VOLUME 3 NUMBER 3 / MARCH 2007
Message from President Mittemeyer: extraordinary team efforts
Planning for pandemic flu
Amarillo SOM gets first professorship
Students chosen as Dean's Ambassadors
Graduating medical students meet their match
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs guides students
El Paso's Pediatric Club lends a hand on Valentine's Day
Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
Garrison Institute on Aging honors experts
March Madness has everyone expecting extraordinary efforts from their favorite team.
The annual basketball showdown provides an excellent opportunity for the universities
involved to gain positive press not only about their athletic programs, but to showcase
their academics as well.
During the past few months, several opportunities presented themselves where we could
promote the Health Sciences Center within the communities we serve and beyond. Recently,
we had excellent TTUHSC representation in Austin and Washington, D.C., during visits
with our legislators.
Thanks to Chancellor Kent Hance’s extensive experience and background in politics,
good words about this exceptional institution have made a significant impact among
state and national legislators. We are thankful and appreciative for the support of
our elected officials, and eagerly await the outcome of upcoming budget sessions so
that we may move forward with several mission-enhancing projects.
The future looks bright for TTUHSC because of the work done by you – our excellent
faculty and staff teams, who keep the ball moving around the court every day.
As we leave March Madness and enter the height of spring, I encourage each of you
to look for opportunities to continue to grow in your respective areas. We will continue
to look for ways to shout the good news of your growth and accomplishments to the
world. Thank you for your continued dedication to those we serve.
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LUBBOCK – Without much fanfare, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has been
working on pandemic flu planning.
No one can know for sure whether we will experience a full-fledged flu pandemic in
the near future, but many scientists and physicians believe the current avian or bird
flu strain known as H5N1 could mutate into a deadly flu that spreads rapidly through
humans. Such was the case in 1918 when the “Spanish Flu” spread across the globe,
including the United States, in a matter of weeks. The flu effects came in monthly
waves over an 18-month period. Many have estimated that more than 50 million people
died worldwide from the 1918 flu and that deaths in the United States exceeded 500,000.
The flu associated with a pandemic would be more severe than seasonal flu, and in
the case of the 1918 flu, most of the deaths were young adults, as opposed the very
young and very old.
With predictions of a possible flu pandemic later this year, TTUHSC Interim President
Bernhard Mittemeyer, M.D., has directed a planning effort be initiated so the institution
can be prepared should the pandemic materialize. A planning committee comprised of
representatives from all campuses and schools is regularly meeting to assess the situation
and develop an action plan. The committee also will soon be distributing information
to TTUSHC faculty, staff and students about the threat of the flu and personal family
Information also should be available very soon on the TTUHSC website homepage. For
more information about the TTUHSC pandemic flu planning effort, contact Don McBeath
at email@example.com. (written by Don McBeath)
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AMARILLO – The William P. Hale, M.D., and Sue Hale Distinguished Otolaryngology Professorship
was recently announced at the School of Medicine. The generous donation from Dr. and
Mrs. Hale, with matching support from the Amarillo School of Medicine totaling $500,000,
will endow the school’s first professorship. Hale has been practicing otolaryngology
in Amarillo for 45 years.
The earnings from this endowed professorship will provide funds to recruit and retain
a physician faculty member in otolaryngology at the Amarillo campus.
“The Otolaryngology Professorship will assist in offering the latest state-of-the-art
treatment in this field,” said Rush Pierce, M.D., interim regional dean. He added
that he is extremely grateful to the Hale family for their generosity.
Shown in photo: William P. Hale, M.D., left, and Steven Berk, M.D.
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LUBBOCK – The School of Medicine has selected a prestigious group of 24 students dedicated
to the promotion of the school. The students were honored in a pinning ceremony earlier
The Dean’s Ambassadors will provide insight and perspective about the Health Sciences
Center to new or potential students, and also will be called upon by the dean of the
School of Medicine, Steven L. Berk, M.D., to participate in special events.
Student Ann Doughtie will serve as president of the group, with Stephanie Glover serving
as vice president of recruitment, Abigail Babin as greeter program coordinator, and
Paul Chisholm as transportation coordinator.
Shown in photo: Trevor Yates, assistant director of admission for the School of Medicine,
left, presents medical student Paul Chisholm with his pin.
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The School of Medicine Class of 2007 got a glimpse of the future on March 15 as 114
students in Amarillo, El Paso and Lubbock found out where they would be completing
their residencies after graduation. Each year, medical students across the nation
simultaneously opened their match letters.
