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Rez party barge floats gingerbread judges’ boat

Celebrity judges, from left, architects Ann Somers and Rob Farr from CDFL and Jan Michaels from Clear Channel Radio-Jackson, deliberate over entries in this year's Gingerbread Village Competition Dec. 18.

After carefully considering each entry, they awarded first place to the Division of Information Systems for its gingerbread party boat.

"We try to pick iconic subjects that people will connect with," said DIS team member Mary Craft, referencing the Friendship Two that cruises the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

A pop-up book with scenes of a child's bedroom and Santa's workshop created by a team from the fifth floor of Batson Children's Hospital took second place. Third place went to the Office of Integrity and Compliance for the team's detailed depiction of the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, including animal pen, yellow slide and coliseum.

The confections will be displayed in the University Hospital lobby through Dec. 30.


HCH float captures Lexington parade title

University Hospital-Holmes County's entry in the 2013 Lexington Christmas Parade, "Unifying the Joyous Season," won the first place award. It marks the eighth consecutive title for UHHC in the annual Christmas float competition.


National journal taps peds chair for editorship

Barr_RickThe Southern Medical Journal recently selected Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics, as assistant editor for child health. His editorship will begin Jan. 1.

A monthly electronic publication of the Southern Medical Association, the journal has a multi- and interdisciplinary focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other health-care specialists.


Golf championship hits hole-in-one for Batson

Joe Sanderson, center, CEO and chairman of the board of Sanderson Farms, awaits John Lang's announcement of the Sanderson Farms golf championship proceeds with Sara Ray, Friends of Children's Hospital chairman.

Lang, Century Club Charities president, presented $300,000 in tournament proceeds from the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship.

Lang said a last-minute anonymous donation coupled with an earlier anonymous donation catapulted the total to more than $500,000 for Friends of Children's Hospital.


Clinical researcher joins medicine faculty

Wang_WeiDr. Wei Wang, a skilled clinical researcher with in-depth experience in statistical analysis, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2001, Wang earned the M.S. in pathology in 2007 and the Ph.D. in biostatistics in 2012 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Since earning his Ph.D., Wang has served as a statistician working on medical device clinical trials for the Global Eye Health Center, Bausch and Lomb Inc., Rochester, N.Y.

The coauthor of 18 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Statistics in Medicine and REVSTAT, his research interests include causal inference, zero-inflated count data, joint models for mixed discrete and continuous outcomes, and crossover trial analysis.


Taste mascot delivers preview of party to come

Dr. Fine Swine, mascot for Taste of the U, delivers a thank-you photo to Yvette Galloway, program administrator in physical facilities, recognizing the physical facilities' team for participating in the 2013 Taste event.

Taste of the U is an annual multi-themed party at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center that raises funds for the UMMC Alliance, a nonprofit that fills the needs of Medical Center patients, families and facilities. Taste 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22.

To enter a chef team for Taste of the U, choose a theme and call Melanie Lauderdale at 5-8319 or email her at mlauderdale@umc.edu.


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Pam Bouldin, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Phyllis Harris, nurse, 3 Children's

* Pamela B. Mullins, instructor in pediatric neonatology

* Patricia Walter, nurse, 4 Wiser

15 Years

* Madalyn Martin, patient services coordinator, Internal Medicine

10 Years

* Tobi Breland, instructor in pediatric hematology/oncology

* Michelle Mullins, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Clifton Richmond, patient care technician, Short Stay Procedure Area

5 Years

* Vicky Curtis, medical assistant, Internal Medicine

* Colleen Harrell, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Sheryl Meaders, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Kidada Rice Larry, treasury management director, Office of the Comptroller

* Brandon Mayes, end-user computer specialist, Information Systems

* Leslie Webb, diagnostic sonographer, Ultrasound


Evidence-based psychotherapy topic of rounds

Dr. Jeanne M. Gabriele, psychotherapy coordinator at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, "VA Evidence-based Psychotherapy Team: A System Change to Promote the Implementation of Evidence-based Psychotherapy as a Front Line Treatment" at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 in classroom CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information call Roshunda Stewart 4-5746.



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