Sept. 23, 2019

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Campus blood drive, talks by WC, Arkansas faculty lead event list

Published on Monday, September 23, 2019

Several interesting events are scheduled for the upcoming weeks at the Medical Center.

Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 24-27

Campus parking spot up for grabs during UMMC blood drive

Participants in the Medical Center's quarterly blood drive scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 24-27, will automatically be registered in a drawing for a parking space on campus for the upcoming quarter and will receive a Mississippi Blood Services T-shirt.

The winner of the parking space drawing will be randomly selected from among all UMMC faculty, staff and students who participate in the blood drive or who donate to Mississippi Blood Services on behalf of UMMC during the current quarter. The winner will have parking privileges in the designated campus parking space at the learning resource center beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

The UMMC blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 24-26, in the MBS donor coach at the Guyton Research Center and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the MBS donor coach at the Jackson Medical Mall.
Photo identification is required to donate. Mississippi Blood Services suggests all donors eat within four hours of giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after the donation.
Donors interested in participating in the drive on the UMMC campus may register here. Donors interested in participating in the drive at the Jackson Medical Mall may register here. For more information about the drive, email

Tuesday, Sept. 24

D4 students to give Dental Grand Rounds presentation

​William Mayfield, D4 student, will present "Wound Healing and the Rise of the Liver Clot" and Julie Nguyen, D4 student, will present "Phenotypic and Mechanistic Characterizations of Dental Anomalies in Loeys-Dietz Syndrome" as part of Dental Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Cindy Chesteen at 4-6015 or email her at


William Carey faculty to explore first-year anatomy improvement

Dr. Kenneth C. Hisley, associate professor at William Carey College, will deliver the UMMC Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Improving the First-year Integrated Anatomical Curriculum Using Conceptual Mapping, Visualization and Real-time Assessment Methods," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 24, in room N318 (3A) on the North Wing.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Surgery house officer to discuss extreme environments

Dr. Jad Chamieh, a house officer in general surgery, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "Surgery in Extreme Environments," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, email

Population Health faculty to talk responsive evaluations

Dr. Michelle S. Williams, assistant professor of population health science, will give the John D. Bower School of Population Health Grand Rounds presentation, "Conducting Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Evaluations of Population Health Programs: A Case Study of the Monitoring and Evaluation of ACCELERATE!" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in New Guyton Library Room G151-01.

For more information, email

 Grad assistant to explore macrophages' role in renal recovery

Jason Engel, graduate assistant in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Renal Recovery After VEGF Therapy: A Role for Macrophages?" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

Children's CEO, CNEO to host chat over coffee

Dr. Guy Giesecke, Children's of Mississippi chief executive officer, and Ellen Hansen, Children's of Mississippi chief nursing and clinical services officer, will host a “Coffee Talk” presentation from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Perioperative Conference Room.

The first 12 individuals to register will be eligible to participate in the event. For more information or to register, email

 Thursday, Sept. 26

Arkansas faculty to talk epithelial cell pyroptosis mechanisms

Dr. Julia Liu, associate professor of gastroenterology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will give the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute Grand Rounds presentation, “Epithelial Cell Pyroptosis: Basic Mechanisms with Clinical Translations,” at noon on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Guyton Library on the first floor of the Guyton Research Center.

For more information, call Susan Roberts at 5-3468 or email her at

MEW journal club to discuss school-based health growth

Dr. Lisa Haynie, professor of nursing and director of the Mercy Delta Express Project, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club meeting, “School-based Health Growth and Expansion," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in conference room D on the second floor of the student union.

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

For more information or to make a reservation, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at

Microbiology faculty to give Work in Progress talks

​Two faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology will give Work in Progress Talks presentations at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in room N547 (Microbiology Library).

Dr. Chris Meade, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, will present "Microbial Determinants of Trichomoniasism" and Dr. Greg Chinchar, professor of microbiology and immunology, will present "Elucidation of Genes Essential for Virus Replication."

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Angeline Green at

Friday, Sept. 27

UT-Southwestern professor to introduce NIH Research Policy

Dr. Elizabeth Heitman, professor of ethics in science and medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will give a webinar, "Introduction to NIH Research Policy: Regulations and Standards for Responsible Research," from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

For more information or to register, email Pamela Jones at

M.D.-Ph.D. candidate to explore evidence of God's existence

Subhi "Talal" Younes, an M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at UMMC, will give the Faith Seeking Understanding presentation, "Can We Be Good Without God?" from noon-12:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in classroom 6A.

The presentation will explore evidence for the existence of God. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available. For more information, email Russell Roberts at   

Monday, Sept. 30

Pharmacy practice leader to keynote ASHP Foundation event

Sara J. White, a nationally recognized pharmacy practice leader, will give the keynote address to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Foundation Visiting Leaders Program, "Personal Leadership: Being Successful in Your Life/Career," from 10:15-11:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Todd Dear at

Washington faculty to cover optical imaging, brain manipulation

Dr. Andy Y. Shih, associate professor at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and University of Washington, will give the UMMC Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series presentation, "Optical Imaging and Manipulation of Microvessels in the Living Brain," at noon on Monday, Sept. 30, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Marilyn McCarthy at 4-1635. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Women's exec to discuss reproductive health, grant making

Tracy DeVries, Women's Foundation of Mississippi executive director, will give the UMMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UMMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science's "inclUsive conversation," "Women's Reproductive Health and Grant Making," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in second-floor conference rooms C and D in the student union.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, email Shirley Pandolfi at

Friday, Oct. 4

Ob-Gyn faculty to cover placenta accreta spectrum

Dr. Rachael F. Morris, assistant professor of maternal fetal medicine in the UMMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will give the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds presentation, "Placenta Accreta Spectrum," from 7-7:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Kimberly Brookins at 5-9114 or email her at

Author to discuss peds oral health's impact in book talk, signing

​Sonja Lauren, author of The Covered Smile, will discuss her book, a tale about her childhood of abuse, neglect and the impact oral health has on a child's life, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the student union.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, email Kelli Irby at

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Vice chancellor to speak at fall faculty meeting​

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, is scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting set for noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Woodward will provide an update for the Medical Center and faculty with 20 years of service will be recognized. Flu shots will be available before and after the meeting from Student and Employee Health. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

Full-time faculty with 20 years or more of continuous faculty service should contact Dorothy Singleton by Sunday, Sept. 1. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Chief medical officer to record UMMC's quality journey

Dr. J. Michael Henderson, chief medical officer, will give the Department of Pathology Grand Rounds presentation, "UMMC Quality Journey," from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in classroom R354.

Continuing medical education credit will be available. For more information, call Robin Suggs at 4-1540 or email

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Women at Risk founder to discuss health care's role in trafficking

​Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk International, will give the Division of Continuing Health Professional Education and School of Medicine Community Service Team presentation, "Health Care's Role in Sex Trafficking," from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the student union.

The presentation will include information about what communities are at risk, how to identify victims and how to report suspected trafficking. For more information, call Sandra Funchess at 4-1301 or email her at

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Collegiate scholars set to heat up RICE competition

Selected graduate students from diverse backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines will participate in the annual Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl, an interactive competition to provide the best solution for a realistic scenario about complex rural health issues from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in lecture hall 124 in the medical education building.

Sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, the event will include participants from Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and UMMC. A reception will follow the competition.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Six Dimensions CEO to facilitate ODI's 'inclUsive conversation'

​Dr. Nakeitra Burse, owner and chief executive officer of Six Dimensions, LLC, will give the UMMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "inclUsive conversation" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in second-floor conference rooms C and D in the student union,

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, email Shirley Pandolfi at