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TTUHSC flags fly at half-staff in honor of Virginia victims

Message from Interim President Mittemeyer: students serving their community

Winter weather hits South Plains once again

Grants awarded for Texas Tech, TTUHSC collaborative research

Photo exhibit raises awareness about tuberculosis

Renowned scientist discusses drug addiction research during pharmacy school visit

Master of Athletic Training faculty, students join in variety of activities

TTUHSC security guard assists Odessa police, apprehends carjacking suspects

School of Nursing establishes second center of excellence

School of Medicine hosts Clinical Appreciation Dinner

Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Student News

News Roundup


TTUHSC flags fly at half-staff in honor of Virginia victims

In honor of the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University, faculty, staff, students and visitors were asked to observe a moment of silence at noon on Tuesday, April 17. TTUHSC flags will fly at half-staff until sunset on Sunday, April 22.

Interim President Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., said that this event reminds us to be aware of our surroundings at all times and to report any suspicious activity or threats to campus police at 9-9-1-1.

Message from Interim President Mittemeyer: students serving their community

While many of us participating in the recent City Lights Charity Ball might not score a perfect “10” with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars judges, the first-year medical students who organized the event certainly deserve one.

What an inspiration to see the dedication our students have, not only to their own education, but also to the betterment of the communities where they live.

Each academic year, along with fulfilling their required studies and clinicals, many of our student groups participate in charitable events and community projects such as the March of Dimes’ WalkAmerica, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Habitat for Humanity.

Others take the lead on planning and carrying out events such as City Lights and the annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower, organized by School of Nursing students to contribute to a program that educates and supports expectant mothers. Other student-led efforts include a bicycle safety program in El Paso where medical students gave demonstrations and free bike helmets to elementary school children, and blood pressure checks and cholesterol and glucose screenings for the homeless conducted by first- and second-year pharmacy students in Amarillo.

The list could easily go on, but I think these examples make a poignant statement about the quality of our student body.

Unfortunately, we must bid farewell in a few weeks to some of these wonderful students -- they are not getting voted off, they are graduating! Thankfully we have a great number of them returning next fall. Guess I better start polishing my tango.

Shown in photo: medical student Nicole Ingram, executive co-chair of the City Lights Committee, and Interim President Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., at the gala.

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Winter weather hits South Plains once again

LUBBOCK – Winter returned with a vengeance on Tuesday, April 17, as if to say it was not willing to go away. Severe thunderstorms with pea-sized hail moved quickly across campus. Facilities personnel were in constant touch with city emergency management staff, and it was determined that a Code Brown was not necessary. TTUHSC personnel continued to monitor the weather for the safety of all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Grants awarded for Texas Tech, TTUHSC collaborative research

LUBBOCK – Two grants have been awarded for new collaborative research projects that involve faculty from TTUHSC and Texas Tech University.

Daniel Hardy, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology at TTUHSC, and Javad Hashemi, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech, received $270,024 for a project looking at the molecular and biomechanical causes and consequences of aging-related degeneration of intervertebral discs.

Robert Bright, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at TTUHSC, and Satomi Niwayama, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry at Texas Tech, received $499,692 for a project looking at a new proteomic method and its application to chemical biology.

“There is already collaboration between our two universities. This new program will add incentive for our researchers to talk to each other and hopefully that will spur other innovative programs,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance.

The project has drawn considerable interest and support from the system Board of Regents.

“When we talked about how to grow our research several months ago, we kept coming back to the idea that encouraging even more collaboration between the researchers at our two universities makes so much sense,” said Dan Serna, a regent from Arlington and champion of the program. “We have the unique situation of having our research university and our health sciences center located on the same campus, and we should take every opportunity to combine our knowledge and expertise.”

The grants are part of a new initiative designed to encourage large, multidisciplinary projects that have the potential to introduce new areas of academic collaboration between the two campuses. Proposals were judged by a panel of external experts and funds awarded based on the projects’ likelihood of generating major extramural funding from sources such as the National Institutes of Health.

