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Humanities conference, Match Day top week's agenda

Published on Monday, March 16, 2015

Published on March 16, 2015
A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

Tuesday, March 17

Journal club to discuss health disparities


Dr. Juanyce Taylor, assistant dean of research and innovation and chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions, will serve as the discussion leader at the next Health Disparities Journal Club session from noon-1 p.m. in classroom A140a in the School of Nursing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The club is sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

For more information, call Felicia Bowens at 5-9019 or email


Wednesday, March 18

Plastic surgeon to cover tongue-based obstruction


Dr. Michael Friel, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "Neonatal Tongue Based Airway Obstruction," at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Carol Hollingsworth at 5-1292.  


Physiology grad assistant to discuss CV stress regulation


John Clemmer, a graduate assistant in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will present the physiology seminar, "Regulation of Cardiovascular Stress Hyperglycemic Responses After Hemorrhage in the Obese Zucker Rat," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 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.      


Thursday-Friday, March 19-20

Humanities in Medicine to explore extraordinary bodies


Dr. Leonard Cassuto, professor of English at Fordham University, New York, will present "Telling and Teaching the Extraordinary Body" at noon on Friday, March 20, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

The presentation is part of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities' 2015 Humanities in Medicine Conference, "Extraordinary Bodies: Perceptions and Engagements," scheduled March 19-20.

A panel on "Historical Representations of Disfiguring Differences" will open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in R354, followed by a screening and discussion of the 1980 David Lynch film "The Elephant Man," and an installation on loan from the Mississippi State Hospital, "Faces of Madness, a History of Mental Illness."

A panel discussion on "Disfigurement in the Clinical Context" will kick off at 9:45 a.m. Friday in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing. A concluding panel, "Difference and Disfigurement: Broader Contexts, Disciplinary Perspectives and Questions," will follow Cassuto's talk.

The conference will explore humanities, social science and disability studies scholarship on the day-to-day assumptions and encounters experienced by people with disfigurement and disability. All medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. Continuing Medical Education credit will be available. For more information, visit and search "CE events."


Friday, March 20

Med students to meet their match at ceremony

Senior medical students will find out where they will go for specialty training during Match Day from 10 a.m.-noon at the Jackson Convention Center on 105 East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson.

For more information, email Julie Wassom at


On the horizon

Rush pharmacologist to relate meth abuse, Parkinson's


Dr. T. Celeste Napier, professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University, will present "Methamphetamine Abuse and Vulnerability for Parkinson's Disease" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in room 6A (N617).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.


UAB plastic surgeon to discuss breast reconstruction

Dr. James C. Grotting, clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present "Breast Reconstruction - A Personal Look Back and What Lies Ahead" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Theresa White at 4-5084.


Take a break, donate during quarterly blood drive

Medical Center faculty, staff and students will be invited to "Take a Break and Donate" when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center March 30-April 3 for the quarterly UMMC Blood Drive.

The message for the drive is "Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood." All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt with that message. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 30, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, near the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the School of Dentistry lounge; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 3, near the University Hospital entrance.

Be sure to look for the MBS donor coach when making a donation. For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

Scientific method to be on full display during Research Day


Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, will provide the keynote address, "Reconsidering the Scientific Method in the Information Age," during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day event scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

MSRP oral presentations will kick off the day from 8-9:30 a.m. in conference room A, with a poster session and continental breakfast from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Summers' presentation and lunch will take place from noon-1 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony, which will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. in conference rooms A-D.

For more information about Research Day, call Marsha Manuel at 5-1956.