Cincinnati March 2017

Cincinnati March 2017 2018-01-30T20:17:28+00:00

march for science cincinnati

The MARCH FOR SCIENCE CINCINNATI was held last year Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Earth Day at 10:00 AM at Fountain Square.

Speakers discussed topics including:

  • science and technology in our everyday lives
  • clean water/clean air
  • climate change
  • evolution
  • future scientists
  • medical research
  • space

We then marched  to the Cincinnati Public Library and onto City Hall.

O.N. Ray Bignall II, MD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and a National Institutes of Health T32 research fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Bignall received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University, a Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College, and a Certificate in Health Policy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry. He completed General Pediatrics Residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Bignall’s clinical research interests include social determinants of health, population health, and health disparities in pediatric kidney disease and transplantation. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) award, and is an Advocacy Scholar in the John E. Lewy Foundation for Children’s Health and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, where he studies the intersection between advocacy, policy, and pediatric kidney disease. In addition, Dr. Bignall is involved in a variety of community and child health advocacy efforts, including the Every Child Succeeds early childhood intervention program, Avondale’s Strong Outgoing Leaders Delivering in Every Responsibility (ASOLDIER) fathers’ group, and the Cincinnati First Ladies’ Health Initiative.

Dr. Erin Haynes is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wilmington College, a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Haynes’ primary research interest is to conduct community engaged environmental health research.  She grew up in rural Appalachian Ohio and is passionate about working with rural communities to address their environmental health research questions.  She is the Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core within the NIEHS Environmental Health Center and the Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.  She is also President of the UC College of Medicine’s Women in Medicine and Science organization and academic representative for the International Society for Exposure Science.

Kelly, an equal rights advocate and a 12 year old student, is passionate about science and equal rights. She has spoken at many rallies and conferences including International Women’s Day, Planned Parenthood, NaNoCon and is scheduled to speak at several regional and national conferences this year. She has already started receiving scholarship funds for her activism. Kelly is a member of the Tri-State Freethinkers.

Dr. Gene Kritsky is the dean of Behavioral and Natural Sciences and is a professor in the Department of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 1977 and 1976 respectively, as well as a B.A. in Biology from Indiana University.  Professor Kritsky serves as editor of American Entomologist, and has published five books and more than 100 papers on insect evolution, beekeeping history, egyptology, and Charles Darwin.

  • Founder and executive director of iSPACE, the STEM Learning Place, a regional non-profit focused on engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encouraging STEM careers
  • Served as executive director of iSPACE for sixteen year until retirement in February 2017
  • Was responsible for setting, maintaining, and championing the philosophy and goals of iSPACE
  • Acted as public advocate, essentially the face of iSPACE, to the education community, business community and community at large, collaborate with appropriate organizations to further the cause of STEM education, promote iSPACE to the business, financial and educational communities;
  • Spearheaded and took an active role in the preparation and execution of iSPACE activities including robotics competitions, public events such as iSPACE Day, camps, etc. that served over 36,000 annually;
  • Linked iSPACE mission and capabilities to local education providers and prepared documents validating how the iSPACE program relates to the state and national academic standards in OH, KY, and IN;
  • Served as a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative in a highly active capacity;
  • Served on the UC CEEMS STEM Conference Steering Committee (2013 to present);
  • Coordinated Time Warner Cable International Town Hall Meeting on STEM Education (2010)

Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.

Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a new twist on an iconic backyard astronomy program made famous by Jack Horkheimer, which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, where he won 2008 “Out-of-this-World” Award for astronomy education.  Dean has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio.  Since 2012 Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and his first book, “Facts From Space!” hit the shelves in October 2016.

At the Cincinnati Observatory he has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages.

Glenn Storrs is the Withrow Farney Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center and Adjunct Professor of Geology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Storrs oversees the Museum’s fossil vertebrate research program and collections and is an international authority on the anatomy and evolution of fossil reptiles, particularly marine forms such as Sauropterygia.