Match Day is the culmination of an eight-month process in which students are matched
with residency programs in the United States and Canada. Months before Match Day,
students begin applying to residency programs in their preferred specialty.
A majority of TTUHSC graduates, 74 percent, will complete residencies in Texas, and
54 percent will pursue primary care including family practice, internal medicine,
OB/GYN and pediatrics.
Shown in photo, Amarillo medical students share their Match Day news with friends
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LUBBOCK – West Texas native Kristen Wells hopes to soon get into medical school at
TTUHSC. And one-on-one guidance from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
(ODMA) staff is greatly improving her chances of acceptance.
Wells, who is of Native American heritage, says she never expected such personalized
mentoring from a large university. From MCAT preparation to mock interviews, ODMA
staff members have helped her on the road to medical school admission. Wells earned
her undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University. She currently works as
a medical research assistant at TTUHSC.
“I have been astounded by my experiences with everyone here at the Health Sciences
Center,” she said. “I am amazed by the personal investment they make.”
Mentoring prospective students is just a part of the services the ODMA provides. Germán
Núñez, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, said the office’s
outreach efforts range from curricular development focusing on cultural issues to
providing cultural training for staff.
“Our goal is to provide an environment so that all feel they have something to contribute
and that those contributions are welcomed and valued,” Núñez said.
Senior nursing student Effe Morgan-Eshun said she felt welcomed from her first moments
on campus. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, she transferred to TTUHSC from Michigan
Yolanda Gonzaga, ODMA director, took her apartment hunting when she got to Lubbock.
“The first day I met her, she offered to do these things,” Morgan-Eshun said. “She
really went out of her way to help me. I was very impressed.”
Morgan-Eshun also has worked as a student assistant in the ODMA, which she said was
the best work experience she has ever had.
“The (ODMA) staff really encouraged me to become involved in cultural activities and
to be involved with my community, as well as get other students involved,” she said.
“You can tell they all are dedicated and love what they do.” (written by Julie Toland)
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EL PASO – While most people scurried to get flowers and cards and join loved ones
for Valentine’s Day, members of the TTUHSC Pediatric Club and residency program taught
healthy eating habits during the day to elementary school students, and made house
calls in the evening bearing flowers and gifts to a women’s shelter.
The Pediatric Club "is made up of concerned medical students and residents seeking
to improve health care and social needs of children in the community while learning
general pediatric medicine," said Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor
and associate director of the Pediatric Residency Program.
"We provided health care information to residents of La Posada -- the Center Against Family Violence. This shelter provides homeless women and children
a protected, supportive environment where they can receive crucial services designed
to help their families become self-sufficient," said Akins. The shelter is currently
home to more than 30 children.
Besides health care information on immunizations, breastfeeding, hygiene, diet and
obesity prevention, the club members provided games and arts and crafts materials
for children to keep them occupied. Children were able to make Valentine’s Day cards
for their mothers and siblings with the donated materials.
Earlier in the day, Poonam Singh, M.D., a third-year resident, spoke to third-graders
from Ramona Elementary School on eating healthy and exercising as part of the "Kids
in the Kitchen" Pilot Program. The program is in partnership with El Paso’s Junior
League teaching children about health eating and prevention of obesity.
Shown in photo: Medical students at La Posada shelter, from left, Michael Gleason,
Jennifer Gillen and Janie Doan.
According to Michael Armstrong, the former CEO of AT&T, ancient Roman engineers had
a rather intriguing tradition for assuming accountability when a bridge that they
had designed was completed: the engineer would take responsibility for his work by
standing beneath the arch as the capstone was lifted into place!
As Armstrong’s anecdote illustrates, of course, the idea of putting your credibility
on the line for your work has been around for centuries. But in recent years the
call for “accountability” has permeated the world of higher education to an unprecedented
A reporter who visited the recent annual gathering of the prestigious American Council
on Education, for example, characterized the trend for measuring the kind of education
transpiring in university settings as “something of a mania for assessment and accountability.”
The practical consequences of the accountability movement are only now beginning to
unfold across the nation, and much still remains unclear. But as the TTUHSC accelerates
its efforts over the next 18 months to achieve reaffirmation of its accreditation
from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, you may be assured that every
one of our academic and academic-support departments will be called on more and more
to quantify how it “adds value” to our students’ academic experiences.
