Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Summer programs bring students across nation to UNTHSC
The SMART (Summer Multicultural Advance Research Training), Ronald E. McNair and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) programs brought more than 50 undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the nation to the Health Science Center for 12 weeks this summer. Students were mentored by a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, focused on various disciplines in biomedical research, experienced professional development and participated in the annual Health Disparities Conference. These programs serve as a recruitment pipeline for future graduates and help increase diversity in biomedical sciences.

UNTHSC hosts “disease detectives” from Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. Smart Camp conducted a Disease Detectives session for 14 students ages 12 to 17 on campus. The students spent the week dealing with a fictitious disease outbreak, determining the best way to protect public safety and doing hands-on activities in UNTHSC’s simulation lab. Melissa Oden, MPH (‘06), DHEd, president of the School of Public Health (SPH) Alumni Association, collaborated with SPH students on the camp. Oden is vice president of program development for Girls Inc.

Join us at the gala!
The Health Science Center’s annual black-tie gala, “To Your Health,” this year will celebrate the School of Health Professions and honor U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger as our Vision Award recipient. The gala will be held at the Renais
sance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. Sponsorship information is available on  the Gala web site. For more information, contact Michelle West at michelle.west@unthsc.edu or 817.735.2445.


Regents approve College of Pharmacy
The UNT System Board of Regents approved the UNT System College of Pharmacy, as authorized in the 82nd Texas legislative session.  In collaboration with the Denton and Dallas campuses of the UNT System, the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth will serve as the home to the new Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program. The initial class of 80 students is expected to begin in 2013, with classes expanded to grow to 100 students by 2015. Administrative leadership of the program will be through the Health Science Center, with admissions and curriculum committees composed of representatives of all three UNT campuses. This is the first college of pharmacy in the North Texas area.

System dedicates newly completed building
The building is the UNT System's first facility to be designated LEED Gold. The building now houses the clinical skills and simulation laboratory to help train our students, classrooms for students in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Physical Therapy program, administrative space for the TCOM Dean, and faculty and administrative offices for the Department of Physical Therapy and Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Fort Worth ISD honors UNTHSC for partnership
The UNT Health Science Center and Maude I. Logan Elementary School received their eighth annual Golden Achievement Award for Partnership Excellence from the Fort Worth Independent School District. A letter accompanying the award read “your partnership is considered an example of excellence to others in our community.”

Research, legislation leads to improved Lyme treatment
Phillip Williamson, PhD, assistant professor of Forensic and Investigative Genetics, research director of the state's only Tick-Borne Disease Research Laboratory, and considered one of Texas' top experts in tick-borne diseases, continues to research patterns in reported cases of Lyme disease in the state. Last year, research by Williamson showed that people in Texas and the southern U.S. may experience tick-related illnesses very similar to Lyme disease that seem to be transmitted by ticks other than the normal Lyme vector. In June, Texas passed legislation that instructs physicians in Texas to treat chronic Lyme disease and attend continuing medical education courses to learn more about the disease.

Cardarelli earns $1.4 million CPRIT grant
Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology, was recently awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for a project titled “Comprehensive Breast Cancer Prevention Program for High-Risk Women in Dallas County” that includes outreach and education, delivery of screening services, follow-up navigation, and cancer preventive behavior maintenance. This program will expand a breast cancer prevention pilot program targeting high-risk women in Dallas County, increase mammography screening in the target population, increase prevention, and ensure behavior maintenance in the community. The program ultimately could be implemented in other parts of Texas. This is Dr. Cardarelli's third CPRIT grant.

Professor authors college freshman drinking study
Scott Walters, PhD, professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is co-author of a newly published national study which concludes that incoming college freshmen increase risky drinking immediately after the start of school, while progressively using fewer behaviors that might reduce the consequences of drinking. The study examined the drinking behavior of 76,882 incoming first-year students from 258 colleges across the U.S. in the three months just before and after the start of the school year.

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