May 16, 2008


The UNTHSC Telecommunications Team
… worked long and hard last week to repair phone lines damaged by a recent thunderstorm. On Tuesday, May 6, lightning knocked out about 60 percent of UNTHSC’s phone lines. The team went to work right away identifying and fixing priority lines in our clinics and coordinating the repairs with vendors.  Some team members even worked through the night on Wednesday to get the job done.  Their teamwork paid off… nearly all phones were restored by start of business on Thursday.

The team:
June Coleman, PBX operator
Sally Ross, director
Lydia Salas, senior administrative assistant
Sherry Tanner, administrative assistant
Jim Trammell, telecommunications specialist

Board grants tenure
The Board of Regents granted tenure to seven UNTHSC faculty members at their meeting last week in Denton.
Dr. Sanjay Awasthi
, professor of molecular biology and immunology
Dr. Yogesh Awasthi
, professor of molecular biology and immunology
Dr. Anuja Ghorpade
, professor of cell biology and genetics
Dr. Shrawan Kumar
, professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine
Dr. Rita Patterson
, professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Dr. Meharvan Singh
, associate professor of pharmacology and neuroscience
In addition to being granted tenure, Dr. Scott Stoll, professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, was also promoted to professor by the TCOM Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Dr. Michael Forster, professor of pharmacology and neuroscience
… was named Regents Professor by the UNT System Board of Regents at their meeting last week in Denton.

Field Day 2008
raised $341 for student scholarships. More than 300 members of the UNTHSC family got together for some fun and games… and to see their leaders go down in the dunking booth. The day was filled with hamburgers, sumo wrestling, karaoke and kickball, but one of the most popular events was the dunking booth.  Faculty and administrators took turns in the booth, which helped raise money for student scholarships.  Field Day was organized by the Student Development Office.
See some photos.

Dr. Porunelloor (Stephen) Mathew, associate professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology
… led research for a new immune-based treatment for multiple myeloma. As part of his study of the molecular mechanism by which “natural killer” cells recognize and kill cancer cells, his research group identified and cloned three novel receptors. Dr. Mathew also received a patent for his results.

Dr. John Schetz, associate professor of pharmacology and neuroscience
… and his University of Texas at Arlington colleagues received a research grant from the Office of Naval Research related to environment-friendly strategies for controlling aquatic biofouling.



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