He was educated at Syracuse University, The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University. Before coming to Cincinnati, he was a Research Associate (later Visiting Senior Research Fellow) in the Department of Geology at the University of Bristol, England. Glenn Storrs had led or joined numerous paleontological expeditions across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Ongoing projects close to home include work at significant localities in Ohio and Kentucky.

He has authored many scientific papers, book chapters and popular articles on fossil vertebrates, as well as two books for children. He is an active member of The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, The Paleontological Society, The Geological Curators Group, The Systematics Association, and The Yellowstone – Bighorn Research Association and  was elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Dr. Wells is an endowed professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is in the Division of Developmental Biology and where he established and now directs the human pluripotent stem cell facility. He is also the Director for Basic Research in the Division of Endocrinology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the State University of NY at Stony Brook. He performed his postdoctoral research at Harvard University. He became an Assistant professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Developmental Biology in 2002, was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and full professor in 2012. He has organized regional and international meetings and has given over 110 invited seminars.

Dr. Wells has spent 20 years as a basic researcher to uncover the processes by which organs form in the developing embryo and how they maintain systemic metabolic homeostasis postnatally. This work in organ developmental biology has provided the basis for his current efforts to generate human cells and tissues from pluripotent stem cells. His lab pioneered approaches to generate gastrointestinal (GI) tissue organoids of the stomach, intestine, and colon GI organoids that are being used to study endocrine control of metabolism, congenital defects of the digestive tract, and infectious diseases. Moreover, Dr. Wells and colleagues are using organoids as a basis for efforts to engineer functional tissues for transplantation.

Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology, and Executive Director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Whitsett received his B.A. from Colgate University and his medical degree from Columbia University. He trained in Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following his fellowship he joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1977 and since has risen through the ranks to Professor. He is internationally known for his research in pulmonary medicine, as well as for his clinical expertise in neonatology. Dr. Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine and biology in his studies of the surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes and clarifying their roles in lung development and function. Throughout his career, Dr. Whitsett has transitioned from molecular biology to animal models and then to the diagnosis and therapy of human disease. Importantly, he has played a critical role in making surfactant protein replacement routine in the treatment of immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. Notably, his laboratory has contributed to the identification of a number of genes critical for lung formation and function and shown that mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis are responsible for acute and chronic lung disease in infants and adults. Dr. Whitsett is the author of over 500 papers in both the basic science and clinical literature.

Dr. Whitsett is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of various awards, including the Mead Johnson Award, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award, the William Cooper Procter Award from Cincinnati Children’s, the Amberson Lecture Award of the American Thoracic Society, the prestigious Daniel Drake Medal for scientific contributions from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the highly respected Arvo Ylppö Medal Award from Finland, the Grand Hamdan International Award on Neonatal Medicine from the United Arab Emirates, 2015 Avery Award, a joint award of the SPR/APS honoring Mary Ellen Avery, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 2015 Virginia Apgar Award.

Crystal Wilmhoff joined the Planned Parenthood team in 2000 as a clinician in the Mt. Auburn health center and has since spent time working in all 7 local Planned Parenthood health centers. Since that time, she has been promoted to lead clinician and, in 2014, she was appointed as Assistant Medical Director. In this role, Crystal is responsible for managing the Nurse Practitioner staff including training and evaluating, streamlining processes and encouraging a patient-centered and mission-driven focus for her team and the rest of the organization.

Prior to, and often in addition to, her work at Planned Parenthood, Crystal has worked at the Hamilton County Justice Center, UC Women’s Center, the Cincinnati Health Department and Memphis Planned Parenthood and Labor and Delivery.

Crystal was recognized as the Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region Employee of the Year in 2016 and was a recipient of the Miriam Manisoff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the role of APNs in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Centre College in Kentucky and a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Tennessee. She is licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

It’s official!  Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Cincinnati was declared:

March For Science Day