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  • The GSO NewsVolume 1, Issue 1, October 2009

    www.mcg.edu/gradstudies/students.htmMedical College of Georgia Graduate Student Organization

    The GSO News

    Inside this Issue

    Welcome Back from the GSOPresident

    2009/10 GSO Officers

    2009 Start! Augusta Heart Walk

    Current Student Spotlight

    Alumni Student Spotlight

    Clinical Nurse Organization

    GSO Camping Trip

    Student Accomplishments

    GSO Bingo Night

    Welcome Back from the GSO President!

    My fellow graduate students,

    Its a new academic year and weve got a

    lot planned for you, already!

    This year, the Graduate Student Organiza-

    tion (GSO) is proud to welcome you back

    with its long awaited issue of the GSO

    Newsletter. Here, you will be updated

    with the latest news about MCG graduate

    students, read our interviews with recent

    alumni and senior students, learn about

    our organizations activities, and even an-

    nounce your own personal news!

    Our main objectives for this year are to

    improve the communication between

    GSO and its approximate 500 members,

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    to connect graduate students from differ-

    ent programs at MCG, and establish new

    relationships with graduate student orga-

    nizations at different institutions around

    the state of Georgia. In doing so, GSO

    continues to advance interests of graduate

    students, identify and protect their rights,

    and make sure their voice is heard at dif-

    ferent institutional levels. GSO is equally

    committed to the community at large or-

    ganizing service and fundraising events,

    and creating many volunteering opportu-

    nities for graduate students year round.

    Please, feel free to contact us any time at

    [email protected] or join our blog on

    facebook at Students of MCG GSO, let

    us know whats on your mind and how

    we can serve you better. Finally, I want to

    thank my fellow GSO Officers and vol-

    unteers for their sincere dedication and

    enormous efforts. We all wish you a very

    successful year.Moataz (Taz) Elkasrawy

    2009/0 GSO OfficersSamuel Herberg

    In addition to the GSO presidents wel-come note, the GSO officers would

    also like to take the opportunity to

    briefly introduce themselves. Here we

    provide you with some basic informa-

    tion about the work we do at MCG and

    highlight the goals each one of us is ea-

    ger to achieve within this academic year.

    President Moataz (Taz) Elkasrawy:4th year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    Mark Hamricks lab, research interest in

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    2009 Start! Augusta Heart WalkColleen Carey

    On September 29, individuals from all

    over the CSRA participated in the Amer-

    ican Heart Associations annual Heart-

    walk, and among them was Team GSO.

    As many of you may know, the American

    Heart Association is one of the premier

    voluntary health organization in not

    only working towards the prevention

    and treatment of heart disease, stroke

    and cardiovascular disease, but also in

    raising awareness about cardiovascular

    health. In the past, research funded by

    the AHA has contributed to discoveries

    and advancements such as CPR, pace-

    makers, bypass surgery and many others.

    The AHA is also an invaluable source of

    funding to the MCG community and an-

    nually contributes approximately $6 mil-

    lion to researchers here at MCG. This is

    more than to any other institution in the

    southeast and signifies the importance

    of the research being done right here

    on campus that ultimately will benefit

    all communities.

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    bone regeneration and fracture healing.

    Goal(s) for this year: To make sure our

    GSO services reach all 500 graduate stu-

    dents at MCG, to establish better commu-

    nication between students from different

    graduate programs, and to act as an invalu-

    able link between them and the different

    administrative levels at MCG. Ultimately,

    I wish GSO becomes part of graduate stu-

    dents positive intellectual, social, and cul-

    tural experiences here at MCG.

    Vice president Samuel A. Herberg:2nd year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    William Hills lab, research interest in

    stem cells for tissue regeneration.

    Goal(s) for this year: To improve the

    interaction and communication within

    GSO as well as between the GSO and all

    MCG graduate students, school officials,

    and GSO representatives of other Georgia

    universities. Also, to create and publish a

    welcoming booklet for all incoming new

    graduate students with the idea of making

    the transition to Augusta and MCG as

    smooth and fun as possible.

    Secretary Crista Royal:5th year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    Richard Whites lab, research interest in

    estrogens signaling pathways and physi-

    ological effects in resistance arteries in

    models of postpartum and menopause.

    Goal(s) for this year: To help improve

    communication between the different

    graduate programs and increase

    job networking opportunities for

    GSO students.

    This year Team GSO, captained by Davies

    Agyekum and made up of both graduate

    students and faculty, worked very hard to

    raise a team total of $1003 towards the to-

    tal event goal of approximately $170,000.

