March 6, 2009
  News Briefs


STAR applications due March 28
Applications for the STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) Fellowship Program through the Texas Center for Health Disparities are due March 28. This is the fourth year of STAR, a program designed for junior faculty who are interested in health disparity research that offers emerging faculty a year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions.

Commencement set for May 16
Commencement exercises for all UNT Health Science Center schools are scheduled for May 16 at 3 pm at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, of Lewisville, will give the commencement address. Before being elected to Congress in 2002, Rep. Burgess worked as a physician in Denton County for 21 years and served as chief of staff and chief of obstetrics at the Lewisville Medical Center. Rep. Burgess represents the 26th Congressional District of Texas, which includes most of Denton County and parts of Tarrant, Cooke and Dallas counties.
For more commencement details, visit the Office of the Registrar Web site.

UNTHSC can help you stop smoking
UNTHSC’s PATCH (Positive Attitudes Toward Changing Habits) program provides group counseling sessions and nicotine replacement therapy to help employees and students stay tobacco free.  The spring session of the PATCH program runs from March 12 through May 7.  The free program is also available to employees’ benefits-eligible relatives.  Contact Nicki McGee, health promotions manager, at ext. 2069 for more details and to register.

AOA celebrates National Osteopathic Medicine Week
Each year the American Osteopathic Medical Association (AOA) designates National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week to bring the osteopathic profession together to increase awareness of osteopathic medicine and DOs across the country. For ideas and information on how to help promote osteopathic medicine visit the AOA Web site. Also, check out the videos on the AOA’s YouTube channel. This year NOM week runs from March 1 through March 7.

Cowtown Cruisin'
From left:  Gary Grant, vice president of development; Chris Goetz, president of Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure; Dr. Andras Lacko; Scott McConnell, board chair of Cowtown Cruisin' for a Cure; and Keith Overstreet, development director

Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure supports UNTHSC cancer research
Cowtown Cruisin for a Cure, a local non-profit organization that promotes prostate cancer awareness and hosts an annual vintage car show in downtown Fort Worth, recently presented a generous check to support the cancer research of Andras Lacko, PhD, professor of Molecular Biology and Immunology. Dr. Lacko is researching the potential use of an innovative and highly effective cancer drug delivery system utilizing reconstituted, high-density, lipoproteins (rHDL). It is the fifth consecutive year that Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure has supported Dr. Lacko’s research.



UNTHSC hosts TAPPA conference
The Health Science Center will host the 2009 Texas Association of Physical Plant Administrators conference April 4-7 at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel. In addition to educational sessions and a business partner fair, the conference will include events around the Metroplex and a golf tournament at Fossil Creek.  If you'd like to volunteer for the conference contact Gloria Fuller at ext. 0116. For more information on the conference click here. For more information on the golf tournament click here. UNTHSC logo


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