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Caduceus Newsletter Spring 2016.16:  Week of May 2   


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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You know, it’s always good to see alumni visiting campus.  On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Nikki Story, CBU alumna brought a group of classmates from the UTHSC Occupational Therapy program to celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month.



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Table of Contents:

1.  This is the last weekly issue for the 2015-2016 academic year.  
2.  At Thomas Jefferson University, we're turning innovative ideas into reality-preparing and delighting today's students and tomorrow's leaders by changing the way all of us think about healthcare education, research and patient care.    

3.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, April 2016 issue.  
4.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, May 2016 edition.   
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, April 25, 2016 edition.  
6.  True, National Occupational Therapy Month was last month, but it is never too late to promote the profession.  
7.  Here comes VMCAS 2017!   
8.  The question was, “What books would you recommend for summer reading?  
9.  Received this week.   
10.  NIH Announces Lasker clinical Research Scholars Program Application Cycle.  
11.  Wolf River Conservancy April 2016 E-newsletter.  

12.  Marginalia:  It’s always good to see alumni. 


1.  This is the last weekly issue for the 2015-2016 academic year.  

During the summer, new issues of the Caduceus Newsletter are released monthly.  You are invited to send photos, captions, observations of your summer travels and/or research.

And what will I be doing this summer? -- .


2.  At Thomas Jefferson University, we're turning innovative ideas into reality-preparing and delighting today's students and tomorrow's leaders by changing the way all of us think about healthcare education, research and patient care.


Innovation is a popular word in higher education, but what does it really mean? 


Here are some ways innovation has played a role in our story at Thomas Jefferson University in recent months. 

  • Jefferson occupational therapy students partnered with design students from the University of the Arts to develop toys for children with disabilities and to modify a sewing machine for a client who lost the use of her lower limbs. 
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College students won second place nationally for their idea to empower students to become tinkerers - reinforcing the value of solving problems and developing solutions as critical skillsets in medicine. 
  • Students, employees and alumni submitted concepts to Jefferson's JAZ Tank for a chance to receive financial and practical support to develop an idea that meets a need related to wellness, care or treatment. 
  • Jefferson teamed up with the Department of Defense and other universities in a new research institute focused on developing functional fabrics.

At Jefferson, we're turning innovative ideas into reality-preparing and delighting today's students and tomorrow's leaders by changing the way all of us think about healthcare education, research and patient care.

Drone-based healthcare delivery is one innovation resulting from the Jefferson and Independence Blue Cross Health Hack in the fall.

If you know students who are ready to bring their ideas to life, send them to Thomas Jefferson University to learn more about our health science programs:


3.  ADEA (American Dental Education Association) GoDental Newsletter, April 2016 issue.  

ADEA GoDental Newsletter | April 2016 | Excited about ADEA GoDental? Tweet about it!

ADEA GoDental Newsletter | Plant Your Career Seeds


A Year in the Life of a Dental Hygiene Student

The academic year is almost at an end and the summer is approaching fast. Have you secured your summer shadowing work and volunteer opportunities? Nkiru Vance, a senior dental hygiene student at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD), recently shared with the ADEA GoDental team highlights of her clinical and volunteer work around Houston over the past year.
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Good Budgeting Today Leads to Achieving Financial Health Tomorrow 

As consumers, we are constantly bombarded by television commercials and pop-up ads on our computers to buy more, spend more and save more (by spending more)! However, if you have a desire to attend dental school you’d be wise to develop responsible spending habits early. Your future, both professional and personal, is dependent on how well you can manage your finances. 

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Register Now: May Predental Webinar

Registration is now open for our Wednesday, May 18, 2016 predental webinar, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Utilizing Your Prehealth Advisor Today, for a Successful Tomorrow. You’ll hear first-hand from health professions advisors about how you can better engage and utilize them as a key resource on your path to dentistry. Our panel will share three critical ways prehealth advising can help you become a successful, well prepared dental school applicant. 

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Dentist Tool

Practitioner Profile: From Volunteer Opportunity to Private Practice

It was through a volunteer opportunity at a mobile dental clinic that first turned on Lawrence Fung, RDH, D.D.S., M.B.V., to dentistry in college. From then on his determination and open-mindedness cleared the road for many successes along his career path in the dental professions, including the honor of serving in the United States Navy and later settling into a fulfilling livelihood with a Los Angeles, CA, private practice. 

