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Immunology director receives Triplett Chair

Dr. Gailen Marshall, fifth from left, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, receives the inaugural R. Faser Triplett, Sr. M.D. Chair of Allergy and Immunology during an announcement of the new chair's funding April 17 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. 

Medical Center representatives and members of the Triplett family on hand for the event include, from left, Dr. Richard deShazo, Suzy Fuller, Dr. Shirley Schlessinger, Lou Ann Woidtke, Jackie Triplett, Dr. James Keeton, Liz Walker, Felton Walker, Susan Triplett and Chip Triplett. 

The chair is named for the state’s first board-certified allergist-immunologist. Triplett, who died at age 77 in 2010, left a legacy of care and service both to the people of Mississippi and to the University of Mississippi. He was a founding partner of the Mississippi Allergy Clinic, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and served as president of the Mississippi State Medical Association. 

Triplett served as president of the University of Mississippi Medical Alumni Association, the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, and was a lifetime member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association. The Triplett Alumni Center on the Oxford campus serves as the home of alumni activities for the University of Mississippi and recognizes his election to the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame.

Making brain awareness elementary

Members of the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience visited fourth and fifth graders at Brown Elementary School in Jackson March 23 to teach them about brain form, function and health as part of a national brain awareness campaign.

A group of six neuroscience graduate students from UMMC, four undergraduates from Millsaps College, and two faculty members set up four stations in the school’s auditorium to present different aspects of the brain and its functions. The group included UMMC grad students Nikki Beloate and Jeremy Duncan, shown above.

The elementary school students learned about the brain lobes, built models of neurons from colored pipe cleaners, learned how brains process visual inputs and got tips on keeping their brains healthy and safe. They also took the Stroop Test, a commonly used psychological attention task.

 "The overall goal was to reach out to the community and emphasize what we do every day at UMMC,” said second-year graduate student Jennifer Naylor. “Also, we wanted to share what we know about neuroscience and how it can be fun, interesting and useful.”

Sturdivant joins otolaryngology faculty


 Dr. Grace Gore Sturdivant has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.S. in communicative disorders summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi, Sturdivant earned the Au.D. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2011. She completed a supervised clinical externship as part of the Au.D. requirement at UMMC from 2010-11. During her doctoral studies, Sturdivant’s research focused on audiology services for musicians.

A fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, Sturdivant currently serves on the Audiology Subcommittee for the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Medical Center event advances directives

Veronica Holden, left, in pharmacy services talks with Sue Ann Meng, center, social worker, and Pam Wardlaw, administrative assistant, during a National Health Care Decisions Day event April 16 in the University Hospital walkway.
Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee, the event provided Medical Center faculty and staff the opportunity to officially register their personal end-of-life health-care decisions as part of a national health-care decisions awareness event by the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association.
Ethics committee members and social workers provided information about advanced directives - legal documents that allow patients to convey their decisions about their end-of-life care ahead of time - and assisted UMMC employees in completing the necessary forms.  

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Thomas Allen, refrigeration mechanic in Building Maintenance

* Regina Davis, respiratory therapy supervisor in Respiratory Therapy

* Gary Shows, senior IT support analyst in Physiology and Biophysics

* Katherine Squires, executive assistant to the CEO in University Hospital Administration   


10 Years

* Kristie Alexander, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Eleonor Edwards, lab services lead tech in Surgical Pathology

5 Years

* Maurice Bouchea, director of human resources for University Physicians

* Bettie Butler, business operations supervisor in Psychiatry

* Tonya Butler, administrative assistant in Performance Improvement

* Alicia Freeman, inpatient nurse in the Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants

* Joshua Munn, senior systems administrator in Information Systems

* Carolyne Walker, diagnostic sonographer in Ultrasound 

Medical school leaders get a taste of Epic

Showing that they can "walk the talk", School of Medicine officials dove head-first into an Epic electronic health record training session for executives last week.  Shown from left, Dr. Robin Rockhold, deputy director of academic affairs, Dr. Steven Case, dean for admissions, Dr. Jerry Clark, associate dean for student affairs, Dr. Patrick Smith, associate dean for faculty affairs, and Dr. James Keeton, medical school dean, receive training from Shefronia Brooks, Epic instructor.

Celebration to honor organ donation

Anderson Harris

 Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of surgery and transplant surgeon, Janet Harris, interim CEO of the adult hospitals, and two organ recipients will speak at a presentation as part of a national organ donor celebration at noon on Tuesday, April 24, in the front lower lobby of University Hospital.

Representatives from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be on hand to answer questions about signing up on the Mississippi Organ Donor Registry. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

Refreshments and information on organ donation in Mississippi will be available. For more information, call Sara Balch at 4-2454 or e-mail

Ceremony to honor anatomical donors

The Medical Center family is invited to a Ceremony of Thanksgiving to honor the institution's anatomical donors at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in the Medical Center Cemetery.

The ceremony recognizes those individuals who gave their bodies to the Medical Center for health professional education and research. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Shuttle service to the ceremony will be available in front of the School of Dentistry. For more information, send an e-mail to


Saha to give multicultural presentation

Saha Dr. Somnath Saha, associate professor of medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, will give a “Health Equity Presentation” at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will include a discussion of racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of health care, their potential sources and how health professionals can help make health care more equitable. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

Box lunches will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call Multicultural Affairs at 4-1340.


Community health advocate trainers sought

Healthy Linkages

 Healthy Linkages and Southern Remedy are seeking individuals to serve as trainers of community health advocates for a series of train-the-trainer programs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21, in the Classroom Wing at UMMC.

Community health advocates are lay persons trained to help individuals and communities adopt healthy behaviors. The goal of the training is to prevent and manage many chronic diseases that plague Mississippi.

For more information about the programs or to volunteer, call Michael Jones at 5-9693 or e-mail

Staff events herald arrival of Hospital Week

Hospital Week

 Some of the activities scheduled to recognize Medical Center employees leading into the institution's Hospital Week activities May 7-11 include:

* In appreciation of UMMC employees, the Mississippi Braves minor league baseball team in Pearl is offering discounted tickets at Trustmark Park for its May 10 contest against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Employees may bring their ID badges to the Mississippi Braves ticket office in Pearl to purchase tickets at $5 each. Those who purchase tickets before May 1 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Mississippi Braves team-autographed baseball.

* During Hospital Week, Team Spirit Awards will be distributed to recognize special co-workers. All permanent full-time and part-time UMMC employees are eligible to receive an award. All award nominations must be completed on an official Team Spirit Award form. The nominations should explain how the award recipient demonstrates teamwork resulting in excellent patient care and promotes a positive work environment. Completed nominations must be received in the Office of Nursing Excellence by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

* UMMC employees can enter a drawing to trade parking spaces with a hospital administrator for one week. To register, e-mail employee contact information to with “Trading Spaces” in the subject line, send employee contact information by campus mail to the Office of Nursing Excellence, or submit employee contact information at the Circles Concierge desk in the University Hospital lobby. Information must include the employee's full name, employee I.D. number, a phone number, a department name, which shift the employee works and the employee's supervisor’s name. Information must be received before 8 a.m. on Monday, April 30.

For more information about Hospital Week promotions, call Cammie Breedlove at 4-4181 or e-mail or visit

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