our programs stand to their scrutiny.

ABET currently accredits some 2,800 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide.

Read the full story here.

International cryptography conference anticipates quantum computers

Some industry experts predict that quantum computers could be a reality within ten years, which is why they held a meeting of the minds over the weekend at the University of Cincinnati.

PQCrypto2008, the Second International Workshop on Post-Quantum Cryptography brought in approximately 60 national and international experts to figure out how to protect public key cryptography methods that keep current information technology secure.

Without protective measures, experts believe that quantum computing has the ability to overwhelm crytpography, making secure telecommunications impossible and causing modern communications systems to collapse.

UC is one of only a few U.S. universities researching this problem.

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$4.8 billion in economic impact generated by UC College of Medicine

The Business Courier reports that The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, along with its affiliated teaching hospitals, generated $4.8 billion in economic impact for the region and across the state in 2007.


According to a study commissioned by the Ohio Council of Medical Deans, that impact provided 55,000 full-time in Ohio and generated $151.1 million in total state tax revenue. The study measured the economic impact of Ohio’s seven medical colleges and their teaching affiliates. In total, the UC College of Medicine and the six other medical colleges in Ohio contributed $37.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2007, an increase of approximately $16.5 billion from 2002.


The economic impact report was produced by Tripp Umbach, which has conducted economic impact studies for hundreds of health care institutions and medical colleges.

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Cincinnati USA among 'best in class' of place branding initiatives

Cincinnati USA's branding efforts deliver a consistent and persuasive message, according to the Branding Strategy Insider. Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition, writes that it is his belief that place branding is an effective strategy for accelerating the economic growth of a location, either through direct foreign investment or through the expansion of already established companies.

In his opinion, the Cincinnati region does a great job across seven different place branding strategies, making the area even more competitive for capital investment.

But Burghard warns that other cities and states are also in the game, so both the state and the region must continue to push their brand promises while continuing to improve their business climates.

Read the full article here.

UC/21 annual report shows gains in FY2008

University of Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher reported a number of gains for fiscal year 2008 during a meeting with the university's board of trustees.

The university reached an 18-year high with an enrollment of 37,008, has increased its number of National Merit Scholars by 25 percent over 2007, and set a record for single-year fundraising with $196 million in total donations.

UC also raised its six-year graduation rate 7 percent to 55 percent, roughly equivalent to the national average.

The data comes from the annual UC/21 report card, which updates progress on the academic master plan that Zimpher spearheaded after being hired in 2003.

Read the full article here.

UC launches master's in public health

A new master's degree program in public health has started at the University of Cincinnati, the first such program in the region.

The new program includes 25 faculty members teaching in five focus areas: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health systems, and social and behavioral sciences.

With the average age of public health professionals rising and many nearing retirement age, UC hopes that this program will prepare students to step into the industry.

While the first class only consists of 10 students, university officials hope to increase that number to 50.

Read the full article here.

UC set to launch $800M capital campaign

The University of Cincinnati is set to launch a five-year, $800 million capital campaign this October.

With a tight operating budget, the university is counting on the campaign to provide support for future capital needs, new professors, research projects, and scholarships.

More than $100 million will be used to construct a new building for the College of Law.

Although the campaign hasn't launched formally, organizers say that more than half of the goal has been raised in cash, equipment, property and pledges.

Read the full article here.

UC Entrepreneur Center director named president of international council

Charles Matthews, professor of management and founder of the University of Cincinnati Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research, has been elected president of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

Matthews was installed during the 53rd annual ICSB World Conference in Nova Scotia, a three-day conference bringing together more than 500 delegates.

A pioneer in the field of experience-based education, Matthews is an internationally recognized scholar who has organized internal and intercollegiate venture competitions, student venture start-ups, and business incubators.

ICSB, with more than 2,000 members worldwide, is the world's largest non-profit professional association for entrepreneurial and family business researchers, educators, policy makers and practitioners.

Read the full article here.

Secure authentication helps Children's streamline patient care

Secure Authentication, part of a broader strategy to streamline patient care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is helping to save caregivers time while allowing them to comply with state laws.

The system regulates who can prescribe medication and creates an audit trail of who administers it through the use of biometrics and security tokens, rather than the typical vulnerable username/password method.

Children's estimates that it has spent approximately $120,000 on the program to meet the authentication and authorization requirements of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy regulations.

The hospital is moving away from paper forms to an application suite from Epic Systems and estimates that it's about 18 percent through the process, which should be completed by 2011.

Read the full article here.

Hamilton County in 3rd place in Green Counties Competition

Hamilton County is currently in third place in the large counties category in the National Association of Counties' Green Counties Competition.

The competition encourages county employees and residents to take the Energy Star Campaign pledge to save energy and help fight global warming.

By joining the pledge, employees and residents will receive a 10 percent discount on Office Depot's Green Brand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, and the county with the most pledges will receive 1,000 free lightbulbs.

The competition runs through November 30.

Read the full release here (PDF).

Three area universities touted for entrepreneurship

Three local universities are among the top schools for entrepreneurship, according to Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.

Of the top 25 undergraduate programs, Miami University ranked 16th, the University of Cincinnati was 21st, and Xavier University was 24th.

The publications contacted 2,300 colleges for information and made their rankings based on criteria like academics, program enrollment, faculty members who have started companies, and out-of-classroom opportunities.

Only one other Ohio school, the University of Dayton, made the undergraduate list, and no local schools made the list of top 25 graduate programs.

Read the full article here.

UC design students discuss Extreme Environments

Students in the Extreme Environments design class in the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning are meeting and working at the bottom of an Olympic-sized pool.

The idea behind the program is to have students first experience an environment before designing for it, and, last month, they submitted designs to France's Archipelaego competition.