    We would like to extend our thanks to ev-

    eryone who help to support this cause as

    we, as a research community, understand

    firsthand how the funds raised will con-

    tinue to allow for advancements in cardio-

    vascular research to be made. Your gener-

    osity in the face of this uneasy economy

    goes beyond helping our team reach goals

    and in fact goes as far as touching the lives

    of those affected by cardiovascular disease

    and stroke. Because of your support, those

    facing cardiovascular disease or stroke

    will have an organization that is better

    equipped to educate and assist them. We

    hope that next year you choose to join us

    again in supporting this fight against heart

    disease and stroke. O

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    Current Student Spotlight

    In future issues the Current Student Spotlight will continue to highlight current graduate stu-dents throughout each department in the School of Graduate Studies with regards to their current research. If you would like to nominate someone to be featured please email us at [email protected] with Student Spotlight in the subject line.

    Limor RazParamita Pati

    Limor Raz is a fourth year Biomedical Sci-

    ences PhD student in the Neuroscience

    program. She is doing her dissertation

    research in the laboratory of Dr. Darrell

    Brann, where she studies mechanisms of

    neuroprotection in stroke as wells as estro-

    gen down regulation of free radical pro-

    duction and estrogen epigenetic modifica-

    tion of proapoptotic factors. Some factors

    that led Limor to choose her lab include

    her interest in the nature of the research,

    interaction with her mentor, and the envi-

    ronment of the lab.

    Limor originally moved from Israel to Co-

    lumbus, GA at the age of twelve. She at-

    tended Columbus State University where

    she majored in Biology. When asked why

    she decided to attend MCG, Limor said

    she wanted to be in a medical school

    environment with a clinical perspective.

    MCG is an excellent school, and it has

    a very friendly environment. Limors

    recent major achievements include win-

    ning the American Physiological Society

    First Place Research Recognition Award

    for her poster presentation in July 2009

    and a publication in press in the Journal

    of Neuroscience.

    Moreover, Limor has been involved in a

    number of other activities at MCG. She

    says her most rewarding experience while

    being here was giving an evening seminar

    on Estrogen Neuroprotection in Stroke to

    students in the MCG Student Education-

    al Enrichment Program (SEEPs), which is

    a summer program for undergraduate stu-

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    Heather CathcartJessica Osmond

    Heather Cathcart is a Biomedical Scienc-

    es graduate student in the Cellular Biol-

    ogy and Anatomy Department. Heather

    dergraduate, and graduate students,

    especially in the laboratory. I enjoy the

    interaction involved in teaching, and

    I always end up learning something,

    too. Additionally, she added, I also

    love when I design and execute an ex-

    periment independently and it works

    the very first time. That makes up for

    all the days when the experiments do

    not work.

    While at MCG, Heather has been

    actively involved in GSO and has par-

    ticipated in SGA events. Away from

    campus she enjoys traveling and cook-

    ing for friends. Last year she took up

    dance lessons and rowing classes on the

    Savannah River. Heather is also a long-

    time fan of vampire novels and movies.

    Currently, much of her time is devot-

    ed to writing her dissertation. GSO

    wishes Heather well as she completes

    her PhD! O

    is conducting her thesis work in Dr. Sally

    Athertons laboratory where she is investi-

    gating the role of interferons and infiltrat-

    ing immune cells in the response to ocular

    viral infections. Among other things, Dr.

    Athertons approach to mentoring gradu-

    ate students led Heather to her lab. Prior

    to entering the Biomedical Sciences pro-

    gram at MCG, Heather obtained an M.S.

    in Biology at Georgia Southern Univer-

    sity. She chose to continue her graduate

    training at MCG because of location,

    common admissions, and class size.

    When asked about rewarding experiences

    at MCG, Heather replied with a Latin

    proverb, By learning you will teach; by

    teaching you will learn. She explained,

    My most rewarding experience while at

    MCG has been the opportunity to for-

    mally and informally teach medical, un-

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    Alumni Student Spotlight: Anh LeSamuel Herberg

    Anh Le is from Conyers, Georgia and

    graduated in 2008 with a Masters degree

    from the Department of Biostatistics. Her

    dissertation was entitled Bone mineral

    content in adolescents is related to dairy

    intake and vigorous physical activity.

