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Service memorializes King’s legacy

Members of the UMMC Choir lead in the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during a Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion: An Observance of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 18 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. A large crowd took part in the event, which included reflections of King’s legacy and a special performance by members of the Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Dowell, Arnold receive customer kudos

Two University of Mississippi Health Care employees were recognized at the monthly UHHS Leadership Meeting Jan. 19 for their outstanding customer service skills and expertise in displaying institutional values of quality, innovation, integrity, diversity and teamwork.

Pam Moore, educational coordinator, commended Diane Dowell, nurse in labor and delivery, for her “compassionate service” of providing photographs of non-surviving infants to their families. Moore also recognized Curtis Arnold, nursing assistant on 5 South, for bringing supplies to a patient who needed them to make decorative bookmarks for other patients at University Hospital.

Campus Police release crime report

Campus Police reported nine larceny thefts, one assault and seven arrests in December 2011. To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

Gilbert tapped to direct diversity and inclusion

Dr. Jasmine P. Taylor, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs, has announced that Roderick Gilbert has joined the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs as managing director for diversity and inclusion.

Gilbert comes to the Medical Center from Boston University Medical Center, where he served as director of the Minority Physician Recruitment Program. While there, he was credited with increasing the percentage of underrepresented minority physicians from 11 percent to 21 percent within a four-year span. He also has served as administrative fellow to the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

Taylor said she is excited to have Gilbert join the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs.

“I am very confident his senior management experience, background with diversity and inclusion policy and deeply rooted passion for UMMC and Mississippi will make him an excellent asset to our overall mission and vision,” Taylor said.

Gilbert received the B.S. in biology in 2004 and the M.P.H. in health policy administration in 2006 from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Health Service Executives, the American College of Health Care Executives and the American Public Health Association.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

25 Years

* John Beasley, inpatient nurse in the Emergency Department

20 Years

* Evelyn Lilley, ambulatory nurse in General Surgery

* Dr. Philip G. Rhodes, professor of pediatrics

10 Years

* Jeanette Alexander, patient care technician in Medical Surgical Float

* Deborah Jackson, manager in Sterile Processing

* James M. Ketchum, assistant professor in the Radiologic Science Program

* Mary E. McNair, assistant professor of nursing

* Sherra Williams, inpatient nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit

5 Years

* Tearsanee Carlisle, nurse practitioner in Emergency Medicine

* Lydia Fisher, business operations supervisor for University Physicians

* Kimberly Gross, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

* Thomas Herrington, biomedical engineering tech in Clinical Engineering

* Wandra Holmes, patient access specialist in Admissions

* Erica Jackson, health information services tech for University Physicians

* Anthony Knights, administrative assistant in Anesthesiology

* Dr. David Seago, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery/pathology

* Angela Stanford, nursing shift supervisor in the Oncology Clinic

* Barbara Turner, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Venice Williams, health information services tech for University Physicians

Ro to give pharmacology presentation
Ro to give pharmacology presentation

Dr. Seungil Ro, assistant professor of physiology and cell biology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, will present "MicroRNAs: The Biggest Little Regulators in the Smooth Muscle" at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in room 6A. For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.

Thomson to present physiology seminar

Dr. Scott Thomson, professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension at the University of California, San Diego, will present "Concise Logic and Odd Behavior of the Early Diabetic Kidney" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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.

MBS, UMMC to host one-day blood drive

Mississippi Blood Services and the University of Mississippi Medical Center will host a one-day-only blood drive, "Cover Mississippi 2012," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the front entrance to University Hospital. Donors must bring identification to the drive. Those who donated at the Medical Center's December drive are not eligible to participate. MBS suggests that all donors eat at least four hours before giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after making a donation. All donors will receive a T-shirt. For more information, call 1-888-902-5663 or visit

Olson to present Nelson research lecture

Dr. Eric Olson, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science, Annie and Willie Nelson Professor, Pogue Distinguished Chair in Research on Cardiac Birth Defects, and professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, will give the Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, "Heart Making and Heart Breaking: The Molecular Circuitry of Cardiac Development, Disease and Regeneration," at noon on Thursday, Feb. 9, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre). The lecture is presented by the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular-Renal Research and is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.

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