For immediate notification: Fitness Center closing 5pm Wed. March 4

Due to inclement weather:The UTHSC Fitness Center will close at 5:00pm Wednesday, March 4.

The fitness center follows university closings during inclement weather.

Diversity Matters Newsletter March/April Edition and the Office of Equity and Diversity’s April Event Schedule Available

Accommodations and Accessibility, Being and Ally to the LGBTQ community, special article by the UTHSC student group Unite, Quick Pics of OED Events, Notes from the Vice-Chancellor, discounts for UTHSC faculty and exciting community events. Just click on or paste the following URL’s in your web browser: . Please review OED’s March Events .If you have additional questions please call 448-2112.

UTHSC Day at the Memphis Zoo

On Saturday, March 21, you are invited to join UTHSC students, residents, and alumni for a day at the Memphis Zoo.

Admission to the zoo will be available beginning at 10 a.m., and lunch will be served for UTHSC guests in the Zoo Pavilion from noon to 2 p.m. After lunch, all UTHSC guests are welcome to stay at the zoo until close. Bring your family to the zoo for a day of fun!

Admission is $10 per adult (ages 16+). This fee includes zoo admission, lunch, and parking. Admission is free for children 15 and younger.

Please register by Monday, March 16, 2015.

Matthew Barnes, MD ’13, and Megan Barnes, JD
Emily Mewborn, BSN ’09, DNP ’13, and Michael Mewborn, PhD
Stephanie Stafford, BS ’14
Crystal Walker, MSN ’11, and Kenneth Walker, JD
Lindsey Wells, PharmD ’13, and Daniel Wells, MD ’13
UTHSC Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Questions? Contact Michelle Nixon, Director of Alumni Programs, at or (901) 448-8387.

The 5th Annual CANDLE Brain Awareness Week Conference

The 5th Annual CANDLE Brain Awareness Week Conference
Early Childhood Language and Literacy Implications for Social and Academic Success
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Urban Child Institute: 600 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis TN 38105

Examine how the development of language and literacy in early childhood influences childhood social interactions and school success

7:45 am Light Breakfast Provided

8:15 am CANDLE 2005-2015: Reflections and Visions
Frances Tylavsky, DPH, Professor, Preventive Medicine, UTHSC, PI CANDLE Study

8:30 – 9:00 am Maternal Literacy and School-readiness
Laura Murphy, EdD, Professor, Psychiatry, Chief of Psychology, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, UTHSC

9:00 – 9:15 am BREAK

9:15 – 10:00 am Literacy and Poverty Initiatives in Shelby County Community
J. Helen Perkins, EdD, Associate Professor, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, University of Memphis

10:00 – 10:45 am Pragmatics and Theory of Mind in Early Childhood and Relations with More Complex Thinking in Academic and Social Domains
Daniela O’Neil, PhD, Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo

10:45 – 11:30 am Discussion/ Summary

11:30 am Lunch Provided


RSVP by March 6 to reserve your place!
Send an email to Margaret Caufield, or call 901-448-1669.
Please include any dietary restrictions, as lunch will be provided.


The University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities maintains responsibility for this program and its content.The BCDD is offering these activities for as many as 3.0 continuing education credits. The Urban Child Institute agrees to adhere to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists. There is a $30 fee for APA CEs payable at the door to The University of Tennessee.

Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting — Today at 1:00 p.m., Room 101 of Pharmacy Building

The UTHSC campus is invited to join Chancellor Steve J. Schwab for a town hall meeting today, Wednesday, March 4.

The meeting will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in room 101 of the Pharmacy Building. Dr. Schwab will present the UTHSC Faculty salary survey.

Please use the link below to watch the presentation on your computer:

2015 Race for the Summitt 4-Miler Benefiting The Pat Summitt Foundation

Dear UTHSC Faculty and Staff,

The APhA-ASP chapter at UTHSC College of Pharmacy is hosting an event that we would like to personally invite you and your colleagues to attend. It is the Third Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler on Saturday, March 21st in Memphis, TN. The race is a 4-mile race/walk that benefits The Pat Summitt Foundation, an organization that provides funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. Former University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt created the organization after her diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

How can you help? There are multiple ways!

  • Memory Donor: A Memory Donor is a minimum of a $15 donation and in return we will send you an official race t-shirt! Sign up to be a Memory Donor at!

If you have multiple colleagues who want to participate you can create a team! The team with the most members will receive lanyard medals!

In addition to a 4-mile race through downtown Memphis and Midtown, there will be a post-race celebration with free food, music, and a silent auction with some awesome items! We will have Pat Summitt autographed memorabilia, Williams-Sonoma merchandise, and two tickets to Bonnaroo just to name a few!

Over 5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, costing an estimated $214 billion. Those numbers are projected to increase to 16 million patients with costs exceeding $1 TRILLION by 2050. Help us put an end to this horrible disease before it is too late!

Let us know if you have any questions and thank you for supporting The Pat Summitt Foundation!


Jennifer Reed Beavers
PharmD Candidate, Class of 2015
The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

TITLE:  “Standing on the shoulders of Pinel, Freud, and Kraepelin”: a historiometric inquiry into the histories of Psychiatry

SPEAKER: Erick Messias, MD, MPH, PhD Associate Professor Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ. of Ark. for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

DATE:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TIME:  11am – 12:00pm

LOCATION:  956 Court Ave-Coleman Building Rm. 137-South Auditorium


  • Identify 18 significant figures in the history of Psychiatry
  • Recognize five main contributions to the development of Psychiatry
  • Place these figures and contributions within their historical background



Dr. Messias has no disclosures which need to be revealed. He will not be discussing any off-label uses of products package information.



–The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate only with the extent of their participation.


TIP Student Assistant (SA) Application: APPLY NOW!!!

Tennessee Institute for Pre-Professional Program (TIP) seeks to promote and to nurture underrepresented students’ interest in the health professions through structured activities offered on the campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The Student Assistant provides general support to the program coordinator in the area of program implementation, more specifically, Student Assistants will:


  • Be available to program coordinators to begin work assignments one week prior to program operation for “start-up” and close out activities
  • Be assigned to one specific program which will require continuous availability Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm or agreed upon hours from May 26 through July 17
  • Assist faculty with instructional needs (i.e. attendance, copying, proctoring exams, creating presentations, errands, etc.)
  • Facilitate individual or group tutoring, as needed
  • Monitor student progress and behavior in and outside of the classroom
  • Distribute and collect program evaluation forms
  • Provide feedback to program coordinator
  • Help coordinate orientation and closing program activities
  • Disseminate program changes to students utilizing various forms of communication (i.e. texting, e-mail, paper or verbal announcements)
  • Learn SASS front desk responsibilities and be prepared to work in SASS as needed


  • Take class attendance each Friday session both in the morning and afternoon
  • Coordinate workshops as needed
  • Participate in every Track I workshop and serve as backup for coordinators
  • Take photos of students to be displayed on the TIP Facebook and/or Twitter page.
  • Lead weekly book discussion
  • Visit preceptor sites, take pictures, and gather evaluations of student engagements within first two weeks, as needed


  • Take daily class attendance both in the morning and afternoon
  • Coordinate individual and group tutoring (times, rooms, tutor, etc.)
  • Take photos of students to be displayed on the TIP Facebook and/or Twitter page.

We are looking for strong quality leaders. If this sounds like something that interests you, please apply online at Click on the tab “TIP Student Assistant Application” on the left.

Applications are Due: March 15th, 2015

If you have any additional questions feel free to e-mail us at or

TIP Coordinators: Kamaria Robinson and Travis Liggins

TIP Administrator: Cynthia Crowe