September 19, 2008
  News Briefs

Gala celebrates 15 years of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
On October 25, the UNT Health Science Center will present To Your Health: Unmasking Discoveries, a masquerade ball celebrating 15 years of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). The event will be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, with a reception at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:30 pm. The annual black-tie gala will feature a cocktail reception, a three-course meal, a silent auction and music from The Party Crashers. Money raised from the gala supports our world-class educational, research, patient care and community outreach programs. Co-chairs for the event are Dr. Annita Bens, founding president of the GSBS Alumni Association (GSBS '93); Lavi Vishwanatha, wife of Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha, GSBS dean; and Elena Yorio, wife of Dr. Thomas Yorio, provost.  For more details, tickets and sponsorship information, visit the To Your Health Web site.

New guidelines for obituaries and flag protocol
UNTHSC has established new guidelines for communicating the passing of a UNTHSC “family” member (employee, student, alumni or retiree). Also, UNTHSC has clarified rules for lowering the campus flags to half staff during periods of mourning.

Obituary guidelines
To share the news of a UNTHSC “family” member’s passing in a timely and accurate manner, the Office of Marketing and Communications will continue to help post information about deaths in Daily News, but only after receiving complete memorial/funeral service details.

Note that this information can be posted by anyone affiliated with UNTHSC on Daily News. Also, departments or schools that have lost a member are welcome to alert their department and/or the campus via e-mail. However, Marketing and Communications will no longer send these all-campus e-mails. The only exception will be if a Daily News posting would not allow enough time for faculty, staff and students to attend the service.

Flag guidelines
In the past, the Health Science Center often lowered the U.S. and Texas flags to half staff upon the death of someone important to UNTHSC. However, federal law states that the U.S. flag may only be flown at half staff to mark the death of a principal figure in the U.S. Government or by decree of the U.S. president.  Additionally, the Texas flag may only be lowered to half staff by order of the governor.

UNTHSC soon will display its own school flag, which will be lowered to half staff to honor the passing of significant current or past faculty, alumni, etc., at the discretion of the Office of the President. Watch for the debut of our new flag later this year.

Earn CME credits at women’s health symposium
Women’s health professionals from across the country, including UNTHSC faculty members, will present new trends and controversies in women’s healthcare at the 20th annual Pelham P. Staples Jr., MD, Educational Symposium.  The symposium, which offers 20 hours of CME credit, is Sept. 25-27 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Arlington. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the symposium will feature a performance by Le Freak, the self-described “greatest disco band in the world.” For registration information, contact Leah Argo in Obstetrics and Gynecology at ext. 2198.

Distinguished Speaker to discuss ethnic disparities in birth outcomes
Michael C. Lu, MD, from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life Course Perspective,” as part of UNTHSC’s Distinguished Speaker Series.  The talk is set for Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5 pm at Luibel Hall.  Register at the Office of Professional and Continuing Education Web site.  Two hours of CME credit are available, and the public is invited to attend.

DNA Lab earns three new grants
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a $2,552,511 grant to the UNTHSC for DNA technology to identify missing persons. The money will aid state and local law enforcement agencies as well as medical examiners and coroners throughout the U.S. in investigating missing person and unidentified human decedent cases. The DNA Lab also received a grant of $601,632 to improve efficiencies in amplification and sequencing, automation, process control, data analysis and technology. In addition, a grant for $495,826 was awarded on Oct. 17 to help reduce the backlog of DNA cases at our Center for Human Identification.

UNTHSC spreads the word with radio ads
As part of our current advertising campaign in various media outlets, banners and advertisements highlighting UNTHSC stream on Web sites of the six CBS radio stations in the Metroplex:

KJKK-FM 100.3 Jack FM                                             
KLLI-FM Live 105.3     
KLUV-FM 98.7                        
KMVK-FM Movin 107.5                                              
KRLD-AM News Radio 1080                           
KVIL-FM 103.7 Lite FM         

These have been running this summer and will continue until the end of the calendar year. Listen to the radio spot here. UNTHSC logo


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