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April 2, 2021

Meet Suzy Sun, B.A., Dept. Administrator/Assoc. Chair, Dept. of Geriatrics

Suzy Sun

Any last thoughts on your position as Department Administrator?
There is no place that I would rather be than at UAMS. Here we embrace our diversity and inclusiveness, while also celebrating our individuality. From our life experiences, we all bring unique perspectives that enhance the workplace. We listen and learn from one another.

January 28, 2021

Meet Nicki Spencer, M.H.A., and Rachel Hale, M.A., TRI Community Engagement Program Managers

How do you/your group handle problematic issues? While program planning, there are various opinions regarding content. As a team, we bring everything to the table. Due to our respect for one another, we are able to heed another person’s reasoning and be open to informative criticism/concerns.

January 12, 2021

Meet Jennifer Hixon, Research Program Manager, IRB

Jennifer Hixon

How long have you worked at UAMS? I have been with UAMS for 12 years. What is your favorite part of the job? I really enjoy working with investigators, research staff, and different departments across campus and at other sites. Obtaining FDA approval for investigator-initiated drug and/or device studies is always interesting because of the…

November 2, 2020

Meet Kimberly Krager, Ph.D., Research Associate, College of Pharmacy

Kimberly Krager

How do you/your group handle problematic issues?
I work with a fantastic group with expertise in several fields and who are always willing to assist in teaching new lab techniques or trouble shooting project issues that may arise. Whatever needs to be done to accomplish the goal, we will do it.

September 21, 2020

Meet Natalie Morris, B.S., Research Assistant, Brain Imaging Research Center

Natalie Morris

How does your work assignment interact with others?
We recruit in the community and BIRC’s main goal is to offer awareness of the practical side of neuroscience. Depending on the study, we recruit from domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment programs (e.g., UAMS’ CAST program), inpatient recovery centers, and even middle schools.

Meet James Bishop, M.S., RBP (ABSA), Biological Safety Officer and Director of Occupational Health and Safety

James Bishop

What is your favorite part of the job?
There’s never a dull moment. I work with everyone including the IBC, IACUC, IRB, DLAM, Compliance, Engineering and Operations, and Infection Control and Prevention to name a few. UAMS also has clinical/research work at BSL1, BSL2, and BSL3 safety levels that require special care.

June 15, 2020

Meet David Robinson, Communications Manager, Communications and Marketing

David Robinson

What is your favorite part of the job?
I love telling the stories of UAMS scientists. It is a great privilege.

June 9, 2020

Meet Meredith Joheim, M.S., Editor, SciCom


Are there any challenges?
We edit grants and manuscripts with subject matter that encompasses a variety of scientific research. I enjoy the challenge of familiarizing myself with the specific area of any given project that I am editing. It keeps my scientific brain engaged and happy.

December 3, 2019

Meet Alison Gill, B.A., Project Specialist, BioVentures, LLC.

Allison Gill

How many invention disclosures do you work on each year?
My desk handles approximately 35 invention disclosures and their associated legal documents each year. Additionally, legal documents and government reporting for 150 active patent cases and the financial processing for $1.68 million in income and $1.60 million in expenses are managed annually.

October 2, 2019

Meet Lisa Smith, Program Coordinator, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

Lisa Smith

Are there any challenges?
I like to finish my work the same day it hits my desk. You cannot always do that here. There is so much is happening. You have to be flexible and work on those pop-up priorities that can delay your regular departmental priorities.

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