Free health fair

Saturday, Feb. 7

8 a.m.- 1 p.m

Central Venue, 29 E. Carpenter St., Athens

Sponsored by Central Avenue Church, OUHCOM Christian Medical Association, the Diabetes Institute, and Heritage Community Clinic. Contact David Drozek, D.O.,

Lecture - Research Seminar Series

Monday, Feb. 9

4 p.m.

Irvine 159

Maria Elena de Bellard, Ph.D., will speak on "The Role of Slit Tumor Suppressor Gene in Neural Crest Delamination."

Refreshments served.

Multicultural Extravaganza

Wednesday, Feb. 11

5-7 p.m.

Athens: Irvine Bricks

Dublin: MEB 331

Sponsored by Student National Medical Association

Admission $4, or $2 with a canned good.

If you can bring a dish or wish to take part in the show sign up here.

Contact Alicia Boards,

Lunchtime Seminar

Monday, Feb. 16

noon - 1 p.m.

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

Megan Beatty will speak on "Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - We Should All Be Doing It!" Video conferencing available to CORE sites, Dublin campus, and Grosvenor 017 in Athens (contact Dan Smith at

Heritage College Day at the Convo

Saturday, Feb. 21

Ohio vs. Kent State

Pregame reception on the Bricks at noon;

basketball game starts at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center. RSVP for reception by Feb. 7 to Lynne Chapman, or 740.593.4232 

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Faculty authors pen survival guide for field research

You're a young academic, fresh off the plane in a foreign country, and eager to get into the field to start collecting data for your research project.

But wait - upon arrival, you're told you can't start without a certain permit, from a government office you never knew existed. After seemingly endless meetings to resolve your permitting issue, you head out to gather data - only to have your electronic equipment conk out the first week. You suspect your hired driver may be drinking on the job. Your camp is overrun by an army of biting ants. And now there's a rumor going around the local populace that you're in league with the devil, or perhaps the CIA.

If only an experienced researcher had warned you about all the potential setbacks in field work! Now Heritage College faculty members Gillian H. Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Nancy J. Stevens, Ph.D., with help from anthropologist Darna Dufour, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, Boulder, have put their collective experience - and that of many colleagues - into a handy text that does just that.

Researchers learn more about how and why cells die

When Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D., first discovered Porf-2, a

Felicia Nowak

previously unknown gene, she knew she had found an important puzzle piece to understanding the developing brain. What she would later learn is that the gene may also be

pivotal in the development of novel approaches to treat tumor growth, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes complications. 


Twenty years ago while creating a cDNA library of a rat's hypothalamus, she isolated the gene she called Pre-Optic Regulatory Factor 2. Since then, Nowak, an associate professor of molecular endocrinology at the Heritage College, and her students have been experimenting with the gene to better understand how it functions.


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Student experiences abroad spark primary care passion

A medical student's decision to go into primary care could be influenced
Sarah and Amy Simpson
by many things: growing up in an underserved medical area, a poignant moment in a student's own health history, a positive encounter with a doctor they've known, or a life-changing experience halfway around the world.


That was the case for 2014 Heritage College graduates Sarah Simpson, D.O., and Amy Simpson, D.O., who spent time in a remote, dusty village in Kenya where people walked miles to see a doctor and silently endured painful procedures without anesthesia. What the Simpsons saw in Africa changed the course of their lives.

Dublin campus launches program with city schools

High school students from the Dublin City Schools Biomedical STEM Academy visited the Heritage College, Dublin Jan. 22, to

Students listen to a panel discussion during the REACH event in Dublin.

experience an "Introduction to the Health Professions." The event was the first of five scheduled for coming months, as part of a collaborative pilot program called REACH (Re-imagining Education Approaches to Careers in Healthcare).


The program gives students from the academy a chance to explore the health professions in meaningful ways with the help of personnel from the Heritage College and the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, which is soon to have a home on the Dublin campus as well. Future events will address topics including "the patient encounter," "biomedical sciences enrichment," "clinical skills and technology immersion," and "synthesis and integration." 

In each issue of ROUNDS, look here

for information on transformative initiatives within Heritage College.


Alumni board gets onsite update on Cleveland campus
On Saturday, Jan. 24, following an alumni board meeting at Cleveland Clinic's South
Cleveland Dean Isaac Kirstein shows off progress on the Learning Resource Center.
Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, members of the Heritage College Society of Alumni & Friends took a tour of the college's new Cleveland campus, which is undergoing renovations in part of the South Pointe campus.
Cleveland Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., showed the group around the facilities, which are scheduled to open in July.
To view an album of photos from the tour, check out the college's Facebook page here.
Dean Johnson bestows first employee CARE awards

The one place Rhonda Wallace, administrative specialist in the CORE Research Office, didn't expect to see Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O., was sitting at her desk. But on Monday, Feb. 2, there he was with a bunch of green and white balloons. She became the first person to receive a CARE (Celebrating Achievements & Recognizing Excellence) award. CARE is the new Heritage College employee recognition program.


"I'm floored," Wallace said. Grace Brannan, Ph.D., CORE research executive director, nominated Wallace for the nearly six months of support she provided to the CORE office on the Dublin campus as they searched for a new administrative support person. "She worked

above and beyond the call of duty to meet deadlines for CORE Research and CORE offices in Dublin. Rhonda is a wonderful coworker!" said Brannan.


