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Nurse educator, assistant dean and UMMC's aspiring leaders earn achievements

Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Published on August 20, 2015

A UMMC assistant dean earns Fellow status, a nurse educator's abstracts garners selection and leaders of the future learn all about business.

IPNS selects nurse educator's abstract for presentation


A research abstract written by Florence Cooper, a nurse educator in the University Hospital Surgical Suite, has been accepted for presentation at the International Philosophy of Nursing Society's 2015 conference Aug. 24-26 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Cooper's abstract, "The Invisible Patient: Caring in the Technological Perioperative Environment," is based on the research project she began while obtaining her M.S.N. It explains the value of caring nurses in bridging the gap between a technologically driven economic culture and today's perioperative culture in an effort to provide holistic patient care.

Rising UMMC faculty to attend Millsaps business program

Eight current and aspiring leaders from UMMC will attend the Millsaps College Business Advantage Program for Professionals this fall. They include, front row from left, Dr. Marion "Stan" Ward, Dr. Neeta Mehta, Dr. Christopher Spankovich and Dr. Jung Su Ryu, and back row from left, Dr. Valipramibil Praveen Kumar, Dr. Hua "Neal" Liu, Dr. Julie Kaplan and Dr. LaQuisha Burks.

The faculty were selected from a pool of highly qualified nominees to receive scholarships to participate in the certificate course designed to give working professionals an exciting and comprehensive exposure to the most essential business topics.

The Office of Faculty Affairs, in conjunction with a Hearin Foundation grant, funds eight faculty scholarships annually. Nominations are made by school deans and School of Medicine chairs.

For more information about the program, visit or email Vickie Skinner at

Psychology society taps UMMC assistant dean as Fellow


Dr. Nicole Borges, professor of pediatrics and assistant dean of medical education research and scholarship, has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology.

According to the society, fellowship is bestowed upon APA members who have made "unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology" and whose contributions are viewed as having enriched or advanced counseling psychology beyond the level expected of a professional psychologist.

Fellows are selected by peers on the basis of evidence of sustained superior performance that is recognizable at a national level.

Dentistry student earns Pankey Foundation scholarship

Nathan Nunnelee, a fourth-year School of Dentistry student, is one of three recipients of the L. D. Pankey Dental Foundation's third annual Dr. Donald C. "Ozzie" Asbjornson Scholarship.

Named in honor of a longtime teacher, mentor and friend of the Pankey foundation, the scholarship, valued at approximately $1,550, supports the dentists of tomorrow and encourages a culture of lifelong learning.

Nunnelee and fellow recipients Adam Grimm of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry and Kendrick Park of the NYU College of Dentistry will receive complimentary registration to Pankey's annual meeting Sept. 17-19 in New Orleans and a stipend for travel. The trio also will be paired with mentors throughout the conference.

Founded in 1969 and located in Key Biscayne, Florida, the L. D. Pankey Dental Foundation is the only nonprofit advanced dental education organization. More than 25,000 dentists, dental laboratory technicians and specialists have attended its courses and now serve millions of patients worldwide.