Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Celebrating 40 years
Look for the new banners along Camp Bowie Boulevard which commemorate the Health Science Center's 40th anniversary. The banners are part of a celebration of four decades of innovation and leadership in the health sciences.

Student doctors on the Hill
Seven TCOM students traveled to Washington, D.C., for DO Day on Capitol Hill April 29. Student doctors Shane Alexander, Shwetha Chagalamarri, Lira Chowdhury, Achala Talati, Sarah Tran, Kevin Weiss and Cole Zanetti represented TCOM at the annual event.

Research Appreciation Day
More than 200 research projects conducted by UNT Health Science Center faculty, staff and students were showcased during Research Appreciation Day (RAD) on April 23 at UNTHSC's Center for BioHealth. A panel of internal and external judges selected winners from poster and oral presentations.

Assistant surgeon general on campus
Epfanio Elizondo, PhD, PA-C, assistant surgeon general and rear admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, recently spoke to School of Public Health students as part of National Public Health Week.

Top Docs
Twenty UNT Health physicians and 28 TCOM alumni were named "Top Docs" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in its April 2010 edition.

Connection wins another national award
CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) named our internal web-based newsletter, Connection, a silver award winner in its 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards Program. Seventeen entries were judged in the "Web-Based or Electronic HTML Internal Audience Periodicals" category, and one gold award and one silver were awarded. Visit Connection at www.hsc.unt.edu/connection

Biggest graduating class in history!
More than 375 graduates from all four Health Science Center schools received degrees at our 37th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15. Camille Miller, president and CEO of the Texas Health Institute, provided the commencement address. Navin Rauniyar, graduating with a PhD from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), received the Chancellor's Award and provided the student remarks. Rachel Brennan, graduating with a DO degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), received the President's Award. Commissioning ceremonies for students joining the military took place immediately following the ceremony.

Best in Texas
The TCOM class of 2010 now enters residency training or internship positions across the U.S. Of the 151 graduates, 96 are going into primary care, and 83 will stay in Texas. TCOM ranks third in the nation for the number of graduates going into primary care, and the best in Texas.

TCOM alumni earn top scores on licensing exams
The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners announced this week that TCOM alumni currently completing residencies earned the highest average score in the nation on the Level 3 Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). This is the second consecutive year that TCOM has been the top performer in the nation on all three levels of this board exam. TCOM students have also scored the best in the nation on COMLEX Level 1 and 2 for three years in a row.

New building open this week
Our new 112,000-square-foot Medical Education and Training building, at the corner of Montgomery and Camp Bowie, opened on May 20 for classes and events. The new home of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and our new Physical Therapy Program is a much-needed facility for our growing programs. Special thanks to the Amon G. Carter Foundation and the Bass Foundation for their generous assistance in providing the beautiful Texas shell limestone exterior.

Texas Conference on Health Disparities
The Texas Center for Health Disparities was established on campus in 2005 and funded by the NIH to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities in our communities through research, education and community relations. The Center's 5th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities, May 27-28, will highlight the striking disparities in women's health status between the racial and ethnic minorities and the general population of Texas and the nation. Of specific focus will be disparities among women with cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease and obesity, with emphasis on community network programs. The conference is open to the public. Register online: www.registerwithUNT.com.

Awards for breast cancer research
Anindita Mukerjee, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher, and Sanjay Thamake, graduate student, both in GSBS, received funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the U.S. Department of Defense for research into nanotechnology-based approaches for breast cancer research. Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH ('99), associate professor in the School of Public Health, will receive one of the state's new cancer prevention grants on May 25 from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Researcher earns Welch Foundation Grant
Eric Gonzales, PhD ('05), assistant professor of pharmacology, was recently awarded a prestigious Robert A. Welch Foundation Grant. These grants are primarily given to researchers focused on advancing chemistry and improving life. Gonzales studies the use of protein crystallography to minimize adverse drug side effects.

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