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Photo exhibit raises awareness about tuberculosis

EL PASO – An El Paso/Ciudad Juarez project, "The Border TB Photovoice Project: Voices and Images in El Paso/Ciudad Juarez," recently was on exhibit in the lobby of TTUHSC at El Paso.

The project works toward raising awareness about tuberculosis through photos and bilingual stories of persons affected by tuberculosis. It also works to make recommendations to policy and decision makers for individuals and families impacted by TB.

 The mission of the TB Photovoice Project, according to Eva M. Moya, TB division director, United States-Mexico Border Health Association in El Paso, is to increase awareness of the burden, both globally and locally, of TB and to assist in the eradication of both TB as well as TB meningitis.

The project currently has four sites all over the globe — El Paso/Ciudad Juarez; Florence, South Carolina; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Renowned scientist discusses drug addiction research during School of Pharmacy visit

AMARILLO – Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., reportedly one of the most frequently cited scientists in the world today, was the featured speaker when the School of Pharmacy hosted the 10th annual Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Lectureship in Pharmacology and Neurochemistry of Substance Abuse/Addiction March 27 on the School of Pharmacy campus.

The Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Lectureship in Pharmacology and Neurochemistry of Substance Abuse/Addiction is an annual event featuring speakers of the highest national and international reputation. The endowment is funded by the Marshes to give the School of Pharmacy national recognition in the pharmacological area of substance abuse and the neurochemistry that precipitates this type of addictive behavior.

Kuhar, a research professor and chief of the Division of Neuroscience for the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory University, also made a clinical presentation March 28 as part of TTUHSC’s weekly Grand Rounds in Amarillo.

Kuhar received his Ph.D. in 1970 from Johns Hopkins University. After spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, he returned to Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1981. Prior to accepting his present position at Emory University, Kuhar served as the neuroscience branch chief for the Addiction Research Center at the National Institution on Drug Abuse.

Throughout his career, Kuhar has focused much of his major research on drug addiction. His general research areas of interest include brain structure and function, neuropsychiatric disease and drugs that affect the brain.

Shown in photo:  Michael Kuhar, Ph.D., speaking at the Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Lectureship in Pharmacology and Neurochemistry of Substance Abuse/Addiction.

Master of Athletic Training faculty, students join in variety of activities

LUBBOCK – Master of Athletic Training students and faculty conducted several activities during the month of March to celebrate National Athletic Training Month, including:

  • Anatomy CEU Workshop – March 20-21. Athletic training, physical therapy and occupational therapy clinicians spent two nights getting a refresher on Upper Extremity Anatomy. Michael Smith, assistant professor, athletic training, and Jean-Michel Brismee. Sc.D., assistant professor, physical therapy, conducted a lecture and cadaver lab course for 24 health care practitioners.
  • High School Symposium -- March 24. The Athletic Training Student Association (ATSA) of TTUHSC hosted an Inaugural Student Athletic Training Symposium at TTUHSC in celebration of National Athletic Training Month. In an effort to promote the athletic training profession and TTUHSC, area high school and college students interested in athletic training were invited to the symposium. This day-long event introduced students to shoulder anatomy, including human cadaver observation, first-aid athletic training skills and shoulder rehabilitation techniques. Twenty-seven area students attended this event.
  • Appreciation BBQ – March 25. The ATSA hosted an appreciation barbeque for the area clinicians who work with the Master of Athletic Training program students. This was the day severe thunderstorms and tornadic activity descended on the South Plains. Despite the weather, more than 70 people (MAT students and faculty, area clinicians and their families) gathered in the home of Natalie Steadman, assistant professor, athletic training, and her husband David. This was a successful event and all who attended agreed it should become an annual event.
  • MS Walk – March 31. To conclude National Athletic Training Month, 27 Master of Athletic Training program students, faculty staff and their spouses participated in a 5-mile walk for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). They were all part of Team Steadman’s Stunnas,  put together by the Athletic Training Student Association. Participation in this activity was important to the students as two individuals affiliated with the MAT program have MS.

Shown in photo: MAT program students, faculty and staff participated as part of team Steadman’s Stunnas in the 2007 MS Walk. Faculty member Natalie Steadman (in black) and students, from left, Alison Fleck, Jess Streu and Trent Carter go for a run during the event.