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Finish the Year Strong in Your Academics

Now that you have decided on which dental school to attend next year, it’s time to look ahead to the fall. Prepare yourself by finishing strong in your spring classes. Ensure you have secured shadowing or other volunteer opportunity arrangements for this summer.

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Pathways to Success

Student Virtual Fair

Mark your calendar for the 2016 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair on June 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This FREE, live, online event allows prospective students to visit multiple virtual dental school and dental organization booths—without travel or registration fees.

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Millennials and Healthcare

The Millennial generation (generally defined as those born between 1982 and 2004) is reshaping the health care industry as they become adult patients and health care providers.

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Learn about policies impacting dental education and dental and craniofacial research. Subscribe to ADEA’s monthly Washington Update and State Update plus Action Alerts. Follow @ADEAAGR for daily updates. 

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4.  Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, May 2016 edition.   

A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.


Prospective members of the Class of 2020 visited Feinberg to tour campus and meet faculty and students before making their final decision on where to attend medical school.



Feinberg's Mentors of the Year Share Best Practices

Faculty members awarded the medical school's Mentor of the Year award discussed their backgrounds and experiences, both as mentors and mentees during a workshop.



12th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day Breaks Record

Nearly 400 students, staff, trainees and junior faculty presented abstracts at the annual research showcase.



Evaluating Smartphone Support in a Health Crisis

Smartphone conversational agents like Apple's Siri respond to questions about health crises inconsistently and incompletely, according to a recent study.


Focus on the MD Curriculum

As part of the curriculum renewal, more than 40 different focused clinical experiences (FCE) were created to expose students to clinical manifestations of disease through a focused history, clinical exam and related investigations (tests, procedures). These experiences, developed by faculty volunteers, provide students with access to a variety of clinicians and patients with differing conditions.

An example includes spending an afternoon in the echocardiography laboratory, observing and learning from the technicians and patients undergoing imaging studies and taking part in the cardiologist's review of those studies. FCEs help to identify students' knowledge gaps, clarify confusing concepts and increase interest in clinical medicine.


These experiences correspond to one or more lectures about organ systems in the  Science in Medicine curriculum, making the approach to basic science topics more comprehensive. There are a number of experiences available for each organ system, with students being expected to register and attend a specific number, but not every available FCE.


Read more about student experiences and perspectives here


Why Did I Choose Feinberg?

Sai Folmsbee is an
MD/PhD student.  

Sai Folmsbee, an MD/PhD student, aims to understand the role of the protein αT-catenin, found in heart cells, in the development of asthma.


As a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, Folmsbee will start clinical rotations in the next few months and looks forward to how he will be able to apply the knowledge he has learned in the lab to the clinic.


"What I like about this project is that it sits at a clinical integration point where it uses deep knowledge of pulmonary, allergy and cardiac physiology. It requires a cross disciplinary approach, which I think is very challenging and interesting."


Why did you choose Feinberg?

The biggest advantage Feinberg has given me is the ability to find collaborators very easily and between different departments. I was able to walk down the hallway and find collaborators I could work and consult with on projects.


What is the biggest challenge you've faced so far?

I had no experience doing certain experiments, assays and tests. This was all new to me. I had to learn about asthma models, lung physiology and vein structure, in addition to what all these cell types do. So it was hard, but also rewarding.


Read more about his research here.


Admissions Q&A


What is the purpose of a research experience for medical students at Feinberg?

The Feinberg curriculum is designed to function best for students who are inquisitive and inquiry-driven. Participating in original research is one way of encouraging this quality. Many of our students seek careers in academic medicine and will use their experience as student researchers to clarify their career plans.


What is the success rate of Feinberg medical students' performance on the national boards?

The USMLE pass rate for Feinberg medical students has remained at 99 percent for a number of years, with our students scoring well above the national mean score.



5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, April 25, 2016 edition.  

STAT Short, topical, and timely

News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

April 25, 2016

CMS Delays Decision to Release Hospital Star Ratings

The AAMC commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) postponement of the release of the hospital star ratings on the Hospital Compare website. "By listening to the concerns expressed by the AAMC and others in the hospital community, CMS will avoid providing patients with misleading information while allowing time to understand the impact of the ratings and address the flaws in the measures and methodology," said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. "It is crucial that the information provided to patients is accurate, valid, and reliable so that it can help them make important decisions about their health care."