In this institution-wide project of accreditation accountability, the Office of Institutional
Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) stands ready to offer guidance and support. Give
us a call at (806) 743-2918, or visit our website at www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe, to find out what accountability will mean for you.
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LUBBOCK –The Garrison Institute on Aging honored two experts for their contributions
to aging issues at its Annual Aging Symposium March 22. Lynn Bickley, M.D., received
the Glen Provost Visionary Award and Quentin R. Smith, Ph.D., was honored with the
Randolph B. Schiffer Award for Advancement of Science in Aging.
Bickley, associate dean for curriculum and professor in the Department of Internal
Medicine at the Health Sciences Center, is recognized for her exceptional leadership
in developing programs to improve the health of older Americans.
“Provost was primarily responsible for pushing the aging initiative forward by getting
champions from across the institution to work together to support this major initiative,”
said Paula Grammas, Ph.D. executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging.
“He garnered federal and state legislative support as well as securing the initial
federal funding to start the institute. Without his vision and leadership, the institute
would not exist.”
Smith, professor and chair for the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical
Sciences in Amarillo, was honored for his contributions to aging issues through research
“Dr. Schiffer will be forever honored with this recognition for his distinguished
contributions to the scientific discovery in the field of neuroscience and aging.
He also was one of the founding leaders of the institute by recognizing the need to
create a strong scientific infrastructure to support Alzheimer's and neurodegenerative
research,” Grammas said.
Grammas said both awardees have dedicated themselves to aging issues not only for
this university, but also for the outside communities as well.
Shown in photo: Lynn Bickley, M.D.
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Gilbert to receive Young Investigator Award
LUBBOCK– The orthopedic journal Spine will feature in its July issue Kerry K. Gilbert, Sc.D., assistant professor and program
director for the Master of Physical Therapy Program, as a recipient of the Young Investigator
Award. The award will be presented at the International Society for the Study of Lumbar
Spine conference June 13 in Hong Kong, China.
Two manuscripts in which Gilbert was lead investigator will be published with the
Young Investigator Award Winner designation in the July 2007 issue of Spine. Co-authors of the studies include TTUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty
members Jean-Michel Brismee, Sc.D., Roger James, Ph.D., Steven Sawyer, Ph.D., and
Phil Sizer, Ph.D.
Spine is recognized internationally as the leading journal in the field of orthopedics.
Spine is the leading subspecialty journal for the treatment of spinal disorders and is
the official journal of 12 different International Spine Societies.
Hale named Amarillo's assistant dean for research
AMARILLO – Tom W. Hale, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, has been named the assistant
dean for research. Hale is an internationally recognized expert in human lactation
with 25 years of service to TTUHSC. He also is the director of the Clinical Research
Department of Surgery earns continued accreditation
EL PASO – The Department of Surgery has received notice from the Accreditation Council
for Graduate Medical Education of "Continued Accreditation" for its surgery residency
program. The ACGME is a national accreditation organization that has as member organizations
the American Board of Medical Specialists, American Hospital Association, Council
of Medical Specialty Societies and the Association of American Medical Colleges. This
accreditation action is a reflection of the high quality of patient care and education
provided by the Department of Surgery.
Mayor names TTUHSC experts to council
LUBBOCK – Linda Brice, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, along
with other TTUHSC experts, was named to the Lubbock Family Council on Feb. 28.
Other TTUHSC staff members serving on the council are Patti Patterson, M.D., MPH,
vice president of Rural and Community Health; Cynthia Jumper, M.D., professor and
interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; and Joseph Bishara, media development
manager for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health.
The council, appointed by Lubbock Mayor David Miller, will attempt to address the
issues of low birth-weight babies, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies
“This is a great opportunity to get the community together to try to increase awareness
about the high rates of low birth weight and teen pregnancy in Lubbock,” Brice said.
“I am really excited about the chance to actually do something and get something going.”
(written by Lindsey Duncan)
Leeper receives endowed chair in geriatrics
AMARILLO – Stephanie C. Leeper, M.D., faculty member in the departments of Internal
Medicine and Family Medicine, received the Mirick-Myers Endowed Chair in Geriatric
She currently serves as associate regional dean for faculty development and has been
active in geriatric education.
Leeper also manages the TTUHSC Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy.
LEADership program enhances management skills
LUBBOCK – The 28-hour TTUHSC LEADership (Leadership Enhancement and Development) Program
is designed to provide new supervisors and managers with an introduction to the fundamental
management skills needed to effectively carry out their duties while integrating essential
leadership qualities desired in all employees. Although the program’s emphasis is
on new supervisors and managers, it is recommended for all TTUHSC personnel who serve
in a management capacity.
