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March 23, 2007
UNT HSC Logo Campus Connection Newletter Title. People. Plans. Progress. Feature photo

HIT LogoWe’ve HIT the Legislative Road
Our Health Institutes of Texas proposal
gets new attention in Austin

On March 6, Senator Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) filed Senate Bill 1248 in the Texas Senate, which, if passed, would allow the establishment of the Health Institutes of Texas (HIT) here at the Health Science Center. Not only did Sen. Nelson’s filing send a message of support for our “discovery-to-delivery” approach to expeditiously solving the critical health care problems of Texas, it also increased the likelihood of HIT’s funding.

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Fluorescence experiment

$2.27 million Emerging Technology Fund grant will establish a new Center for Commercialization of Fluorescence Technology on campus
Fluorescence technology has a vast array of potential life-saving and life-enhancing applications, from monitoring minute changes in human cells – which can lead to earlier diagnosis of disease – to detecting biohazardous materials. The Center will be led by the international research team of Karol Gryczynski, PhD; Ignacy Gryczynski, PhD; Evgenia Matveeva, PhD.; and Julian Borejdo, PhD. These notable biophysicists were recruited specifically for this project.

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Search for UNT Health president begins
A new position has been created to lead the Health Science Center’s physician group, UNT Health, and the committee charged to select the first holder of that position kicked off its national search this week. Chairing the search for the first president of UNT Health, who will also carry the title of senior vice president for clinical affairs, is Elizabeth Palmarozzi, DO, chair of family and community medicine and a 1984 TCOM graduate. Co-chair is Christine Kalish, MBA, executive director to the president. Witt Kieffer, an executive search firm that specializes in healthcare recruitment, will work with the committee to conclude the search by June (in order to have the new chief executive officer on campus by September). The UNT Health president will be responsible for the physician group’s strategic planning, practice operations, finance, risk management, quality improvement, marketing, communications, business development and the development of successful clinical partnerships with area health organizations.

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Search for new public health dean begins
A search committee comprised of both Health Science Center leaders and community leaders has been charged to identify qualified candidates for the position of dean for the School of Public Health. Led by Jerry Simecka, PhD, chairman of molecular biology and immunology, the committee held its first meeting this week. Thomas Yorio, PhD, senior vice president for research, is co-chair of the committee. Witt Kieffer, an executive search firm that specializes in healthcare recruitment, will work with the committee to meet the goal of selecting a new dean by June (in order to have him or her begin work by September). Former Dean Fernando Trevino, PhD, MPH, assumed a full-time faculty role as professor of health management and policy March 5.

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Dr. Carol Barnes

Explore the Neurobiology of Aging March 30
The Health Science Center will host the 5th Annual Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium beginning at 8:30 am March 30 in the Center for BioHealth, Room 201. Graduate fellows conducting research on normal and pathological brain aging will deliver oral and poster presentations in the morning. The presentations will be followed by the keynote address, “The Aging Hippocamus: Molecules, Maps and Memory,” at 12:30 pm. The invited speaker (shown in photo) is Carol A. Barnes, PhD, Regents professor of psychology and neurology, and director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The symposium is supported through a National Institutes of Health training grant, and all individuals with interests in aging and nervous system function are invited to attend. UNT HSC Logo


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Celebrate National Public Health Week April 2-8
Our School of Public Health is collaborating with the University of Texas School of Public Health, Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health, Texas Public Health Training Center, the Texas Public Health Association and the Texas Association of Local Health Officials to host different public health activities across the state throughout the week. This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation’s Vulnerable Populations.” A highlight of the week will be a School of Public Health Open House on Wednesday, April 4. All employees and students are invited to attend. Details for many events are still being finalized, so check for updates at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/education/sph or call Michael Lopez, coordinator of student services, at ext. 5191. UNT HSC Logo

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Your responses to the Denison Organizational Culture Survey responses are being analyzed
… and you’ll be among the first to hear the results. How many employees participated? 617 – about half our workforce, which is a good response. An overview of results will be distributed campus-wide soon. Then there will be a series of meetings to talk about results in terms that are most meaningful to individual units, departments and areas. The goal is to improve not only how we all relate to the UNTHSC big picture, but how each of us contributes each day to “my workplace, my team, my mission.” For more information, contact Douglas Mains at dmains@hsc.unt.edu. Thanks again to all who participated! UNT HSC Logo


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Dr. Richard

UNT Health/JPS Community Health Center will open in November
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Feb. 28 to mark the start of construction for a new JPS community health clinic in Fort Worth’s Polytechnic neighborhood that will be staffed by UNT Health physicians. As part of the activities, the center’s medical director, Robert Richard, DO, a 1990 TCOM graduate (shown in photo), addressed the attendees. The new 13,000-square-foot building, located at 1501 Mitchell Blvd., will replace the two modular buildings currently used and accommodate an additional healthcare provider to help meet the growing demand for services in the community.UNT HSC Logo


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If you missed it: HUB training starts March 27
New information and tools are available to help UNTHSC staffers easily identify and track use of Historically Underutilized Businesses and minority vendors. HUB training is required for administrators who oversee budgets, Dept ID holders and ePro coordinators. You can learn to use the new tools at one of the HUB training sessions beginning March 27. You’ll find the training schedule on the Purchasing and Central Services intranet site. Contact HUB Assistant Ashley McClanahan at amcclana@hsc.unt.edu to register for the appropriate session.
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I was so proud when our Custodial Services Team won the President’s Award for Best Practices in 2004. If I can prepare an entry, so can you! But do it now. The deadline is Monday, April 2. You’ll find all the details, submission guidelines, a submission template and last year’s winning entry at the Office of Strategy and Measurement website.
Good luck!

Gloria Fuller
Custodial Supervisor



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