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TTUHSC security guard assists Odessa police, apprehends carjacking suspects

PERMIAN BASIN – On March 19, Bill Hefner, senior security guard, monitored a call on the Odessa Police Department radio that there was a possible auto burglary in progress in the area of the campus.  Hefner then observed two suspects, one male and one female, walking along the street and began an exchange with the male.  He was then able to engage him in conversation and stall him until the police arrived.

“Without any hesitation or regard for his personal safety, he approached the suspect and began questioning him about what he was doing in the area and near the parked vehicle,” said Ronald Seacrist, chief police officer for Texas Tech.  “Even though the suspect responded in a threatening manner, he continued to talk with him.”

Hefner was also able to assist the police with apprehension and information necessary for them to quickly apprehend both suspects and recover a substantial amount of stolen property.  It was also discovered that the male suspect was a wanted fugitive and had three outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.

On April 12, Hefner was commended for his dedication to duty and willingness to make the community safer.  (story by Catherine Page)

Shown in photo: Bill Hefner, second from right, was honored on April 12 for his efforts to assist the Odessa Police Department.

School of Nursing establishes second center of excellence

PERMIAN BASIN – The School of Nursing and Medical Center Hospital in Odessa have partnered to establish the Center of Excellence in Evidence-based Practice, the second center of excellence established by the school. The first is the Center for Innovation in Nursing Education.   

The new center will be co-directed by Sharon Cannon, Ed.D., regional dean, and Carol Boswell, Ed.D., nursing professor.

The new center will focus on discovering ways to improve patient care and safety.  With the nearest evidence-based practice center in Texas located in San Antonio, this unique center represents a collaborative approach to promoting the health, well-being and safety of patients through research, education, practice and adoption of “best practices” for patients of West Texas and beyond. 

Shown in photo, from left: Carol Boswell, Ed.D., administrative support staff member Mary McClellan, and Sharon Cannon, Ed.D.

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School of Medicine hosts Clinical Appreciation Dinner

LUBBOCK – The School of Medicine hosted an event on April 10 to honor all faculty and clinical faculty who have contributed to the vision of TTUHSC that began nearly 40 years ago.

The dinner, hosted by Interim President Bernhard T. Mittemeyer and School of Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D., took place in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court at the Museum of Texas Tech.

Attending were the School of Medicine founding dean, John Buesseler, M.D., and other founding faculty including Ted Hartman, M.D., Robert Salem, M.D. In addition, Jan Taylor, daughter of the late Gov. Preston Smith, and Sally Murrary, wife of the late Texas Tech President Grover Murray also were in attendance.  (more photos)

Have a plan: Items of note from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Whenever we ask ourselves and our coworkers how our department is doing in meeting its goals, we’re taking part, very informally, in the process of assessment.  The purpose of asking how our department is doing, of course, is to see where (not if!) we need to improve.

But too often we keep our assessments on the informal level and don’t make a systematic effort to achieve what Barbara Walvoord, Ph.D., of the University of Notre Dame calls a “thoughtful and responsible assessment process.”  If we specify in advance the key outcomes that we want to achieve, that is, and make sure that those outcomes can be measured quantitatively, Walvoord argues that everyone will understand without any question our department’s areas of strength and its needed improvements.

The annual data-gathering phase of our assessment process at TTUHSC is nearing an end as we move into springtime, but Walvoord counsels that amassing assessment data without a plan to use the data for bringing about improvement is virtually meaningless. 

We must ensure that all of our assessment on how well we’ve been meeting our academic, research, and service goals over the past year is fully discussed “at the point where the department makes its decisions,” Walvoord says, and then we must use our best judgment to take concrete steps that will result in improvements for our students and patients.

The conversations on how to use assessment results are starting already at TTUHSC, and the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) encourages you to let your voice be heard on these important matters within your department.  If you’d like guidance or support on the assessment enterprise, visit our website at or give us a call at (806) 743-2918.

