Blood drive, holiday parties planned for festive weekPublished on Monday, December 15, 2014 Published on December 15, 2014 A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center. Monday-Friday, Dec. 15-19 Blood drive to help UMMC family make holidays special Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center this week for the quarterly UMMC Blood Drive.The message for the drive is "When you give blood, you give someone another holiday, a day to play in the snow, a night under the stars, a walk with a friend, a laugh, another hug, another chance."All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt with that message. Identification is required to donate blood.Times, dates and places for the drive include:* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, near the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Grants Ferry (call Rod Simmons at 5-0600 for more information);* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, near the Batson Children's Hospital entrance; and* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, near the University Hospital entrance.Be sure to look for the MBS donor coach when making a donation. For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, Dec. 16 Biostatistician to speak at population health club session MayDr. Warren L. May, professor of biostatistics in the Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, will lead the discussion at the next Population Health Journal Club session from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in room N413 (4A) in the North Wing.All Medical Center faculty, staff, and students are invited. The journal club is presented by the Office of Population Health and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.For more information, call Felicia Bowens at 5-9019 or email her at email@example.com. Event to help employees stay mindful of health during holidays The Department of Human Resources' ActiveHealth onsite wellness coach will give a "Healthy Holidays" presentation for Medical Center faculty, staff and students from 1:15-2 p.m. and again from 2-2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.The presentation will reinforce how continuing a routine of regular exercise, good nutrition and stress management is essential during the holidays.No registration is required for either session. For more information, call Kendria Lyles at 5-9792. Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-17 Holiday parties beckon UMMC family to enjoy the season The Medical Center will entertain its employees, staff and students with its annual holiday parties from 2:30-4 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the University Hospital Cafeteria.A holiday party for employees at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the UMMC Conference Center.Refreshments will be available at all parties. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, Dec. 17 Neurobiologist to discuss bariatric surgery's consequences GraysonDr. Bernadette Grayson, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, will present the physiology seminar, "Consequences of Bariatric Surgery: For better? Or for worse?" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. Thursday, Dec. 18 Faculty to get Google Glass preview at UMMC The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will present the Faculty Scholarship Exchange Seminar, "Google Glass at UMMC," at noon on Thursday, Dec. 18 in R354 (upper amphitheatre).Faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Jessica Green Overby at 4-2810. On the horizon Executive leaders to MAP out UMMC's plans Kevin S. Cook, CEO of UHHS, Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children’s Hospital, and Pamela Zipperer-Davis, chief ambulatory officer, will speak to Medical Center employees during half-hour Motivating, Achieving, Progressing (MAP) meetings this winter.One meeting next week will take place from 1-1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, in the Dunleith Meeting Room in the Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.