Twitter chat, final Taste of the U highlight week's eventsPublished on Monday, February 16, 2015 Published on February 16, 2015 A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.Tuesday, Feb. 17 SOD faculty to lead health disparities discussion BuchananDr. William Buchanan, professor of periodontics and preventive sciences in the School of Dentistry, will lead a Health Disparities Journal Club discussion from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in classroom A140a in the School of Nursing.The Health Disparities Journal Club, formerly the Population Health Journal Club, is hosted by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Felicia Bowens at 5-9019 or email her at email@example.com.Wednesday, Feb. 18 Pastoral Services to mark beginning of Lent The Department of Pastoral Services will mark the beginning of the season of Lent by offering Ash Wednesday services at 7 a.m. and at noon on Feb. 18 in the University Hospital Chapel.All Medical Center faculty, staff, students and visitors are invited to participate. For more information, call Linda McComb, chaplain, at 5-2108. Surgery Rounds to explain why belching is overrated CusimanoDr. Trey Cusimano, chief resident, general surgery, in the Department of Surgery, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, “Gastresophageal Reflux Disease: Belching is Overrated,” at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.For more information, call Carol Hollingsworth at 5-1292. Physiologist to examine VSMC mechanosomes DrummondDr. Heather Drummond, associate professor of physiology and biophysics, will present the Physiology Seminar, "The VSMC Mechanosome," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. UMMC cardiovascular experts to tweet about heart health Join the Metro Jackson American Heart Association and experts from the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a Heart Health Twitter Chat. #HeartChatJxn is an online Twitter Chat to answer your questions about heart disease and heart health. Dr. Myrna Alexander Nickens, director of UMMC's Women's Heart Clinic, and Dr. Mike McMullan, professor of cardiology, will be answering your questions. Be sure and post your question below and join us from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Just follow #HeartChatJxn on Twitter. Thursday, Feb. 19 New Jersey critical care leader to give presentation from the heart TrzeciakDr. Stephen Trzeciak, head of critical care medicine at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, will present “Mechanisms of Microcirculatory Dysfunction in Sepsis” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.Trzeciak’s seminar is part of the Cardiovascular Renal Research Center’s series of visiting presentations in February to spotlight cardiovascular disease research and to raise awareness of the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited to the presentations. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.For more information about the presentations, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436. Marshall biochemist to discuss personalized chemotherapy assay ClaudioDr. Pier Paolo Claudio, associate professor of biochemistry, microbiology and surgery at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, and director of the Translational Genomic Research Institute Laboratories at the Joan C. Edwards Cancer Center, will present “The ChemoID(r) Assay, a Novel Drug Assay Platform for Personalized Chemotherapy and Drug Discovery,” at noon on Thursday, Feb. 19, in room G-151 in the Arthur C. Guyton Research Library.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Freda Turpeau at 5-6802. Saturday, Feb. 21 UMMC Alliance to host 25th - and final - Taste of the U Chef teams formed by UMMC faculty, staff and students will provide a taste of their cuisine in an effort to win the “Dr. Fine Swine” trophy during the 25th annual Taste of the U, scheduled from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.Tickets cost $25 each for adults, $15 each for students, interns and residents and $5 each for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Alliance’s Patient Needs Fund.To purchase tickets, visit www.alliance.umc.edu or for more information, contact Celeste Eason at 5-9292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.On the horizon UMMC/2020 #AHealthierMS to unveil new strategic plan For more than a year, a Strategic Plan Steering Committee of institutional leaders, appointed by the Medical Center's Office of Governance and Strategic Planning and guided by a Strategic Plan Core Team representing each of the institution's missions, have met to develop the UMMC Strategic Plan. The results are now ready to be unveiled. A sense of collegial collaboration and solidarity of purpose will be on display at noon on Monday, Feb. 23, when Medical Center leaders and members of the Strategic Plan Committee formally present UMMC's Strategic Plan to all faculty, staff and students at the "UMMC/2020: The Plan for #AHealthierMS" event in R153 Auditorium. All UMMC faculty, staff and students are invited to the event, which will include a dynamic vide and informative presentations by Medical Center leaders. For more information about the event, call 4-1100. Health officer to give health disparities presentation JonesMichael L. Jones, deputy director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and chief community health officer, will lead a Health Disparities Journal Club discussion from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in classroom A140a in the School of Nursing.The Health Disparities Journal Club, formerly the Population Health Journal Club, is hosted by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Felicia Bowens at 5-9019 or email her at email@example.com. Common Reading Project to explore Mississippi author's memoir The School of Medicine's Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Divisions and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a UMMC Common Reading Project of the novel, "Men We Reaped: A Memoir," by Jesmyn Ward from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).The annual event, now in its fourth year, highlights the many dimensions of diversity and reminds participants how good literature can help in the exploration of complex human problems. Participants should read the book before attending. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 in attendance.For more information, call LaFreda Sias at 4-1339. Weill Cornell Medical College neurologist to give Nelson Research Lecture IadecolaDr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute and Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, will present the 18th Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture sponsored by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center and the American Heart Association, “Hypertension and Dementia: A Bench-to-Bedside Approach,” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.Iadecola’s seminar is the last of the Cardiovascular Renal Research Center’s series of visiting presentations to spotlight cardiovascular disease research and to raise awareness of the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited to the presentations. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.