Greetings!

How is your resolution list for 2013 going? My hope is that it includes becoming more involved with your alma mater! Simply go online, bookmark our alumni website, and view the many opportunities available to you to engage with fellow alumni in the coming months. In addition to engagement opportunities, enjoy the benefits of being a UT graduate with discounts ranging from car rentals to the exclusive Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

If that's not enough, it has never been easier to become a UT Advocate! To learn more about the current legislative efforts regarding higher education on the state and federal levels, subscribe to alerts at advocacy.tennessee.edu/.

One of our resolutions to you is to continue making Vital Signs a valued source of information about your alma mater. To ensure we continue to meet your expectations, I would ask that you participate in a quick survey. Vital Signs continues to be one of the most effective communications tools we have for reaching alumni, and the readership for this e-newsletter is outstanding. Please share your thoughts with us and help us continue serving you better!

You will enjoy this issue. It is full of great information about the success stories that continue to be written on our campuses every day. We have a few examples of great research and how our campus continues to participate in groundbreaking discoveries. In addition, you will read about a new alumni event we are planning for fall 2013 when all current and past Golden Graduates will come together for the first homecoming of all colleges. It's going to be special!

Continue to let me know what you need. Don't forget to complete your survey. See you soon!


Kris Phillips
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs

College of Pharmacy News

Alumni Award Nominations: Due by April 5

During the annual Alumni Weekend, the College of Pharmacy honors alumni who have made significant contributions to their specified profession. If you know of a UTHSC alumnus who goes above and beyond, please nominate him or her »

Melinda Rhea Garrett Scholarship Awarded

Students in the College of Pharmacy awarded the 2012 Melinda Rhea Garrett Scholarship to first-year pharmacy students Rhys Moore of Germantown. Tenn., and Alexandra Punke of Sevierville, Tenn. Read about the scholarship »

Rebecca Chhim ('09) to Receive AACP Award

Dr. Carol Thompson

Rebecca Chhim, (PharmD '09) has been selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to receive a 2013 New Investigator Award. Learn more about the award »

Robert Beightol ('71) Earns APhA Honor

Robert "Bob" Beightol (PharmD '71) will receive the 2013 William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 1-4, Los Angeles, CA. Read about this honor »

Campus News

Inaugural Golden Graduate Homecoming

Join us October 2-4, 2013 in Memphis as we honor graduates of 1963 from all six colleges. Previous Golden Graduate honorees are invited as well. Visit our website or call (901) 448-5516 for more information.

Professor selected for Human Brain Project

Robert F. Williams

Professor Robert F. Williams, PhD, has been tapped to join the European Commission's Human Brain Project. "UTHSC's role is to assemble massive genetic data sets and to build computer systems for the analysis of brain function and disease," Williams said. Three other U.S. institutions are part of this multinational effort. Learn more about the Human Brain Project »

$1.6M Grant to Aid Youth in Foster Care

Foster children often are traumatized before they are placed with a family. A four-year, $1.6 million grant will help UTHSC provide these children with the specialized services they need. More about the $1.6 million grant »

College News

College of Allied Health Sciences

» UTHSC DENTAL HYGIENE UPDATE ON MARCH 9

Please join Rebecca S. Wilder, RDH, MS as she discusses important questions asked by dental hygienists from coast to coast regarding evidence based practice of periodontal patients.

» SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL SOL ADLER CONFERENCE

UTHSC Audiology and Speech Pathology has announced that the Sol Adler Conference will be April 8 at the Downtown Holiday Inn in Knoxville, Tenn. Kathryn Kohnert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will present "Bilingual Children with Language Impairment: Assessment and Treatment." Email samc@utk.edu to preregister for the conference.

College of Dentistry

» MID-SOUTH DENTAL CONGRESS AND ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR MARCH 8-10

The 18th annual Mid-South Dental Congress will take place March 8-10 at the Memphis Hilton. In addition to the Mid-South Dental Congress, class reunions and an Alumni Awards Luncheon to honor the Outstanding Dental Alumnus are featured events.

» VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DENTISTRY ALUMNI BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The College of Dentistry Alumni Board of Trustees is looking for a few good men and women! If you are interested in becoming a member of the Dentistry Alumni Board of Trustees, please review the guideline (PDF) and complete the volunteer form.

College of Nursing

» DR. CAROL THOMPSON NAMED PRESIDENT OF SOCIETY OF CRITICAL CARE

Dr. Carol Thompson (DNP '09) is a tenured professor of Critical and Acute Care Nursing at UTHSC. She coordinates doctoral study for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner role and also has chaired numerous PhD studies in critical care.

» COLLEGE OF NURSING RENEWING BSN PROGRAM

On November 30, the Tennessee Board of Nursing approved a proposal from UTHSC to reactivate its baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

College of Medicine

» UT MEDICAL SIMULATION CENTER EARNS TOP ACCREDITATION

Dr. Leonard Hines ('64) and Dr. Paul Huffstutter ('73), co-directors of the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, believe the accreditation reflects the availability of advanced education and training through simulation in the Knoxville region.

» STUDENTS SET TO ROLL WITH THE MEMPHIS MOBILE MARKET

Aniket Rali, an M4 who plans to specialize in cardiology, made a discovery during his first clinical rotations that led to the formation of The Memphis Mobile Market, a student-led social enterprise set to launch this spring.

College of Graduate Health Sciences

» FIRST RECIPIENT OF FRIEDMAN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP GRADUATES

"No one can get anywhere without an education," says Morton Friedman (PhD '69). That's why Mort and his wife Myra set up a scholarship for graduate study at three schools, including UTHSC. Mitzi Dunagan, the first recipient of their family scholarship, graduated from the the university in 2012.

» FROM CANCER SURVIVOR TO CANCER RESEARCHER

There was nothing terribly suspicious about Jo Meagan Garner's symptoms. But after a biopsy of her lymph nodes, doctors diagnosed her condition as Hodgkin lymphoma. "It [my cancer diagnosis] changed my academic and career path for sure," she says.


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