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Student News

Pharmacy students organize second annual health fair

AMARILLO – A group of pharmacy students recently provided free screenings and other health-related services to the public at the Second Annual SOP Health Fair which was held at the main campus in Amarillo.

The health fair provides the public an opportunity to receive free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and bone density from supervised pharmacy students. Results from the patient’s blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screening also may be used to perform a free heart disease risk calculation. SOP students also provided free information regarding nutrition and smoking cessation and showed patients how to keep a medication diary and how to prepare a “Vial of Life” for emergency situations.

A Vial of Life is a list of the patient’s medications stored in a pill bottle and placed in a readily accessible and safe location such as a refrigerator. Emergency responders, family members or friends can retrieve the list in the event of an emergency situation where the patient cannot communicate.

Shown in photo: Second-year pharmacy student Jennifer Faison prepares a patient’s blood sample for a cholesterol screening.

City Lights events bring $22,000 for local charities

LUBBOCK – The 2007 City Lights Charity Ball, along with the golf scramble, netted about $22,000 for local charities. The events, hosted by first-year TTUHSC medical students on March 23 and 24, broke all records for attendance, money raised and money donated in the 10-year history of City Lights.

The golf scramble brought in 96 players, and 292 attended the charity ball. The local charities benefiting from the 2007 fund-raiser include the Ronald McDonald House, Women’s Protective Services and Refuge Services.

Shown in photo: a golfer tees off at the Rawls Course during the City Lights Golf Scramble. A Big Dog motorcycle was offered as a prize for a hole-in-one shot during the event.

Community members launch fund-raising campaign to benefit medical school students

PERMIAN BASIN  – Texas Tech Physicians and the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Medical Expansion Committee, consisting of community and business leaders, recently announced a major fund-raising campaign chaired by local community physician Matthew Furst, M.D., chief of staff at Medical Center Hospital. The campaign will benefit the School of Medicine. 

John Jennings, M.D., regional dean of the School of Medicine, presented a check for $15,000 on behalf of Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin to Furst to kick-off the fundraising efforts.  Steven L. Berk, M.D., dean of School of Medicine, then matched the funds with a donation from the School of Medicine in Lubbock.  

 The donation and fund-raising campaign will be used to attract medical students to the Permian Basin campus in 2009. 

Nursing students offer health, safety tips during fair

LUBBOCK – The Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center recently sponsored the annual Community Health and Safety Fair at nearby Harwell Elementary School.

School of Nursing students, along with local health and safety organizations, educated more than 300 students on topics ranging from dental health to CPR demonstrations to proper hand-washing techniques.

The School of Nursing also offered free cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose screenings to the community during the event.

Shown in photo: Melissa Rivera, junior nursing student, discusses CPR with Harwell Elementary students.

Pharmacy association awards scholarships

AMARILLO – School of Pharmacy students recently received $15,000 in scholarship support from the West Texas Pharmacy Association.

First-year pharmacy students who received a $1,000 scholarship are Angela Bazaldua, Brooke Britten and Amanda Ulibarri. Second-year student recipients are Nathan Buerkle, Claire Jencopale, Bonnie Morrison and Norma Solis. Third- and fourth-year student recipients are Robyn McGraw (P3 – Lubbock), Kamal Bhakta (P4 - Amarillo) and Carlos Garcia (P4 – Dallas/Fort Worth).

In addition, Vern Stairs (P2) was awarded the $2,000 WTPA Lonnie Hollingsworth Scholarship; Andrea Hayes (P1) received the $1,000 WTPA Robert Stanley Scholarship; and Lubbock P4s Amanda Leach and Michelle Wickson were named co-recipients of the $2,000 WTPA Roberta High Scholarship.

Two SOP students earn prestigious scholarships

A pair of School of Pharmacy students recently were selected to receive scholarships.

Second-year student Vern Stairs has been selected to receive the Marlin Ferguson Memorial Scholarship by the Lubbock Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was selected for academic achievement, integrity, dependability, consideration of others, cooperation with fellow students and school administration, and ties to Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

Rachel Mason, a fourth-year student at the main campus in Amarillo, was named recipient of an American Pharmacists Association & Wal-Mart Stores Inc. APhA 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition Travel Scholarship. She received free registration and $300 for expenses related to attending the group’s annual meeting, which was held March 16-19 in Atlanta. She received one of only 25 such scholarships that were awarded nationally to final-year pharmacy students.

