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Food, blessing, baseball highlight appreciation

To coincide with a national recognition of hospitals, Medical Center leadership has planned several events as part of an Employee Recognition Week, "Riding the Wave into Our Future," May 12-16.

Scheduled activities include visits by gourmet food trucks, free hot dog lunches, a contest to trade parking places with an administrator, and a night out at the Mississippi Braves.

On the schedule so far:

* Gourmet food trucks will line up alongside the Arthur C. Guyton Research Center courtyard area from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, May 12, to offer items for sale, including hamburgers, tacos, steak or chicken sandwiches, cookies and iced tea.

* A free hot dog lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at either the School of Nursing/School of Medicine walkway area, the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants courtyard, or the University Physicians Pavilion. Employees must present their UMMC identification badges to participate. Separate hot dog events will be offered during the week at off-campus locations and for evening staff.

In keeping with the theme, employees are encouraged to wear a tropical or Hawaiian shirt on the day of their respective department's hot dog meal, with approval by their respective managers.

* Pastoral Services staff will offer a "Blessing of the Hands" at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in the University Hospital chapel. The employee assistance program Lifesynch also will present a webinar on combating stress from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday.

* UMMC Night at the Mississippi Braves, with specially priced tickets available to employees, is scheduled for Thursday, May 15.

* The 2500 Club Toastmasters will give a grand finale presentation on Friday, May 16.

Simpson selected to lead assessment efforts

Kim SimpsonDr. Kimberly Simpson, associate professor of medicine in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, has been selected to serve as the Medical Center's director of assessment effective Monday, June 2.

The director of assessment monitors, measures and communicates UMMC's effectiveness in meeting academic and administrative goals. Simpson will play a leading role in working with UMMC faculty and staff to coordinate and gauge the effectiveness of institutional efforts. This information will be used to guide opportunities for instructional enhancement and interprofessional education.

She will consult with Medical Center leaders and designated committees and groups tasked with implementing the institution's strategic planning initiative and objectives in a manner that is compliant with the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC), Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and other school- and program-specific accreditation bodies.

Simpson will be responsible for the timely collection, analysis and editing of various academic programmatic and curricular data and for the management of successful reporting cycle updates.

Leading SHRP graduates receive top honors

Jessica Bailey, dean of the School of Health Related Professions, presents the SHRP Dean's Award to Clarence Holmes during the school's 31st annual Honors Day May 9 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The award is presented to a graduating student in any discipline in SHRP whose activities in academics, scholarship or school, community or professional service are exemplary and bring honor to the school.

To view a full list of all SHRP Honors Day award recipients, click here.

Ceremony honors leaders in nursing profession

The Medical Center's leading nurses were honored during the 2014 Excellence in Nursing Award ceremony May 7 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Awardees include: front row from left, James Polson, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; Dennis Demesa, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year;  Maria Dupree, Nurse Educator of the Year; Delorse White, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year; and Amanda Gandy, Nurse Mentor of the Year; and back row, from left, Joy Akanji, Non-traditional Nurse of the Year; Venessia Johnson, Nurse Researcher of the Year; Adyn Dancy, Nurse Rookie of the Year; Denise Adams, Nurse of the Year; Terri Gillespie, Nurse Administrator of the Year; and Pam Ferris, Nurse Manager of the Year, who also represents the Nursing Unit of the Year: the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.  (Enlarge Photo)

Student body leadership takes helm at banquet

Peter Mittweed, left, 2014-15 Associated Student Body president, receives the ASB Student of the Year Award from Brad Deere, right, 2013-14 ASB president, during the 2014-15 ASB Officer Installation Banquet May 5 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Fourth-year medical student Carson Kisner also received the Student of the Year award at the event.

Other ASB officers installed during the ceremony included Kevin Randolph, vice president; Kelly Pippin, secretary; and Daniel Lyons, treasurer.

Assistant prof’s proposal secures ACP award

ThigpenDr. Calvin Thigpen, assistant professor of medicine, submitted the proposal for the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Physicians that received the Evergreen Award at the ACP's Council of Residents national meeting May 9 in Orlando, Fla.

The Evergreen Award is given for the successful implementation of programs that increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity and foster careers in internal medicine and improve management of the ACP chapter.                 

Videos help students ‘discover’ higher education

clark_brownAs part of the IHL's College Discovered Project, a video by School of Nursing students Jeremy Clark and Ebony Brown has helped encourage middle school and high school students to pursue higher education.

Clark and Brown took the cameras home and recorded "day in the life" sequences for the video, then had in-house interviews on campus along with Dr. Tina Martin, professor of nursing, and Dr. Jan Cooper, associate professor of nursing.

To view the video, click here.

MLS students, faculty draw notice at meeting

Four Medical Laboratory Sciences students and two MLS faculty were recognized for their achievements at the Medical Laboratory Sciences State Meeting last week in Gulfport.

