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Campus construction projects get in full swing

As students begin arriving back on campus later this week, they’ll encounter a number of construction projects in full swing.

They include the first phase of the new Translational Science Center and utility work associated with the new School of Medicine.

Both of these projects, plus the construction of a parking garage east of the School of Dentistry, promise to make navigating around campus a bit of an adventure for a while.

HBCU students join UMMC's research efforts

Tougaloo College student Diva Whalen of Clinton presents her findings during the annual Prostate Cancer Research Mini-symposium July 30 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Whalen was among six undergraduates at historically black colleges and universities who completed a 10-week program at UMMC that focuses on eradicating prostate cancer.

The collaborative effort between UMMC, Tougaloo College and Jackson State University gave student researchers the chance to search for a prostate cancer cure by working alongside faculty mentors from UMMC’s Cancer Institute.

The program seeks to train students from HBCUs so they can pursue doctorates and medical degrees and increase diversity in biomedical and cancer research.

New endowment supports dermatology scholars

Dermatology residents Dr. Lauren Craig, left, and Dr. Michael Cosulich, right, receive the first James Grant Thompson M.D. Textbook Endowment for the Department of Dermatology from Russell Thompson and his wife, Lucy, who started the endowment to honor Thompson's father.

The endowment will support the costs of textbooks for incoming dermatology residents and will help expand the educational and research efforts of the Division of Dermatology.

Wilcher's hospital stay extends to Disney vaca

Rob Armour, left, Friends of Children's Hospital board member and BankPlus chief marketing and business development officer, presents a Disney-themed gift basket and $1,000 CheckCard to 12-year-old Batson patient Grant Wilcher while Wilcher's sister, Alex, father, Jimmy, and mother, Lori, look on.

The Wilcher family were the lucky winners of the Orlando Dream Giveaway, which also included roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, five days' and four nights' accommodations at Walt Disney World's Polynesian Resort and tickets to Walt Disney World parks.

The Wilchers qualified for the contest because of Grant's stay at Batson Children’s Hospital for a neurological condition that causes headaches and other symptoms. The Orlando Dream Giveaway contest was open to any family that had a child stay at Batson Children’s Hospital for at least one night between March 15, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Eligible families participated through Facebook and mail.

To read the full press release, click here

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Cynthia Brandonjones, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (5C Pediatric Unit).

15 Years

* Decynthia Haynes, transfer coordinator nurse, Patient Transfer and Flow

* Vicki Leavitt, laboratory technician, Pavilion Clinical Lab

* Dr. Anna A. Lerant, professor of anesthesiology

* Judy Miles, nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Lindsay Stuart, ambulatory nurse, School of Medicine (Plastic Surgery)

* Demetrice Swinney, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Lauren White, health information services manager, Charge Entry

* Teresa Williams, security guard, Campus Police

10 Years

* James Burnett, surgical technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Dr. John M. Faust Jr., assistant professor of radiology

* Quinitra Flagg, respiratory therapist, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Cynthia Myers, facilities monitor, Transportation and Parking

* Latasha Shelton, access financial coordinator, Internal Access-Admissions

* Baoying Zheng, researcher, School of Medicine (Pathology)

5 Years

* Nicole Allen, dental assistant, School of Dentistry (Endodontics)

* Dr. Frank J. Criddle III, assistant professor of medicine

* Deborah Hilliard, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Karen Northway, administrative assistant, University Hospital (Nursing Administration)

* Katie Phillips, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Katie Ross, patient representative, University Physicians-Grants Ferry

* Basil Sullivan, medical technologist, After Hours Lab

* Daniel Tate, inpatient nurse, University Hospital (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)

* Helen Varner, nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (4C Pediatric Unit)

* Curtis Wilson, boiler operator, Power Plant


UAB ophthalmologist to discuss light sensitivity

 GamlinDr. Paul D. Gamlin, professor of ophthalmology and professor in the Department of Vision Sciences, Neurobiology, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present “Light-sensitive Ganglion Cells in Primate Retina: Their Anatomy, Physiology and Behavioral Roles” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Tufts professor to explain curriculum flipping

 M_LeeDr. Mary Y. Lee, professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and special advisor for education innovation at Tufts Medical Center, will present the first 2014-15 Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, “Flipping an Entire Curriculum: Piece by Piece,” at noon on Thursday, Aug. 14, in room 7A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance.

For more information, email Jessica Green Overby at

Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

 Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The agenda also will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email

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