Shown in photo: Vern Stairs

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News Roundup

New School of Medicine position to focus on cancer

LUBBOCK – Steven L. Berk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, has named Everardo Cobos, M.D., as associate dean for Oncology Programs for the School of Medicine.  In this position, Cobos, who currently serves as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, will have general oversight, direction and guidance related to hematology and oncology services, research and education on the Lubbock campus. 

Cobos said a position such as this is important to cancer patients because it will allow TTUHSC to integrate all of the resources available to benefit the patients.

“This includes forming alliances with our basic scientists and clinicians and taking advantage of the fact that the Health Sciences Center has cancer experts in the schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, the Graduate School, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences,” Cobos said. “We plan to offer our patients the greatest depth of medical expertise and cancer research with the widest range of advanced diagnostic and treatment opportunities in this part of the country.”

Women's Health Research Institute receives funding from teaching hospitals

PERMIAN BASIN – Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center Hospital in Odessa gave $150,000 each in support of the establishment of the Women’s Health Research Institute in the Permian Basin.  The funding will help to promote patient care, research, community health and medical education throughout the Permian Basin and rural West Texas. 

“The Women’s Health Research Institute brings together the education programs in women’s health of both teaching hospitals of TTUHSC programs, including partnering with the Spirit of Women at Medical Center Hospital and women’s health outreach programs through Midland Memorial Hospital,” said John C. Jennings, M.D., regional dean of the School of Medicine.

Billings earns first place with research poster

LUBBOCK – Lynda Billings, instructor in the School of Nursing, displays her first-place poster during the Graduate Research Poster Competition. The poster was one of 10 (out of 82 entries) selected for exhibition at Plains Capital Bank. A reception was held at the bank on April 10 and the winners of the competition were announced on April 12.

This project examines the development and evaluation of a course of study of the fine arts designed for graduate nursing student at TTUHSC. The curriculum has been constructed to increase students’ knowledge of the arts while learning about practical applications of art interventions for patient care.

Board of Regents promotes faculty members

AMARILLO – The Texas Tech University Board of Regents recently voted to approve the promotions of a group of professors from the Amarillo schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.

School of Medicine promotions included Department of Internal Medicine Regional Chair William R. Davis, M.D., who was promoted to professor and Karen Cutts, M.D., who was promoted to associate professor of clinical internal medicine. Both promotions take effect Sept. 1.

In addition, three School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty received tenure effective immediately. The group includes Kalkunte Srivenugopal, Ph.D., Jon Weidanz, Ph.D., and Ming-Hai Wang, M.D. Weidanz was also promoted to associate professor effective Sept. 1.

Sara Brouse, Anthony Busti and Sachin Shah, all Pharm.D.s at the School of Pharmacy at Dallas/Fort Worth, were promoted to associate professors in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Craig Cox, Pharm.D., SOP at Lubbock, was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective Sept. 1.

Firefighters, Border Patrol agents graduate from paramedic course

EL PASO – The Division of EMS in the Department of Emergency Medicine held a graduation ceremony April 10 for four firefighters and two U.S. Border Patrol agents completing the Paramedic Certification Course. This is the first time Border Patrol agents have completed this course. Graduates of the course completed six months of training at the highest level of pre-hospital care with a total of 1,000 hours covering classroom and clinical work. TTUHSC serves as one of the leading paramedic teaching institutions in the nation with an extremely high first-time pass rate on the National Registry Paramedic Exam.

TTUHSC recruiting subjects for state-funded Alzheimer's research

LUBBOCK – TTUHSC researchers are recruiting 125 people with Alzheimer’s disease to participate in state-funded research. Part of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium, researchers will explore how genetics and inflammatory changes in the blood affect the onset of this disease.

