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Ernest E. Just Symposium

Graduate Studies

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies each February, this event celebrates the life of the noted African-American biologist with a day devoted to providing information to undergraduate students about opportunities in all of the colleges at MUSC. Morning keynote talks focus on the life and history of Ernest E Just as well as having student speakers who talk about their research projects. In the afternoon visiting students meet with admissions professionals and current students to find out more about their college of interest and have tours of campus.

Ernest Everett Just Symposium

Friday, February 22, 2019

James E. Clyburn Research Center Auditorium

Part 1: Introduction

8:00-8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast- Entrance to Auditorium

8:30-8:40 AM
Opening:    Darlene Shaw, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Provost for
Education and Student Life, MUSC
Greetings: Raymond Dubois, MD., PhD; Dean College of Medicine, MUSC
Paula Traktman, Ph.D., Professor and Dean College of
Graduate Studies, MUSC 

8:45-9:05 AM
Title:  “Tissue engineering and how it could be used to improve
patient outcomes”

Guest Lecturer:
Dr. Michael Yost, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Surgery and Vice Chair for Research 


9:10-9:35 AM
Title:  “Legacy of Dr. Ernest Everett Just”
Titus A. Reaves, Ph.D.
Director of EEJust Program
Assistant Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology;
Department of Medicine
Center of Anatomical Studies and Education

Role Models

Title: "Cellular Specificity of Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity in
Nucleus Accumbens after Chronic Heroin Exposure"
Vivian Chioma, PhD Candidate,
Department of Neuroscience at MUSC

Undergraduate presenters

10:00-10:15 AM Title: "Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Perspective
from South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease and Related
Dementias Registry"
Kiariah F. Muller, Claflin University

10:15-10:30 AM
Title: “Measurement of Cell Viability in Human Breast Cancer
Cells following exposure to Polycyclic aromatic
Rajendra Neupane, Benedict College

10:30-10:40 AM

Key Note

10:45-11:25 AM
Title: "Preparing for Success and Unleashing your Personal
Keith Norris, MD., PhD
Professor of Medicine
UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health
Services Research.

11:30-12:00 PM
Panel Discussion (question and answers with morning speakers)

EE Just Lecture

12:00-1:00 PM
Title: “Repositioning anti-cancer drugs as anti-fibrotic agents”
Joel Rosenbloom, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology
Director, Joan and Joel Rosenbloom Center for Fibrotic
Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University

12:00- 2:00 PM


Campus tour for visiting students, Undergraduate Advisors meet with
MUSC College Admissions Officers


Table Discussions Facilitator will be at each table to move things forward
as the Students discuss among themselves on the subjects below:

3:00-4:00 PM
How to choose a mentor in science and medicine careers
Personal statement (what not to include)
Public health issues
Professional ethics Applying to graduate/professional School 

Reception (refreshments will be served)
4:30 PM


"Funding for this conference was made possible (or in part) by SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program under award number (NSF Award # OIA-1655740 and specific SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program number). The views and perspectives expressed in conference materials, publications, speakers, or moderators do not necessarily reflect those of the SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program or infer endorsement by the SC EPSCoR/IDeA Program."