Academic Medicine Article Wins ABIM Foundation Award

An article published in Academic Medicine has received the ABIM Foundation's John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize, marking the fifth time an article published in the AAMC's peer-reviewed journal has received the award. Established in 2011, the annual prize celebrates and promotes the expanding body of literature on medical professionalism, with the winning articles exploring challenges facing physicians, including the relationship between physician satisfaction, well-being, and quality of care.

Webinar on Caring for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

The AAMC will host a webinar on May 5 to discuss transgender and gender nonconforming youth and the unique challenges of and specialized approach to patient care for this diverse population. Members of the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development will address how to care for and teach about transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Call for Proposals for Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has issued a call for proposals to accelerate initiatives in interprofessional care by bringing together medical schools, teaching hospitals, and other educational institutions with community partners to develop sustainable, collaborative care programs in community-based clinical settings. The program is designed to promote collaboration between graduate nursing programs and medical schools and teaching hospitals. The deadline for submissions is July 15.

On the Move

Denver Health has named Bill Burman, MD, as interim CEO, succeeding Arthur Gonzalez, DrPH, who plans to retire at the end of June. Burman currently serves as president of the Denver Health medical staff and has worked at the hospital for 21 years as a physician executive and infectious disease specialist.

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, has been named the interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, effective June 1. He will succeed Laurie Glimcher, MD, who announced in February she would be leaving to become the president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Glimcher will continue as an advisor at Weill Cornell Medicine through Aug. 31.

Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, has been named Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and CEO for clinical affairs of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (UCR). Previously serving as interim dean of the College of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, Deas will join UCR on May 16.

Stanford Health Care has announced that David Entwistle will take over as president and CEO effective July 5. Entwistle has served as CEO of the University of Utah Health Care for almost a decade.

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, has been inaugurated as SUNY Upstate Medical University's seventh president. She began her service as president of Upstate on Jan. 14 and was previously chair of the department of pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center.


6.  True, National Occupational Therapy Month was last month, but it is never too late to promote the profession.  

Text Box: Occupational Therapy




What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help people who have suffered from an injury or illness or have been diagnosed with a disability recover or develop skills so that they can live the most independent life possible.

Who can we help?

Did you know that Occupational therapists work with people of all walks of life, from premature infants to students with test anxiety to older people recovering from surgery?


Did you know that Occupational therapists promote wellness as well as rehabilitation?  They assist people with workplace ergonomics, insomnia treatment, and much more.

What can we do?

Occupational Therapists take your passion and make it happen!


Occupational Therapy: skills for the job of living.

What is going on at UTHSC?

UTHSC Occupational Therapy Department had over 700 applicants to apply for the next cohort of students beginning in January 2018!


UTHSC Occupational Therapy Department allows students to go out into the community not only to advocate for OT, but also to hone our skills while practicing with actual patients!


The Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Clinic at UTHSC is the first student run pro-bono clinic in the nation, and it was opened in memory of a MOT student.  It offers occupational therapy services to underinsured and uninsured children.



7.  Here comes VMCAS 2017!   

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VMCAS 2017 is coming down the road a lot faster than most pre-veterinary students hoped it would! The application launches on May 11, 2016, and the deadline is September 15th, 2016 at 12 midnight eastern time.

"We've made every attempt to minimize the number of changes to the application service this year. Having just implemented the upgrade to the new VMCAS 3.0 platform last year, letting the service stabilize will benefit applicants and schools alike," says Tony Wynne, Director of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service. However, there are a couple of operational changes that will impact applicants in the VMCAS 2017 cycle:

VMCAS is not offering professional transcript entry this year. Applicants must enter their own coursework | Expansion of the High School information block |  GRE Scores are being sent to VMCAS directly this year. Applicants select the "VMCAS" school selection when selecting schools.

Applicants this year are strongly urged to make every attempt to submit their application by August 15, 2016 to ensure there is proper time for their application to get through the transcript verification process. While this is not a deadline, we have found that giving this extra time significantly reduces applicant anxiety and eases the systemic backlogs.

