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SOD students take in convention

School of Dentistry students and Student National Dental Association members, from left, Valexia Edwards, Adriane White, Kefei Duan and Ashley Harris, attended the organization's 40th national convention in Boca Raton, Fla., July 19-22.

At the convention, the UMMC chapter's former vice president, David Carter, was elected as the national president-elect for the 2012-13 school year and will serve as SNDA president for the 2013-14 school year.

In memoriam

Dr RobertsDr. William Lewis Roberts, an assistant professor of pathology at UMMC from 1995-98, died July 26 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 52.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Roberts was a 1982 graduate of Ohio State University. He earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1988 and the M.D. in 1990 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Roberts completed a pathology residency and fellowship at Yale University, where he served as chief resident in 1991. His first faculty appointment was at UMMC.

In 1998, Roberts joined the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, a national medical reference laboratory, as an assistant professor of clinical chemistry. He then went on to become a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2007 and an internationally known clinical chemist and pathologist.

Funeral services were Aug. 2 in Salt Lake City.


Dr. Virginia Hall Read, former director of special chemistry in the Division of Clinical Pathology, died Aug. 10 after an extended illness. She was 74.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Reed attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. After completing her sophomore year, she transferred to the graduate program in biochemistry at UMMC and obtained an M.S. degree in biochemistry in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1964.

Her research focused on thyroid and adrenal biochemistry. In addition to research and teaching students and residents, she served on the Medical School Admissions Committee. She was a committee member from 1986-1991 and was appointed chairman of this committee in 1991, serving as such until her retirement in 2000.

Funeral services were this morning at 11 a.m.

Campus Police releases July crime stats

handcuffsCampus Police reported 12 larceny thefts and three arrests in July.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.     

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Tina Smith, researcher in Psychiatry

20 Years

* Ruthie Andrews, technician in Environmental Services

* Earline Edwards, animal lab technician in Laboratory Animal Facilities

* Cindy Hudson, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Dr. Laura Schenk, associate professor of nursing

15 Years

* James Anderson, senior systems administrator in Information Systems

* Pamela Davis, director of ambulatory operations for University Physicians

10 Years

* Steven Bearden, social worker in the Adult Rehabilitation Center

* Charles Ezell, instrument and supply technician in the Newborn ICU

* Dr. Natalie Gaughf, assistant professor of family medicine

* Elizabeth Henry, nurse in Neurosurgery

* Donna Jernigan, patient care technician in Medical Surgical Float

* Robbie Key, technical specialist in Clinical Lab Administration

* Melinda Mack, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Kathy Simmons, medical technologist in the Clinical Lab Nursery

5 Years

* Emily Ard, surgical tech in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Kimmabel Camphor, technician in Environmental Services

* Charlette Carter, unit secretary in the Surgical Suite

* Regina Coker, pharmacist in the Pharmacy

* Jennifer Hutchinson, pharmacist in the Pharmacy

* Evangelist McGowan, technical specialist in Clinical Lab Administration

* Bobbie Ramsey, patient care technician on 3 North

* Corinne Sampson, physical therapist In Batson Children’s Hospital

* Tyree Stapleton, food service aide in Patient Food Services

* Ryan Williams, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Shane Wise, ambassador in Ambassadors

* Dorthy Young, instructor in the Health Sciences Program

Harris, Giesecke to present MAP meetings

Harris and GieseckeJanet Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will present a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings for UMHC employees from 3-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in room R153; from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in room R354; from 1-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the CBO Building in Clinton.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

ICD-10 seminar to assist coders, clinicians

are you ready ICD-10Aaron Sapp of United Healthcare will present "ICD-10: Together through Change," from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The seminar will help coders understand the new system and will aid clinicians who need training on how to provide clinical documentation.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, but coders and clinicians are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to 100 participants.

For more information, call Jenny Walker at 5-9818. 

