Administrators show spirit by trading spaces
Administrators who volunteered their on-campus parking spaces for a week as part of a “Spirit of the U – 2012 Hospital and Nurses Week” promotional drawing file onto a shuttle to Veterans Memorial Stadium while the employees who received their spaces bid them adieu. Other events to celebrate Hospital Week May 7-11 included UMMC Employee Appreciation Night at Trustmark Park, Team Spirit Awards, “Catch the UMMC Spirit” videos, food services discounts, retirement seminars and cooking demonstrations. Enlarge Photo
NIH hypertension section taps Zhuo
Dr. Jia (Joe) Zhuo, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was appointed a member of the National Institute of Health’s Hypertension and Microcirculation Study Section. Zhuo was notified of the honor by Dr. Richard Nakamura, acting director of the Center for Scientific Review.
Study section members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievements in their specific disciplines as evidenced by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities.
Awards ceremony recognizes excellent nurses
UMMC nurses receiving 2012 Excellence in Nursing Awards May 9 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union include, seated from left, Neal Loving, Nurse Mentor of the Year; Cissy Bailey, Nurse Manager of the Year; Guyolyn Ousterhout, Nurse Researcher of the Year and Nurse Administrator of the Year; and Patricia Freeman, Nurse in Non-traditional Setting of the Year; and standing from left, Amanda Hand, Nurse Rookie of the Year; Leanne Adcock, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year; Troy Pearson, Nurse Educator of the Year; Darlenia Andrews, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; and Susan Allbritton, Nurse of the Year. Enlarge Photo
Medical, surgical group honors Owens
Dr. Michelle Owens, associate professor of ob-gyn, received the Physician of the Year Award from the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association at the group’s annual convention May 4-6.
Established in 1900, the MMSA is the state’s oldest and largest organization representing African-American physicians and health professions in Mississippi.
Luncheon celebrates Barksdale Scholars
Class of 2015 Barksdale Scholars and the Barksdale scholarship recipients preceding them were honored during a May 8 luncheon at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
The first-year medical students who received the Barksdale scholarships include, from left, Jayce Niskel, Cliff Coill, James Runyan, Alison Williams and Jay Thompson. Yolanda Ross, a Class of 2015 Barksdale Scholar, is not pictured. Enlarge Photo
The scholarships are awarded to medical students based on achievement, need and traditional underrepresentation in medicine.
Neurobiology faculty welcome Lehman
Dr. Michael N. Lehman has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.
After receiving the B.A. in biology-psychology cum laude with high honors from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1975, Lehman earned the Ph.D. in neurosciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1982. He served as a postdoctoral scholar in the Reproductive Endocrinology Program there from 1982-83.
Lehman has more than 25 years of experience in academic research and leadership at Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Western Ontario.
He comes to the Medical Center from the University of Michigan, where he has served as professor of molecular and integrative physiology, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and co-director and research professor of the Reproductive Sciences Program since 2010.
Having served as a member and officer in several professional societies, including the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs, Lehman currently serves as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system. He also serves on the editorial boards of Domestic Animal Endocrinology, Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology and the Journal of Neuroendocrinology.
Lehman’s current NIH-funded research grants and awards include “Opioid Regulation of GnRH Pulses,” “Prenatal Programming of Reproductive Health and Disease” and “Neuroendocrine Control of Seasonality.”
A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Lehman has authored or coauthored more than 125 articles in peer-reviewed publications and a dozen book chapters and reviews.
MPB, deShazo examine teen pregnancy crisis
A new five-part television series, with segments shot on location at UMMC, takes an in-depth look at Mississippi’s alarming teen pregnancy rate.
"Southern Remedy: Premature Parenthood" will air May 14-18 at 7 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
The documentary, airing on consecutive nights, provides a comprehensive look at the crisis through profiles of teen mothers, information on sex education legislation, a discussion of the role of religion and related topics.
Dr. Richard deShazo, professor of medicine and pediatrics and former chair of the Department of Medicine at UMMC, hosts the program and speaks with teen mothers, legislators, educators, physicians, community leaders and, notably, Mississippi’s governor. Gov. Phil Bryant, who has made teen pregnancy a focus of his administration, provides his perspective on the problem through a one-on-one interview with deShazo.
“Mississippi has the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the United States,” said deShazo. “This is no minor problem. Teens have more complications of pregnancy and their babies are less healthy.
“Children of teen moms have a higher drop-out rate and do poorly in the job market. The results of all of this are lost opportunities for healthy living. Everyone loses in this scenario, the moms, the children and this state.”
The Southern Remedy documentary series is supported in part by grant from UMMC.
Guyton to present Freeland lecture
Dr. Gregory Guyton, an orthopedic surgeon on faculty at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md., and son of the late Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, will present “Brief History of Workers Compensation in Orthopedics” as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation's 2012 Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in room CW106 in the Classroom Wing.
Following the presentation, chief residents Dr. Austin Barrett, Dr. Patrick Powell, Dr. Bradley Kellum and Dr. Scott Wingerter will present their final research from 8-10 a.m. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.
The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in conjunction with an educational grant from the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation. For more information about the event, call Susan Alexander at 4-5153.
Vuk-Pavlovic to give research presentation
Dr. Stanimir Vuk-Pavlovic, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, will present "Beyond Sipuleucel-T: Towards More Effective Cellular Immunotherapy of Cancer," at noon on Tuesday, May 15, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.
Townsley to present physiology seminar
Dr. Mary I. Townsley, professor of physiology and medicine and associate dean of faculty affairs at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, will present "TRPV4, Lung Endothelium and Acute Lung Injury - Lessons in Diversity," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.
For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.
Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meetings
Janet Y. Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progessing (MAP) meetings for UMHC employees from 3:30-4 a.m. on Monday, May 21, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in room R354; from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in room S123; and from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in room R354.
For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.
Tao to present neurobiology seminar
Dr. Yuan-Xiang Tao, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "AMPA Receptor Trafficking in Inflammatory Pain" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.
For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.
Jacob to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture
Dr. Howard Jacob, Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics, director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, vice chair of research in the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Benchside to Bedside - Applying Genomic Sequencing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).
All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.
For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.