UTHSC ITS: Blackboard Routine Maintenance Reminder

Dear UTHSC campus,

This is a reminder about the regularly scheduled Blackboard maintenance windows this Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 a.m. and to 6:30 a.m. ITS will perform routine maintenance to help ensure that Blackboard continues to run smoothly. During this time, courses and content will likely be unavailable. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other Blackboard related issue.

Thank you,

UTHSC ITS
helpdesk@uthsc.edu
(901) 448-2222 ext. 1

Dr. Andrzej Slominski Invited to Write Editorial in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Studies of How Melanoma Fools the Immune System

 Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings commenting on papers about current therapies for melanoma.

Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

 Current approaches to treating melanoma amount to Sisyphean work, Andrzej Slominski, MD, PhD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), wrote in an editorial published in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“Similar to Sisyphus, it will be problematic to reach the pinnacle where targeted cure is achieved,” wrote Dr. Slominski, who serves as a professor of Pathology and a professor of Medicine at UTHSC. That’s because the immunosuppressant characteristics of melanoma and the diverse characteristics and behaviors of tumor cell populations allow them to overcome the effect of current drugs in most cases. [Read more...]

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Across the state, Child Abuse Prevention Providers help raise awareness by planting Pinwheel Gardens. Each pinwheel honors one of the 95,000 babies expected to be born in our state this year – and represents the belief that getting it right early in childhood is less costly than trying to turn around and fix problems when the child is older.  Since 1998, The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities has provided prevention services to parents and teens to help  give our children a healthy start.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is joining in this campaign by planting pinwheels gardens on campus to high light the need for our children to experience a safe and nurturing childhood. For more information regarding Child Abuse Prevention services offered through the Boling Center, contact Belinda Tate Hardy, LCSW, at 448-6669.

UTHSC Auction of Works by Acclaimed Artist Paul Penczner Grosses More Than $70,000

Blue Bridge and Pyramid

Artist Paul Penczner’s “Blue Bridge and Pyramid” was among works that brought high bids during the online auction on March 26. This work sold for $2,700.

An online auction by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on Wednesday, March 26, of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner grossed more than $70,000.

The sale, which opened for bidding March 4, and finished with a rapid, rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. [Read more...]

Match Day 2014 Reveals Bright Future for UTHSC Med Students

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Med students Charles Schlappi and Bryauna Lewis congratulate each other after receiving their matches.

Fourth-year medical students  at UTHSC and their families waited anxiously on  Match Day, March 21, to receive the envelopes that would tell them where they will go next for their residencies.

David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine, addressed the group gathered at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum for the big reveal.

It was a notable Match Day, with the percentage of successful matches a little above the national average, according to the College of Medicine. [Read more...]

Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler!

Race for the Summitt 2014

The Second Annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler benefiting The Pat Summitt Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9am here on the UTHSC campus! The event, hosted by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter, supports the former Lady Vols basketball coach, Pat Summitt, in her endeavor to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

There are multiple ways for students, staff, and faculty to get involved. You can register to be a runner or walker. Get a group of friends or family members together and sign-up as a team! Then, after the race, join us for a post-race celebration in the Health Science Center Park where there will be free food, music, raffle prizes, and a performance by The Memphis Breakers!

Not a runner? You can become a Memory Donor, which is a $15 donation and you will receive an official race t-shirt!

You can register to run/walk or donate at www.raceforthesummitt.racesonline.com.

ATTENTION ALL UTHSC STUDENTS! New this year is the UTHSC Race for the Summitt competition! The UTHSC college with the largest percentage of student runners and donors wins a trophy and an ice cream party! Make sure to join your school’s team when registering so they can receive credit for your participation!

We hope you will join us as “We Back Pat”! Please email raceforthesummitt@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH, Interim Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, Awarded $1.6 Million to Continue Observational Phase of Look AHEAD Study

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), began in 2001 to examine whether weight loss and increased physical activity would prevent cardiovascular events in those with type 2 diabetes. [Read more...]

Matthew T. Ballo, MD, Appointed Chair of the New Department of Radiation Oncology at UTHSC

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

Dr. Matthew Ballo has been appointed chair of the new Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health Science Center

David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Matthew T. Ballo, MD, chair of the newly formed Department of Radiation Oncology. [Read more...]