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August 17 , 2007
UNT HSC Logo Campus Connection Newletter Title. People. Plans. Progress. Feature photo

Artifacts sought for new display
that will honor our past

Our heritage is a source of great pride for all of us. From the early days as solely the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to the multi-entity Health Science Center we are today, our history is a great, inspirational story. To honor our past as we embark on our future, we are developing a “history wall” complete with photos, documents and artifacts from our first 37 years. Until our first new building is constructed on the grounds of the old hospital next door, this wall will be located in the eighth-floor hallway of the Education and Administration Building. If you have something you would like to submit for consideration for permanent inclusion on this hallway art piece, please contact Shea Patterson-Young at ext. 0301. UNT HSC Logo



EAD Building

Welcome, new GSBS and SPH students
Another group of new students have started the next step in their educational careers at the Health Science Center.  Students entering the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Public Health got to know the campus last week with orientation activities. Both schools started classes on August 13.

Here are some quick stats on our new students.


Dr. Richard Kurz

You’re invited to help welcome Dean Kurz
The campus community is invited to meet Dr. Richard Kurz, new dean of the School of Public Health, at a reception on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Atrium of the Education and Administration Building. Dr. Kurz will officially join the Health Science Center on Sept. 4. UNT HSC Logo



HSC faculty, alumni to receive AOF awards
Members of the Health Science Center family will bring home top awards from the American Osteopathic Foundation Honors Dinner at next month’s American Osteopathic Association annual convention in San Diego. Dr. Mark Sanders, a 1998 TCOM graduate and assistant professor of family and community medicine, will receive the Wyeth Emerging Leader Award. Dr. John Licciardone, professor of manipulative medicine and director of clinical research at the Osteopathic Research Center, will receive the Gutensohn-Denslow Research Award. Dr. Christine Estrada, a graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine who earned her master of public health degree here and is currently a palliative medicine fellow in our Department of Family and Community Medicine, will receive the Merck Outstanding Resident of the Year Award. Earlier this year, the AOF presented Dr. Bruce Dubin, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of internal medicine, its Educator of the Year award.

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Dr. Ransom

Reminder: Join President Ransom for lunch on Aug. 29
What’s a family gathering without a cookout? To help celebrate our first annual Employee Appreciation Day, President Scott Ransom and his grill team will be dishing up burgers on Alumni Plaza Wednesday, Aug. 29, starting at 11 am. To help manage the crowd, just like at the annual holiday lunch, employees are asked to plan their attendance according to this department lunch schedule – if possible. If you can’t come at your department’s assigned time, please come when you can. Other accommodations will be made to provide meals to those employees who work at night or at off-campus sites. Pssst… Look for surprise gifts on Employee Appreciation Day, too! UNT HSC Logo



Dr. Singh

Grant will boost women’s health research
A research project that explores new ways that hormones affect the brain, led by Dr. Meharvan Singh, associate professor of pharmacology and neuroscience, was funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health. This four-year, $5.6 million grant is the third Program Project Grant (PPG) for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, placing the Health Science Center among the few institutions in the nation to have been awarded three such grants within a single department. The grant also puts the department in the nation’s top 10 percent for research grant dollars per faculty member, and the top 20 percent for total research grant dollars of all research centers.

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Film crew

DNA Lab broadcasts services on TV, Web
The UNT Center for Human Identification will be featured on an upcoming episode of the long-running FOX TV show, America’s Most Wanted. Last week, a crew from the show interviewed Dr. Art Eisenberg, director of the DNA Identity Lab and Stephen Gammon, missing persons database administrator, and shot footage of the labs and forensic analysts at work. The episode will focus on the lab’s involvement in two specific cases and will highlight the need for family reference samples in missing persons cases. The episode is scheduled to air on November 3. The Lab also recently launched a new Web site that will provide the public and law enforcement agencies information and easy access to its DNA services. Check out the site at: UNT HSC Logo



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UNT Health update: New places, new faces
The UNT Health at Hulen Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Clinic has opened, and Dr. Susan Conroy, a 1999 TCOM graduate and new assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, is the attending physician. The clinic, at 4925 S. Hulen, was previously managed by Plaza Medical Center, which had contracted with UNTHSC faculty physicians to provide coverage for the busy primary care practice. Plaza Medical Center residents also train there.

UNT Health is also proud to announce the addition of Dr. R. Larry Marshall, a rheumatologist, to its faculty physician roster. Dr. Marshall joins the Department of Internal Medicine as an associate professor and will see patients at the Patient Care Center. Dr. Marshall is board certified in internal medicine, with a subspecialty in rheumatology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. UNT HSC Logo




Our changing campus…
To help the HSC family keep up with renovations, office moves, safety and aesthetic improvements, development of the old hospital property, and the progress we make on our Master Facility Plan, Campus Connection has partnered with Facilities Management to publish brief monthly updates. Here’s the first.

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Merit bonus forms due by Sept. 14
As part of the Health Science Center’s Strategy Map goal to recognize and reward top performers, President Scott Ransom approved a merit bonus program for FY 2008. The deadline is right around the corner for supervisors to recommend a one-time merit bonus for those non-faculty employees whose job performance and productivity consistently exceed normal expectations. Friday, Sept. 14, is also the deadline for the required performance evaluations that document an employee’s eligibility for the bonus award. A new link on the Human Resource Services page of the intranet includes detailed merit program guidelines, timelines and the merit bonus recommendation form. Bonus checks will be distributed in early November. UNT HSC Logo


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Don’t forget! Parking permits expire at the end of August. If you pay for your permit through payroll deduction, your permit will be sent to you during the week of August 20. If you’d like to pay for one outright, you can get it at the HSC Police Department.

Corporal Al Aldarondo
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