Brian Davies, associate professor of architecture, tells Archinect that their "foray into underwater architecture is motivated by a conviction to inspire greater respect for the planet and by opportunities to enable exploration and science that will contribute broader understanding to fuel such respect."

"As designers it is our job to be knowledgeable and respectful of the impact structures, be it land, water, or space, have on the environment," says Emma Scarmack, third-year architecture student.  "The technology is here currently for us to be more conscious of built structures on land, but maybe not entirely there for underwater structures."

Read the full article here.

UC, American universities target British students

With post-9/11 visa restrictions lifted, American colleges and universities are looking to recruit more British and other overseas students.

Dr. Mitch Leventhal, the vice-provost for international affairs at the University of Cincinnati, has established the American International Recruitment Council to help universities recruit international students.

"The US is losing out because it is not adopting 21st-century marketing practices; we're just not competing," Leventhal tells the Guardian.  "I was hired by Cincinnati on the understanding that I would have the ability to explore moving in that direction, but that required a significant sell."

And with rising tuition costs at universities in the United Kingdom, the facilities and course offerings of American universities have become much more attractive.

Read the full article here.

Miami Fort found to be Native American water works

The Shawnee artifact known as Miami Fort is not a fort at all, but an ancient water works, according to University of Cincinnati researchers.

Twenty-eight students from UC's Ohio Valley Archaeology Field School project have spent weeks working at the Shawnee Lookout park site, which at nearly six kilometers in length is twice as large as any other Native American earthworks in Ohio and one of the largest in the nation.

What they found were a series of gates and dams, and raceways to carry water from areas containing artesian springs.

The massive engineering feat means that the re-interpretation of the Shawnee and other indigenous cultures may be in order, according to UC assistant professor of anthropology and field school leader Ken Tankersley.

Read the full article here.

Agenda 360 conducting community survey

Agenda 360, a regional action initiative seeking to transform Cincinnati into a leading metro region for talent, jobs, and economic opportunity, is conducting a community survey to gain input.

The goal of the survey is to zero in on about a dozen action-oriented initiatives and to develop a plan for implementation by the end of 2008.

In the future, ideas from Agenda 360 will be merged with those of Northern Kentucky's Vision 2015 initiative to create a single regional plan.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be available through the end of September on the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber website.

Read the full article here.

$2.4M grant to help thousands of students prepare for college

Thousands of low-income Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students will get on track for college thanks to a $2.4 million GEARUP SCORES partnership grant.

The grant comes from a $303.4 million federal program that emphasizes increasing the number of disadvantaged students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by increasing math and science scores, boosting graduation rates, and educating students and parents about college access and financial aid.

The partnership, which is being led by the University of Cincinnati and CPS, will track 4,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students in 31 CPS schools over the six-year grant period.

Other project partners include Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Strive, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Children's wins RACE for Results award

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has received the RACE for Results award from the Child Health Corporation of America.

The hospital was recognized for its quality improvement processes that reduced health care acquired infection-related deaths in its pediatric intensive care unit by 45 percent.

As part of its Model for Improvement, evidence-based changes were tested by front-line care teams, with the support of internal quality improvement consultants, data analysts, and senior organizational leaders.

Cincinnati Children's was selected for the prestigious RACE for Results award by a panel of independent national health care experts.

Read the full release here.

Attracting, retaining YPs crucial to regional economy

Our region's economic future and overall vitality rely on showing young professionals (YPs) that Cincinnati is a terrific place to live, learn, work, play and stay, says University of Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher.

In an editorial appearing in the Business Courier, Zimpher says that too much of our regional strategy has targeted companies and their investment, while not paying enough attention to the talent base that could fill those new jobs.

She argues that YPs live at the cutting edge and are more mobile, but will put down roots and establish networks where they find fulfillment.

But more importantly, she says, YPs expect success.

Read the full article here.

DAAP student creates iPhone document scanner

Kyle Koch, an industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati's School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), has designed a copystand for the iPhone out of corrugated cardboard.

The stand ensures that shots of any document taken with the device will remain in focus, a problem that Koch encountered while trying to eliminate the paper from his vast collection of documents.

Ponoko, a design/sell website, has expressed interest in Koch's idea.

Koch has also made the template available on the Core77 forums.


Read the full article here.

New chair first woman to lead UC radiology department

Jannette Collins, MD, has been appointed as the first female chair of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's radiology department. Collins comes to UC from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Radiology, where she serves as a professor of radiology and medicine.

As a researcher whose interests include imaging lung transplants, thoracic trauma, small airway disease and cystic fibrosis, she has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 75 book chapters, book reviews, editorials and published seminars.

Collins replaces Robert Lukin, MD, who retired in February after serving as chair for 15 years.

Read the full article here.

Sensational Cincinnati: Queen City undergoing cultural revival

Cleveland Plain Dealer travel writer Laura DeMarco says that Cincinnati is undergoing a cultural revival, offering world-class museums, vibrant nightlife and dining, and a rich look at Ohio history.

Noting the hundreds of people on Fountain Square on Friday afternoon, DeMarco suggests taking a short walk to the Contemporary Arts Center, the "forward thinking" University of Cincinnati campus, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

For nightlife, she suggests numerous attractions in Newport, "gritty" Northside, and the upscale Mount Adams, rich with views.

Oh, and she liked goetta.  In fact, she seemed to like just about everything.

Read the full article here.

UC team studies link between Parkinson's and depression

A $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is allowing University of Cincinnati researchers to study if depression exacerbates the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Kim Seroogy, PhD and James Herman, PhD are studying the effects of stress on Parkinson's-induced rodents to determine which comes first - Parkinson's or depression - since depression is highly prevalent in Parkinson's patients.

So far, the researchers have found that in rodents that have stress combined with Parkinson's, the normal loss of dopamine cells in the brain is accelerated.

They hope that learning more about the relationship between depression and Parkinson's will lead to possible treatments for Parkinson's, which could include the use of antidepressants.