Since the fall of 2004, more than 250 employees have completed the Leadership Program.
Each regional campus hosts a class in the fall and spring.
Pictured is the latest class from the Lubbock campus. Back row, from left: Brenda
Stone, Melinda Bingham, William Knox, Gayla Buxkemper, Hugh H. Wilson, M.D., and Hilda
Cordero. Middle row, from left: Noelle Gregory, Susan Shelby, Cheryll Kulbeth, Vicki
Cecalupo, Judy Lewis, Yolanda Gonzaga and Tammy Angerer. Front row, from left: Carolyn
Brackett, Kathy Evans, Sylvia Adamcik and Judy Harper.
American Academy of Pediatrics visits El Paso
EL PASO – Several American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) members recently visited El
Paso during a three-day trip by the group to the El Paso/Juarez area. TTUHSC at El
Paso hosted the AAP's Council on Community Pediatrics during their trip which focused
on children's health issues on the border.
The group toured the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit at Campestre Elementary School,
the wellness centers in Tornillo, Horizon and the Montwood areas, as well as colonias
in Sparks and Montana Vista. School-based wellness centers in the El Paso and outlying
areas are being looked at as potential models for care.
Shown in photo, from left: Peter Gorski, M.D.; Suzanne Boulter, M.D.; Murray Ketcher,
M.D.; Colleen Kraft, M.D.; Gilbert Handal, regional chairman, TTUHSC Department of
Pediatrics; Jay Berkelhamer, M.D., AAP president; Bejamin Gitterman, M.D.; Diese Granado-Villar,
M.D.; Ronald Marino, M.D.; and Gerald Tiberio, M.D.
West Texas AHEC honored for program to combat childhood obesity
LUBBOCK – Healthy habits that have a positive effect on weight maintenance begin during
childhood, and because of the work of the West Texas Area Health Education Center,
the Texas Department of State Health Services honored them with the Outstanding Program
in a School Setting award. This award is a part of the Texas Cardiovascular Health
Promotion Awards presented by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke,
and aims at improving cardiovascular health in communities.
West Texas AHEC was honored for the Coordinated Approach to Child Health program or
CATCH. This program, which was the largest school-based health promotion study ever
done in the United States, is a curriculum designed to prevent sedentary behavior,
poor dietary choices and tobacco usage at the elementary school level.
Pam Danner, director of the West Texas AHEC, said research shows that CATCH works.
“Studies show that students who participated in CATCH consumed less fat and have higher
levels of physical activity than non-participating students. Not only do students’
healthy behaviors improve, there are noted discipline improvements in the schools,”
Yet, Danner said because the state law requiring a coordinated school health curriculum
was an unfunded mandate, many school districts struggled with the implementation.
This need presented an opportunity for the West Texas Area Health Education Center
program to work directly with school leaders in a different capacity than the traditional
classroom presentations of health careers promotion. It offered the West Texas AHEC
a means of developing a significant outreach to promote healthy living, which is one
of the program’s four key strategies,” Danner said.
In 2003, AHEC of the Plains, an independent center of the West Texas AHEC program,
submitted an application to subcontract with Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center on its Centers for Disease Control diabetes grant for $50,000 providing the
CATCH curriculum and training for school districts in the South Plains region of West
Texas. The TTUHSC F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health also contributed
$25,000 of state funds to the project.
Danner said since then, the West Texas AHEC program has expanded its outreach to assist
59 rural school districts (90 elementary schools) across the South Plains, Panhandle,
Permian Basin and West Central Texas regions of West Texas by: providing the curriculum
at no cost; providing new physical education equipment; organizing curriculum training
to meet the state mandate; assisting with CATCH Parents’ Nights; and assisting with
the collection of Body Mass Index data.
Surgery residents, faculty present at annual meeting
LUBBOCK – The Department of Surgery was well represented by its surgical residents
during the annual meeting of the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
held Feb. 22-23 in Dallas. Eight abstracts or poster presentations were accepted to
the meeting from the residents. Special congratulations to John Fitzwater, M.D., who
won an award for the best presentation by a resident.
