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Released August 09, 2004

By Angela Cutrer

HATTIESBURG - Members of The University of Southern Mississippi's Medical Technology faculty received the Theriot Award for "Development of Significant Materials in Media and Equipment" at the recent American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science's annual meeting in California for their book "Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management: A Study Guide and Workbook."

Dr. Jane Hudson served as senior editor and David Thrash, Paula Holland and Beth White served as editors of the book.

"Chapters in the book were written by 20 authors, some who are teaching technologists at our clinical affiliated hospitals and on campus," Hudson said. "The other editors and I are very excited to have our work recognized by the national organization and the profession. This award brings national recognition to the campus and clinical faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi's outstanding Medical Technology Department."

The Theriot Award recognizes and encourages the development of significant materials in the areas of media and equipment. Judging criteria include creativity (originality, graphics-visuals, goal achievement); scientific merit (benefit to profession; relevance to current laboratory medicine, ASCLS body of knowledge or scope of practice; accuracy; references); professional quality of project (interest level, ease of use, appearance of project) and understanding of selected media (technology and availability).

Recipients received a plaque at the annual ASCLS meeting and winning entries were posted in the ASCLS exhibits booth.

Hudson is professor, program director and chair of the Department of Medical Technology. She has a doctorate in educational administration from Southern Miss; a master's in medical technology from Mississippi State University; a MT certificate from Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala., and a bachelor's in microbiology from Mississippi University for Women.

Thrash, education coordinator at Forrest General Hospital, has a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss. Holland, education coordinator at Singing River Hospital, has an associate's in medical laboratory technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss, and master of education in education administration from Southern Miss. White, education coordinator at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, has a bachelor's in medical technology from Southern Miss.

"The Medical Technology program at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of the highest quality programs in the United States," said the College of Health's dean, Dr. Peter Fos. "It is wonderful that Dr. Hudson and her faculty are receiving well-deserved recognition from the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science. Their book, which is testimony to the excellence of the Medical Technology program, will serve as a guide for clinical laboratory management at other universities, hospitals and public health labs throughout the country."


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September 1, 2004 12:29 PM