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Rare lung disease being studied by UC scientists

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati are studying lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare, incurable lung disease that is often fatal.

LAM occurs when an unusual type of cell grows out of control and spreads to areas such as the lungs, kidneys, lymph nodes and blood vessels.

Scientists are studying why symptoms of LAM are different - and sometimes more severe - in certain subgroups of people.

Currently, female LAM patients are being enrolled to see if pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary vascular disease may be causing their respiratory systems, and the data will be compared against LAM patients without those maladies.

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Forbes: Cincinnati 7th most lustful city

Don't blush, but Forbes has named us America's 7th most lustful city.

Forbes based their rankings of the country's 50 largest cities on per capita over-the-counter contraceptive sales data compiled by research firm ACNielsen.

According to the data, Cincinnatians purchased 70 percent more condoms and other contraceptives than expected for a city of its size.

Incidentally, Cincinnati tied with Columbus in "lustfulness", with Denver coming out on top.

Read the full article here.

Bus systems lure riders with plush seats and Wi-Fi

With higher fuel prices leading to increased ridership, transit systems like Cincinnati's Metro are looking at ways to make riders' experiences more pleasant and more convenient, all while keeping costs down.

In doing so, transit agencies hope to makeover the image of bus transportation, which is often associated with people of low income.

Metro has installed Wi-Fi on many of its routes, and recently has been given permission to continue traveling on the shoulder of I-71 to shorten commuters' trips.

Metro's use of soy biodiesel fuel also makes it attractive to environmentally-conscious customers.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati chosen for innovative youth political immersion program

Cincinnati has been selected as one of five cities from across the country to participate in Swing Semester, an innovative program that helps young people take their first steps into political activism.

The program places college students and other young people with host families in key swing states, where they work with campaigns, issue-based organizations and get-out-the-vote efforts.

In addition to becoming engaged in the political process and learning about their host communities, students can earn college credit.

Swing Semester is currently seeking local host families.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati, other U.S. downtowns see streetcars in their future

At least 40 cities are exploring the use of streetcars to drive economic development, and the New York Times highlights Cincinnati's $132 million proposal.

Advocates are basing their studies on the success of Portland, Oregon, which, since installing its system in 2001, have claimed more than 10,000 residential units and more than $3.5 billion in property investment within two blocks of the line.

Not only can streetcars aid in resident mobility in an era of increasing gas prices, but they lure younger workers who crave a walkable environment and entice developers who are drawn by the permanence of the infrastructure.

"Cincinnati has to compete with other cities for investment," Cincinnati city manager Milton Dohoney Jr tells the New York Times.  "We have to compete for talent and for a place of national prominence."

Read the full article here.

UC solar house serves as a summer laboratory

During the summer downtime, the UC solar house is being recycled - as a laboratory to learn how hot water can be used as a power source.

University of Cincinnati faculty and students representing the architecture, engineering and physics programs are using the house to explore the alternative energy technology in such applications as creating a hot water battery and using solar-heated water to dry clothes.

By the end of summer, the team hopes to be able to compare capital equipment and operational costs for the experiments to those of conventional equipment.

The UC solar house was built for the 2007 Solar Decathlon, an international competition among 20 elite global programs to design and build the world's best solar house.

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Children's discovery creates new path to study birth defects and cancer

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have discovered a central molecular switch in fruit fly embryos that open a new path for studying the causes of birth defects and cancer in humans.

In the August 12 issue of Developmental Cell, scientists write that the switch is the main tuning mechanism for instructing cells whether to form sensory nerves or blood cells in different parts of the body.

Researchers now must study the balance between two types of genes - Hox and Sens - and how birth defects and disease are caused when one type of gene becomes excessively dominant.

Scientists are also studying competition between the genes and its control of a growth factor called Gfi-1, which ongoing mouse studies have suggested could have implications for leukemia.

Read the full article here.

Explore the mound builders' works, take a side trip to Clifton

In their most recent Escapes section, the New York Times suggests an exploration of the ancient mound builders' Midwestern works - and a trip to Ludlow "Street".

As part of travel itenerary, the article recommends a stay at the Clifton House, only a few blocks walk from the "lively" street with its coffeehouses, restaurants and bars.

At sunrise, it's time to head for Adams County and the Serpent Mound, which the article calls "nothing short of astonishing".

Other points of interest on the Midwestern tour include Cahokia just outside of St. Louis, Angel Mounds in Evansville, and Mound City in Chillicothe.

Read the full article here.

UC robotics team helps Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

When Keep Cincinnati Beautiful's trash picking robot Les Litter broke down on the way to City Hall, the University of Cincinnati robotics team came to the rescue.

UC communication student and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful volunteer Josh Stevens connected with professor Ernie Hall, director of the UC Center for Robotics.

Mark McCrate, an engineering graduate student and a long-time member of the robotics team, made the trip to a local auto parts store for a "jarmundo" battery and replacements for the "cooked" fuses and, after several hours of tinkering, the robot was as good as new.

Les Litter was built in Atlanta specifically for the City of Cincinnati.

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UC researchers improve efficiency of LCD displays

A team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati have found a new way to improve the efficiency of LCD panels by preventing the waste of a large part of the light generated.

When the phosphorescent materials (pixels) in the LCD panels are exposed to the researchers' ultraviolet light, they emit photons that can then be channelled back onto the pixels by tiny "waveguides".

A liquid lens installed behind each pixel, which changes focus under the influence of electricity, controls whether UV light reaches the pixel to control its brightness.

As a result, less than 50 percent of the light generated in the display is wasted, compared to nearly 90 percent for conventional LCD panels.

Read the full article here.

Metro tests 'bendable' bus

Metro is testing a new "bendable" bus that could hold 50 percent more passengers on its busiest routes.

