Science Newsletter

February 26, 2007
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Science Quotes
of the Week

Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection." -

Henri Poincare

"I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are IMPOSSIBLE."

William James

"If I want to stop a research program I can always do it by getting a few experts to sit in on the subject, because they know right away that it was a fool thing to try in the first place."


Charles Kettering, GM

In this issue:




Everyone is invited to attend a mathematics talk on Wednesday, February 28, at 4:00 p.m. in SC 105. The speaker is Mr. Philip Mummert, candidate for a faculty position in the Mathematics Department.

Title and abstract:

"An Introduction to Complex Dynamics"

What happens when you punch a button on your calculator over and over again (besides a sore finger)? What is a fractal? How chaotic is "chaos"? Mr. Mummert will introduce the idea of iteration and its complexities, both in dynamics and parametrization. Examples will include Newton's method (familiar to Calculus students) and an unsolved problem in mathematics that can be understood by a fourth grader. Expect lots of graphics.


Science students are invited to visit the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine on Friday, March 9, 2007, for their first ever Summer Research Programs Preview and Visitation! You may register online at: Registration will be limited to 75 people.

This special event will highlight our Summer Undergraduate Research programs and the many research areas available to summer interns.  You will have a chance to meet folks who represent our undergraduate research programs and you will be able to tour several biomedical research labs.  These research areas are also relevant as potential areas of research in graduate school or medical school. (PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to APPLY for a Summer Research Program for Summer 2007, the deadline for most summer programs is March 1. Please apply online at:


8:30-9am:          Registration (Medical Sciences Building Room E351)
9:00-9:45am:     Welcome, Introduction to Summer Programs
9:45                  Form Tour Groups
10-12 noon:       Biomedical Laboratory Tours (see list of Morning
12-1pm             Luncheon/Raffle (Medical Sciences Building Room E351)
1-3pm               Visits to Graduate Program Research Areas (see list of Research Area Visits)
10:00 - 12noon
Morning Tours may include some of the following laboratories:
1.  Dr. Marshall Montrose, Systems Biology & Physiology; Research Focus:
Membrane Transport; Lab Website:

2.  Dr. Bruce Aronow, Pediatrics (Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Research Foundation); Research Focus: Bioinformatics; Lab Website:

3.  Dr. Scott Belcher, Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics; Research Focus:
Neuro Development; Lab Website:

4.  Dr. Daniel Hassett, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology;
Research Focus: Pseudomonas (CF); Lab Website:

5.  Dr. Nelson Horseman, Systems Biology & Physiology; Research Focus:
Breast Cancer; Lab Website:

6.  Dr. Keith Jones, Molecular, Cellular & Biochemical Pharmacology;
Research Focus: Cardio Pathophysiology; Lab Website:

7.  Dr. John Lorenz, Systems Biology & Physiology; Research Focus:
Murine Physiology; Lab Website:

8.  Dr. Steven Potter, Pediatrics (Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Research Foundation); Research Focus: Developmental Genetics; Lab Website:

9.  Dr. Carolyn Price, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology;
Cell & Cancer Biology; Research Focus: Telomeric DNA; Lab Website:

10.  Dr. Charles Vorhees, Pediatrics (Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Research Foundation); Research Focus: Neurology; Lab Website:

11.  Dr. Susan Waltz, Surgery; Research Focus: Cancer; Lab Website:
1:00-3:00 PM
Research Area Visits: Please sign up in advance for your afternoon visit
with a research area, represented by the graduate programs below:

Register at
1.     Biomedical Engineering
2.     Biomedical Sciences Flex Option*
3.     Cell & Cancer Biology
4.     Environmental Health (includes the following):
    a.  Biostatistics
    b.  Epidemiology
    c.  Industrial Hygiene
    d.  Environmental Genetics & Molecular Toxicology
5.     Immunobiology
6.     Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology
7.     Molecular and Developmental Biology
8.     Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology
9.     Neuroscience
10.   Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
11.   Physician Scientist Training Program*
12.   Systems Biology and Physiology
13.   Medical Physics

*(If you select this Graduate Program to Visit, you will have one hour with this program and one hour free to visit an additional Research Area
from this list to speak to someone about research.)

The program will start with a brief review of our summer programs at 9am, followed by the Laboratory Tours.  We will be doing a free raffle
of various UC souvenirs during our luncheon gathering at 12 noon.  Please register (it's FREE!) at

The event will be held in the Medical Sciences Building on the East. Campus of the University of Cincinnati.  You will receive more detailed
information after you register for the event.

For Directions, please see our online maps at . Please park in Eden Garage on Eden Avenue, one block north of Martin
Luther King Jr. Drive (we can validate your parking ticket).

If you have any questions, please call Laura Hildreth at (513) 558-6791 or email me at