Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Student spotlight
Shwetha Chagalamarri (TCOM '12) was selected as the national chair of the American Medical Student Association's Addiction Medicine steering committee. Chagalamarri will work with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to create an innovative curriculum for medical schools across the country.

Cole Zanetti (TCOM '11)
was selected as the Student Health Activist of the Year by the American Public Health Association for his work on addiction medicine curriculum reform, smoking cessation reform and health promotional policy and programming efforts throughout the year.

Alesha Shaver (PAS '12)
and Misty Nobles (PAS '13) have received National Health Service Corps Scholarship awards. National Health Service Corps scholars committ to serve in an underserved area soon after they graduate, serve a primary-care residency and are licensed.

Faculty focus
Richard Kurz, PhD, dean of the School of Public Health, was appointed by the Association of Schools of Public Health to serve on the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

We're making progress
The UNT Health Science Center is making significant progress in its ongoing efforts to improve the health and quality of life for the people of Texas and beyond. At the midpoint of our ambitious five-year strategy plan, we have documented our advances in our annual Progress Report document.  Click here to learn about our growth and see the details of the progress we've made in education, research, patient care and community service.

DNA programs earn several new research grants
Our Center for Human Identification, the only academic-based DNA lab in the country with access to the FBI's CODIS database, has recently earned several research grants from the National Institute of Justice, including:
- $785,000 to continue processing the UNT Health Science Center's pending DNA cases
-$1 million to create a comprehensive training program in forensic DNA interpretation and statistics
-$2.8 million to enhance DNA technology to identify missing persons

Gala raises scholarships for medical students
Last month's To Your Health gala raised funds to help support scholarships for our Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) students. The gala was attended by 450 guests who were treated to dinner, dancing and a fireworks display. This year's gala celebrated the 40th anniversary of the UNT Health Science Center and its founding school, TCOM.

UNTHSC fosters future scientists with research symposium
The UNT Health Science Center welcomed future scientists to campus on Nov. 5 for its annual North Texas Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Scholars from universities across Texas presented research at the symposium and visiting faculty held a round-table discussion on trends in biomedical education. Video of the symposium was broadcast live via the internet, allowing students at locations around the state to view the symposium. Several visiting scholars made use of the opportunity to start the process of applying for graduate school at the Health Science Center.  Students from Fort Worth's Arlington Heights High School also participated in the symposium.

UNT Health expands certified nurse-midwife services
The certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) of UNT Health began accepting patients at the Eagle Ranch Family Medicine clinic this month. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed health care practitioners providing primary healthcare to women of childbearing age and are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. UNT Health, the physician practice group affiliated with the UNT Health Science Center, has offered CNM services since 2005 at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital campus. They expanded their services to the Lake Worth area prior to their availability at Eagle Ranch.

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