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The answer is . . .

The category: "Common Bonds." The answer: "Capistrano Swallows, undeliverable mail and 'Jeopardy!' champs." The question: "What are things that come back?"

And come back he did. "Jeopardy!" fans saw Dave Abbott, CCM '79, return to the $100,000 Tournament of Champions last year to win it all.

An attorney for General Electric, Abbott credited his UC-derived background in music for helping him to play through mistakes--whether playing the tuba in front of a small audience or "Jeopardy!" in front of millions of viewers.

Abbott qualified for the annual championship after winning on five consecutive nights. He barely clinched the championship round after gambling his entire earnings in the final round and writing the correct question to this answer: "Around 1850, it used a fleet of over 700 ships; by 1930, this U.S. industry was practically defunct." Question: "What is whaling?"

NSF funding to new program

Despite its youth, a 2-year-old degree program at the College of Applied Science just got its little hands on more than a million dollars in funding. Begun the fall of '97, the Bachelor of Science Information Engineering Technology Program recently received $853,600 from the National Science Foundation and $323,000 in matching funds and in-kind services to work on a comprehensive program with the IT industry, area high schools and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

"NSF would like to establish our program as a national model for IT education," says assistant professor Ashraf Saad, principal investigator of the three-year project, "... thereby helping to alleviate the expected shortage of IT workers."

Illustration doctor and MBA

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Doctors trained to understand economics, finance

If it seems as though the health-care field has fallen into a struggle between doctors and professionals with no medical training, the College of Business Administration (CBA) plans to start changing that by training doctors to understand economics, finance, marketing and management. Last summer, CBA joined the College of Medicine to offer a new degree, an MD/MBA, in which medical students can add one year to their four-year MD programs to earn two degrees at the same time.

"Tremendous changes have occurred in the business side of the health-care industry," says Jim Bast, CBA assistant dean of graduate programs. "The MD/MBA program will give future physicians the medical skills to manage the health-care needs of their patients and the business skills to manage their practice or a health-care organization."

Seismic activity hits home for professor

When Attila Kilinc, head of UC's geology department, heard a major earthquake leveled portions of his native country, Turkey, he went straight to the office. UC's new seismograph in the Geology-Physics building confirmed the 7.4-magnitude quake that killed thousands in western Turkey Aug. 16.

The seismic waves took 12 minutes to travel around the world to Cincinnati. Though the university's seismograph has recorded hundreds of earthquakes since it was installed last January, the most powerful recorded to date was the earthquake that rocked Taiwan in September, a 7.5-magnitude quake.

Kilinc said the earth experiences more than 800,000 quakes a year, and on an average, only 18 will rate above a 7. Only one a year rates at 8 or above.

Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole was the featured speaker at UC's commencement. Photo/Lisa Ventre

Dole: Try 'a life of service'

Elizabeth Dole, a presidential hopeful last summer, didn't ask for votes when she came to UC in June, but she did ask graduates for something else: their involvement in public service. She recommended "a life of service" as one of the most satisfying ways to live.

Dole's 30-year career as a public servant, including her years as president of the American Red Cross, prompted her invitation to speak at UC's June 12 commencement ceremonies. She also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Dole has served as both the U.S. secretary of labor and secretary of transportation, special assistant to President Reagan and a member of the Federal Trade Commission.

Also honored at commencement were business leader and former UC Board of Trustees chair George Strike with a Doctor of Humane Letters; internationally renowned ballerina and teacher Marianna Tcherkassky with a Doctor of Performing Arts; and UC Opera program chair and key developer of CCM's Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, Malcolm Fraser with the 1999 University of Cincinnati Award for Excellence.


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Good mood food?

Mom always said that eating fish was good for your brain, but can it also help relieve depression? UC researchers think it might.

At the College of Medicine, biological psychiatrists are investigating the effectiveness of a well-known nutritional supplement derived from fish oil. Offered free of charge to eligible volunteers with diagnosed depression, this natural remedy may become an alternate therapy to some traditional treatments that have unpleasant side effects. Interested volunteers may find out if they qualify by calling (513) 558-3249.

College of Medicine to ponder weighty questions

Why does a high-fat diet cause overeating and obesity? Diet mavens and exercise gurus don't know. The cause may lie in our hormones, in the circuits of our brain or even in our gut. To find out, Procter & Gamble is giving UC's College of Medicine up to $5 million for obesity research, conducted in collaboration with its scientists.

Three UC researchers are responsible for separate aspects of the study. Stephen Woods, director of UC's Obesity Research Center and professor of psychiatry, is studying the way several hormones affect appetite. Randy Seeley, associate professor of psychiatry, is investigating whether chemically blocked neural circuits in the brain keep it from receiving "stop eating" signals. Patrick Tso, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has detected signals of "fullness" sent by the small intestine.

Obesity is considered second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

Friday flicks

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Friday flicks

Having a "sit-in" took on a whole new meaning in early October as students made themselves comfortable on Sigma Sigma Commons to watch "The Matrix" on a large movie screen erected for the occasion. The event was part of "Friday Night Live," an alcohol-free alternative to the bar and party scene. A handful of UC organizations offered "Friday Night Live" events throughout the fall.

