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“I believe there are opportunities in front of us every day, and most of us miss them. We sometimes fail to recognize these events, the very minute they happen, as a chance to grow, get better and improve ourselves. Career opportunities are available as well, and through hard work and the drive for personal excellence, they can be maximized. Life is full of opportunity, and true and diligent preparation done every day will enable these students to capitalize on their future opportunities.”

- January 13, 2015

University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Professor Robert Cerfolio, M.D., has formed a partnership with Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, to assist and support students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

“I believe there are opportunities in front of us every day, and most of us miss them. We sometimes fail to recognize these events, the very minute they happen, as a chance to grow, get better and improve ourselves. Career opportunities are available as well, and through hard work and the drive for personal excellence, they can be maximized. Life is full of opportunity, and true and diligent preparation done every day will enable these students to capitalize on their future opportunities.”

As part of this initiative, students at Sidney Lanier will participate in webinars with Cerfolio and other UAB faculty, staff and students to hear the latest research strategies and literature and gain access to mentors and other resources that introduce them to the broad field of medicine. UAB’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions also is partnering with the surgery division to provide follow-up services regarding the college-admission process, financial aid and strategies for success.

Cerfolio, chief of Thoracic Surgery and the James H. Estes Family Lung Center Research Endowed Chair in UAB’s School of Medicine, will speak at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Sidney Lanier and will spend the day meeting teachers and students and touring the academic and athletic facilities.

The funeral service for Maj. Peyton S. Mathis Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala. Mathis died on June 5, 1944, when the P-38J Lightening he was piloting crashed in Guadalcanal.

Army Air Force Maj. Peyton S. Mathis Jr. was laid to rest in his hometown Saturday, a journey that took 70 years and 7,938 miles to complete.

Mathis, 28, and commanding officer of the 44th Fighter Squadron, died June 5, 1944, when the P-38J Lightning he was piloting crashed in the jungle on Guadalcanal, said Army Sgt. 1st Class Shelia L. Cooper, assigned to public affairs of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Arlington, Virginia.

Crews found the crash site that day but were unable to recover his remains because the airplane was in a dense swampy area, she said. In 2013, the plane was found, along with the remains, said Lt. Col. Melinda F. Morgan, USAF, of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) at Pearl Harbor.

Mathis was buried Saturday afternoon, with full military honors, at Greenwood Cemetery.

 

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