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Larronda Rainey

UAMS Faculty Named Nursing Educator of the Year

May. 22, 2019 | Larronda Rainey, M.N.Sc., RN, said she doesn’t come to work as a clinical assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing looking for rewards. “I do this job because I love it,” she said. Nevertheless, last month she became the first ever UAMS recipient of the 14-year-old Arkansas Nurse Educator of the Year award, presented...

Center for Translational Neuroscience Director Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., with Vice Chancellor for Research Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.

UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries Celebrates Garcia-Rill Legacy

May. 21, 2019 | The UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries on May 15 was a celebration of UAMS’ first Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), which brought in more than $21 million in research funding to UAMS over the last 15 years. UAMS’ Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., secured the COBRE funding to establish the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN). The program...

Group of addiction experts talking

Summit Focuses on Treatment Concerns for Opioid Abusers

May. 21, 2019 | Representatives from a number of health-care organizations, academic facilities and governmental agencies attended a meeting May 17 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center designed to bring attention to treatment options for those dealing with opioid use disorder. The Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Summit, sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, featured...

Matthew Steliga, M.D., (left) is joined by UAMS Cancer Institute Interim Director Laura Hutchins, M.D., following his introduction as the UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary Distinguished Honoree.

Thoracic Surgeon Steliga Honored by UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary

May. 20, 2019 | When Matthew Steliga, M.D., arrived at UAMS 10 years ago, he faced an uphill battle. Lung cancer rates in the state were skyrocketing, with an estimated 2,160 Arkansans losing their lives to the disease in 2009 alone. As UAMS’ only surgeon dedicated to the treatment of lung cancer, Steliga jumped in headfirst and began building...

Sharanda Williams (center), director of Academic Affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine, stands as marshal with students ready to receive their diplomas.

UAMS Graduates 864 Health Care Professionals

May. 20, 2019 | Degrees and certificates were awarded to 864 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 18 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Degrees were presented to 165 in the College of Medicine, 229 in the College of Nursing, 111 in the College of...

Portrait of Gerry Dienel and Nancy Cruz outside, surrounded by desert plants

Six Years into Retirement: Neurology Professor Still Making Major Contributions

May. 17, 2019 | Does science stop in retirement? The short answer — according to Gerald A. Dienel, Ph.D. — is no. The long answer? It’s reflected in the many publications, lectures and contributions Dienel has made since retiring in 2013 as a professor emeritus in the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dienel has 23...

A decorated table offers cupcakes for dessert during a lunch and learn panel held during Nurses Week.

UAMS Celebrates National Nurses Week

May. 16, 2019 | A week of educational talks, events, awards and discounts marked the many ways in which UAMS celebrated National Nurses Week May 4-10 including weekends, nights and off-site clinics. “Nursing requires a tremendous amount of compassion, spending your entire day attending to the needs of others,” said Trenda Ray, Ph.D., RN, associate vice chancellor for patients...

Student chops parsley in class.

Culinary Class Offered to Patients During Infertility Awareness Week

May. 10, 2019 | A group of women gathered inside a commercial kitchen in Little Rock recently for a UAMS-led culinary medicine cooking class. Culinary medicine is the practice of helping patients use nutrition and good cooking habits to restore and maintain health. UAMS is developing a culinary medicine program for health profession students, but this is the first...


UAMS Establishes Center for Dietary Supplements Research

May. 9, 2019 | A new center to provide regulatory agencies, industry and the public with credible information and assessments related to the safety of dietary supplements has been established by the colleges of Public Health and Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Members of the Ozark Islanders dance group perform at the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration.

UAMS Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May. 9, 2019 | Guests took a tour of southeast Asia and the islands of the western Pacific Ocean as panelists from the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and the Marshall Islands shared the experiences and memories of their native cultures and countries recently at UAMS The May 1 event, “Our Voices, Our Stories,” was part of the seventh annual...

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