Randolph Schiffer, M.D., chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at TTUHSC, said it is exciting to be only one of four institutions in the state involved in the consortium but most importantly, to contribute to the possible research that will find answers to Alzheimer’s disease.

“This research holds great promise for advancing our understanding of the possible triggers of Alzheimer’s disease that could lead to earlier diagnosis and improvements in patient care and quality of life,” Schiffer said.

Sen. Robert Duncan of Lubbock supports the consortium. “The Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium is doing ground-breaking work,” Duncan said. “I am proud that the Legislature provided $2 million for Alzheimer’s research in 2005, the first state appropriation of its kind in Texas history.  And there is more work to be done.” 

More than 200,000 Texans and their families are coping with Alzheimer’s disease today.  That number is projected to more than double to about 500,000 cases by 2025.

Varma named to national pediatrics board of directors

LUBBOCK – University Distinguished Professor Surendra K. Varma, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, has been elected to the American College of Pediatricians Board of Directors.

The American College of Pediatricians is a national organization of pediatricians and other health care professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. Steven L. Berk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, said Varma is well deserving of this honor.

“Dr. Varma also was recently named to the American Pediatric Society which is the oldest academic society in the United States. Now with this new national appointment, it is a tremendous honor for him and our School of Medicine,” Berk said. “He is well respected in his field locally in this community, as well as nationally among his peers.”

Pharmacy residents to present at national meeting

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Four residents from the School of Pharmacy satellite campus in the Metroplex will travel to Arizona in May to present their research projects at the 2007 National Lipid Association Annual Scientific Sessions Meeting in Scottsdale.

The quartet includes Amy Bain, Pharm.D., a first-year pharmacotherapy resident; Anita Rahman, Pharm.D., a second-year internal medicine resident; and first-year pharmacy practice residents Susan Eaton, Pharm.D. and Sean Nguyen, Pharm.D.

Bain and Rahman are completing their residencies at the VA North Texas Health System. Eaton and Nguyen are completing their residencies at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Anthony Busti, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice for the SOP in Dallas/Fort Worth, is mentoring all four residents. He also is the senior investigator for each of the projects, which address clinical lipidology within a special population.

“The individual residents for each project submitted our work in the Young Investigator section and each project was accepted to be presented as posters,” Busti explained. “This was a peer-reviewed process for abstract submission and as a result of being accepted, they will receive free meeting registration, a $300 travel stipend and a chance to compete with other residents and fellows in medicine for the Young Investigator Award that will be decided at the meeting.”

Busti said the meeting is “predominately a physician-oriented meeting and our getting in is significant.” He said each of the four residents will also see their abstracts published in the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

Nursing faculty member accepted into Duke fellowship

LUBBOCK – Patrick Palmieri, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been accepted into the Information Technology Fellowship at Duke University. The fellowship, focusing on patient safety and health care quality, fully funds a student for full-time study in the Ph.D. program in nursing with an emphasis in informatics.

“Patrick’s long-range plans are to remain at TTUHSC and conduct patient safety research at our envisioned Center for Patient Safety,” said Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing.

Sessions on tap for National Women's Health Week

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech Physicians will honor women and their unique health concerns during National Women's Health Week in May.

TTP clinicians will present free brown bag sessions during the week of May 15 addressing specific women's health issues.  Brown bag lunches will be served to the first 75 attendees each day and all participants are eligible for door prizes.

Brown bag sessions are scheduled noon - 1:15 p.m. in the Academic Classroom Building, Room 120.  For more information, call 743-2143. Brown bag sessions include:

  • May 15 Paul Douthit, Ph.D., pediatrics, "Stress Relievers for Women of Teenagers" and Carol Felton, M.D., OB/GYN, "Menopause in the 21st Century"
  • May 16 Cornelia Deriese, M.D., OB/GYN, "Loops for Leaks: Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Other Conditions" and Speight Grimes, M.D., orthopaedics, "Shoes for An Active Lifestyle"
  • May  18 – TBA


Internal medicine residents earn honors

EL PASO – Thong Do, M.D., a second-year resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, has been accepted into the TTUHSC Nephrology Fellowship Training Program in Lubbock starting the summer of 2008.

