Research awards, Black reception highlight week's top eventsPublished on Monday, December 8, 2014 Published on December 08, 2014 A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center. Tuesday, Dec. 9 Awards ceremony to honor UMMC's research excellence The Office of Research will host the 2014 Excellence in Research Awards Ceremony from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.This year’s ceremony will recognize 26 faculty members – the greatest single-year total since the awards’ inception.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000. Wednesday, Dec. 10 Surgeon to recount Halstead, Churchill, Whipple's influence HellingDr. Thomas Helling, professor of surgery, chief of the Division of General Surgery and surgery program director, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, “Surgical Education: The Legacy of Halsted, Churchill and Whipple,” at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.For more information, call Carol Hollingsworth at 5-1292. 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 this week will take place from 1-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing. This session will be viewable via live streaming.For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. Alliance reception to honor former pastoral leader BlackThe UMMC Alliance will host a reception to honor Dr. Ruth Black, former director of the Department of Pastoral Services, from 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the University Hospital Chapel.For more information, call Laura Hodge at 4-1100. Thursday, Dec. 11 Investigators invited to Enterprise Data town hall Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, and Dr. John Showalter, chief health information officer, will provide an update on resources available for investigators and host a question-and-answer session about the Enterprise Data Warehouse during a Town Hall Meeting from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).Questions may be submitted in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be tweeted during the meeting using #edw.For more information, call Cari Fowler at 5-5007. On the horizon Blood drive to help UMMC family make holiday special Medical Center faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to help others enjoy another holiday season when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Dec. 15-19 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;* 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 email@example.com. Common Reading Project to discuss reaper memoir The School of Medicine's Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Divisions and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a UMMC Common Reading Project of the novel, "Men We Reaped: A Memoir," by Jesmyn Ward from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).Participants should read the book before attending. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 in attendance.For more information, call LaFreda Sias at 4-1339.