May 2, 2003

News Briefs

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Parker wins Pharmacology poster award

Lisan Parker, a graduate student in Pharmacology, won a best poster presentation award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, division for Molecular Pharmacology.

The award, which included a $140 cash prize, was presented to Parker at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego last month.

The title of Parker’s poster was “Agonist-induced phosphorylation of serotonin 2c receptor regulates the multiple PDZ protein 1 (MUPP1) interaction.”

Open house for nurses is May 5

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is hosting an open house for RNs on Monday, May 5, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Valet parking will be available.

Visitors can tour both general care and critical care units and observe the quality of work life, meet some of the staff and physicians as well as discuss employment opportunities with the managers. Potential applicants may also tour several units.

Applicants will be able to ask questions, identify the collaborative spirit among nurses, physicians and other health care team members, and understand the tangible and intangible benefits of working at Vanderbilt.

For more information, contact the Medical Center Recruitment Services office at 322-2116.

Steeplechase is May 10

The 62nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase, benefiting Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, will be held Saturday, May 10 at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park.

Gates open at 10 a.m., and the races begin at 1 p.m. with starts approximately every 30 minutes.

General admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate, with a $30 “family pack” for a group of four. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Call 343-4231 for information or visit the Web site at Tailgating spaces and armbands are also currently on sale on the Web site.

Adult ED hosts injury prevention training program

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Emergency Department hosted a one-day workshop last week to train nurses from across Tennessee how to prepare and present a community injury prevention program.

The workshop is part of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) program EN Care, ENA’s Injury Prevention Institute that focuses on alcohol awareness and drinking and driving education, bicycle/helmet safety, gun safety, and child passenger safety.

The program promotes emergency department nurses to work in the community to promote health, safety and wellness.

Patricia Kunz-Howard, board member and secretary-treasurer of the Emergency Nurses Association, Nancy Stevens, Tennessee State Council President and Vanderbilt Emergency nurse Jan Dahlke taught the class.

“We had great participation,” said Donna Mason, adult Emergency Department manager. “And it gave us an opportunity to speak with other emergency nurses, witness instruction and demonstration in how to conduct injury prevention programs for all ages.”

Susan Gray celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Friends, families, and supporters of the Susan Gray School will celebrate Cinco de Mayo III, a fund-raising event for the school at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

The fiesta, complete with food, drinks, live music, and a silent auction, will be held on the Magnolia Circle Lawn at 21st and Edgehill avenues.

Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jenni Moscardelli and Leigh Ann Witt.

Funds raised will be used to provide therapy services for Susan Gray School children with developmental delays, said Witt.

The price of the event is $30 per person ($20 tax deductible). Tickets can be purchased at the event. For more information call 322-8235 or visit the Web site,