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Base Pair receives MAPE partnership award

Dr. Rob Rockhold, center, professor of health sciences and deputy chief academic officer, displays the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education University Partnership Award presented to the Base Pair Program by Michael Bentley, left, MAPE president, while Base Pair administrators look on during a Feb. 21 ceremony at the Jackson Hilton. (Enlarge Image)

It was the second time in its 21-year history that the Base Pair program received the recognition.

Initiated in 1992, Base Pair is a biomedical research mentorship program that pairs Medical Center faculty with high school students and educators from the Jackson Public School District. Base Pair allows each student to experience the scientific field in a "hands-on" manner under the guidance and supervision of a qualified instructor who is a researcher at UMMC.

Base Pair provides academic credit towards graduation, career orientation and advanced laboratory training in the biomedical sciences.

NIH taps physiologist for scientific review

Alexander_BarbaraDr. Barbara Alexander, associate professor of physiology and biophysics, will serve as a member of the Hypertension and Microcirculation Study Section of the National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review.

NIH study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Alexander, who studies the short- and long-term effects of maternal hypertension, will start her six-year term July 1.

Study section members are selected based on competence and achievement in their scientific discipline. They must show a history of quality research, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Irene Williams, rehabilitation technician, Orthopedic Pavilion Suite D&I

25 Years

* Bryce Ainsworth, education administrator, Medicine

20 Years

* Dr. Eddie Perkins, associate professor of neurosurgery

* Donna Williams, medical technologist, University Physicians Ob-Gyn

15 Years

* Hartman Holliman, associate director for customer service, Information Systems

* Ebony Mitchell, administrative assistant, Fast Track 

10 Years

* Charles Arthur, technician, Environmental Services

* Emily Brown, therapist, Occupational Therapy

* Linda Busby, nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Mary Henriques, ambulatory nurse, Emergency Medicine

* Jennifer Kennedy, administrative assistant, Pediatric Critical Care

5 Years

* Cecelia Bass, human resources service partner, Employee Relations

* Bobbie Burns, technician, Neurophysiology Lab 

* Linda Carter, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Michael Dixon, central services specialist, OR Materials Management

* Diane Gray, cytotechnician, Cytology

* C'Lessia Longino, services technician, Health Information Management

* Calvin Ramsey, patient care technician, 3 North

* Ophelia Spencer, administrative assistant, Cancer Research and Registry

* Shanika Wade, patient representative, Grants Ferry Otolaryngology

* Stephanie White, inpatient nurse, 4 North

* Edgar Winston, rehabilitation technician, Adult Physical Therapy

Korshunov to give cardiovascular presentation

korshunovDr. Vyacheslav (Slava) A. Korshunov, assistant professor at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry, will present "Systemic Approaches for Understanding Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Disorders" at noon on Monday, March 4, in room 6A.

For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690. 

Senior executives to host MAP meetings

Senior executive leaders will present a series of half-our Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings for hospital and clinic staff during March.

Meeting times, dates and locations include: 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the CBO Building in Clinton.

For more information, call 4-4104.

Jaimes to present physiology seminar

Jaimes_EdgarDr. Edgar Jaimes, professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, will present "The Transcription Factor ETS-1: A Novel Mediator of Vascular and Renal Injury" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.  

Jose to give Nelson Research Lecture

Jose, PedroDr. Pedro A. Jose, professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, will give the Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, "Genetics and Pharmacogenetics of Essential Hypertension," at noon on Thursday, March 7, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The lecture is presented by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center and is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center. Boxed lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.

Hoyme to present AOA visiting lecture

Hoyme_GeneDr. H. Eugene Hoyme, chief academic officer, Sanford Health, and president and senior scientist, Sanford Research/USDSanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, will give the AOA Visiting Professorship presentation, "Advances and Controversies in the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders," from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in classroom 6A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman at

Classes to make IMPACT on teen drivers

driverThe Batson Child Safety and Community Outreach Program will host Drivers IMPACT classes for teenage children of Medical Center faculty and students to help them become aware of the reality of dangerous driving.

The one-day classes will include a defensive driving course, a first-responder and trauma patient reenactment and a tour. Participants will have a discussion with a motor vehicle crash survivor about rehabilitation and daily limitations.

The cost is $100 per student. The classes are scheduled for Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

For more information, call Elizabeth Foster at 5-6921.

Medical Center to host March blood drive

blood shirt mar 2013Times and Dates for the Medical Center's third quarterly blood drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, outside the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Bailey Ave. side of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Identification is required to donate. For more information, call Renee Howard at 4-2884.

Marrs to discuss Welty, Art of Diagnosis

marrs_suzanneDr. Suzanne Marrs, professor and Eudora Welty Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College, will present "Eudora Welty and the Art of Diagnosis" at noon Monday, March 18, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Marrs will discuss Welty's skillful observation in "The Demonstrators," "A Worn Path" and "Where is the Voice Coming From?"

The program, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Humanities Council, will explore what a story has to offer to the understanding of patients, their illnesses, the contexts of illness and the potential for intervention and advocacy. The stories are available in the Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Pam Wardlaw at 4-1198.

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