The articulated buses are being tested on several city routes to determine if the buses can operate efficiently in Cincinnati.

The "bendable" mid-sections allow the buses to make turns on narrower urban streets more easily.

Articulated buses have been in use since the 1920s and are common in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago.

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STEM elementary school at Taft to open August 19

A celebration on August 9 will mark the opening of a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) K-8 school on August 19.

William H. Taft Elementary School in Mount Auburn, in partnership with the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers and several corporate partners, aims to provide a state-of-the-art learning program to direct children from kindergarten to college for future careers in STEM fields.

Upon graduation from Taft, students will be automatically eligible to attend the Hughes Center, which is being restructured as a STEM high school.

The celebration will include hourly information sessions for parents who are interested in enrolling their children.

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UC co-op growth 25 percent in five years

The University of Cincinnati is reporting a 25 percent increase in placements in its nationally-renowned co-op program, part of a recognizable national trend.

Aside from offering money to help pay for tuition, room and board, and other college necessities, co-op programs provide real world industry experience that can give students an edge when trying to enter a tightening job market.

"The bottom line is that many companies won't even look at a graduate without work experience," Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, tells the Associated Press.

The state of Ohio is banking on the trend, planning to spend $250 million over five years to create more co-ops and internships.

Read the full article here.

Strive endorses plan to boost CPS college enrollment

Strive has endorsed a plan by an alliance of non-profits to increase the number of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students who enroll in college following graduation.

Through services that include academic and career advising, financial aid assistance, test preparation and campus tours, the Cincinnati College Access Alliance hopes to raise the number of CPS graduates attending college up to the national average of 57 percent within five years.

Currently, about 47 percent of CPS graduates proceed to college immediately following graduation.

Strive, a subsidiary of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is a coalition of community leaders working to promote student success.

Read the full article here.

UC student wins Take Back the Tap video contest

University of Cincinnati student Elizabeth Klein has submitted the winning video in the I *Heart* Tap Water Student Video Contest.

The contest was part of Food & Water Watch's Take Back the Tap college campaign, an initiative to encourage college students to organize their campuses and communities to cut contracts with bottled water companies and to promote the use of tap water.

According to Food & Water Watch, tap water is better for peoples' health, costs less, and is better for the environment.

The Take Back the Tap website provides petitions, how-to guides, educational flyers and other instructional materials that local communities can use to eliminate bottled water use in their area.

Read the full article and see the video here.

UC researcher helping to save Pompeii ruins

The Italian government has declared a year-long state of emergency for the ancient city of Pompeii, and University of Cincinnati archaeologist Steven J.R. Ellis is helping to save it by directing a research project at Porta Stabia, one of Pompeii's ancient gates.

Part of UNESCO's World Heritage list, ruins of the buried city continue to deteriorate in the weather, fall victim to vandals, and crumble under the weight of government mismanagement and lack of funding.

One of many suggestions for improving maintenance include turning Pompeii into a tourist site, perhaps with corporate sponsorship.

"The concern is that private investment will swing interests into making money at Pompeii rather than its cultural upkeep and the assurance that funds are given over to conservation," Dr. Ellis tells the New York Times.

Read the full article here.

UC anthropologist's North Bend find tied to comet theory

Are diamonds, gold, silver, copper and comet debris found in North Bend evidence of a comet explosion nearly 13,000 years ago?

Once a skeptic, University of Cincinnati anthropologist Kenneth Tankersley has warmed to the idea that a comet may have exploded over Canada, wiping out the woolly mammoth and other animal life and raining debris as far away as Ireland.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, both Tankersley and Allen West, originator of the theory, have linked the debris found here and elsewhere to the event in Canada by tests that show that they share the same age and composition.

Tankersley is writing a paper on the theory and his findings, which he hopes to publish later this year.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Zoo named eco-tourism hotspot

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has made Plenty Magazine's list of American eco-tourism hotspots as part of an in-depth eco-travel series.

One of several dozen attractions to make the list, Plenty notes that the Zoo is "renowned nationwide" with its more than 500 animal species, its 3,000 plant species, and its abundant conservation programs.

The Serpent Mound in Adams County was the only other regional attraction to make the list.

Plenty's mission is to explore and document the green revolution that is taking place in the United States.

Read the full article here.

UC professor talks about climate change work in Science

University of Cincinnati professor of Geology, Tom Lowell is featured in the latest issue of Science, discussing his latest research into whether the Younger Dryas impacted climate change around the globe.

The Younger Dryas, which occurred approximately 12,900 years ago and lasted around 1,300 years, was an unexpected rapid cooling of the earth that led to the widespread extinctions of species.

Since its effects south of the equator are particularly unknown, Lowell has done much of his work there, having recently returned from a month-long trip to Peru.

Lowell, an expert in radiocarbon dating techniques, has been trying to reconcile the differences between data obtained from that method of dating and results from surface-exposure dating, and what that says about scientists' understanding of Younger Dryas and other climate change events.

Read the full article here.

UC first in U.S. to study Relaxin for heart failure

Medical researchers at the University of Cincinnati are the first in the United States to enroll a patient in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of the drug Relaxin on treating heart failure symptoms.

UC's emergency medicine department and division of cardiovascular disease, along with University Hospital's Center for Emergency Care, will offer patients with symptoms of heart failure the option to enroll in the study.

This approach will allow doctors and researchers to study the effectiveness of the drug from onset to discharge.

Relaxin, produced by Corthera Inc., is a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body regulate kidney function and blood pressure.

Read the full article here.

Growing Cincinnati beats trend

U.S. Census estimates released last week show that Cincinnati gained 826 residents in 2007, beating the trend of population losses suffered by most Ohio metropolitan areas.

Cincinnati had an estimated 332,458 residents last year, the third straight year that the city's estimated population has increased.