2016 NAAHP National Conference

Minneapolis, MN  June 15th - 19th, 2016: This conference is being developed for pre-health academic advisors, faculty and career counselors working with students pursuing a health career. Participants will be able to learn about current, best practices in serving this student population. Minnesota is known for its inter-professional education and practice in health and innovation in higher education and health care models. Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn new strategies for student advisement and to network with national leaders. The conference will offer an exciting learning environment to acquire knowledge and tools to serve pre-health students back home in their colleges and universities.

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions is an organization of over 1400 health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad.


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Tips on the VMCAS Personal Statement

Questions about the personal statements are one of the most common qestions we receive here at VMCAS.  Applicants view the personal statement as the second most "scary" part of the application, after entering coursework. Here are a few tips to help ease the anxiety:

1. Do not regurgitate experiences and other data already existing on other parts of the application.

2. Write about your knowledge of the veterinary profession.

3. Include information about who you are as a person and what diveristy you might bring to the institution.

4. Include information about why you'd be a good candidate.

Fix The Debt Summit

(EAST LANSING, Michigan) April 26, 2016 – Veterinary student debt is an increasingly critical issue that can be alleviated by employing a number of different approaches, from a streamlined curricula to increasing scholarship opportunities, higher starting salaries, lobbying federal lawmakers for legislation to lower interest rates on student loans, and creating a national plan for reducing the debt-to-income ratio (DIR).

These were among the recommendations offered by a group of committed participants in the FIX THE DEBT…Our Future, Our Responsibility summit, as the profession works to find ways to reduce the burden on students and veterinarians alike. The summit, organized jointly by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, brought together approximately 180 individuals, which included veterinary students and recent graduates, representatives from veterinary medical colleges, veterinary employers, and governmental agencies and veterinary associations.

The participants tackled student debt and other financial issues that impact young veterinary professionals. The collective goal over the three-day summit was to agree on specific strategies to address the many facets of this complex challenge, with the goal of reducing the DIR, which is an indicator of the financial health of the veterinarian entering the profession. The DIR currently stands at about 2:1, representing a level of educational debt approximately twice the level of starting income.


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The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) spends lots of time collecting, sorting and interpreting data that we receive from numerous sources throughout the year. Tim Shanahan, AAVMC's Data Analyst / Program Manager is the key to making sense of the data and putting together the pieces that we use to tell our veterinary medical education story. See the first installment of the AAVMC Data Corner Series, " Applicants: Advising, Finances & Submitting Applications ", by clicking  below.


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Attending one of the AAVMC's webinars is a great way to learn more about the application process, inderstanding how to prepare in undergraduate school, and even attend a VMCAS workshop! To learn more about our webinar series, click below.


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Helpful Tips for VMCAS

·         Read the application information and instructions carefully!

·         Apply early!

·         All VMCAS application materials (web application and evaluations are due on September 15, 2016 @ 12 Midnight Eastern Time.

·         It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are submitted properly and by the appropriate deadline.

·         The Web application opens in May, 2016.

·         Complete the prerequisite courses required by the colleges. You can find a complete list of prerequisites HERE .

·         As of last year, many schools have discontinued external supplemental applications in favor of placing additional questions into the program materials section of VMCAS. Be sure to check with your school(s) to determine supplemental status.

·         Consult your pre-health advisor for assistance with your personal statement.

·         Remember, it is safer to complete and deliver your application early!

·         Review the COLLEGE DESCRIPTOR PAGES to determine college-specific requirements.

·         Set up your VMCAS account immediately to obtain (and write down) your VMCAS ID.

·         Print your application before you submit for your records. You will not be able to print a copy of your application once the application officially closes.

·         Review your application for accuracy before submitting.

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8.  The question was, “What books would you recommend for summer reading?”  

Here are some suggestions:

When Breath Becomes Air - P. Kalanithi

Being Mortal - A. Gawande

Do No Harm - H. Marsh

Black Man in a White Coat -  D. Tweedy

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Cancer:  The Emperor of Maladies


9.  Received this week.   

·         Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) – Lipscomb Now:  The Script – A Publication of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.


10.  NIH Announces Lasker clinical Research Scholars Program Application Cycle.


NIH Announces Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program Application Cycle

Application Deadline: August 26, 2016 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

***To ensure adequate time for the registration process, AACOM recommends that potential applicants ensure that Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System,, eRA Commons, and registrations and passwords are current immediately.*** 

(April 26, 2016)  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, which supports research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers.  The program offers a unique bridge between the NIH intramural and extramural research communities and contains two phases.  The first phase provides Lasker Scholars with appointments for up to five to seven years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent research budgets.  In phase two, scholars will receive up to three years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility, or the scholar can be considered to remain as in investigator within the intramural program.  More information about the Lasker Scholars Program, including a current list of scholars, can be found here.

