University of Cincinnati researchers won a $9 million, five-year grant to work on treatments for bipolar disorder, which affects close to 6 million Americans each year.

The team is led by Dr. Stephen Strakowski, professor and interim chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Center for Imaging Research. The grant from the National Institute of Mental Health supports the formation of a Bipolar Disorder Imaging and Treatment Research Center at the UC College of Medicine.

Other research teams members include Dr. Caleb Adler, Dr. Melissa DelBello, Dr. Jim Eliassen, Dr. Paul Keck, Dr. Richard Komoroski and Dr. Susan McElroy (all of the psychiatry department); and Dr. William Ball and Jing-Huei Lee, both from biomedical engineering.

Xavier University’s Williams College of Business has adapted its Executive MBA program’s strategic planning model to accommodate small businesses and entrepreneurs. The adaptation is in response to an indication from the U.S. Department of Commerce that poor planning is the main reason private and family-owned businesses fail. Xavier also is offering one-day performance coaching and follow-up sessions for supervisors and teams of up to 25 people.

Southern State Community College graduates with associate degrees in early childhood education may now transfer seamlessly into UC’s distance-learning program, which will allow them to complete baccalaureate degrees using the Internet and other technology. UC’s Early Childhood Learning Community (ECLC) answers Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s call for more professional training of early childhood specialists as the state works to expand public pre-school for Ohio families, says ECLC Director Lisa Holstrom.

There will be increases in state money for all Ohio colleges during the next fiscal year, with graduation rates playing a part in apportionment. Miami University will receive an estimated $63 million, which — at a nearly 8 percent increase from the fiscal year 2007 — is the largest percentage increase for any Ohio public college.

The University of Cincinnati has won the only two Ohio Eminent Scholar Awards for 2007. The state will award $1.37 million, which will be matched by the university. The funding will be used for research focused on technology commercialization in the fields of NanoBioDevices and Advanced Propulsion Power Systems. The two Eminent Scholar Awards are Ohio’s 50th and 51st since the program’s 1983 inception as well as the 13th and 14th at the University of Cincinnati.

A new distance learning opportunity enables Edison Community College graduates in associate degree engineering technologies to finish a Miami University bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering technology.

Northern Kentucky University unveiled the first laser projection planetarium ever installed on an educational institution’s campus. NKU is the seventh institution worldwide to have such equipment. The planetarium is funded through a $2.7 million federal grant and additional private funds.

Raymond Walters College faculty member Dr. Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh received the Betty Kirschner/Maita Levine Award from the Ohio Conference American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The award is given to an Ohio faculty member who has made exemplary contributions in the areas of collective bargaining and/or women’s rights. Dr. Kornbluh is chair of RWC’s History, Art History, Philosophy and Political Science Department.

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