Eldo Frezza, M.D., professor in the Department of Surgery, was program vice-chairman
for the meeting. He also was the presenter for the Resident Business Forum and the
American College of Surgeons Web Portal. Frezza was the discussion leader for “Short-term
survival outcomes following transvaginal notes cholecystectomy using magnetically
The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for residents and faculty to go into
the community to network and show all the exciting cases and programs they are working
on, as well as allows for updates on legislation that will impact the practice of
medicine, research and education.
Shown in photo, from left, are: John Fitzwater, M.D., Gurpreet Dhillon, M.D., and
Ronny Ford, M.D.
Group visits Austin for El Paso Days
EL PASO – School of Medicine deans and members of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce
met with Gov. Rick Perry and members of the El Paso legislative delegation during
EL Paso Days in Austin Feb. 7 at the State Capitol. From left are Mark Smith, Hunt
ELP; Sylvia Firth, chief of staff for El Paso Mayor John Cook; School of Medicine
Founding Dean Robert Suskind, M.D.; Mayor John Cook; Gov. Rick Perry; Associate Dean
Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.; Conrad Conde, chairman of the board of Greater El Paso
Chamber of Commerce; Michael Guerra, vice president of government relations, El Paso
Chamber of Commerce; and Frederic Warner Jr., Cemex.
Nursing students named Chapter of the Year at convention
LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing’s Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA) attended
the TNSA State Convention in Galveston Feb. 21-24. The TTUHSC Chapter received the
Chapter of the Year Award for their extensive community service involvement and participation
at the state and national levels.
Sharon Decker, RN, CS, MSN, CCRN, professor and director of clinical simulations,
was named Faculty of the Year.
Junior nursing student Melissa Smith was elected to the position of Western regional
director on the TNSA Board of Directors.
Shown in photo: nursing student Melissa Smith.
Residents present at accreditation conference
EL PASO – The Pediatrics Residency Program became the first El Paso program to present
at the annual education conference of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education (ACGME) held recently at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
in Kissimmee, Fla.
Two abstracts were submitted by Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and
associate program director and Gilbert Handal, M.D., department chair and program
director, and were accepted for the Marvin R. Dunn Poster Session. The posters were
Designing a Competency-Based Curriculum, and Innovative Competency-Based In-House Evaluation System.
"The conference attendees were quite interested in what the residency program was
doing," said Fannie Brown, Ph.D., senior director for Graduate Medical Education (GME),
who also attended the conference. Other El Paso attendees included Martha Lucero,
assistant director for GME; Jose Gonzalez, M.D., associate professor, OB/GYN; and
Lizeth Corral, senior IT programmer/analyst who assisted Akins with the technical
preparation of the posters.
Kara joins Department of Internal Medicine
LUBBOCK– Meryem Kara, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine for the
TTUHSC School of Medicine and Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock. She comes to Lubbock
from Miami, where she completed an internship in nephrology and hypertension at the
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Prior to her fellowship, Kara completed
her residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She also completed an
internship and post doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
School. She received her medical degree from the Cukurova University School of Medicine,
Balcali Hospital, Turkey.
Internal Medicine welcomes new physician
LUBBOCK– Ariwan Rakvit, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine for the TTUHSC School of Medicine
and Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock. She received her medical degree from Chulalongkorn
University, Bangkok, Thailand. She completed her residency in internal medicine as
well as a gastroenterology fellowship at TTUHSC in Lubbock. She currently is completing
an additional gastroenterology fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse.
School of nursing events
LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing and the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the 11th Annual Nurse Practitioner Dinner March 1 at the International Cultural Center. The
event followed the 11th Annual Nurse Practitioner Workshop. A five-year plaque was awarded to John B. Hanna,
D.O., in honor of his service as a preceptor. Three-year plaques went to nurse practitioners
Rebecca J. Fant, Nancy A. Johnson, David M. McCaskill, Amy L. Thomas, Jalyn D. Wall
and Kama D. Winn. Mary Fenton, Ph.D., professor in the School of Nursing at the Permian
Basin gave a presentation on the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Program.
LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing Graduate Program hosted an open house Feb. 27 at the
McInturff Conference Center. More than 70 faculty, staff, students and guests attended
the event. Guests from as far away as San Antonio came to learn more about the online
and traditional graduate programs that are available.
LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing community health class and high-risk obstetrics class
will host the Fifth Annual Baby Shower benefiting the Stork’s Nest from 1 p.m. to
3 p.m. April 19 at the International Cultural Center. Attendees are asked to please
bring a baby gift for donation. For more information, contact Linda Brice, Ph.D.,
at 743-2730, ext. 239.
