February 6, 2009
  News Briefs

MD Degree Study update
At their first meeting on Jan. 29, the MD Study Group finalized an MD Degree Assessment  that provides background on and outlines the key issues of the study. The assessment was created with the input of the 635 responses to the MD Degree Survey, the perspectives of various focus groups and individual correspondence. The assessment was distributed to Health Science Center leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, the UNTHSC Board of Visitors, the UNT System Board of Regents, the Study Group and Study Group Staff. The assessment is also posted publicly on the MD Study Group Web site. The study group meets again on Feb. 19.

Visit the MD Study Group Web site for frequent updates on the group’s activities.

GSBS hosts science expo on Feb. 7
The UNT Health Science Center and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will host the Science Exposition in Research Vocation and Education (SERVE), an open house and science fair in conjunction with area high schools, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

SERVE schedule:
9 – 10 am Science fair for local high school students
10 – 11 am Campus-wide open house includes tours of the labs and facilities
11 am – 12 noon Pizza and a panel discussion featuring local cancer researchers on “Why Fund Cancer Research?”

Students from junior high through undergraduate study, as well as the general public, are invited to learn more about the Health Science Center’s diverse research programs as well as new science discoveries here in Fort Worth. For more information on SERVE, contact Amber Ondricek in Cell Biology and Genetics.

Latest North Texas Health and Science magazine breaks down 5-year strategy
The latest issue of North Texas Health and Science magazine connects UNTHSC’s five-year strategy to some of the people who are bringing it to life. Faculty, staff and students give insight on how the strategy is working for them, and how they are helping make it a reality. NTHS is packed with more on the people and programs that make UNTHSC tick. Pick up a copy from magazine racks around campus.

UNTHSC promotes health pregnancy with workshop
The Center for Community Health, School of Public Health and ForHER at the UNT Health Science Center are joining with other community organizations to present a workshop on preconception and interconception health.  “Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy” will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens on Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 am to 2:10 pm
Infant mortality and low birth-weight rates are at least twice as high for African American women compared with Caucasian women.  In North Texas, the most disparate rates of infant mortality are in specific areas.  This workshop will focus on preconception and interconception health with the goal of reducing poor pregnancy outcomes.

Dr. Hani Atrash from the National Center on Birth Defects  at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide the keynote address. Other speakers include Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha, Dr. Anita Kurian, Tamara Wrenn, Ronzetta Robinson, Carol Brady and Dr. Ralph Anderson.  A question-and-answer session moderated by Dr. Elwyn Grimes is included.

To register, go to www.RegisterWithUNT.com.

Submit questions for the next Town Hall Meeting
The next President’s Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 16 at noon and Feb. 17 at 7 am, both in Luibel Hall. Send questions or discussion topics to townhall@hsc.unt.edu, and we’ll pass them along—anonymously if you’d like—to the President’s Office. We can’t guarantee that Dr. Ransom or the Leadership Team will address every e-mailed question during the Town Hall meeting, but we’ll try to get to as many as possible.

Texas Legal Protection Plan Open Enrollment Feb. 1-27
The Texas Legal Protection Plan, Inc., provides a quality prepaid legal services plan to UNTHSC employees and students. It is designed to eliminate the financial barrier that keeps many people from seeking the services of an attorney. New employees must enroll within 30 days of their hire date. However, employees and students can enroll or make changes to their existing coverage during open enrollment from Feb. 1 through Feb. 27.  Any enrollments or coverage changes made during open enrollment will be effective on March 1.  Payments of $10.82 per month for individual coverage or $15.16 per month for family coverage must be made by bank draft. Brochures and applications are available in Human Resource Services.

Under the Plan, the following services are available one time per year per family, with the exception of Preventive Legal Services, which can be used in any increments up to a total of four (4) hours per plan year.

  • Personal non-business bankruptcy court proceedings
  • Divorce, separation and annulment
  • Court adoption proceeding
  • Defense of insanity or infirmity proceeding
  • Juvenile court proceeding (family coverage)
  • Habeas corpus court proceeding
  • Defense of misdemeanor charge
  • Defense of civil action
  • Defense of felony charge
  • Defense of driving while intoxicated
  • Defense of misdemeanor traffic charge (that could lead to license suspension or revocation)
  • Consumer Protection
  • Name Change
  • Estate Planning (wills)
  • Preventive legal service (up to 4 hours)
  • Legal hotline services (unlimited toll-free telephone advice and consultation from a legal access law firm)

Beginning on the effective date of coverage, you are entitled to the immediate usage of the plan, with the exception of the divorce, separation and annulment benefit which has a six-month waiting period. UNTHSC logo


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