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Centennial Gala Photos
We have over 200 photos from the Centennial Gala. See if you can find yourself, or see what you missed.
Centennial Gala Highlights
Lester VanMiddlesworth, Ph.D., M.D., discovered that the thyroid gland stored radioactive iodine.
In 1960, Dr. VanMiddlesworth reported his results of studying several thousand thyroid glands from cattle on four continents, noting the increase in radioactive iodine levels after atomic bomb testing. This original concept provided an important, easily measurable method for determining the amount of radioactive fallout throughout the world after atomic or hydrogen bomb testing. He received a Career Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, and this award has continued annually beginning in 1965. Dr. VanMiddlesworth closed his lab in 2010.
Timeline & History
A glimpse from the 1920's...
1921 - Methodist Hospital opened its doors.
Methodist Hospital held its opening ceremonies for the first Methodist Hospital Building on All Saints' Day, November 1, 1921.
Present & Future
The centennial book titled - The Legacy The Future: A Centennial Portrait of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center - is available in the UTHSC Bookstore located at 930 Madison Avenue (plaza level) in Memphis.
The UTHSC centennial book can also be purchased online through the university bookstore Web site. The beautifully photographed, oversized coffee table book is priced at $60, but the advance, discount price is $50, plus shipping [$6.95 for the first book, $1.95 for each additional book shipped to the same address]. Plus, at no extra charge, the first 1,000 orders will include a free book - The University of Tennessee, Memphis, 75th Anniversary - Medical Accomplishments, written by James E. Hamner. This book is filled with stories and facts about the campus. Order early to get your free copy.
Be part of the centennial celebration by contributing historical photos, personal reflections, or artifacts you may have from your time at UTHSC for inclusion on the Web site or in special campus displays. Please contact Richard Nollan in the Health Sciences Historical Collections at (901) 448-6053, firstname.lastname@example.org.