The application deadline is August 26, 2016 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.  Candidates must submit an application that includes biographical information and a research proposal, and arrange to have four letters of reference submitted on their behalf.  Additionally, prior consultation with relevant Institute or Center staff at least ten weeks prior to the application due date is strongly encouraged.  For detailed information about this opportunity, please view the full guidance.

Eligibility: Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support.  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Eligible applicants include physicians, dentists, and nurses (including MD, MD/PhD, DO, DDS, DMD, RN/PhD, or equivalent clinical doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution) who have a professional license to practice clinically in the U.S.  The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their careers.  At the time the application for the initial IRP phase is submitted, applicants must have completed their core residency by June 2006 or more recently.  Applicants will generally have completed or be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship, and will have demonstrated sufficient patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment.  Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, although selected scholars must qualify for and maintain appropriate visa/residency status throughout the program. 

Eligible organizations include the following:

  • Public/state controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; Hispanic-serving Institutions; historically black colleges and universities; tribally controlled colleges and universities; Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions.
  • Nonprofits other than institutions of higher education including nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status and nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status.
  • Small businesses; for-profit organizations (other than small businesses).
  • Government entities, including: state, county, city or township, and special district governments; federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments and Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized); eligible agencies of the federal government; US territory or possession.
  • Independent school districts; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); faith-based or community-based organizations; regional organizations; non-domestic entities.

Click here for additional information regarding eligibility.

General questions regarding the Lasker Scholars Program can be directed to Charles R. Dearolf, PhD, Assistant Director for Intramural Research, NIH, by phone at 301-402-1225 or e-mail  Contact information for participating NIH Institutes and Centers can be found here.

For questions regarding Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST), eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, and post-submission issues, please contact ERA Service Desk online.

For questions about registration and submission and downloading forms and application packages, please contact Customer Support by phone at 1-800-518-4726 or email You may also receive assistance through the web ticketing system.





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11.  Wolf River Conservancy April 2016 E-newsletter.  

Wolf River Conservacy



Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

The Memphis community has recently experienced three sewage leaks during a three-week period with negative environmental effects on the Loosahatchie River and Cypress Creek, a tributary to the Wolf River. The leaks were caused by flooding and erosion, and we understand that City of Memphis personnel did an excellent job in containing these leaks as quickly as possible. Fortunately there was no contamination of drinking water in any of these incidents. They do serve as a reminder, however, of the ongoing need to protect our clean water supply.

Other recent water contamination incidents in our country:
   - A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie impacting the city of Toledo, Ohio;
   - The accidental spill of wastewater from abandoned mines into the Animas River in Colorado;
   - An oil spill in the Yellowstone River affecting Glendive, Montana, and other surrounding areas;
   - And, of course, the much publicized Flint, Michigan, lead pollution.

All these incidents impaired the drinking water in their communities in addition to polluting surface water. Fortunately, our community’s water supply is 100% groundwater pumped from the Memphis Sand Aquifer. At our current usage level and with good stewardship, this aquifer can provide us with clean drinking water for 300 or 400 years.

We cannot take our plentiful supply of water for granted, however, nor can we ignore the fact that our aquifer also has potential sources of contamination. This is why the core mission of the Wolf River Conservancy’s remains so important – protecting land parcels in the floodplain that serve as recharge for our aquifer system.

If you are reading this, you probably understand the importance of protecting our environment. Hopefully you are also a member/donor of the Wolf River Conservancy and we thank you” for your support. We remain committed to our mission of conserving and enhancing the Wolf River Watershed. Please share our story and mission with your friends. You can always visit to learn more about our latest activities and projects. Thanks!

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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12.  Marginalia:  It’s always good to see alumni. 

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Nikki Story, CBU alumna brought a group of classmates from the UTHSC Occupational Therapy program to celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month and to promote the profession at the Alfonso Dining Hall.  It was great to see her and to meet her colleagues:

L-R:  Nikki Story (CBU alumna), Lorin Felts, Shani Henley, Jacob Stowe, Allison Deal


Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
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