Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Sterling named to committees on gas drilling
David Sterling, PhD, professor and chair of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, was appointed to two committees related to gas drilling. The first is the Dallas Gas Drilling Task Force, which will provide recommendations to the Dallas City Council on the city’s zoning and gas permitting ordinances. The second is the Barnett Shale Monitoring Focus Group of the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, which studies and monitors sites for gas well drilling in the Barnett Shale.

TCU shirt sales aid infant mortality-reduction effort
This year, at the suggestion of Mayor Betsy Price, TCU will donate $2 of the sale of its 2011 season football t-shirts to “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, Healthy Community,” a community-based program coordinated by UNT Health Science Center to end infant mortality in the city.

Google Award winner honored locally
Alakananda Basu, PhD, professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology, and Country Day student Shree Bose, whom Dr. Basu mentored, were recognized for Bose's first-place award in the international Google Science Fair at a presentation at Fort Worth's Science and History Museum by Senator John Cornyn.

Hensel presents OMT study at OB/Gyn conference
Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, associate professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), presented OMM procedures shown by rigorous research methods to help improve function in women with third-trimester back pain. The presentation was given to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at a combined convention with the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists October 13 - 16 in Philadelphia.

Save the Date
To Your Health Gala - Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., Renaissance Worthington Hotel. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit the Gala web site.

UNTHSC sees record enrollment again
The Health Science Center's Fall 2011 enrollment expanded to 1,760 students from a record 1,579 set last fall. The Physical Therapy program is entering its second year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has grown to capacity with its incoming class of 230, and the School of Public Health welcomes its first incoming students for the new PhD in Public Health Sciences, all contributing to the growth the Health Science Center continues to see.

TCOM students continue to earn top COMLEX scores
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) second-year medical students continue to improve their scores on the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). Once again, TCOM students are leading performers in the country on these board exams.

Recent news features UNTHSC research, Willed Body Program
Joon Lee, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, spoke with Chris Hawes from WFAA Channel 8 about testing levels of E. coli in Fort Worth's Trinity River. The story aired September 21 and examined findings from a recent sampling, whether or not that sampling could be improved, and how other cities in Texas handle E. coli testing of their rivers. The Willed Body Program at the UNT Health Science Center was featured on the news September 22 and October 13. NBC Channel 5's Kim King explored how the program educates future physicians, scientists and other healthcare providers, and improves the quality of health for future generations. Josh Payne (TCOM '12) explained how the program has impacted his studies in medical school. Telemundo then aired a segment featuring Laura Rivera (TCOM '13), Rusty Reeves, PhD, professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Robin Belcher, director of Anatomical Services, with reporter Sofia Lachapelle.

UNTHSC named Military Friendly School again
The UNT Health Science Center has been named a Military Friendly School for 2012 by G.I. Jobs magazine - the third year in a row for the designation, which ranks UNTHSC in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. UNTHSC will be included in the 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, as well as in a list at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. To create the Military Friendly Schools list, G.I. Jobs magazine considers institutions' policies, efforts and results used to recruit and retain military and veteran students.

Building bridges to local refugees
Some 1,000-1,500 refugees come to Tarrant County each year to escape political upheaval in their home countries, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is helping them acclimate to an unfamiliar culture through its Building Bridges program. The program, funded by the UNT Health Science Center Foundation, trains refugees to become community health workers so they can help their fellow refugees access and use local health care services. Four women -- from Somalia, Iraq, Bhutan and Burma -- were the first to graduate from the program this summer.

Fort Worth students 'Stomp for Life!'
To address childhood obesity, Susan Franks, PhD, associate professor of Family Medicine, has launched a physical activity and nutrition program called Stomp for Life! in four Fort Worth community centers. The program, for ages 8-12, uses the power of music and rhythm as an aid to learning. In addition to studying healthy eating, the students learn educational lyrics and movement routines. The Coca-Cola Foundation and the UNT Health Science Center Foundation funded the program, established by the Health Science Center's Texas Prevention Institute.

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