December 19, 2008
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DO Dash proceeds benefit cancer research
The 2008 DO Dash committee donated the proceeds of this year’s run to Cancer Education and Research Foundation of Texas. On Dec. 17, the DO Dash committee presented the big check totaling $5,392 to Ray Page, PhD, medical director of the Cancer Education and Research Foundation of Texas (TCOM and GSBS ’91 ). The 2008 DO Dash was organized by the TCOM Class of 2011.

Campus-wide volunteerism survey
Service to our community has long been in integral part of the UNT Health Science Center’s mission. To enhance our already strong culture of service, the Office of Community Relations will conduct an anonymous, online survey on the volunteer efforts of our faculty, staff and students. The survey’s results will help shape current and future volunteer programs at the Health Science Center. Look for a link to the survey in Daily News after the holidays.

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Kudos

UNTHSC employees participated in the 2008 American Cancer Society (ACS) Breast Cancer Forum on Oct. 7. At the forum, ACS Relay for Life of Fort Worth Committee members presented information about the 2009 relay to forum participants.

UNTHSC Participants:
Sandy Dyer
Betty Belton
Jacklyn Crisp
Eswar Shankar
Ann Propost
(retired) and her husband Don

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In the News

DNA Lab in Popular Science
Popular Science magazine features the DNA Lab, part of the UNT Center for Human Identification, in its January 2009 issue. The article explains the Lab’s mission and tells the tale of a cold case that the Lab helped solve – that of Marci Bachmann, a runaway who was murdered and remained unidentified for more than 20 years.

ITunes U on KDAF
On Dec. 9, KDAF-TV, “The 33,” ran a story on the Health Science Center’s iTunes U site on their 9 pm news show. The video clip features Lynley Dungan, director of Information Resources, TCOM students and Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, TCOM’s associate dean for academic affairs, commenting on the effectiveness and value of this tool in education. (To see the clip, search through the “Top Video” on the video player for “Lectures on iPod,” dated 12/9.)

DO/MD study group in the Star-Telegram
In a front-page article, the  Star-Telegram reported on the possibility of UNT Health Science Center adding an MD to its degree offerings. The article includes quotes from Scott Ransom, DO, MBA, MPH, UNTHSC president, and other leaders in osteopathic medicine. Columnist Bud Kennedy also  voiced his opinion on the matter, and the story appeared in blogs on GruntDoc.com and KevinMD.com.

Dr. Brenner on the economy and health
Harvey Brenner, PhD, professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, commented in a New York Times story on the effect of lost jobs on healthcare.  A lost job means lost health insurance for the employee and his or her family. The story also appeared on StarNewsOnline.com, HeraldTribune.com, GainesvilleSun.com, BlueRidgeNow.com, Free Internet Press and a blog called Donklephant.

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HR Update

Reminder: File 2008 TexFlex claims by Dec. 31
TexFlex claims for 2008, including any eligible medical or dependent day care expenses that occurred between Sept. 1, 2007 and Nov. 15, 2008, must be filed by Dec. 31.  But don’t wait until the last minute, additional information may be requested and your claims could take longer than expected. Any money in your account that you don’t claim will be forfeited.

If you have any questions about this process, visit the ERS TexFlex Web site or contact PayFlex at (866) 353-9839. UNTHSC logo

 

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