Nancy Hernandez, M.D., and Gilberto Garza, M.D., third-year internal medicine residents, presented a poster session "Efficacy of a Combination of Repaglinide and Oral Sulfonylureas, with or without Metformin, in Mexican Americans with type 2 Diabetes" at the Annual Meeting of the National Hispanic Medical Association in San Antonio recently. The research project was conducted under the direction of Dinorah Nutis, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine.

Also at the meeting, second-year resident Miguel Pena-Ruiz, M.D., delivered an oral presentation, "Renal Biopsy Series among Predominantly Hispanic Patients at a University Public Hospital in the Southwest."

Pins, certificates to be presented at service awards

LUBBOCK – The 15th annual TTUHSC Employee Service Award Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. April 19 in the Academic Classroom Building, Room 100.

Service award pins and certificates will be presented to TTUHSC employees who have been employed with Texas Tech 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. Friends and family of award recipients are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Texas Tech Physicians to join in Business Expo

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech Physicians will join more than 180 Lubbock businesses at the annual Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Participation in the expo will expose Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock to more than 5,000 attendees.  

"Keeping Business Healthy" is the theme for the event that unites the Lubbock business community.  In addition to exhibit browsing, expo visitors can participate in a United Blood Services Blood Drive or attend the Mayor's Prayer Luncheon featuring Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-son marathon team. The Hoyts have gained national prominence for their athletic accomplishments in spite of Rick's physical disability that prevents him from walking. For more information on the luncheon, call 761-7000 or email

Research associate to present in Washington, D.C.

EL PASO – Jesus Diaz, senior research associate in the Department of Radiology, will present two posters at the Society for Nuclear Medicine’s 54th Annual Meeting in June in Washington, D.C.

His abstracts are entitled "Cystic Parathyroid Adenoma: A Potential Pitfall in Parathyroid Subtraction Scintigraphy," and "Parathyroid Ademona Presenting as a Middle Mediastinal Mass in a Patient with Renal Osteodystrophy and Unclassified Renal Tumor."

Nursing faculty members earn doctorate degrees

LUBBOCK – Cynthia O’Neal, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Sharon Decker, Ph.D., professor, both in the School of Nursing, recently earned their doctorate degrees. O’Neal earned her advanced degree from Vanderbilt University and Decker earned hers from Texas Woman’s University.

TTUHSC publications earn CASE awards

LUBBOCK – Three TTUHSC publications took honors at the Southwest District’s Annual Conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Earning bronze honors were Discoveries, the research magazine of TTUHSC: Pulse, the alumni and friends magazine of TTUHSC; and Statline, TTUHSC’s internal e-newsletter.

CASE’s Southwest District includes colleges, universities and independent elementary and secondary schools from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development.

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April 19

Employee Service Awards

3:30 p.m. in ACB Room 100, Lubbock campus

April 19

Stork's Nest Baby Shower

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Texas Tech International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

For details, call Linda Brice, Ph.D., at 743-2730, ext. 239.

April 22

Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers

7:30 p.m. at Texas Tech Allen Theatre

Free event; reservations requested. Call 742-0706, ext. 401 for seating.

April 23-27

Free breast exams

8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center, 301 40th St.

For details, call 743-9355.

April 25

"Senior Housing," part of Garrison Lecture Series

Stephanie Bundick, director of social services at Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center

4 p.m. in ACB Room 100

For information, call 743-7821.

May 4

Quality Service and Service Awards - Amarillo

11:30 a.m. at Women's Health Research Institute auditorium

May 5

2007 Women's Health Symposium, "Small changes: big rewards"

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Amarillo campus

To benefit TTUHSC Women's Health Research Institute in Amarillo

For information, call (806) 356-4617.

May 12

Skin cancer screening

8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UMC Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center

May 19

TTUHSC graduation

10 a.m. in United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave.

For information, call 743-2300.

May 23

"Hearing Loss," part of Garrison Lecture Series

Tori Gustafson, audiologist and faculty in Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

4 p.m. in ACB Room 100

For information, call 743-7821.

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