Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Two from UNTHSC named to “40 Under 40"
The Fort Worth Business Press this spring named two leaders from the UNT Health Science Center's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health to its 40 Under 40 Class of 2011: Matthew Avila, PhD, assistant professor, and Christina Burress, MBA, associate director.

Campus facility news
Just in time for fall classes, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and the Department of Physical Therapy moved their offices and equipment this month into the recently finished top three floors of the new Medical Education and Training Building. The recently re-named Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building now bears the name of its honoree on exterior signage. Dr. Everett is the surviving founder of TCOM.

Medical Sciences degree program continues success
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences' post-baccalaureate master of medical science program continues its successful track record in preparing students for the rigors of medical school.  Medical school admission data show almost 80 percent of our 2011 program graduates were admitted to medical school here at TCOM, across Texas and outside the state.

Save the Date
White Coat Ceremony - July 23,
2 p.m., Will Rogers Auditorium
Family Weekend and TCOM Reunion - Sept. 16-17
To Your Health Gala - Nov. 5

UNTHSC faculty advises Google Science Fair winner
Shree Bose, a Fort Worth Country Day high school student, has been named the Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner for ovarian cancer research she conducted in the lab of Professor Alakananda Basu, PhD, in the Department of Molecular Biology & Immunology. Bose was supervised by Basu and Graduate Student Savitha Sridharan. Bose won $50,000 in scholarships in addition to other prizes for placing first in this prestigious international competition.

MD school status
The UNT System, its Board of Regents and the Health Science Center appreciate the civic, philanthropic and health care communities in Fort Worth that partnered with us in unprecedented fashion to support the establishment of an MD school at the Health Science Center. In just six months, pledges of more than $25 million were raised to cover the start-up costs for the proposed school. Unfortunately, the historic state budget crisis relegated many initiatives, including the MD program, to legislative consideration in 2013. We believe the results of our efforts provide us a solid foundation for future successful legislative action, an important goal we will continue to pursue.

UNT System College of Pharmacy authorized
For many years the UNT System has worked toward establishing a college of pharmacy. We are pleased the state legislature has authorized a UNT System College of Pharmacy, which will be established through a public-private funding partnership, saving the state millions of dollars. We appreciate Sen. Jane Nelson's leadership on this initiative and we are thankful to many North Texas legislators, the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and the Governor for their steadfast support. Details will be announced later this summer.

JAMP hosts 28 undergrads in summer program
For the ninth year, TCOM welcomed 28 college sophomores from across Texas selected through a vigorous application process to participate in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) Summer Internship. They spent five weeks in Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prep courses, graduate-level courses, clinical preceptorships, an Emergency Medican Technician (EMT) ride-along, mentoring by TCOM students, community service, a summer theater arts program, various workshops and team-building activities.

DNA lab creates investigative tool
UNTHSC's Institute of Applied Genetics has developed new software that could enable law enforcement agencies to generate additional investigative leads and solve more crimes. This tool allows agencies to search DNA profiles obtained from forensic evidence against DNA databases where no matches had previously been obtained and form a list of possible suspects. This allows "familial searching" based on the principle that DNA profiles of people closely related are likely to contain similarities. Once a DNA profile is generated from crime scene evidence, it can be searched against known profiles of convicted felons and arrestees to identify potential relatives of the individual who left the evidence sample.

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