Kundu to present cancer seminar

KunduDr. Gopal Kundu, senior scientist at the National Center for Cell Science in Pune, India, will present "Osteopontin and Related Proteins: Inflammation, Cancer and Pathological Angiogenesis" at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.    

Enchanted Evening to benefit Batson Hospital

BP Enchanted Evening Logo 2012Friends of Children's Hospital will host Enchanted Evening Presented by BankPlus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Mississippi Museum of Art's new art garden. All proceeds will benefit Friends.

The event will include a live art auction, food, music by KARMA and a drawing for $5,000. Participants are encouraged to wear white attire to the outdoor event.

Tickets cost $100 each, and gala sponsorships and host committee positions are still available. For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273 or e-mail

Soil boring to impact campus parking

Soil Boring SMEngineering consultants are planning to do soil borings in three campus parking lots as part of the design phase of the new School of Medicine building.

Approximately 24 spaces in lot 3 will be unavailable on Thursday, Aug. 23; approximately eight parking spaces, including four for handicapped parking, in lot 21 will be unavailable on Friday, Aug. 24; and approximately 19 spaces, including five for handicapped parking, in lot 19 will be unavailable on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26.

Refer to the accompanying diagram to see which spaces will be impacted by the scheduled boring.  (Soil Boring Diagram)

For more information about the scheduled soil boring, call the Office of Planning and Construction at 4-1477.   

Jones, Keeton, Dzielak to address faculty

Jones_Keeton_Dzielak EDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of Medicaid, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Friday, Aug. 31, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The event will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis.

Full-time faculty who have met the 20 cumulative-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at

Ceremony to kick off cafeteria reopening

A grand opening ceremony for the renovated cafeteria is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

All six dining stations will open for business at 11. Cash, credit or debit cards and payroll deduction with valid UMMC employee identification will be accepted.

For more information, call Food and Nutrition Services at 4-2070.         

Lightning strikes School of Dentistry building

During a violent thunderstorm Aug. 6, lightning struck the northwest corner of the School of Dentistry building. Deborah Hayes, left, and Cindy Chestee check damage to the corner from the fifth-floor balcony, close to where their desks are located. Hayes reported her weather radio had just gone off followed by a very bright flash and a tremendous report.  No damages were reported inside the offices from the lightning strike.

Burney to direct facilities planning

burneyChris Burney has joined the Medical Center as the interim executive director of planning.

He will have overall responsibility for planning, design and construction. Previously he worked for Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, where he was administrative director of facilities management.

His job is to oversee the continued operation, coordination and consolidation of construction, master planning, space management and infrastructure on campus. 

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_AHAThe University of Mississippi Medical Center will participate in the American Heart Association’s Metro Jackson Area Heart Walk Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Mississippi state capitol.  Dr. Richard deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, is UMMC’s champion and is recruiting team captains to participate and recruit other UMMC faculty, staff and students to the walk.  A UMMC Team Captain Kick-Off Luncheon is this Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Student Union.  In the meantime, captains can register their teams at  UMMC’s overall goal is $50,000. 

SOM holds third annual Family Day

Third-year medical student Lindsey Berg discusses different parts of the brain's anatomy with Dr. Philip and Joanne To of Starkville during a stop during the campus tour at the third annual Family Day August 10. The To's son, Harrison, is an entering medical student.  Family Day, which has been wildly successful since its inception, is designed to help family members of medical students understand some of the things the students will go through during their education and give family members a chance to ask any questions they might have.

New med students participate in coat ceremony

First-year School of Medicine student Jared White, right, receives his Humanism in Medicine pin while his twin brother Parker is "coated" by Dr. Loretta Jackson, associate dean, during the Class of 2016 White Coat Ceremony held at the Belhaven Performing Arts Center Aug. 10. Each of the 135-member class received a Humanism in Medicine pin and their white coats with the student's name and the medical school’s escutcheon symbolizing that the owner is a physician in training. The students then together recited the Oath of Hippocrates.

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