LUBBOCK – Volunteers Bridgett Mask, Joanie Ellison, Pam Gandy, Lynda Billings and
Christy Meriwether represented the School of Nursing in the KTXT Phonathon which took
place March 3-18.
Shown in photo: Mask and Ellison, in photo at right, take calls on March 9 during
the KTXT Phonathon.
Women's Health Research Institute awards grants
AMARILLO – TTUHSC Women’s Health Research Institute of Amarillo (WHRI) awarded more
than $100,000 in grants in its first multi-campus collaborative effort. School of
Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D., said it has long been his vision to expand the Women’s
Health Research Institute to the other TTUHSC campuses.
Burgeoning research and interest in gender-specific aspects of medical diseases over
the past decade have provided recognition that certain diseases may present differently
in women and may require special approaches to diagnosis and therapy.
Gaps in knowledge about women’s health are particularly striking for those women at
highest risk factors for poor health – the elderly, minorities and those living in
poverty. Equally important is research into the major causes of death among women
including heart disease, stroke and cancers of the lung and colon.
The 2007 grant recipients, their projects and the campus locations include:
Amarillo - $19,998 to Zonghan Dai, Ph.D., principal investigator, William Robinson,
M.D., and Sean Tedjarati, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Molecular Mechanisms Associated
with Ovarian Cancer Metastasis.”
Lubbock - $20,000 to Chwan-Li Shen Ph.D., principal investigator, Dale Dunn, Ph.D.,
and Jia-Sheng Wang, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, “Effect of Green Tea Polyphenols
on Bone Loss.”
Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa and El Paso - $20,000 to Zuber Mulla, Ph.D., principal investigator,
Bahij Nuwayhid, M.D., James Van Hook, M.D., Arthur Evans, M.D., and Moss Hampton,
M.D., co-principal investigator, “Clinical Epidemiology of Preeclampsia in Texas.”
Lubbock and Amarillo - $20,000 to Maurizio Internati, Ph.D., principal investigator,
and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Sp17 Antigen-based Vaccine
for Ovarian Cancer.”
Amarillo and Lubbock - $20,000 to Majid Moridani, Pharm.D., Ph.D., principal investigator,
and Randolph Schiffer, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Cytochrome P450 Expression
and Genotypes in Women with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Amarillo - $3,750 to Joanna Wilson, D.O., principal investigator, and Marjorie Jenkins,
M.D., co-principal investigator, “Economic Differences Regarding Menopause and Therapies
in Hispanic Women.”
Tech engineering group supports aphasia program
LUBBOCK – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Texas Tech University Student
Chapter presented a check to support the Aphasia Group Therapy Program in the School
of Health Professions.
Aphasia is a language impairment resulting from brain damage. People with aphasia
may have problems in speaking, reading, writing and understanding the meaning of spoken
or written words. The goal of the group therapy sessions is to maximize speech and
language abilities while also reducing the effects of aphasia on communication. Group
members meet once per week for an hour.
The Aphasia Group Therapy Program is free to its members. Financial support to keep
the program funded is by the Allied Health Sciences students fund-raisers or other
donations from the community.
Shown in photo, seated from left: group members Juqiang Yan, Gerry Fulton and Pauline
Perkins. Back row, from left: Texas Tech engineering students Kyle Purvis, Alisha
Bloodworth and Kyle Kelton, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences graduate student
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“Loss and Grief” by Thomas McGovern, Ed.D.
4 p.m. in ACB 100, Lubbock campus
Part of the Lecture Series on Healthy Aging hosted by Garrison Institute on Aging
"Dr. Bernard A. Harris Pre-medical Society Lecture Series"
7 p.m. at Texas Tech Allen Theatre
Bernard A. Harris, M.D., will address future medical students.
Texas Tech Cancer Research Group Cancer Research Symposium
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Room 5B148 at Health Sciences Center
Visit www.ttuhsc.edu/cbb/cancersymposium for details.
Education and Career Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Estacado High School, 1504 Itasca, Lubbock
For more details, call 743-2463, ext. 239.
Second Annual TTUHSC Student-planned Talent Show
7 p.m. at Texas Tech International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.
Tickets cost $5 and will be on sale from noon to 1 p.m. April 3-5 in ACB lobby.
"Advances in cancer treatment and the high quality oncology services available right
here in West Texas" presented by Everardo Cobos, M.D., and Carlos Torres, M.D.
6 p.m. at Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center
In conjunction with Cancer Control Month in April.
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.
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