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Planting pinwheels to prevent child abuse

Chandler Parker, a Kappa Delta sorority member from Millsaps College, plants pinwheels at UMMC April 1 as part of a national recognition of child abuse prevention.

To read more about Pinwheels for Prevention and how the Department of Information Systems is helping Prevent Child Abuse America with a virtual pinwheel garden, click here:

Evers Award banquet celebrates top educators

The School of Medicine's top educators were recognized at the 18th annual awards banquet of the Carl. G. Evers M.D. Society April 1 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Evers Award winners include, front row from left, Dr. David Brown, M1 Professor of the Year; Dr. Jack Correia, M1 Department of the Year (Department of Biochemistry); and Dr. William Daley, M2 Department of the Year (Pathology); and back row from left, Dr. Lauren Barry, M3 Resident of the Year; Dr. Lisa Didion, M3 Attending of the Year; Jan Simpson, M3 Course Administrator of the Year; Dr. Lyssa Weatherly, M4 Resident of the Year; and Dr. Michelle Horn, M3 and M4 Department of the Year (Department of Medicine).
Not pictured are Dr. Alexandra Brown, M2 Professor of the Year, and Dr. Calvin Thigpen, M4 Attending of the Year.

VA director speaks at spring faculty meeting

Joe Battle, director of the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, gave University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty and staff an overview of his hospital's patient care and areas of service during the Spring Faculty Meeting April 2 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Others speaking at the event included Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the School of Medicine.

Nursing alums select Haynie for top honor

Dr. Lisa Haynie, left, professor of nursing, receives the 2014 Nursing Alumnus of the Year Award from Michelle Burns, nursing workforce specialist in the Office of Clinical Excellence, during the UMMC School of Nursing Alumni Chapter Luncheon April 3 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Haynie, who has served as president of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation and is an active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, was selected for the award because of her many contributions to the nursing profession in Mississippi.

Haynie was cited for teaching in the undergraduate program; participating in faculty practice as a family nurse practitioner at the UNACARE Health Center, CARES and the Mercy Delta Express school-based mobile clinic; and receiving grant funding for several projects for which she has served as principal investigator.  

"She seeks opportunities for funding and practice because she is passionate about eliminating health disparities and access-to-care issues affecting the medically underserved," Burns said. 

Radiologic tech leadership program taps Steele

Jalyssa_SteeleJalyssa Steele, a junior radiologic sciences student in the School of Health Related Professions, is one of 75 radiologic sciences students nationwide to be selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2014 Student Leadership Development Program.

Steele will attend the ARST Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting June 26-29 in Orlando, Fla., and two educational courses designed for students. She will be assigned a professional mentor during the House of Delegates meeting.

During the symposium, medical imaging and radiation therapy students will network with radiology leaders, participate in educational activities and learn from seasoned radiologic technologists.

The ASRT boasts more than 152,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments.      

School of Dentistry faculty welcome Bain

Bain_JenniferDr. Jennifer L. Bain, a School of Dentistry alum, has joined the School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor of periodontics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Belhaven College in 2004, Bain earned the D.M.D. at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. She had postgraduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2009-14, performing clinical research in the School of Public Health and completing a periodontics residency while working toward a Ph.D. in pathobiology and molecular medicine in the School of Dentistry.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association/American Student Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Research and the American Association of Women Dentists, Bain has authored or coauthored nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and eight abstracts and has made 19 research or extramural presentations nationally.