    When asked about why she decided to

    come to MCG in the first place, Anh

    replied because of its reputation as one

    of the top research institutions in Geor-

    gia. During her time here, she considers

    her most rewarding experience at MCG

    as getting to know the MCG commu-

    nity and the friendly faculty and staff in

    her department. In addition, Anh ex-

    plained Ive been a part of many projects

    and studies where I had opportunities to

    work along with faculty to provide sta-

    tistical analysis and results. [Also] I was

    one of the first students from SGS to be

    a member of MCGs honorary service

    organization AUPhi.

    While here at MCG, Anh became ac-

    tive on campus the moment she arrived.

    Anh was involved with GSO (as SGA rep,

    then President), Graduate Council, the

    International Students Org., Junior Medi-

    cal League as PR chair, and served on the

    MCG Judicial Committee. In addition she

    was also a part of many intramural sports

    teams with other graduate students includ-

    ing flag football, basketball, and softball.

    Of her involvement Anh mentions I have

    developed great friendships through these

    [activities] and they remained some of my

    fondest and happiest moments at MCG.

    Currently Anh is working as a biostatisti-

    cian at UAB-Birmingham and fondly ex-

    plained, [Of MCG] My department has

    prepared me very well to carry out the job

    duties that I have now. When she is not

    working, Anh loves to read, participate

    in outdoor sports, and enjoy time with

    friends and her pets.

    When asked about some general advice

    for current students, Anh suggested Be

    active and dont be afraid to get involved

    in student and campus organizations or

    make new friends outside your areas of

    comfort. Last but not least, specifically

    for current students biostats students, Anh

    came up with the following advice, Your

    work experience with a faculty member on

    consultant projects will contribute greatly

    to the skills you need later on as a biostat-

    istician. Also, dont be afraid to talk to any

    faculty if you have questions about your

    future career or education because they

    know their stuff.

    GSO wishes Anh well as she continues

    to build her career in the biomedical

    field! O

    The Alumni Spotlight will continue to highlight alumni from departments within the School of Graduate Studies with regards to their accomplishments since graduation. If you would like to nominate someone to be featured please email us at [email protected] with Alumni Spotlight in the subject line.

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    TreasurerRenee Bozard:4th year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    Sylvia Smiths lab, research interest in fo-

    late transport in the retinal Mller cell.

    Goal(s) for this year: To start a fund-

    raising program to better supply

    GSO with funds to serve MCG and

    our community.

    Social ChairColleen M. Carey:2nd year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    Jin-Xiong Shes lab, research interest in

    Type 1 Diabetes biomarker discovery.

    Goal(s) for this year: To increase the

    overall involvement of the graduate stu-

    dent body in events both on campus and

    within the community, and specifically

    to integrate the involvement of the vari-

    ous programs falling under the School of

    Graduate Studies. It is my hopes, through

    volunteer events, and just for fun out-

    ings, that increased involvement will re-

    sult in an increase in recognition of the

    GSO within the MCG community.

    GSO representatives at the Student Government Asso-ciation (SGA):Davies Agyekum

    Tiffany Nguyen

    Yashoda Puttabyatappa

    Scott J Webster

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    Clinical Nurse Leader Student OrganizationEmmie Norville, CNL-SO Historian and Social Chair

    The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) pro-

    gram was established at MCG in 2006 on

    the Augusta campus, and has continued to

    expand across the state to Athens, Macon,

    and Americus. CNLs are used in the clini-

    cal setting to improve patient outcomes by

    coordinating care among the health care

    team, and evaluating problems in the de-

    livery of treatment. The program at MCG

    is a 16-month pre-licensure program, and

    draws individuals from many different ed-

    ucational and career backgrounds to join

    Biomedical Science PhD. Class of 20The GSO would like to share a recent photograph of the (now) 2nd year Biomedical Science students and congratulate them all for suc-

    cessfully passing their First Qualifying exam. We wish you the best of luck in your research!

    dents interested in health careers. Limor

    felt that she used knowledge obtained

    here at MCGher area of expertise and

    presentation skills to open the students

    eyes to something that might change their

    minds and cause them to take an interest

    in research. She served as the GSO Social

    Chair for the 2007-2008 school year and

    has participated in other activities as well.

    Limors advice for current students is to

    take advantage of every opportunity such

    as teaching and national conferences. She

    said, The more you invest, the more re-

    warding your experience in grad[uate]

    school will be. In her spare time, Li-

    mor enjoys ballroom dance and travel-

    ing. The GSO wishes her the best in her

    future endeavors! O

    the field of nursing. The CNL is the first

    new role in nursing in over 35-years.