Mayor Mark Mallory will likely challenge the numbers, citing a 2007 Social Compact study that estimated a city population of 378,000.

Columbus was the only other large city in Ohio to gain population.

Read the full article here.

UC professor receives neuroradiology society's highest honor

University of Cincinnati professor Robert Lukin, MD, has been awarded the Gold Medal by the American Society of Neuroradiology, the organization's highest honor.

According to UC HealthNews, Lukin is credited with strengthening UC's radiology residency program and expanding clinical programs and services during his 15 years as radiology chair.

Before stepping down in February to focus on clinical activities, he participated in the training of more than 300 residents and 60 neuroradiology fellows.

The Gold Medal was established in 1995 to honor individuals who have made "exceptional contributions" to the field of neuroradiology.

Read the full article here.

UC architecture students working underwater

To prepare themselves for an international competition this August, students in the University of Cincinnati's new Extreme Environments design course are meeting and working at the bottom of the university's Olympic-sized pool.

Students in the course will be designing a simple net and metal house frame at the bottom of the pool that will become their entry into France’s "Archipelaego" competition in an effort to win the Jacques Rougerie Architecture of the Sea Award.

They'll go underwater three more times this month, and will cap it off with a scuba dive in an Indiana rock quarry.

The idea behind the course is to teach students that they must experience an environment before attempting to design for it.

Read the full article here.

Free-college programs multiply

As cities try to emulate Kalamazoo's success with its free college tuition program, Strive is working to put together its own program locally.

Financing for such a program is the main obstacle to Strive's effort.

Kalamazoo's program, called Kalamazoo Promise, began in 2005 with a gift from anonymous donors that guaranteed graduates of the city's public school system free tuition to any college or university in the state of Michigan.

About a dozen cities, including Pittsburgh and Denver, have already launched similar programs, and, recently, officials from 82 cities visited Kalamazoo to discuss how to adapt the concept.

Read the full article here.

Commuter colleges go residential

The University of Cincinnati, which had once been labelled a "commuter college", is among many urban universities working to reinvent their campuses and surrounding neighborhoods into stronger live/work environments.

The New York Times reports that UC has loaned about $100 million to replace dilapidated houses and stores with modern apartment buildings and retail space, adding 1,200 student beds and giving the campus life after classes end each day.

Similar initiatives are happening around the Georgia State campus in Atlanta, IUPUI in Indianapolis, and Temple University in Philadelphia.

Not only have these projects boosted the economies of their respective cities, but they are exposing a generation of young people to urban living.

Read the full article here.

Competition means more access to info for UC students

A first-in-the-nation competition organized by cell phone provider UC Mobile will allow University of Cincinnati students to keep tabs on events and information more efficiently.

The competition, which was open to teams and their faculty advisors from the colleges of Applied Science, Business, and Engineering, challenged students to create workable new applications for smart phones.

The "Bearcat Campus Life Assistant", developed by fifth-year Information Technology student Brandon Slaby, combines events and other information from a wide number of categories into a simple program that students can access through their cell phones.

In a media release, UC vice president and CIO Fred Siff says that the amazing display of innovation displayed by the six entries was made possible by strong corporate support from Cincinnati Bell, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and RCM Technologies.

Read the full release here.

Occupying idle teen hands

Like Cincinnati, many cities across the country are trying to prevent the volatile mix of teen boredom and hot temperatures by implementing summer jobs programs.

Cincinnati's April job fair brought together 125 employers with 2,500 applicants, but, according to U.S. News and World Report, Mayor Mark Mallory is unsure how many of those contacts led to jobs.

The Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University forecasts that summer teen employment will not rise above 34 percent, the worst jobless rate for teens in 61 years.

To help boost teens' opportunities, more than 140 mayors have signed a letter to Congress asking it to pass a $1 billion authorization bill for youth activities, but support in Washington has been weak.

Read the full article here.

AIA report looks at Cincinnati's 100 percent green building exemption

A new report released by the American Institute of Architects looks at the 12 best green building incentives by state and local governments, which includes the City of Cincinnati's tax exemption. According to Interior Design, Local Leaders in Sustainability - Green Incentives highlights the challenges in creating and maintaining incentive programs and examines their effectiveness.

Some of the best incentives included tax reductions, expedited permits, and allowances for additional building height. Cincinnati's program provides a 100 percent property tax exemption for 15 years for new LEED-certified buildings and 10 years for LEED renovations for residential buildings valued up to $500,000.

Read the full article here.

UC researchers find new ways to regulate genes, reduce heart damage

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are looking at ways to reduce post-heart attack heart damage by studying the way cells die, a process controlled by genetic transcription factors. According to UC HealthNews, transcription factors are proteins that bind to specific parts of DNA and are part of a system that controls the transfer of genetic information from DNA to RNA and then to protein. As presented at the International Society for Heart Research meeting in Cincinnati from June 17-20, UC researchers have identified a way to flood cells with transcription factor decoys, allowing them to identify target genes and then investigate the actions of those genes in the biological process. The researchers hope that this new method can allow them to directly address the effects of gene regulation in disease, rather than using standard drugs that only treat symptoms.

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Incoming UC freshmen smarter, from more regional cities

The next freshman class at the University of Cincinnati has higher test scores, and more of them are being attracted from regional cities. The upcoming class of more than 5,000 has an average ACT score of 24.8 and includes 42 National Merit Scholars. Out of the 20 high schools sending the largest number of freshmen to UC, three are from other cities in Ohio - Centerville and Beavercreek from suburban Dayton, and Hilliard Davidson from suburban Columbus.

More Cincinnati Public Schools students are opting to attend UC as well.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati Parks makes long term commitment to clean energy

With the installation of its second solar power system, the Cincinnati Park Board is furthering its mission of greening its operations. Third Sun Solar and Wind Power of Athens, Ohio recently installed the 10 kW solar array on the Park Board's headquarters building at 3215 Reading Road in Avondale. This array, along with solar and wind systems at their Eden Park building, will allow Cincinnati Parks to lock in part of their power costs for the next 30 years, protecting them from electricity inflation.

