WMU News

Trauma specialist/Olympian to address biological sciences group

March 16, 1999

KALAMAZOO--An emergency room trauma specialist who has competed as a sprinter in two Olympics will speak on the Western Michigan University campus Friday, March 19.

Dr. Gracie-Ann Dinkins, co-executive chief resident at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual banquet of WMU's chapter of the Association of Minorities in the Biological Sciences. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Dinkins, who was featured on The Learning Channel series "Trauma: Life in the ER," is preparing for a career specializing in pediatric trauma. She plans to serve an underprivileged community.

Dinkins was born in this country of Liberian parents and competed in the 1984 and 1996 Olympic games, representing Liberia. She is currently training for the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, and holds the Liberian national record in the 400 meter event as well as the 100 and 200 meter events.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine Medical School, she has been a part of the residency program at MLK/Drew since 1991. From 1994 to 1996, she took a leave of absence to accept a National Institutes of Health research fellowship at U.C. San Francisco.

The AMBS banquet is open to the public. The cost of attending is $15. For more information or to reserve a spot at the banquet, persons may contact Sherrie Fuller in the Division of Minority Affairs at (616) 387-4785.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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