February 02, 2007
  In The News

From the National Institute of Justice Journal
“Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation’s Silent Mass Disaster,” the January 2007 cover story of this publication from the U.S. Department of Justice’s research, development and evaluation agency, explains the work that our DNA Lab and the UNT System Center for Human Identification does for NIJ, law enforcement agencies around the country and family members of missing persons. The article includes a personal letter of thanks to George Adams, program/project coordinator for the Center for Human Identification, from a family member of someone identified by the DNA Lab. To read the letter, [click here].

From the Star-Telegram
A Jan. 22 editorial cited the case of a Dallas man who served 10 years in prison, spent another 13 years trying to prove he was not guilty of the crime and was finally cleared through DNA testing. Referencing a bill to be introduced in this legislative session that proposes an Innocence Commission to investigate wrong convictions, editors suggested that “While they’re at it, legislators should fund the state’s share of the University of North Texas System Center for Human Identification in Fort Worth for work that the Legislature has ordered sent to it.”

 Dr. Ximena Urrutia-Rojas was quoted about a research project conducted by the School of Public Health in partnership with JPS Health Network and the United Way. Called the FitFuture program, the three-year-long study will follow elementary students’ progress to lose weight and become healthy through education in a school, family and community-focused program.

From the Fort Worth Business Press
The unique partnership between the Health Science Center and TECH Fort Worth, and the signing of our Center for Biohealth’s first tenant, CorInnova, Inc., was a cover feature in November. CorInnova, a company founded in 2004 at Texas A&M University, is developing a device that would be implanted in patients who have had heart attacks to massage the heart and keep it alive. Dr. Glenn Dillon and Dr. Robert McClain were interviewed about the scope of research projects at the Health Science Center.

Our Master Planning process was also featured in the same edition. Among the positive quotes from people concerned about the impact of our campus’ growth on the surrounding neighborhoods: “From the beginning of the process, the UNT people have been sensitive… they get it. They know that they have an opportunity to build the first urban campus from ground zero in the state of Texas for decades. They understand that they’re going to build something surrounded by elegant older neighborhoods and across the street from some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the Southwest. They have wanted, taken and used our input every step of the way so far.”  Regular updates and presentations on the master planning process are posted at www.hsc.unt.edu/masterplan .

From the Dallas Morning News
Preparing nurses for careers in public health management was the topic of the education section in the newspaper’s December magazine about the healthcare industry in North Texas, Pulse. Dr. Fernando Treviño, dean of the School of Public Health, was interviewed about the new MSN/MPH dual degree offered by the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and the Health Science Center.

In November, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Dr. James Simpkins’ expertise in aging and Alzheimer’s disease was highlighted in Pulse as well as several other articles devoted to the topic in the newspaper that month.

From NBC/Channel 5
Dr. Roberto Cardarelli spoke about our commitment to health equity and our Texas Center for Health Disparities with reporter Carol Wang. He was interviewed about his work on the North Texas Healthy Heart Study, which is examining the effect of perceived discrimination on the prevalence of heart disease in minorities.


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