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Blood drive, Work in Progress Talks finish busy week's slate

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2019

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


Thursday-Friday, Sept. 26-27

Campus parking spot up for grabs during UMMC blood drive

Participants in the Medical Center's quarterly blood drive scheduled from Thursday-Friday, Sept. 26-27, 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. Thursday, Sept. 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


Thursday, Sept. 26

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 Katherine Artman 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

Dentistry students to give Dental Grand Rounds presentation

​Taylor Bolland, D4, will present “Fabrication of a Maxillary Obturator in a Patient with an Oral-Antral Communication” and Stephen Greer, D4, will present “Diagnosis and Treatment of Vertical Root Factures," as part of Dental Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

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

Women's exec to discuss women's health investing

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," "Investing in Women's Health," 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

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Family med faculty to unlock sleep, fatigue's performance impact

Dr. Molly S. Clark, associate professor of family medicine, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "The Impact of Sleep and Fatigue on Performance," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, email Carol Hollingsworth 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-Thursday, Oct. 16-17

Biobank Mississippi to host precision medicine research initiative

Biobank Mississippi will host a "Precision Medicine Research Initiative" in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to bring awareness and engagement about precision medicine from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 16-17, in the Guyton Research Center breezeway.

The event will include food trucks, giveaways and precision medicine information. For more information, email Dr. Gouri J. Mahajan 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