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July 20, 2007
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Presidential Inauguration to involve campus, community

“A World of Possibilities”
is the theme for two days of activities being planned to mark the inauguration of the Health Science Center’s fifth president, Dr. Scott Ransom, in October. Look for more information to be released as details are confirmed.

Here’s an overview of the current schedule.



Save the date:
Employee Appreciation Day is August 29

The end of another fiscal year is almost here, and President Scott Ransom and the Leadership Team want to thank you for making it a good one. Details to come later, but a free lunch and special gifts are guaranteed. Mark your calendar now for this new Health Science Center event! UNT HSC Logo


Randy Jones named president of UNT Health physician group
After evaluating candidates from across the nation for the new position of president and chief executive officer of the Health Science Center’s physician practice plan, a search committee selected Jones, who has been directing clinical operations and business services at the Health Science Center for seven years. In accepting the committee’s recommendation, President Scott Ransom noted that Jones’ understanding of the operations of a large academic physician practice, plus his familiarity with the medical staff and physicians in Tarrant County, made him “the optimal selection.” Jones said, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to continue as the permanent president of UNT Health, and I look forward to leading our group to its goal of becoming the preeminent multi-specialty group practice in Tarrant County.”

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New dean for the School of Public Health will join us Sept. 4
A national search that began in March successfully ended this month with the announcement that Dr. Richard Kurz, dean of St. Louis University’s School of Public Health for the past eight years, will be the second dean of the Health Science Center’s School of Public Health. He replaces Dr. Fernando Treviño, who had returned to a full-time faculty role and recently was named chancellor of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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TCOM students outscore peers on national medical exam
The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners has reported that the TCOM Class of 2008 performed best of all osteopathic medical schools in the nation on the Level 1 Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). The TCOM students taking the test of didactic medical knowledge, given between the second and third year of medical school, posted a 99 percent pass rate and student mean score well above the national average. Dean Marc B. Hahn credits the students, faculty and innovative curriculum for this success. “I am proud of the top-quality, committed individuals who study in our halls and strive to bring world-class healthcare to the people of Texas and beyond,” he said. UNT HSC Logo



Luedtke earns Michael J. Fox Foundation Community Fast Track grant
If you saw actor and activist Michael J. Fox testify before Congress about research support or talk with journalist Katie Couric about his life with Parkinson’s disease, you no doubt noticed that he moved constantly. But did you know that his constant movement was not because he did not take his medication, as some critics alleged? It was because he did. Fox was exhibiting the symptoms of dyskinesias, the irreversible and disabling occurrence of involuntary movements caused by long-term use of the common Parkinson’s drug levodopa, or L-dopa. Professor of pharmacology and neuroscience Bob Luedtke has been working on compounds to prevent or treat dyskinesias for more than 10 years, and his team’s recent findings have earned them their first Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research grant.

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Java Lab coffee shop opens Monday, July 23, in the second-floor lobby of the Lewis Library. Get your caffeine fix along with other drinks and snacks.

“We’re excited to be here on campus. Come by on Monday for our grand opening and get a free cup of freshly brewed coffee.”

Troy Masure
Owner of Java Lab
and Four Star Coffee Bar

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