A gift from the heart


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Two sisters, graduates of UC's College of Education in the 1920s, are the source of one of the largest undergraduate merit awards available at a U.S. public university. The gift: an entire year of financial support for an exemplary UC senior who is committed to a career of teaching young children.

Katherine Wright, Ed '24, and Pearl M. Wright, Ed '29, life-long educators in the Cincinnati Public Schools, established the award through a $660,000 bequest. Elementary education major Dewana Guill is the first recipient.

College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services scholarships

Peace in science

From Australia to Zambia, UC professors are doing research in exotic and interesting locations around the globe. So why then did Peter Smirniotis, associate professor of chemical engineering at UC, choose to travel to subarctic Siberia?

To make the world a safer place. Smirniotis is one of only three U.S. researchers funded through NATO's Science for Peace Program. While in Russia this year, he'll team up with scientists to explore safe methods for degrading toxic chemical weapons.

The U.S. reportedly has 25,000 tons of chemical warfare agents, and Russia has about 40,000 tons. If the project is successful, the research will go a long way toward demilitarizing both Russia and the U.S.

Billy Barty

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Big heart

Though small in stature, Billy Barty (right) is big on dreams. The 3-foot-9 actor recently visited UC's Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center to advance the "Peer Support" program, a proposed national network for the dwarf population. He is currently working with the UC College of Education to secure funding. A well-known Little Person, Barty has appeared in more than 200 films, including "Willow," "Legend" and "Rumpelstiltskin."

Little People of America Web site

Tuition or tickets

Many college students face the annual summer dilemma: Do I enroll for one more quarter to catch up? Or do I take a much-needed vacation? Last summer, at least 330 UC students opted for a third choice--study abroad.

UC's Institute for Global Affairs and Studies reports that both the number of students studying overseas and the variety of their destinations increased last year. Here are a few of the places that attracted them:

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  • Munich, Germany--where seven students took intensive courses in German language and culture
  • Queretaro, Mexico--where 14 students studied Spanish and Mexican business, history and culture, while living with local families
  • Copenhagen, Denmark--where 19 students studied Danish architecture and design
  • Nantes, France--where 27 UC students studied French, as well as French and European businesses and contemporary civilizations
  • Thailand and Singapore--where 15 MBA students learned about Asian business and attended a seminar
  • Paris, France--where a small group of students joined a study tour of Gothic Paris

UC International Programs


Reason to celebrate

Graduation is always a joyous occasion, but the African American Cultural and Research Center made it even more so in June with Tyehimba, an Afrocentric celebration that acknowledged graduates' achievements and allowed them to thank family, friends and the community for their assistance. The word "tyehimba" means "we stand as a nation."

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Trailing an elusive killer

Researchers at UC have joined a national manhunt to track an elusive killer--lung cancer. UC and the Barrett Cancer Center received a five-year $5.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in May to find a genetic link to lung cancer. Scientists will build a medical database of 100 families who have suffered multiple cases of lung cancer by gathering tissue samples to identify genetic codes that may increase a person's risk. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and worldwide.

University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute

Fischer all-century doc

Dr. Josef Fischer, chairman of surgery at the UC College of Medicine, was named to an elite list of 24 outstanding surgeons of the century by the journal "Archives of Surgery" in September. The only Ohio surgeon on the list, Dr. Fischer was selected for his contributions to research, clinical care and surgical education.

UC Department of Surgery

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Biting wisdom -- woof

If you have to choose between being bitten by a dog or by a person, choose the canine! Even physicians agree. "A dog's mouth is much cleaner than those of humans or cats," says Alexander Trott, MD, professor of emergency medicine at UC's College of Medicine.

Trott has developed wound management procedures for physicians, including a table that shows which antibiotics work best for frequently found bacteria in animal-bite wounds. Human bites demand immediate medical treatment by a physician.

"Patients with a human bite to the hand are always admitted for intravenous antibiotics because we know how terrible the infection can be," Trott says. "Human mouths are like sewers."

"Dog bites require special medical attention" (1999)

New vice presidents

Howard E. Jackson, a physics professor at UC, was promoted to vice president for research and advanced studies in August. With more than a million dollars in currently funded projects, Jackson has been one of the most prolific researchers in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. He joined the university in 1974.

Also in August, Gregory Vehr joined the university as vice president for governmental relations. The native Cincinnatian will represent UC among governmental offices and agencies at the federal, state and local levels. Most recently, he had been Ohio's assistant secretary of state and chief of staff to Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

power lunch

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Power lunch in the Big Apple

Secrets of success in the corporate world topped the menu at UC's first business networking luncheon for alumnae and friends in New York City last May.

Sharing stories of overcoming career obstacles were keynote presenter Colombe M. Nicholas, JD '68, (left) former president of Anne Klein Group, and panelist Alyson Bristol, CCM '75, (right) vice president for promotions and marketing, Macy's Parade and annual events. Enjoying the conversation is Stephanie Harris, UC Foundation director of corporate relations.

Other prominent alumnae who served on the panel were Janis Conner, CCM '72, partner, Conner-Rosenkranz Gallery; Lyn Kohls, DAAP '82, president, Lyn Kohls fashion design; and Lynn Shostack, DAAP '68, chairman, Joyce International.

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