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UC’s German studies program and partner University of...

March 16, 2021

By Todd Herzog The program in German and Media Praxis at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the program in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati were awarded a competitive Germanistische Institutspartnerschaften (German Studies Departmental Partnership) grant by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to conduct an integrated research project on the topic of literacies over the next three years. The initial grant, in the amount of 113,540 Euros, is renewable for up to nine years and will fund travel, research projects, and publications. A core team of 13 faculty and students from UC and UDE will investigate the topic of literacies from historical, cultural, theoretical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical angles. The group will present a series of lectures and papers that will focus on digital literacies, media literacies, and linguistic literacies and will be disseminated on the project’s website and through public workshops featuring noted experts in the field. The initial meetings are taking place virtually, but plans are to travel between the US and Germany when international travel resumes. The two programs have enjoyed a close relationship since 2012, partnering on an annual Transatlantic Seminar in which graduate students and faculty from both universities gather for an intensive week in which participants discuss a topic from the broad realm of literary and media studies and explore the cities in which they are meeting. A group from UC has traveled to Essen four times and a group from UDE has visited Cincinnati three times since the beginning of this partnership, which has been funded on the UC side by the Graduate School and the Taft Research Center, as well as the Department of German Studies. A planned joint seminar in conjunction with the University of Namibia in Windhoek had been planned for March 2020, but has been postponed until international travel can resume.

UC to host symposium on socially just community research

March 2, 2021

Event: March 5, 2021 9:30 AM

On Friday, March 5, The Cincinnati Project (TCP) will host its seventh-annual symposium titled “The Art and Science of Socially Just Community Partnered Research,” sponsored by UC’s College of Arts and Sciences and The Taft Research Center. Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) Mohan Dutta will deliver the keynote speech. Based in New Zealand, CARE is a global organization dedicated to developing community-based solutions for social change, advocacy and activism, inspired by the conviction that health is a human right. Founded in 2016, TCP unites researchers from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences with community partners to benefit marginalized communities in Cincinnati, tackling economic, race, gender and health issues. Past TCP research has focused on high eviction rates in Hamilton County, resulting in city legislation to protect the rights of renters through an eviction prevention plan. In addition to the keynote speaker, the symposium will include discussion panels from area organizations such as Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the Center for Closing the Health Gap, and UC faculty researchers. Topics will include ways in which community-based research can be conducted in socially just ways, in order to benefit the communities it is designed to serve. The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please visit The Cincinnati Project.

Funding helps put UC near the forefront of cancer research

November 4, 2020

Benjamin Harrison The ongoing fight against cancer isn’t going to go away anytime soon, but the work from In-Kwon Kim, assistant professor of chemistry, and his team could drastically improve the field of cancer research. Kim recently received a 4-year grant ($792,000) from the American Cancer Society. With the help of this grant, Kim and his team will put the University of Cincinnati at the head of the next-stage cancer treatment. Before coming to UC, Kim was an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University’s School of Medicine. He decided to take the opportunity in precision cancer medicine in UC and join the chemistry department in 2016. Kim’s research group focuses primarily on the ADP-ribosylation cycle that regulates many cellular signaling pathways, including DNA repair and cell death. Currently, Kim and his team are working with human enzymes that remove different types of ADP-ribosylations. These enzymes play key roles in DNA repair and are often associated with breast cancer.

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