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Neurobiology chair, infectious diseases professor garner distinctions

Published on Monday, August 3, 2015

Published on August 03, 2015

The National Institutes of Health taps UMMC's chair of neurobiology and anatomical sciences for a study section post; the Infectious Diseases Society of America thinks a clinical infectious diseases professor will make a jolly good fellow; and a School of Dentistry alum earns a commanding opportunity in the U.S. Army. 

NIH study section selects neurobiology chair


The National Institutes of Health has selected Dr. Michael Lehman, professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, to serve a four-year term as a member of the Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction (ICER) Study Section.

Lehman was invited to join the study section by Dr. Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review.

Study section members are selected on the basis of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

As a member of the study section, Lehman will review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council and survey the status of research in his field.

Infectious diseases professor earns fellowship status


Dr. Risa Webb, professor of infectious diseases and medicine and a graduate of the School of Medicine, is one of an elite international group of 113 physicians and scientists recently named fellows of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

IDSA, the nation's premier infectious diseases professional society, awards fellow status to those who have shown professional excellence and who have provided significant services to their profession.

"Each one of these physicians and scientists has achieved an outstanding level of accomplishment in the field of infectious diseases and is a recognized leader in his or her community and institution, whether it be a hospital, clinic, research lab or other setting," said Dr. Stephen Calderwood, IDSA president, in a news release.

Applicants must be nominated by their peers and meet criteria, including continuing identification with the field of infectious diseases; national or regional recognition and publication of their work.

Webb serves as the state tuberculosis medical consultant for the Mississippi Department of Health and as an infectious diseases consultant to the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dentistry alum to command Army dental clinics


Maj. Demarcio Reed, a 2008 graduate of the School of Dentistry, has been selected to serve as commander of the U.S. Army Dental Clinic Command in Japan. Reed will command two of the Army dental clinics at Camp Zama and Tori Station in Okinawa during the next three years.

A native of Chicago, Reed was raised in Hazlehurst and attended Jackson State University on an ROTC scholarship. After earning a B.S. degree in chemistry in 2004, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was granted an educational delay to attend dental school.

He attended UMMC on a health professions scholarship and served as the National Corresponding Secretary and National Vice President for the Student National Dental Association. Upon entering active duty, he was commissioned as a captain into the Dental Corps and graduated from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2010.