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May 8, 2008

Clinical Laboratory Science Honor Society inducts members; celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Week

The ULM Beta Delta Chapter of Lambda Tau National Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Honor Society held its annual Initiation Banquet April 23 in the ULM Student Union Building.

Lambda Tau is a national academic honor society that recognizes scholarship, professionalism and dedication to the profession of clinical laboratory science in college students majoring in that field. A 3.0 or higher grade point average is required to qualify for membership in this organization. The ULM CLS faculty advisor for Lambda Tau is Dr. Michael Ramsey.

The students inducted into provisional membership included Sarah Walters, Melinda Bennett, Emma McHenry, Christina Smith and LaToya Smith. Those students advancing from provisional membership to active membership included Laura Beth Harkness, Jessica Auston, Mandi Hollis and Michelle Thomas. Lambda Tau officers led the induction ceremony: Jordan Bivens, president; Kimberly Dupre, secretary; and Katelyn Moore, treasurer.

Dr. Denny Ryman, dean of the ULM College of Health Sciences, presented the keynote address. Ryman is a clinical laboratory scientist and was inducted into the Beta Delta Chapter as an honorary faculty member. He was also presented with a ULM Clinical Laboratory Science T-shirt.

The event was held during National Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Week, which provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for, clinical laboratory personnel. According to Debbie Wisenor, interim department head of Clinical Laboratory Science, “There are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States. The clinical laboratory science professional plays a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease and is a key member of the health care team.”

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