    As a student in the CNL class of 2010, it

    is very exciting to announce the creation

    of the CNL Student Organization, which

    was established by members of the 2009

    class. We are a group that has big ideas

    about reaching out in the community,

    preparing ourselves for the work force,

    and creating strong lines of communica-

    tion between students and the faculty.

    For more information on the CNL-SO

    contact Joshua Dunn at [email protected]

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    GSO Fall Camping Trip a SuccessColleen Carey

    As a first event for this school year

    the Graduate Student Organization

    organized a weekend long camping trip at

    Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Ga. This

    trip was intended for any and all graduate

    students to come out and take a weekend

    away from the labs and classrooms to go

    out and enjoy the beautiful Clarks Hill

    Lake together. Through this event students

    who may not otherwise cross paths in a

    given day were able to meet new people

    and form friendships that will surely last!

    Additionally this trip provided an oppor-

    tunity for those students who are new this

    year to get to know some of their fellow

    students, both within their programs and

    outside. In total about 50 students from

    different programs including Biomedical

    Science PhD., Biostatistics, and Medical

    Illustration were able to create memories

    of a great trip!

    For many of our international students

    this was a first experience with camping

    and both teaching and learning of this pas-

    time became a great way interact with and

    get to know other students. Such things as

    pitching tents, starting fires and even the

    idea of cooking smore became a learning

    experience for those who had never camped

    before. In addition the weekend consisted

    of a multitude of activities that a state

    park can offer. Individuals looking

    to be more active formed groups that

    went canoeing and kayaking, hiking,

    swimming, or played volleyball while oth-

    ers, wanting to relax more played card

    games, and just chatting around the fire.

    All in all this trip was enjoyed by all who

    attended and has laid the foundation for

    what (hopefully!) will turn into an annual

    GSO tradition.

    Those of you who missed out on this trip

    need not worry as we will be planning a

    spring camping trip as well. In the mean-

    time, please enjoy some of the photos

    taken at this fall trip in hopes that it will

    hold you over! O

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    Davies Agyekum: (Biomedical Science) was recently awarded

    the Doctoral Scholars Fellowship Award

    from the South Regional Education Board

    (SREB). The SREB has this award in place

    as a means of increasing the number of

    minority students who earn doctoral

    degrees and become faculty at Americas

    colleges and universities. The award comes

    in the form of a yearly stipend support for

    3 years as well as providing professional

    development at an annual Teaching

    and Mentoring meeting.

    Kirti Bhat:(Biomedical Science) was awarded the

    GSA (Greater Southeast Affiliate) Spring

    09 Predoctoral fellowship of the American

    Heart Association (AHA) for a period of

    two years.

    Paresh Chothe :(Biomedical Science) was awarded

    the National Biotechnology Graduate

    Student Symposium Award at the

    American Association of Pharmaceutical

    Scientists-National Biotechnology

    Conference in Seattle WA in June,

    where he was also the invited speaker

    in the Graduate Student Symposium.

    Paresh also just had a first author paper

    published in Investigative Ophthalmology &

    Visual Science entitled Identification of

    a Novel Sodium- coupled Oligopeptide

    Transporter (SOPT2) in Mouse and

    Human Retinal Pigment E Epithelial

    Cells. Also, in May Paresh was married

    to Sheetal Malke!

    Aisha Cobbs:(Biomedical Science) recently received The

    American Physiological Societys Porter

    Physiology Development Fellowship

    Award. In addition, she was awarded an

    American Physiological Society (APS)/

    NIDDK Minority Travel Fellowship

    Award to attend ET-11: APS International

    Conference on Endothelin in

    Montreal, Canada.

    Aimee Hartle:(School of Nursing BSN), a first year

    student, was awarded, in May 2009,

    Student of the semester from Georgia

    Perimeter College for Outstanding

    Performance and Excellence in Survey of

    Chemistry II Lab She was chosen among

    23,000 students to receive this award!

    NagendranMuthusamy:(Biomedical Science) has had his first

    paper accepted in the Journal of Molecular

    Evolution that is entitled Phylogenetic

    Analysis of the NEEP21/Calcyon/

    P19 Family of Endocytic Proteins:

    Evidence for Functional Evolution in the

    Vertebrate CNS. Also, he and his wife

    Tharkika Nagendran, a graduate student

    in the neuroscience program would like

    to announce their daughter, Niharika

    Nagendran, who is 18 months old.

