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Dr. Keeton to host town hall meeting this Wednesday

Keeton 2013Vice Chancellor James E. Keeton will hold a town hall meeting open to all UMMC faculty and staff on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower amphitheatre (R-153).  This will be an opportunity for any member of the UMMC community to ask questions and have a dialog with Dr. Keeton and members of his senior staff about any topic of interest.  The town hall will be the first of two campus-wide meetings open to the entire campus this calendar year.  The second will be in September.  Dr. Keeton will open the event with brief remarks on topics of current interest and then take questions from the audience for the balance of the hour.  Questions may be written and submitted on index cards.  The event will be videotaped and made available on the Internet to those who are interested but unable to attend.  

House passes bond bill for new SOM building

School of Medicine students enjoyed a unique view of legislation at work Jan. 23 when the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing $31 million in bonds for the new School of Medicine building.

Standing at the podium in the chamber of the Mississippi House of Representatives are, from left, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, School of Medicine students Zach Pippin, John Bridges, Madiha Ahmad, Maureen Offiah and Day Smith, and Dr. Jerry Clark, chief student affairs officer.  (Large Image)

The bill passed the House 118-1 and now is awaiting approval from the Mississippi Senate. 

Road repair to affect campus northbound lane

Blue constructA contractor will perform repairs to a section of road between Parking Garage B and the Critical Care Hospital and to a second section in front of University Hospital from approximately 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, to approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, weather permitting.

The repairs will affect the northbound lane of traffic only; the southbound lane will remain open. The repair areas will be blocked off and flagmen will be positioned to help vehicles and pedestrians with traffic flow.

The covered pick-up/drop-off entrance to the Critical Care Hospital will be closed during the road repairs.

For more information, call Physical Facilities at (601) 927-7875. (PDF Map)

Dentistry, DH students host vendor event

Senior dental hygiene students, from left, Kelsey Simmons and Parisa Rohani, and third-year dentistry students Kristen Douglas and Patton Webb attend a vendor fair they helped organize Jan. 24 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.   (Large Image)

Pulling together 32 vendors of dental supplies and materials, the event was the first to be planned jointly by dental hygiene and dentistry students.

The event was a fund-raiser to help support the Jackson Free Clinic and future service projects. The collaboration also promotes interaction between the School of Dentistry and the Dental Hygiene Program.

Orthopedic group taps Graves for induction

GravesThe American Orthopaedic Association has inducted Dr. Matthew Lee Graves, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation, Hansjörg Wyss AO Medical Foundation Chair of Orthopaedic Trauma and residency program director.

Founded in 1887, the AOA is the oldest and most distinguished orthopedic association in the world. It has been the parent of several major orthopedic organizations, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the OMeGA Medical Grants Association.

Membership is achieved by those who have made a significant contribution to education, research and the practice of orthopedic surgery.   

Prep students give 5k proceeds to research

Dr. Lucio Miele, second from right, director of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute, receives a $12,731.39 donation to the UMMC Cancer Institute from Jackson Prep students Cara Lee Crawford, left, and Anna Grace Buchanan, second from left, and Susan R. Linsday, Head of School at Jackson Prep, Jan. 22.

The proceeds for cancer research came from a 5k race, "Pounding the Pavement for a Cure," Sept. 15, 2012 at Liberty Park in Flowood that was organized by Crawford and Buchanan after cancer had struck members of both of their families. The junior students said they hope to make the race a yearly event.

Lu joins physiology faculty

LuDr. Yan Lu, a postdoctoral research fellow in physiology and biophysics at UMMC since 2009, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

Lu received the M.D. from Tianjin Medical University, China, in 2008. He completed a medical residency there from 2007-08 at the Central Hospital of Tianjin Medical University. Lu served as a diagnostic radiologist at the Oral Hospital of Nankai University, Tianjin, China, from 2008-09 before coming to the Medical Center as a postdoctoral research fellow.

An active member of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Heart Association, Lu has coauthored nine professional publications and abstracts.

Adams receives customer service kudos

Christie AdamsChristie Adams, a radiologic technologist in diagnostic radiology, received a customer service award during the monthly leadership meeting Jan. 24 in the Classroom Wing.

Adams was recognized for going "above and beyond her normal job duties" to help a female patient who had been left waiting for transportation to the parking garage after having had X-rays.

