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November 02, 2007
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First Friday Update
by President Scott Ransom

Another record-breaking campaign

Once again the Health Science Center family has reminded me why I am so happy to be a part of this institution – you have all demonstrated the true meaning of the words “Campus Pride .”

This year’s Campus Pride campaign was a record-breaker – 859 of our employees contributed $159,607 to the Health Science Center and $47,739 to the State Employee Charitable Campaign for a total of $207,346. Thanks to all of you who made contributions to the Health Science Center and the community. For those giving to the Health Science Center, I promise your gifts will be used to further our goal of making this a world-class institution.

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HSC's "Possibilities" celebrated at inaugural events
It’s official… On Oct. 19, Dr. Scott Ransom was inaugurated as the Health Science Center’s fifth president. The week of “World of Possibilities” events celebrating the inauguration – which included a talk on Alzheimer’s disease, the inaugural ceremony, an all-campus celebration, the DO Dash, and the black-tie gala – was a great success.

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Students during telecast

Classrooms without walls
Health Science Center instructors teach via video conferencing

How would the world of science and research be affected if Health Science Center instructors could pipe their knowledge and experience into every classroom of every school district in the state and show young students the exciting and interesting world of science?

Last month, the departments of Cell Biology and Genetics and Biomedical Communications combined their knowledge and talents to bring science into Fort Worth ISD classrooms and classrooms across the state via distance learning.

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ACOS honors TCOM faculty and alumni
Although TCOM is known for producing top-notch primary care physicians and faculty, our surgeons are getting national recognition, too. The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons honored some of our faculty and alumni at their Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists in San Francisco on Oct. 19. Dr. Don Peska, associate dean for educational programs for TCOM and associate professor of surgery, received the 2007 Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award for his outstanding accomplishments as a surgeon, educator and researcher. Dr. Al Yurvati, TCOM Class of 1986, chair of surgery and member of the ACOS Board of Governors, and Dr. Dale H. Brancel, TCOM Class of 1980, were given Presidential Citations by the ACOS for making “significant contributions in the development and use of standards for the certification of surgeons.” Dr. Daniel R. Gilbert, TCOM Class of 1994, was named a fellow of the ACOS for advancing osteopathic medicine and surgery. UNT HSC Logo



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Remember to vote!
Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. This year, 16 state constitutional amendments are on the ballot in Texas, including one that could have a big impact on the Health Science Center.  Proposition 15 is the constitutional amendment that would create the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and authorize up to $3 billion in bonds for cancer research. For information about all 16 propositions and this year’s election, check out the Texas Secretary of State’s web site. UNT HSC Logo



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Health Science Center supports “Pink Out”
game at TCU

Tomorrow’s TCU football game may look a little different.  Instead of a crowd of purple… you’ll see a crowd of pink. TCU fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to support breast cancer awareness.

Look for the UNT Health/Health Science Center booth in Frog Alley before and during tomorrow’s game against the University of New Mexico at Amon G. Carter Stadium at TCU.  And, listen for interviews with our folks before the game on 103.3 FM ESPN radio. UNT HSC Logo



Q-Care winner

QCARE training concludes, winners announced
Wrapping up the first round of customer satisfaction training through the QCARE initiative left some UNT Health employees quite satisfied themselves.

Throughout the course of the cruise-themed program, employees could earn points to qualify for various levels of prize drawings. A reception to honor the success of the program and to draw winners’ names was held on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Atrium. The big winner was Mary Palacios, Clinic Services Rep III, Family Medicine, who won a cruise for two to the Caribbean, leaving from Galveston.

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New video conferencing technology allows students of all ages from across the country to experience the Health Science Center’s resources – including our anatomy lab – without leaving their classrooms. To learn more about how our school outreach video conferences encourage students to see science as a viable career field, click here.

Dr. Rusty Reeves
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics and Project SCORE Principle Investigator


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