Bain's research interests include targeted delivery of osteoinductive molecules to bone grafts, effects of oral inflammation and gender disparities in serum cytokines concentration in subjects with periapical abscesses.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Dr. Dongmei Cui, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

* Jennifer Deaton, ambulatory nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Gastro Lab

* Joyce Glover, fetal diagnostic sonographer, Pediatric Echocardiogram

* Dr. Thais Tonore, associate professor of family medicine

10 Years

* Mollie Coker, clinical research nurse, School of Medicine (Dermatology)

* Hope Johnson, revenue cycle appeals coordinator, Internal Access

* Anita Kinzey, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Pauline McKinney, nursing assistant, Holmes County Hospital

* Patricia Nelson, unit secretary, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

* Delores Sebren, data analyst, School of Medicine (Geriatrics)

5 Years

* Kimberly McKee, unit secretary, 2 North

* Sandra Provis, ambulatory operations manager, University Physicians Women's Administration

Mayo nephrologist to keynote research event

Nath_KArlDr. Karl A. Nath, professor of medicine in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, director of the Clinician Investigator Training Program and professor of physiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, will give the keynote presentation, "Maladaptive and Adaptive Responses to Heme Proteins in the Kidney," during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day event at noon on Tuesday, April 8, in Suite B on the second floor of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, call Janice Swinton at 5-9716.

King to discuss VOR, voluntary gaze shifts

KingDr. W. Michael King, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Vestibular Testing Center at the University of Michigan Health Sciences Center, Ann Arbor, will present "Voluntary Gaze Shifts: Where's the VOR?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in room 6A (N617) 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 and the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

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

Chhabra to cover OCD treatment, volar plating

ChhabraDr. Bobby Chhabra, Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor, professor and chair of orthopedic surgery and professor of plastic surgery at the University of Virginia Health System, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Charlottesville, Va., will give the J. T. Davis Hand Lecture Series presentations, "Treatment of OCD of the Capitellum in the Adolescent Throwing Athlete" and "Volar Plating of Distal Radius Fractures with prophylactic Concurrent FCR Carpal Tunnel Release Through a Hybrid FCR Approach," from 6:45-8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, in classroom 6A.

For more information, call Emily Lane Colvin at 5-1637 or email her at

Workshop to help researchers prep budgets

Grant_BudgetThe Office of Research will host a "Preparing a Grant Budget" workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 9, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The workshop will introduce basic budgeting terms and concepts useful for new and experienced investigators and will focus on acquainting participants with federal cost principles, how to prepare a grant budget, an overview of institutional- and sponsor-level budget-review processes and writing a comprehensive budget justification.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Carl Fowler at

Mayo physiologist to cover HVAD pathobiology

Nath_KArlDr. Karl Nath, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and professor of physiology at the Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, Minn., will present "Pathobiology of Hemodialysis Vascular Access Dysfunction" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 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.

Wyss to discuss building biomedical bridges

Wyss_MichaelDr. Michael Wyss, professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will present the Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, "Building Bridges for Entry of 21st Century K-14 Students into Biomedical Careers Pipeline," at noon on Thursday, April 10, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

For more information, call Jessica Hope Green Overby at 4-2810.   

Grad school to bring fun science to children

Children and their families can discover the exciting world of biomedical science during the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Science's "Discovery U Day" event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson.

Children will go on a "very berry DNA hunt," discover different medical materials, learn how nerves send signals and explore medicines that settle stomachs.

"Laboratory research is a critical part of science leading to discoveries that improve people's lives and helps them to stay healthy," said Dr. Michael Ryan, associate professor of physiology.

Discovery U is a recently developed program that promotes K-12 and undergraduate outreach and research through the graduate school. For more information, visit

Med Center to crack down on illegal parkers

no_parking2To provide adequate parking for patients, visitors and authorized parkers, the Division of Physical Facilities-Parking and Transportation will begin a Parking Enforcement Program on Monday, April 14.

All UMMC-owned parking facilities, including those on Lakeland Drive, at the Batson Specialty Clinic and at the Medical Towers, will be monitored on a regular basis to maintain full compliance with the UMMC parking policy. 

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students who operate a motor vehicle on campus are expected to be aware of the Medical Center's parking policy. Compliance with the parking rules and regulations is the responsibility of every person who parks a vehicle on campus. A lack of knowledge of the policy will not be accepted as a defense for violations.

The policy is available on the UMMC Intranet at on the Physical Facilities homepage.

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