May 15, 2009

Sue Lurie, PhD, assistant professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Lurie will also pursue research opportunities while in Hungary. Her teaching fellowship begins in September. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program. It provides participants opportunities to study, teach and conduct research in countries around the world.

Stanley Weiss, DO, former Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty member and current member of the UNT Health Science Center Foundation Board, and Shelley M. Howell, DO, (TCOM '74), both received Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) lifetime memberships from the TOMA House of Delegates. They were selected for championing the osteopathic medical profession by providing outstanding care to their patients, many times fitting the profile of a local, unsung hero.

TOMA also honored several TCOM alums and faculty members for their years of service in the House of Delegates. Those presented this honor were:
Jim W. Czewski, DO, (TCOM '77), 23 years
Robert C. DeLuca, DO,(TCOM '84), 5 years
James E. Froelich, III, DO, (TCOM '81), 25 years
D. Dean Gafford, DO, (TCOM '81), 21 years
Patrick J. Hanford, DO, (TCOM '83), 14 years
Tony G. Hedges, DO, (TCOM '91), 13 years
Harold D. Lewis, DO, (TCOM '76), 14 years
Jack McCarty, DO, (TCOM '78), 15 years
Ray L. Morrison, DO, (TCOM '86), 16 years
Elizabeth A. Palmarozzi, DO, (TCOM '84), 18 years
Daniel W. Saylak, DO, (TCOM '83), 20 years
A Duane Selman, DO, (TCOM '87), 16 years
Pat A. Thomas, DO, (TCOM '77), 12 years
Monte E. Troutman, DO, associate professor, 22 years
Rodney M. Wiseman, DO, (TCOM '78), 25 years
Paul S. Worrell, DO, (TCOM '80), 21 years
John L. Wright Jr., DO, (TCOM '84), 11 years
T. Eugene Zachary, DO, clinical education coordinator, 40 years

These awards were presented during the 64th annual meeting of the House of Delegates on May 2 in Austin. The House of Delegates is the legislative body of TOMA.

Three members of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects recently obtained their Certification as Institutional Review Board (IRB) Professionals (CIP) from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals. Heather Cline, MPA, human subjects project coordinator; Itzel Pena, MS, human protection coordinator; and Brian Gladue, PhD, chair for IRB; all obtained the required experience “in the field” and completed a course for the certification. The UNT Health Science Center IRB and Office for the Protection of Human Subjects are responsible for protecting the welfare and rights of the human subjects of any research conducted by Health Science Center faculty, staff or students.

Jacques Nguyen, GSBS student in Pharmacology and Neurosciences, was awarded the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Good Neighbor Scholarship, which will pay his tuition for the Fall 2009 and Spring and Summer 2010 semesters. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boards awards this scholarship annually to international students who are pursuing graduate education.

Amy Thorne, who will start her medical education at TCOM this fall, was awarded the Texas Medical Association’s Minority Scholarshipat TMA’s TexMed conference on May 1.Thorne plans to practice as a family physician in rural Texas, where she hopes her bilingual skills will help her to improve the health care delivery system for a largely underserved population. Ms. Thorne’s scholarship was provided through a gift from an anonymous donor.

The UNT Health Science Center was recently nominated for U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Government’s highest recognition given to American employers of National Guard or Reserve members for their exceptional support of those employees above the requirements of federal law.

UNT Health’s hard working nursing staff, medical assistants and technicians were honored at a celebration luncheon on May 8 at the Founder's Activity Center as part of Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Steve Woodall, director of Records and Information Management, holds the preferred certification for information security professionals around the world according to SC Magazine. The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification program, which Woodall has completed, was recently voted the Best Professional Certification Program by the 2009 SC Magazine Awards. 


Submit notable achievements to

UNTHSC Logo Campus Connection
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard | EAD 834 | Fort Worth TX | 76107-2699