    Jeniel Parmar:(Biomedical Science) also has a lot to

    share. He has a paper in preparation for

    submission entitled Adrenal glomerulosa

    specific expression of aldosterone synthase

    (Cyp11b2) promoter in transgenic

    mice. In addition, Jeniel has an abstract

    submitted for the 35th meeting of the

    International Aldosterone Conference

    entitled: Tissue expression pattern of

    aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) mRNA

    in the mouse. Last, but certainly not least

    he has been involved in the writing of two

    book chapters: Parmar J, Rainey WE Adrenocortical cell lines. Adrenal Cancer Textbook. 2009. GD Hammer and T Else. Springer and Humana press. Chapter 3, 2009Parmar J, Rainey WE Comparisons of adrenocortical cell lines as in vitro test systems. Adrenal Toxicology. PW Harvey, DJ Everett and CJ Springall. Taylor and Francis Publishers. Chapter 8 pp. 183-204, 2009

    Crista Royal:(Biomedical Science) has been busy! She

    recently won a MCG Department of

    Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate

    Seminar Presentation Award, in the Upper

    Level Students Division. In addition she

    was asked to be a committee member

    for American Society for Pharmacology

    & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

    Division for Integrative Systems,

    Translational and Clinical Pharmacology

    (iSTCP) Young Scientists Committee.

    She also presented an abstract at the

    Experimental Biology conference and

    was a symposium speaker for the ASPET

    breakout session. In her spare time she

    has also been appointed Adjunct Faculty

    at Augusta Technical Institute. O

    The GSO News would like to congratulate the following individuals on some recent accomplishments!

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    Contact Information

    Websitehttp://www.mcg.edu/gradstudies

    /students.htm

    Facebook GroupStudents of MCG GSO

    [email protected]

    Newsletter Staff

    Layout Design Chief EditorMichelle Reinke Colleen Carey

    EditorsMoataz (Taz) Elkasrawy Samuel Herberg

    Jessica Osmond Paramita Pati

    Feature ArticlesEmmie Norville

    Graduate Student

    Organization Presents..

    .

    Questions? Contact Colleen Carey at

    [email protected]

    Time: 7:00pm We will meet at the Student Center at 6:40pm!

    Date: 10/27/09

    A Community Service Event!!!

    Come with us as we sponsor a Halloween Bingo Night at the Georgia War Veterans

    Nursing Home

    or DONATE CANDY!

    Candy donations can be dropped off in the SGS office starting 10/12!

    AddressGraduate Student Organization

    School of Graduate Studies

    Medical College of Georgia

    1120 15th St. CJ 2201

    Augusta, GA 30912-1500

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The GSO News Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2009 www.mcg.edu/gradstudies/students.htm Medical College of Georgia Graduate Student Organization The GSO News Inside this Issue Welcome Back from the GSO President 2009/10 GSO Officers 2009 Start! Augusta Heart Walk Current Student Spotlight Alumni Student Spotlight Clinical Nurse Organization GSO Camping Trip Student Accomplishments GSO Bingo Night Welcome Back from the GSO President! My fellow graduate students, It’s a new academic year and we’ve got a lot planned for you, already! This year, the Graduate Student Organiza- tion (GSO) is proud to welcome you back with its long awaited issue of the GSO Newsletter. Here, you will be updated with the latest news about MCG graduate students, read our interviews with recent alumni and senior students, learn about our organization’s activities, and even an- nounce your own personal news! Our main objectives for this year are to improve the communication between GSO and its approximate 500 members, 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 to connect graduate students from differ- ent programs at MCG, and establish new relationships with graduate student orga- nizations at different institutions around the state of Georgia. In doing so, GSO continues to advance interests of graduate students, identify and protect their rights, and make sure their voice is heard at dif- ferent institutional levels. GSO is equally committed to the community at large or- ganizing service and fundraising events, and creating many volunteering opportu- nities for graduate students year round. Please, feel free to contact us any time at [email protected] or join our blog on facebook at Students of MCG GSO, let us know what’s on your mind and how we can serve you better. Finally, I want to thank my fellow GSO Officers and vol- unteers for their sincere dedication and enormous efforts. We all wish you a very successful year. Moataz (Taz) Elkasrawy 2009/0 GSO Officers Samuel Herberg In addition to the GSO president’s wel- come note, the GSO officers would also like to take the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves. Here we provide you with some basic informa- tion about the work we do at MCG and highlight the goals each one of us is ea- ger to achieve within this academic year. President Moataz (Taz) Elkasrawy: 4th year BIOMED PhD student in Dr. Mark Hamrick’s lab, research interest in …to“Officers”, pg. 2 photography by Moataz Elkasrawy
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