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FY 2010 budget includes compensation increases for most classified employees

Starting in September, most UNT Health Science Center classified employees (staff members without executive responsibilities) will see a pay increase. A new compensation plan, which was recently approved by the Executive Team, increases the minimum and maximum amount of each classified position’s pay range by 5 percent. Full-time classified employees will receive an increase of at least 3 percent or $1,000—whichever is more. The increase will be prorated for part-time benefits-eligible employees based on their hours.

The increases are part of ongoing efforts to improve pay at the Health Science Center to retain our talented workforce and to attract the best candidates.  Please note, the money dedicated to the Employee Appreciation Day has been integrated into these compensation programs. Depending on the broader economy and our institution’s continued financial success, benefits-eligible classified employees should receive salary increases annually through FY 2013.

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Dr. Simpkins

Simpkins’ research goes to clinical trials
Research findings by James Simpkins, PhD, chair of the Pharmacology and Neuroscience, are being put to the test in clinical trials by Parkland Health and Hospital System and UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Simpkins’ research shows that rapid estrogen administration can protect the brain after traumatic injury in animals. These findings are now being tested on human trauma patients in North Texas.

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White Coat

Save the Date: White Coat Ceremony is July 25
This year’s White Coat Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 25, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Will Rogers Auditorium at 3401 West Lancaster in Fort Worth.

At the ceremony, the UNT Health Science Center will welcome 185 incoming Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) students and 56 incoming Physician Assistant Studies students into the medical profession. Students will be “cloaked” in white coats symbolizing their careers in medicine. They will take an oath acknowledging their responsibilities and willingness to assume the obligations of their new professions.

Robert Early, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, will present the keynote address. At the event, Phillip Saperstein, DO, professor of Family Medicine, will receive the TCOM Founders’ Medal. Stanley Weiss, DO, UNT Health Science Center professor emeritus, will receive the Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award.

For more information on the White Coat Ceremony, contact the Registrar’s Office at ext. 2201. UNTHSC logo


Steve Mifflin, PhD

Thomas Cunningham, PhD

Integrative Physiology hires new faculty
Steve Mifflin, PhD, has been appointed professor and chair of Integrative Physiology.  Before joining the Health Science Center, Mifflin served as professor of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and his research explores how the brain responds to and adapts in diseases such as sleep apnea, heart failure and hypertension.

Thomas Cunningham, PhD, has been appointed professor of Integrative Physiology and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Prior to joining the Health Science Center, Cunningham was associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  His research interests include using cellular neurophysiological approaches to study neural systems involved in body fluid balance and cardiovascular regulation.

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HIT Update: Primary Care Research Institute
The Primary Care Research Institute at the UNT Health Science Center is addressing important health issues—including cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health-- through primary care and public health research and education. PCRI, which includes NorTex (The North Texas Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network) and the Primary Care Clinical Research Fellowship, has several ongoing research projects and is hosting next month’s Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on health equity.

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Patty Lloyd

Patti Lloyd
Former Executive Director of the Office of the President
June 23, 2009

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