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Student body leaders crown 'Mr. Movember'

Dr. Jerry Clark, chief student affairs officer and associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine, reacts to the surprise announcement of his “Mister Movember” award presented by M2 class president Sarah Ali during the Movember Awards ceremony Nov. 26 in classroom R354.

First- and second-year medical students grew mustaches and beards in November to help raise awareness of and money for prostate cancer research.

Neurobiology faculty welcome Lebesgue

Lebesgue_DianeDr. Diane Lebesgue, a neuroscientist with an interest in the neural circuitry and molecular machinery that underlies sex differences in neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression and addiction, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences.

After receiving a master's degree in reproduction and nutrition physiology from the Universite de Tours, France, in 1992 and a predoctoral degree in reproduction physiology from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 1993, Lebesgue earned her PhD in life sciences at the Universite de Tours in 1997. She did postdoctoral training at the Biotechnology Research Institute at the Universite de Montreal, Canada, from 1998-2001. She then joined Solvay Pharmaceuticals in France as a research scientist until she returned to basic science in 2004 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City. Since 2007, and before joining UMMC, she served as an instructor in neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The coauthor of 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Lebesgue serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals, including the "Journal of Neurochemistry" and "Hormones and Behavior." She received a Mentored Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, which supports her research into sex differences in addiction. She has given numerous invited talks and scientific presentations at meetings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. Tereza V. Holman, assistant professor of medicine (hematology)

15 Years

* Cheryl Jackson, sponsored programs administrator, Research and Sponsored Projects

10 Years

* Laron Trigg, telephone operator, Information Systems

5 Years

* La'Rhonda Cheeks, scheduling operations supervisor, University Physicians Scheduling

* Lakecia Colenburg, physician scheduler, University Physicians Scheduling

* Thomas Douglas, transport nurse, Adult Critical Transport

* Cynthia Harris, surgical tech, Surgical Suite

* Patrina Massey, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

* Dr. Anand M. Prem, assistant professor of anesthesiology

* Monica Sulton, business operations manager, Cancer Institute Administration

* Kathryn Vaughan, speech language pathologist, Communicative Sciences

Neurobiology talk to cover genomic instability

Stambrook_PeterDr. Peter J. Stambrook, professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will present "Nuclear Equivalence and Genomic Instability: From Discovery to Practice" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Grand rounds: Obamacare, anesthesiology

Williams_MarkDr. Mark Williams, chief medical officer for North Mississippi Health Services, North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Health-care Reform and Anesthesiology," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Keneshia Reed at 5-6507. 

NIH research fellow to discuss quality control

Scott_IainDr. Iain Scott, research fellow in the Center for Molecular Medicine, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., will present "Nutrition, Acetylation and Mitochondrial Quality Control" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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.

UMMC CEOs to host motivational meetings

Cook and Giesecke NOVKevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children's of Mississippi, will host a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings in December. Medical Center faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least one of the meetings.

The meetings are scheduled at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in room S123; 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in room CW106; 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in room 7A; 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in meeting room 3536 on the third floor of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton.

For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Corbett lecturer to discuss photophobia

Digre_KathleenDr. Kathleen B. Digre, professor of neurology and ophthalmology and adjunct professor of ob-gyn at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will give the third annual James J. Corbett, MD Lectureship in Neuro-ophthalmology, "Come Out of the Dark - Progress in Understanding Photophobia," from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in the School of Health Related Professions.

For more information, call Pearlie Brownlow at 4-5502.

Schwartz Rounds to cover family involvement

Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics, and Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain, will facilitate the next Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "When Family Involvement Impedes Health Care," at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Dr. R. Craig Long, assistant professor of cardiology, Fairest Stevenson-Matthews, nurse manager in cardiac rehabilitation, Alicia Augustine, nurse practitioner in cardiology, and Linda McComb, hospital chaplain, will serve as panelists for the discussion.

Refreshments will be available. Attendees must bring their UMMC identification badge to be scanned for credit. Continuing education credit will be available.

For more information, call Dr. Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141 or email her at

Grill to focus on chemotherapeutic resistance

Grill_RaymondDr. Raymond J. Grill, associate professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, will present "Chemotherapeutic Resistance in Spinal Cord Injury: Lessons from Cancer" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in room 6A in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

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