According to RenewableEnergyWorld.com, the renewable energy sources are part of Mayor Mark Mallory's green initiative and are expected to demonstrate the benefits of green energy to city residents.

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Cincinnati program part of $300M initiative to reform healthcare

Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality is among fourteen community-based programs around the country to take part in a $300 million initiative to spearhead health quality reforms through regional collaboratives.

The investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes following a national report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice showing serious deficiencies in the quality of U.S. health care.

As the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken by a U.S. philanthropic organization, the initiative will help physicians improve quality of care, give patients better information that will let them manage their own health, improve care within hospitals, and reduce inequalities in care for people of different races and ethnicities.

Over the next three years, the foundation will provide Greater Cincinnati Aligning Forces for Quality with more than $1 million, expertise, technical assistance and training.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati CFOs forecast increase in 3Q hiring

The Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index is forecasting increased hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Cincinnati area during the third quarter of 2008.

The forecasted 3 percent increase is up one point from the second quarter forecast and three points above the national average.

The Robert Half Index, which has been in operation since 1992, is a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CFOs from a random sample of companies in the Cincinnati area.

Read the full release here.

Hamilton County municipalities meet for Green Development Summit

Leaders from Hamilton County's cities, villages and townships came together for a Green Development Summit last week to learn how they can work together to save the environment.

According to assistant Hamilton County administrator Jeff Aluotto, the event explored the ways in which the 48 different political subdivisions could put together an action plan for reducing greenhouse gases and lowering energy use, all while saving taxpayer money.

The summit is part of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international association of local governments committed to sustainable development.

The next step will be forming a volunteer committee to share ideas on what other communities are doing.

Read the full article here.

Local start-ups growing

Nearly a dozen local companies received money from venture capital funds last year, showing that the market for start-ups is the best it's been in years.

CincyTechUSA, southwest Ohio's start-up incubator, has $22.5 million in funds to spend over the next 3 to 4 years, which it plans to use to grow companies just large enough that they will catch a venture capitalist's eye.

"We need to be better at transferring technology to the market from our local research institutions, and we need to get these limited partnerships and funds more engaged in the process," Mark Richey of venture-capital fund Draper Triangle Ventures tells the Cincinnati Enquirer.  "That will create even more capital flowing through here, and more companies will start, and we'll have a pretty vibrant place."

The state as a whole is gaining in venture-capital receipts, up to 20th nationally in 2007 ($170.6M) from 28th in 2006 ($43.5M).

Read the full article here.

UC College of Pharmacy wins Crystal APPLE Award

The University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy has been awarded the 2008 Crystal APPLE by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), one of only eight pharmacy programs in the nation to receive the honor.

The award recognizes the contributions of faculty and administrators and their collaborating practice partners.

UC's College of Pharmacy collaborates with Community Pharmacy Care, a three-store neighborhood pharmacy chain in Covington that is owned and opearted entirely by graduates of the school.

According to UC HealthNews, UC administrators and their practice partners will be honored with a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple and plaque at the 2009 AACP awards meeting in Washington, D.C.

Read the full article here.

African-American Chamber teaming with State of Ohio on minority business development

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) has announced that it will team up with the Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Akron Urban League to expand the state's support of the minority business community.

Both agencies will partner with ODOD's Minority Business Enterprise Division to facilitate training, networking and mentoring opportunities and to ensure that Ohio's minority-owned businesses have the assistance needed to be productive and profitable.

The Cincinnati African-American Chamber will receive $150,000 in grant funding for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for oversight and staff assistance related to their mission of minority business growth.

They will also work to market the products and services of the Minority Business Enterprise Division to their membership and community.

Read the full release here.

Cincinnati escapes major home market downfalls

Cincinnati's steady and diversified economy has helped it weather the ups and downs of industry slumps and rampant real estate speculation.

"The benefit of the Cincinnati market always has been that we have a very steady economy," Karen Schlosser of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors tells USA Today.

While the region has had its share of foreclosures and has seen the effects of an economic slowdown, it hasn't seen significant job losses. Schlosser says that this has been a benefit to home buyers - prices have remained favorable, buyers have a wide selection from which to choose, and interest rates are low.

Read the full article here.

UC planning program rated 20th in nation

The University of Cincinnati's planning program has been ranked 20th in the nation and 5th in the region, according to the just-released 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. The guide is published by Planetizen, the leading website for the urban planning community, and is based on a survey of hundreds of industry professionals, educators and students. The high ranking places UC's School of Planning among such schools as Harvard, Cornell, and MIT. UC's planning program is part of the university's internationally renowned College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Read the full article here.

$1.3M UC grant to help kill biological agents in WMDs

University of Cincinnati bioaerosol experts have received a $1.3 million basic science grant to research a new method for killing the biological agents most likely to be used in weapons of mass destruction. According to UC HealthNews, the goal of the team is to create a single, self-contained compound that can be released into the air following an explosion to target and destory dangerous biological agents. UC researchers have partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and its business incubator, Reactive Metals, Inc., to develop the prototype of a nanocomposite material. Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Read the full article here.

U.S. News ranks Children's among top 3

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center the third best children's hospital in the nation in general pediatrics, its highest showing ever. The magazine changed its methodology for this year's list, utilizing a three-part formula of hospital reputation, patient outcomes, and care-related measures. A total of 143 hospitals nationwide were included in the rankings. Last year, Children's placed seventh, after placing eighth in both 2006 and 2007.

Read the full release here.

What's good in Cincinnati?

While the local media is largely responsible for cultivating negative opinions among Cincinnatians, every now and then they produce a story that provides some perspective.

