DNA Lab identifies remains from Texas to Washington
Our DNA Lab was critical to identifying the remains of Billy Ray Weems, a Kentucky man who was missing since 1986. His remains were found in Corpus Christi in 2000. Weems’ sister, Kathryn Soto, submitted a DNA reference sample to the Frankfort, Ky., Police Department, who sent it to our DNA lab. For more on the story, read it here. The lab was also credited with helping identify the remains of a Grandview, Wash., woman in an article by the Associated Press. Sharon Lee Mason’s remains were found in a backyard burn pit after her killer, Daniel Sauber, told police about strangling and burying her. Sauber was later convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Upp master’s UNTHSC campus plans
Greg Upp is the “Man with a plan,” according to the Fort Worth Business Press. The senior vice president of community engagement at the Health Science Center explained the campus development Master Plan in the Aug. 20 cover story. One of the best parts of the Master Plan, Upp said, was the involvement of our neighbors in the planning process. “We attempted to make this master planning an inclusive process, and I think that’s turned into a strength of the plan,” he said. Read the entire article here.
McIntosh offers view on MS, stem cell therapy
UNT Health Chief of Neurology Dr. William McIntosh was interviewed for a story about a Fort Worth police officer with multiple sclerosis who opted to go to China for stem cell therapy. The KDFW-Fox 4 story included Dr. McIntosh’s comments about the investigative nature of stem cell therapy, as well as footage of him with three fourth-year TCOM students, Scott Emerson and Monica Ghosh Kalra, and Dr. Morvarid Rezaie. See the clip of the story here.
Public health student links learning to longevity
Steve Jacob, a master’s student in public health policy in the School of Public Health, is also publisher of the Star-Telegram/Northeast edition. His column in the Opinions section of the newspaper’s Sept. 2 edition is about several U.S. and international scientific studies that have shown a strong association between education and life expectancy. Read the entire article here.
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