John Sattler, photo resources supervisor in the Office of Communication, was equally surprised when Johnson showed up at an office staff meeting. Sattler - who's usually taking pictures at Heritage College events and activities - was suddenly in front of the camera. "I'm so happy with the work you're doing," said Johnson, thanking Sattler for the late nights and weekends he routinely puts in. "One of the reasons why we can tell the stories, promote our messages successfully, is because of John's photos. He is

Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., delivers CARE awards to, from top, Jody Gerome; John Sattler; and  Rhonda Wallace.
also one of our college's greatest ambassadors," said Karoline Lane, chief communications officer, who nominated Sattler.


The Dean's prize patrol finished up at the River Rose Obstetrics-Gynecology Office in Athens where Jody Gerome, D.O., ('05) works. She is also the CORE assistant dean for the Southeast Ohio region and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Surrounded by her colleagues, Johnson congratulated Gerome and read her nomination.


Joyce Jadwin, Psy.D., assistant director of faculty development, wrote that Gerome sets a standard of excellence "by taking the time to acquire or refer students and residents to appropriate resources when they are struggling with academic issues or managing the many other aspects of training to become a physician."


The January CARE recipients will be presented with a certificate of award during the February Executive Committee meeting and will receive $75 in their paycheck.


Changes made to CARE nomination process

The new Heritage College employee recognition program called CARE received 43 nominations in January. Due to the huge response, some slight changes have been made to give nominees a better chance to have their name drawn from the pool.


If you recall, every month, three people - one each from administrative staff, classified staff and faculty - are drawn from all nominations collected during the month. We will continue collecting names each month, but now, nominees will also remain eligible for monthly drawings on a quarterly basis during the calendar year. Beginning with the first quarter (January - March), the names of nominees will remain in the pool throughout the quarter unless the person's name is pulled during a monthly drawing. The pool of names will be emptied at the end of the quarter and populated again throughout the next period. With this new process, names will not have to be resubmitted each month. However, if you want your nominee to be included in the next quarter's pool, their name will have to be resubmitted through the CARE website, which includes details about nomination criteria and the submission process.


At the end of each quarter, nominees will receive details about their nomination, and the names of all nominees will be posted on the CARE website.      

OhioHealth names Diversity Scholars at dinner

The annual OhioHealth Physician Diversity Scholar Recognition Dinner took place on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at The Boat House at Confluence Park in Columbus.


The event was to announce eight recipients of this year's Physician Diversity Scholars Program, seven of them from the Heritage College, and introduce the students to their OhioHealth mentors.The program pairs Hispanic and African-American students with OhioHealth physicians from similar backgrounds, to serve as mentors and provide introductions to possible careers within OhioHealth. OhioHealth pays each scholar a $500 stipend each academic year to cover expenses. After graduation, each scholar is offered a loan repayment of $10,000 a year for each year they take part in an OhioHealth residency.


The student recipients this year are, from the Heritage College: Morufat "Kemi" Adeyi; J.C. Avalon; Michael Graves; Mohamed Elmasry; Christopher Miranda; Lindsay Newburn and Isaiah Rolle, and from Wright State School of Medicine, Cristen Johnson. All are first-year students; Miranda, Newburn and Rolle are attending the Dublin campus.

Deadline nearing for research seed grant applications

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is requesting proposals for seed grants for up to $20,000. Applications for the Ohio University Global Health Research and Scholarly Award (GHIRSA) are due by Friday, Feb. 27.

The primary purpose of the GHIRSA is to stimulate interdisciplinary, interprofessional and collaborative global health research and scholarship. International research is defined as "research conducted in (1) an international setting, (2) on global and regional issues involving more than one country other than the United States, and/or (3) in the United States with immigrant, migrant or international student populations."


Each year, seed money of up to $20,000 will be granted for one or more new interdisciplinary research projects led by one or more Group I faculty from the Heritage College or CHSP, which address global health research questions. Faculty members from different programs within a given school or department - or from different disciplines across schools or departments - are encouraged to apply collaboratively on a proposal if the ability to solve the targeted research problems would be enhanced through interdisciplinary collaboration.  Active student participation in the research is required.


The goals of these awards are:

1. Encourage new interdisciplinary partnerships focusing on international health issues;

2. Facilitate grant leadership experience among CHSP and Heritage College Group I faculty investigators;

3. Position scholars to seek larger extramural grants to support scholarship in global health;

4. Recruit students to participate in global health research.


All proposal materials must be submitted electronically via email in a single PDF document by 5 p.m. Feb. 27, to Please name your file using the following format: OUGHIRSA your last name. Please call the Ohio University Global Health Initiative office (740.593.2359) if you do not get confirmation of receipt of your application within two business days of submission. Late submissions will not be considered during the current review cycle.


Contact Zelalem Haile, Ph.D., M.P.H., at or Gillian Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H., at for more information.

human resources
New hires


Michael Wolanin, IT coordinator, joined the Office of Medical Informatics at the Heritage College, Cleveland on Jan. 26.  He can be reached on the Cleveland campus in SPA-212, at 216.491.6526. 

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