Healthcare, Health Services Policy Experts to Speak at Southern Miss
Friday, March 23, 2007
Contact Jana Bryant - 601.266.4497   


Hattiesburg
– The College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi will host two nationally recognized experts in the areas of healthcare and health services policy for two separate lectures March 27 and 29.

Roberta M. Madej, director of Global Standardization for Roche Molecular Systems, will speak on “Taming the Beast: Molecular Biology Meets Laboratory Medicine” during a 3 p.m. lecture Tuesday, March 27 in the Thad Cochran Center Room 210.

James S. Zoller will speak on “Current Challenges in Survey Research” during a 3:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, March 29 in Stout Hall A.  Zoller is interim chair and associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The lectures are part of the Scholars Series sponsored by the College of Health at Southern Miss.

Madej’s presentation will cover the developments in the clinical laboratory in regulatory and policy organizations that are responsible for the current level of acceptance of molecular diagnostics and further challenges and opportunities.

A licensed clinical laboratory scientist, Madej has been active in the implementation issues facing clinical laboratory medicine in adopting new technologies, particularly in the areas of policy and standardization.

Zoller’s presentation will deal with current practices and challenges in conducting surveys for health services research. “Dr. Zoller’s expertise in survey research is both timely and relevant for health and wellness-based settings. Focus on customer service and outcomes-based interventions make this methodology a critical piece in data collection,” says Dr. Susan Hubble Burchell, coordinator of the Scholars Series.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call the College of Health at 601.266.4866 or Burchell at 601.266.5367.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.