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UMMC carolers spread holiday cheer

David Clark, right, and other community members, Medical Center staff and chaplains, under the direction of Katie Hester, left, sing carols during a Dec. 19 visit to the bone marrow transplant floor. Each year, the carolers spread holiday cheer to UMMC patients and staff before Christmas break.

Med students, faculty enjoy Hawaiian holiday

Members of the School of Medicine Class of 2016 take a study break for the school’s annual Hawaiian shirt contest Dec. 17.

Clark Cutrer won the top men’s Hawaiian shirt title, Victoria Scott took the best women’s Hawaiian shirt prize and Dr. David Brown, professor of biochemistry, received first place in the faculty Hawaiian shirt category.

Organizers wedged the contest into an all-day biochemistry review session: the students faced two major exams late last week.   (Larger Image)

Hospital managers recognize Mixon

Mary Mixon awardMary Mixon, assistant administrator, was honored for her leadership and commitment to the Medical Center during the monthly managers meeting Nov. 15.

She was recognized for her institutional knowledge, her expert knowledge of hospital policies and regulatory agency requirements, her involvement with professional organizations and her mentoring of staff. 

Seasonal decoration honors anatomical donors

A decorative seasonal arrangement recently was placed on the memorial marker honoring those who have donated their bodies for anatomical education at the campus cemetery. The arrangement came from an anonymous donor.

MIGMH staff attend disparities conference

Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health (MIGMH) staff members Tekla Sanders, left, Dr. Bettina Beech, second from right, and Bridgette Booker speak with Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, during the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit earlier this month.

MIGMH staff had five abstracts accepted at the conference, which offered the opportunity to learn innovative and practical strategies for addressing health disparities in the Delta Region states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

During the summit, a Department of Health and Human Services effort to advance activities to eliminate health disparities by focusing on emerging science and its intersection with practice and policy, MIGMH staff networked with distinguished NIH representatives and members of the United States Congress.

Medic staff dedicate annual to Turner

Lyssa Weatherly, left, first-year internal medicine resident, 2011-12 ASB president and Medic editor, presents a copy of the 2012 edition of the annual to Dr. Helen Turner, former associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, during a lunch ceremony Oct. 14 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Medic staff dedicated the annual to Turner.

Students STEP right through dental school

Third-year dental student Ricardo Lemus, far right, leads a group of 57 students on a tour of the School of Dentistry Dec. 1 on behalf of the UMMC student chapter of the Hispanic Student Dental Association.

The students, representing grades 6-8 in the Jackson Public Schools, Choctaw Tribal Schools and Humphreys County School District in the Delta, are part of the Science Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) offered through the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Lemus is president of the UMMC chapter of HSDA. Dr. Gaarmel Funches, second from right, director of Community Education and Outreach, also was on hand for the tour. (Larger Image)

Biochemistry faculty welcome Velma

VelmaDr. Venkatramreddy Velma, a molecular biologist with an interest in nuclear organization and dynamics in cancer cells, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry.

After receiving the B.S. in microbiology, botany and chemistry from Osmania University, India, in 1999, Velma earned a master's of science in biotechnology at Bharathidasan University, India, in 2002, and a Ph.D. in environmental science at Jackson State University in 2009. Velma has served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at UMMC since September 2009.

An active member of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Environmental Mutagen Society and the Society of Toxicology, Velma is coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed publications and one book chapter.

Fund-raising professionals champion Blackwell

Bess Crawley Blackwell, second from left, former assistant director of hospital education who retired from the Medical Center in 2008, receives the 2012 Community Champion Award during the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day celebration Nov. 15 at the Jackson Country Club.

On hand for the ceremony are, from left, Lisa Vaughan, director of business operations in the School of Nursing; Matthew Blackwell, Bess Blackwell's husband; Dr. Pat Waltman, professor of nursing and associate dean for academic affairs and accreditation; and Rosalyn Howard, executive director of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Blackwell volunteers with Sta-Home Hospice and was named volunteer of the quarter in July. She also volunteers with Southern Care Hospice. Blackwell was named the School of Nursing Alumnus of the Year in 2010.

In 2008, she established The Bess Crawley Blackwell Endowed Scholarship in Nursing fund, which is given annually to two undergraduate nursing students.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

10 Years

* Mark Barton, physical therapist, Pavilion Physical Therapy

* Katrina Perry, patient services coordinator, Batson Community Clinic

* Kimberly Williams, inpatient nurse, Ambulatory Surgery

5 Years

* Lawrence Brantley, facilitator, Patient Affairs

* Ronald Gale, surgical tech, Batson Children’s Hospital Surgical Suite

* Larquetta Jordan, unit secretary, Pediatric ICU

Ross to discuss unconscious bias

Howard RossHoward Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., will present "Unconscious Bias - The Elephant in the Room," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation will address how unconscious bias develops, how it impacts people and diversity efforts, and how it impacts the creation of successful cultural change. The seminar is presented by the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339 or visit

Fuqua to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

fuquaDr. Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, professor of medicine and molecular cell biology at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Nuclear Receptor Program at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Reading project to discuss Fadiman book

Book TaylorThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics. Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event.

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339.


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