May 16, 2008
  News Briefs


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Participate in National Employee Health and Fitness Day
As part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle on campus, the Health Science Center provides facilities for physical activity and encourages a smoke-free environment. On May 21, we will launch a renewed focus on a healthy lifestyle by participating in National Employee Health & Fitness Day. This national health observance is administered annually by the National Association for Health & Fitness to promote the benefits of physical activity for individuals through work site activities.

Faculty, staff and students can drop by the Founder’s Activity Center from 8 am – 5 pm for free fruit, blood pressure checks, body mass index readings, nutritional information, walking/jogging maps and fitness contests, including pull-ups, sit-ups and push-ups in three different age categories, for men and women. Watch for more information on enrolling in free smoking cessation classes on campus starting in October.

Commencement is May 17 at Ft. Worth Convention Center
Commencement will be May 17 from 2 – 4 pm at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  Speakers include Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, vice president of Global Strategic Affairs for LifeScan; HSC President Dr. Scott Ransom; and Andrew Frost, 2008 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Approximately 345 graduates will be awarded degrees.

UNTHSC hosts Texas Conference on Health Disparities
The 3rd Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities on May 29-31 will bring together highly regarded experts from various fields to focus on solutions for eliminating health disparities. Keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss minority participation in science and math education. The public is invited to attend and can earn Continuing Education Credits.  Register for the conference with PACE.  For more information, visit the Health Disparities Conference Web site.  

UNTHSC on WRR radio
UNTHSC is a sponsor of the Fort Worth Symphony’s May 25 live broadcast of the Fort Worth Opera on WRR Classical 101.1 FM. Radio spots highlighting UNTHSC’s mission to improve the quality of life of the community, research areas of strength and programs will run on WRR until the live broadcast. In addition, Dr. Scott Ransom, UNTHSC president, will be featured in an interview during the intermission of the broadcast. A similar spot will run on CBS radio stations in the Metroplex for the next 12 weeks.

Listen to the radio spot.

Regents approve new PA admission requirements
Students entering our PA program in 2010 will be required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. GRE scores also will be required, but no minimum score will be set for admission. GRE scores will be taken into consideration as a potential indication of success. The current prerequisite of six hours in the elective psychology, sociology and/or anthropology requirement will be reduced to three hours.


Have you hugged your nurse today?
UNT Health celebrated National Nurses' Week on May 9 with a come-and-go recognition luncheon at the PCC. UNT Health representatives took the time to recognize the contributions that our nurses and medical assistants make to our organization and our patients. But their valuable part in delivering compassionate care can be recognized any time. Tell your nurse or medical assistant how much you appreciate him or her. 

Uht to join IAADR
Dr. Rosalie Uht soon will join the Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, as well as the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNTHSC. Dr. Uht is a board-certified neuropathologist whose research specifically aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms by which steroid hormones influence stress responses.

Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right!
The Health Science Center’s Helvia Arzate-Abdelfattah will teach public school students across the state about the sugar and fat content of their favorite foods, thanks to a live broadcast hosted by Connect2Texas – a Web site designed to promote interactive videoconferencing programs from providers across the state. The lesson to be broadcast from the Health Science Center on May 22 will teach students how to make healthy eating choices now so that habits continue with them into adulthood. The lesson will conclude with a “quiz” which students will answer by holding up pieces of colored paper to rate foods as good (green), ok (yellow) or bad (red). A discussion of the benefits of physical activity will conclude the presentation. UNTHSC logo


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