Last week, WCPO's Tanya O'Rourke reported on the many positive things going on throughout the region - everything from the redeveloped Fountain Square, to The Banks, and to downtown's tallest new building which is soon to break ground as well as our major league and college sports, our diverse shopping options, world-class arts institutions and our concentration of Fortune 500 companies.

"I think we have been our own worst enemy for the past 10, 15, 20 years, maybe more," Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune tells WCPO. "But it's changed, and we aren't speaking that language any more, and good riddance to it!"

Read the full article here.

UC doctor wins prestigious award for endrocrinology work

Nelson Watts, MD was presented with the Yank D. Coble Jr, MD Distinguished Service Award by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) in recognition of his work and his dedication to teaching.

Watts, a professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, recently received the award at ACE's 17th annual meeting and clinical congress in Orlando. Watts also serves as chair of the Food and Drug Administration's Advisory Committee for Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs and is on the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty board in endocrinology and metabolism.

Read the full article here.

UC offering new neuroscience major

The University of Cincinnati's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences is preparing to roll out a new undergraduate major in neuroscience this fall. Majors will take core classes in biology, chemistry, psychology, and neuroscience. Upper division tracks include neurobiology; neuropsychology; and brain, mind and behavior studies.

According to UC News, undergraduate research opportunities will be available across many labs at UC, including the Genome Research Institute. Students will finish their programs with a capstone research project of their own.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati looks to give Ohio a third comprehensive cancer center

The University of Cincinnati and Children's Hospital Medical Center are working together to gain designation as a comprehensive cancer center.

The designation, which comes from the National Cancer Institute, would give Cincinnati one of just 42 centers nationwide and would open the door to grant money and additional research dollars.

Obtaining the designation could also enable both institutions to attract better science talent to Ohio.

The state currently has two comprehensive cancer centers: Ohio State University in Columbus and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Read the full article here.

Dinner tonight to illustrate diversity

The first event of the Dialog Association at the University of Cincinnati will be held this evening at Mick & Mack's Contemporary Café in Tangeman University Center. A diverse group of speakers will appear to help foster understanding between people with different religious beliefs and backgrounds.

Guests from different religious backgrounds will be seated together with the goal of promoting conversation.

"We are going to build bridges between hearts and communities," Dialog Association member Melik Masarifoglu tells the News Record.

The dinner will feature special guest speaker Zeki Saritoprak of John Carroll University in Cleveland, who holds a doctorate in Islamic Theology and is one of many religious scholars to meet Pope Benedict XVI during the pope's April visit to the United States.

Read the full article here.

CPS on the upswing

The quality of public schools is often cited as one of top reasons for peoples' aversion to urban living, but three recent articles could change some local attitudes.

Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that enrollment projections for the completion of the $1 billion Cincinnati Public Schools facilities master plan were too low, with nine completed buildings already overcrowded and 16 future buildings already projected to be over capacity.

This comes as the district has announced that an "effective" rating, the second-highest of five possible ratings, is within reach this year.

And just last week, the district announced a partnership with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to use $600,000 in state funding to open a science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) high school at Hughes Center for the 2009-2010 school year.

Get that worm out of my ear!

James Kellaris, a marketing professor at the University of Cincinnati, has studied extensively what makes songs get stuck in our heads. He says that "earworms", which occur in between 80 and 90 precent of people, are simply a matter of repetition and exposure.

"The MTV generation often gets top-40 songs stuck in their heads.  Baby boomers - the TV generation - often get old TV and cartoon theme songs stuck," Kellaris tells the Daily Gazette.  "I suspect that Tibetan monks get Buddhist chants stuck in their heads."

Although research has shown that some music may contain certain properties that make it more "catchy", virtually any song can become an earworm.

Kellaris recommends letting the earworm go away on its own, because fighting it tends to make it stick around longer.

Read the full article here.

UC researchers confirm domesticated sunflower in Mexico

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Florida State University have confirmed the discovery of a domesticated sunflower in Mexico, nearly 4,000 years before what had been previously believed.

The researchers have unearthed data demonstrating that the sunflower has been cultivated since at least 2600 B.C.

It had been thought that the sunflower was domesticated only in the middle Mississippi valley, in states such as Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Illinois.

According to PhysOrg, this discovery means that there's a possibility of cultural exchange between North America and Mesoamerica, though the link hasn't been proven.

In a paper on their findings, the researchers wrote that "the discovery of ancient sunflower in Mexico refines our knowledge of domesticated Mesoamerican plants and adds complexity to our understanding of cultural evolution."

Read the full article here.

Maynard: Cincinnati is landslide capital of the U.S.

One would expect Los Angeles to be the landslide capital of the U.S.

But in an interview with WCPO's Tom McKee, professor Barry Maynard and professor emeritus Paul Potter from the University of Cincinnati's Department of Geology in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences say that the honor goes to the Queen City.

"Per capita, we spend more than Los Angeles or San Francisco," Maynard says.

Maynard says that very steep hillsides, underlaid by very soft rock, are the cause for our frequent events, and that, without proper engineering, builders can add to the problem.

"What we're seeing is that although God makes landslides, human beings speed them up a lot," he says.

Read the full article and watch the video here.

UC students envision 'Speed Racer' concept cars

Eight juniors in the University of Cincinnati’s internationally-recognized School of Design have spent weeks on a fantasy assignment, envisioning a concept car based on the Mach-5 car in the upcoming Speed Racer movie.

Though there is no limitation on cost or materials students are required to defend the logic behind their designs.

For example, PhysOrg reports that student Tom Gernetzke designed an aqua-mobile that can go underwater, requiring him to research the current technology that would propel the car like a submarine, pressurize it, and steer it, as well as researching and designing a real-world functioning periscope and hydro-fins that aid the vehicle when submerging or surfacing.