Senior students Q'taria Drayton, Gladys Laster, Taylor Ross and Brittany Sanders each received best student paper awards at the meeting, The students are mentored by Dr. Stacy Vance and Dr. Renee Wilkins.

Dr. Felicia Tardy, assistant professor, and Wilkins, assistant professor, each received State Omicron Sigma Awards for their service to the society.    

Dentistry faculty welcome prosthodontist

Y_DuanDr. Yuanyuan Duan, a dental materials scientist and prosthodontics specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of biomedical materials science in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving her dental degree from the Fourth Military Medical University, China, in 2002, Duan earned the master's degree in 2004 and the Ph.D. in 2007, both in prosthodontics, at the Fourth Military Medical University.

After graduation, Duan worked as a prosthodontist and faculty member at the Fourth Military Medical University School of Dentistry. She then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Materials Science at the Medical Center in 2014.

The author or coauthor of 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 22 abstracts and presentations, Duan is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Association for Dental Research and the Academy of Dental Materials.

Duan's research interests include fatigue testing and failure analysis of dental implant and dental ceramic; biomechanical study of dental implants and dental restorations using finite element method.


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Reba Tullos, operations manager, Office of the Dean, School of Health Related Professions

20 Years

* Wanda Gooden, instrument and supply technician, Gastro Lab

* Sherry Johnson, psychometrist, Neurology

15 Years

* John Black, plumber, Building Maintenance

* Anita East, nurse manager, Batson Primary Clinic

10 Years

* Sandra Barnes, surgical support technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Charlotte Bateman, nurse, Newborn ICU

* Sheri Burney, nurse, Ambulatory Surgery

* Tanya Calcote, poison information specialist nurse, Poison Control Center

* Doris Jenkins, surgical support technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Nancy King, surgical support technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Peter Malual, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Shelia Tyler, surgical support technician, Batson Children's Hospital Surgical Suite

* Elizabeth Wallace, inpatient nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Deirdre White, transport, Adult Critical Transport

5 Years

* Jennifer Berry, accounting clerk, Physical Facilities

* Tresheena Boyd, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

* Michelle Downs, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Shameika Durr, sales clerk, Bookstore

* Jessica Dykes, radiologic technologist, Pain Management Clinic

* Shundar Evans, animal lab technician, Laboratory Animal Facility

* Erin Hill, transport nurse, Adult Critical Transport

* Amy Holman, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Linda Lott, sales clerk, Bookstore

* Maria Plonczynski, scientist, School of Medicine

* Mimi Seto, business operations supervisor, Office of Development

* Shawanda Simmons, administrative assistant, Pediatric ICU

* Gary Swedenburg, maxillofacial prosthetic specialist, School of Dentistry

* Kayla Taylor, physician scheduler, Pediatric Administration

Research office to host employee workshop

The Office of Research will host a "Hiring and Managing Employees: Grants and Contracts" workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, May 14, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The workshop will provide information on UMMC hiring practices, best practices in employee management and conflict resolution. The focus will be on hiring and managing employees paid through external grants and contracts.

UMMC faculty, staff and students who have never hired or managed employees or those who wish to have a refresher course in managing employees are invited. For more information or to register, email Cari Fowler at

Tulane physiologist to present Hearin Lecture

NavarDr. Luis Gabriel Navar, chair and professor of physiology and co-director of the Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence at the Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Intrarenal Renin-Angiotensin System in Hypertension," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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

For more information, email Margie West at

Illinois molecular neuroscientist to talk twice

GraysonDr. Dennis Grayson, professor of molecular neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a pair of presentations on Friday, May 16.

He will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, "Autism Spectrum Disorder: How Do We Integrate New Genetic Findings with Epigenetic Hypotheses?" at noon in Room CW308 of the Classroom Wing. He also will present a CPN Distinguished Speaker Seminar, "Psychiatric Disorders Often Show Phenotypic Overlap: Is Due to Common Epigenetic Modalities?" from 3-4 p.m. in room G151-1 in the Arthur C. Guyton Research Center.

The seminars are presented by the Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience. For more information, call Catherine Kaime at 5-5392.        

McDonald House to host first Red Shoe 5K

red shoeThe Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi will host the organization's first Red Shoe 5K Run/Walk to help provide a "home away from home" for families with critically ill children being treated in Jackson-area hospitals on Saturday, May 17, at the northwest corner of the UMMC campus.

The event will include the 5K run/walk, a Corporation Kids fun run, and a drawing for a Wyatt Waters painting. Awards will be presented to the top men and women runners and top three places in differing age divisions.

Registration for the 5K costs $25 before the race or $30 on the day of the race. Corporation Kids Fun Run registration costs $15 before the race or $20 on the day of the race. All participants will receive a Wyatt Waters T-shirt.

Registration is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. with a race warm-up scheduled for 7:45 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the fun run will begin at 9 a.m.

The deadline for preregistration is Monday, May 12. For more information, email

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