Adams "said she was getting off (work) in just a few minutes" and picked the patient up in her car at the University Physicians Pavilion and drove her to her car in the parking garage so she wouldn't have to continue waiting for transportation.

Medicine, Dentistry faculty welcome Wang

Wang realDr. Niping Wang, a hospital dental fellow and postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor.

It is a joint appointment between the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences in the School of Medicine and the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving the bachelor's degree in dentistry in 2000 and the M.S. in clinical pharmacology in 2003 from Anhui Medical University, China, Wang earned the Ph.D. in anatomy at UMMC in 2010.

She served as a teaching assistant In the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences from 2006-07 and in 2009, was a hospital dental fellow/instructor in the School of Dentistry's Department of Advanced General Dentistry from 2010-12 and has been a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior since 2012.

An active member of the American Association of Anatomists, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Dental Educational Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, Wang has authored or coauthored more than two dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.

Her research interests include the neuroanatomy of the trigeminal system and the oculomotor system, the molecular mechanism of alcoholism, anti-inflammatory and analgesic pharmacology and educational pharmacology.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Leonard Teague, rehabilitation technician, Physical Therapy

25 Years

* Dr. Ruth Black, director, Pastoral Services

15 Years

* Olivia Barnes, executive assistant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs

* James Burns, operations manager, Information Systems

* Vanessa Fields, administrative assistant, Coordinated Care

* Doris Hickman, inpatient nurse, Wiser Ante Partum

* Hong Huang, cytogenetic technologist, Cytogenetic Lab

10 Years

* Shameka Banks, patient care technician, Medical Surgical Float

* Angela Clay, social worker, Coordinated Care

* Blake Jones, ECMO Program manager, Pediatric ECMO

* Sondra McNeil, finance director, Finance

* Mary Peagler, inpatient nurse, CCH-CICU

* Anita Pittman, inpatient nurse, Labor Delivery/Surgery

* Maryjo Pride, physical therapist, Adult Rehabilitation

* Candise Smith, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

* Vicki Stebbins, accountant, Office of the Comptroller

* Amisha Thomas, administrative assistant, Nursing Administration

* Lorrain Williams, surgical support technician, Batson Surgical Suite

5 Years

* Holly Burney, occupational therapist, Physical Therapy-Adult Rehabilitation

* Felicia Clerk, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Stephanie Daniels, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Angela Davis, patient care technician, 7 East

* Roderick Davis, boiler operator, Power Plant

* Holly Gerrard, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Lasonia Jones, business and clinic operations supervisor, Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Administration

* Sidney Polk, supervisor, Environmental Services

* Dr. Juanyce Taylor, assistant professor and chair of the Health Science Program in the School of Health Related Professions

* Carolyn Trudeau, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU

* Leslie Walker, graduate assistant, Biochemistry

Mitchell to present pharmacology seminar

Brett MitchellDr. Brett Mitchell, associate professor of internal medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, will present "Immune Cell Effects on Vascular Function in Various Forms of Hypertension" at noon on Monday, Jan. 28, in classroom 6A.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690 or e-mail her at

Vasdev to give anesthesia presentation

VasdevDr. Gurinder Vasdev, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "The Nuts and Bolts of Liver Transplant Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

UMMC employees to wear red, support AHA

Go Red shirt 2013The Medical Center and the American Heart Association will host a "Wear Red Day" event to support women affected by heart disease on Friday, Feb. 1.

For more information, e-mail Peggy Thompson at, or visit Go Red T-shirt Flier.

Chef teams needed for Taste of the U

Taste 23 realThe 2013 Taste committee is seeking chef teams to reserve booth space and plan menus for the Saturday, Feb. 23 Taste of the U event, which raises money for the UMMC Alliance.

Last year, nearly $60,000 was raised for patient, student, facility and employee needs. Recently, funds raised at Taste supported the Children's Justice Center at UMMC and outings for three pediatric ventilator patients who live at Batson Children's Hospital.

This year, Taste will honor Dr. Richard Miller and Dr. Suzanne Miller, emeritus faculty members, for their more than 80 years of combined service to the Medical Center and community. Hunter Gibson and the Gators will perform and a silent auction and drawings will continue throughout the evening.

For more information or to sign up a chef team, call Melanie Lauderdale at 5-8319 or e-mail her at

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