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Dear Colleagues:

Interim Associate Provost for Research Announcement

Earlier today, Interim President Mark Sothmann announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Brady as Interim Associate Provost for Research effective June 10, 2014, upon the departure of Dr. Steve Lanier.  Dr. Brady currently holds the role of Associate Provost for Clinical and Translational Science; as Interim Associate Provost for Research, she will also serve as the MUSC Chief Scientific Officer and Institutional Official.  A copy of Dr. Sothmann’s announcement can be found at  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brady on her appointment to this new role, and in wishing Dr. Lanier good luck in his new endeavors.

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ARROWS Program

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Professor in the Department of Medicine, has agreed to serve as Director of the Center for ARROWS (advancement, recruitment and retention of women in science) in the College of Medicine, which is supported by our NSF ADVANCE grant.  Dr. Feghali-Bostwick will be working in conjunction with Dr. Tammy Nowling to continue implementation of ARROWS initiatives, and will be assuming the leadership role that has been held by Dr. Ashli Sheidow.  Dr. Sheidow will be leaving MUSC to pursue a new career opportunity; I’d like to take this opportunity to thank for her efforts on behalf of the ARROWS initiative, as well as her many years of leadership with the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative (now known as the MUSC Initiative for the Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women).  I’d also like to thank Drs. Feghali-Bostwick and Nowling for their leadership of these efforts going forward.

As a reminder, the Center for ARROWS has established two programs for women scientists that are supported by the recently funded NSF ADVANCE grant.  The External Grant Review Program will facilitate/arrange for and pay an external expert in the faculty member’s field of study to complete an NIH style in-depth review of the faculty member’s research grant application (NIH, VA, DOD, Foundation, etc.).  The external grant review is currently available for women faculty submitting research grants as the PI.  The Short-Term Teleconferencing Program includes an iPad loaded with HIPAA compliant software for use while on leave that can be used to hold/attend meetings, student presentations/defenses and remain in contact with lab personnel/staff.  The teleconferencing equipment is currently available to all women faculty.  For more information of these programs, please visit

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Congratulations to Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Winners

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, are intended to recognize the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.  One faculty member and one fourth year Gold Humanism Honor Society student member were selected for demonstrating integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy.  Dr. Angela Dempsey was the faculty awardee and Mark Curry was the student awardee.  Please join me in congratulating them on this recognition.

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SCTR Pilot Project Program

SCTR’s Pilot Project Program aims to facilitate new and innovative high-impact translational research with emphasis on diseases demonstrative significant prevalence in South Carolina.  The primary objectives of pilot funding are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications and to publish research findings.  SCTR places a premium on interdisciplinary team science and new collaborations; therefore those applying for this grant mechanism are required to have a multidisciplinary collaboration with at least one Co-Investigator/Collaborator from a different discipline.  Additional information regarding the Pilot Project Program, including application deadlines, can be found at

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Drug Discovery Symposium

The MUSC Center for Drug Discovery and SCTR will be hosting a Drug Discovery Symposium on May 28, 8:30-5:00 p.m.  The symposium will showcase 12 ideas, biological targets and/or potential drug discovery projects selected from ongoing research at MUSC.  The Symposium will be followed by a networking event in the Bioengineering Building Lobby sponsored by the Biotechnology Interest Group, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurialism, and the Foundation for Research Development.  Interested faculty are encouraged to attend; for more information and to register, please visit

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Mini Mentoring Sessions for Female Faculty

The MUSC Initiative for the Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women (ARROW – formerly the Women Scholars Initiative) is pleased to announce a new program for female faculty.  The ARROW Mini Mentoring Sessions Program provides female faculty with an opportunity to meet with mentors across campus with expertise in a variety of domains, spanning professional development and MUSC’s research, clinical, and teaching missions.  Female faculty can request a one-on-one mentorship meeting in a specific area and will be “matched” with a mentor on campus.  To learn more about the program or to sign up for a Mini Mentoring Session, please go to

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Congratulations to Dr. Carla Danielson

Dr. Carla Kmett Danielson, Associate Professor in the National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently selected to receive the inaugural Mid-Career Innovator Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in recognition of her innovative research in developing creative approaches for difficult-to-treat populations. This award was established to honor an individual who has made significant innovative contributions to clinical practice or research on cognitive and/or behavioral modalities.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Danielson on this recognition of her contributions.

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Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions

The Epic Team has begun offering Q&A Drop-in Sessions open to all members of the faculty and staff who have any questions related to the Epic project, Epic training, etc.  Sessions are currently scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following dates- May 27 (Storm Eye Auditorium); May 30 (1st floor ART Auditorium); June 6, 13, 20, and 27 (1st floor ART Auditorium); and July 3 and 10 (1st floor ART Auditorium).  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at

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John R. Raymond Fellowship Award Winners

Earlier this week the ARROW Program announced the faculty members selected as 2014-2015 John R. Raymond Fellows.  We were fortunate to have Dr. Jane Joseph from our Department of Neurosciences selected for this honor, along with Dr. Teresa Atz (Nursing) and Dr. Annie Simpson (Health Professions).  Please join me in congratulating these faculty.

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Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

All employees must complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules by the June 30 deadline.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is now underway, with a goal of raising $300,000 in support of the 1,300 funds within the MUSC Foundation.  Employees can direct their donations to support the fund(s) that matter the most to them personally; payment options include payroll deduction, checks, credit cards, planned gifts or gifts of stock.  For more information on the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at or visit

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on various aspects of our mission.  These forums are intended to serve several purposes.  First, they are another way for my office to share important information with faculty, staff, and students.  Second, they are meant to encourage discussion about issues within the college and to empower everyone within the college to voice their opinions.  These “discussion forums” are intended to be not only channels for messages to be sent out, but channels for YOUR ideas, comments and questions to be heard by college leadership.  Your voice matters and we are pleased there is a new way for it to be heard.  You can access these forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

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As always....

Let's work together to meet our strategic planning goal - to be in the Top 25 among academic medical centers for reputation, quality, service, efficiency and financial performance by 2015 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine


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