The students will be attending the movie premiere tonight at the AMC Theatre at Newport-on-the-Levee, where their 2D designs will be displayed.

Read the full article here.

UC ranks No. 4 globally in international student satisfaction

The University of Cincinnati ranked fourth overall in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB), an improvement over their seventh place finish in the last survey.

The ISB, which is the largest annual study of international students in the world, included 84 institutions from four continents and the opinions of over 67,000 students.

Among 66 total categories, UC scored the highest of all institutions in the categories of recreation/sports facilities and transportation options between university locations.

The ISB includes such prestigious schools as Yale, Cambridge, and Kings College London.

Read the full article here.

Worldfest scheduled for this week

The University of Cincinnati's 10-day Worldfest celebration continues this week with speakers, activities, films and food from around the globe.

For the first time, this year's event has a theme - going green.

According to the News Record, events will include:

  • "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace" by Vandana Shiva, keynote speaker for Worldfest
  • "Art in the Human Garden", an exhibit that looks at the relationship between humans and their environment
  • A speech by Connie Bruins of Ten Thousand Villages on the importance of fair-trade commodities
  • A presentation by Breanna Harris and Chris Clements of Imago encouraging students to become active with environmental issues

Read the full article here.

The Design Oasis of Cincinnati

According to AIArchitect, Cincinnati has become an ideal incubator for high-profile architects.

From the University of Cincinnati's assembly of contemporary Deconstructivist architecture, Zaha Hadid's Contemporary Arts Center and Daniel Libeskind's Ascent at Roebling Bridge, the city is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of modern architecture.

Zach Mortice writes that its common these days for international stars to try new ideas in cities such as Cincinnati, Minneapolis, or Kansas City before heading to the coasts.

This is a perfect arrangement, because Sue Ann Painter, executive director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, says that Midwestern civic leaders have always looked to international capitals for inspiration on how to build their cities.

Read the full article here.

UC performs 100th specialized pancreatitis 'cure'

Physicians at the University of Cincinnati Pancreatic Disease Center have performed their 100th specialized surgical procedure that can "cure" inflammation of the pancreas.

The procedure, called autologous islet cell transplantation, involves removing the pancreas, using enzymes to remove the islet cells, purifying the cells and infusing the cells back into the patient through a vein in the liver.

Forty percent of patients undergoing the surgery no longer require insulin injections, while the remaining 60 percent only need minimal to moderate amounts of insulin.

UC physicians have been offering the procedure since 1999 and are one of only three major centers in the United States that offer pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplant to treat chronic pancreatitis.

Read the full article here.

Two UC profs study climate change in Alaska

University of Cincinnati professors Wendy Eisner and Ken Hinkel have spent more than a decade studying the climate on Alaska'a North Slope.

The married couple, who both hold degrees in geography, operate largely out of Barrow because, as Hinkel tells the News Record, "the high polar regions feel the effects of climate change first".

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded the team a grant to continue their work for the next three years.

Eisner and Hinkel plan to focus on the region's lakes and lake basins, studying ice cores for climate data in much the same way as a dendrochronologist studies tree rings.

Read the full article here.

UC genetics center receives $7.8M grant

The University of Cincinnati's environmental health department has received a $7.8 million grant for its state-of-the-art Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG).

The funding will be channeled directly into technology and staffing.

Founded in 1992, the CEG encourages research collaboration among scientists, epidemiologists, and clinicians seeking to understand the relationships between genetic predisposition to disease and environmental exposures.

The CEG is one of only 16 environmental centers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is in its 16th year of operation.

Read the full article here.

Cincinnati metro population now larger than Cleveland's

According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 15-county Greater Cincinnati region's population has topped that of the Cleveland metropolitan area.

The Cincinnati metro gained 12,500 in the last two years to rise to 2,133,678, placing 24th nationally.

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor lost 8,808 people and fell into 25th place.

The Enquirer reports that Doug Moorman, vice president of economic development of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, says that the increase in population could help the region recruit more businesses due to a larger work force pool.

Read the full article here.

UC research continues to garner national headlines

The University of Cincinnati's research activities continue to garner national headlines, including at least eight mentions during the month of March.

Last month alone, the university received press from ABC's 20/20 program, the Associated Press, BusinessWeek, CNN.com, Forbes, Popular Science, TIME and United Press International.

Profiles of the university's work also appeared in numerous local newspapers and specialty periodicals in the United States and in Australia.

According to the article, UC is rated among the top research universities in the country by the National Science Foundation and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Read the full article here.

Xavier, UC make U.S. News' best grad programs lists

Graduate programs at both Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati have placed on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2009".

UC ranked 52nd out of 100 for its law school and 72nd out of 97 for its engineering school.

Xavier placed 16th for its part-time MBA program, up from 26th a year ago.

Read the full article here.

Survey: UC perceived as committed to community

Results of a recent online survey reveal that the University of Cincinnati is perceived as being actively engaged and a positive contributor to the economic well-being of the Greater Cincinnati.

The survey was part of the university's two-year self-evaluation study, part of its re-accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association.

Out of 172 responses, 77.3 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the university has increased efforts to provide expertise and assistance in the region over the last ten years.

Seventy-eight percent agreed or strongly agreed that UC contributes its talents and resources to advancing the economic well-being of the region.

The final report on the study will be completed in spring 2009.

Read the full article here.

Big plans mark State of City

In front of an audience of nearly 600, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory delivered his annual State of the City address in which he addressed the issues of public safety, jobs and economic development, neighborhood revitalization and public transportation.

The News Record reports that Mallory said that for the city to achieve the goals of the GO Cincinnati initiative, it must work harder to attract and retain young professionals.

To help strengthen the bond between Cincinnati and the young, he promised to work with city council to fund a co-op program between the University of Cincinnati and the city and has put his support behind a Downtown to Uptown streetcar connection.

Read the full article here.

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