Statline 4EXAS¬4ECH¬5NIVERSITY¬(EALTH¬3CIENCES¬#ENTER¬7EEKLY¬E.EWSLETTER April 29, 2008 BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT Calendar of Events TTUHSC joins effort to educate teens about pregnancy T April 29, 6-8 p.m. ACB 100 Community Medical School, Randolph Schiffer, M.D., “Cognition and Aging — Are Senior Moments Inevitable?” April 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. McInturff Center Executive Conference Room Come-and-go luncheon for women faculty. For more information, call 743-2896. April 30, 4 p.m. ACB 100 Garrison Institute on Healthy Aging Lecture Series, “Keep Your Feet Happy: Ways to Avoid Foot Pain,” Speight Grimes, M.D. — Orthopedics. exas Tech University Health Sciences Center faculty and staff are helping organize “Teen Straight Talk,” a program to address issues related to teenagers and sex. Lectures will be throughout Lubbock on July 12 as part of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, organized by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, is set aside on May 7 to inform teens about consequences of sex. One in three American teen girls gets pregnant at least once before age 20, according to campaign materials. Texas ranks No. 1 in teenage births, said Kathleen McPherson, co-chair of the Teen Straight Talk Committee. McPherson said she hopes “Teen Straight Talk” will open communication between parents and teens about sex. “It is important for Lubbock to be aware of the high teen pregnancy and STD rates so that we can come together and assist teens to decrease these rates in the future,” McPherson said. “Teen pregnancy often leads to abuse of children and is costly to taxpayers through the cost of health care.” For more information about the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, visit www.theNationalCampaign.org. Check upcoming editions of Statline for more information about this summer’s “Teen Straight Talk.” Good Vibes If you used to think ... “That won’t work!” Try ... “What could work?” If you used to say ... “What’s the matter with me?” Try ... “What am I learning?” School of Medicine Dean sponsors dinner to thank faculty School of Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D., sponsored the first Dean’s Faculty Appreciation Dinner last week at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. The event honored Lubbock SOM faculty for their hard work and dedication to their students and to the institution. To see photos and a list of winners, visit http://www.ttuhsc.edu/communications/ newsletter/deansdinner.pdf. STATLINE: WEEKLY e-NEWSLETTER May 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Inn Hotel & Towers Correctional Managed Health Care Semi-Annual Conference, “Issues Affecting Special Needs Offenders,” “Nursing Board Rules and Regulations,” “Deliberate Indifference,” and more. Hosted by the School of Medicine. For more information, call Jan Alverson or Mindy Lemieux at 791-4433. May 2, noon ACB 120 President’s Forum on International Health, “Alcohol and Drugs: International Perspective,” Tom McGovern, Ed.D., L.P.C. May 6 Nurse’s Day. May 6, 5 p.m. ACB Foyer Dedication of plaque for former TTUHSC President and former TTU System Chancellor David R. Smith, M.D. May 6, 6-8 p.m. ACB 100 Community Medical School, TTUHSC President John C. Baldwin, M.D., “How Do You Operate on a Moving Organ That Keeps You Alive?” May 10, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Southwest Cancer Center Free skin cancer screening by TTP Dermatology and other community dermatologists. No appointment needed. For more information, call 743-1842. Page 2 Subjects still needed for green tea and Tai Chi study Women, two years or more after menopause and with low (or below normal) bone mass, are needed to participate in “Green Tea and Tai Chi for Bone Health: A Research Study.” The project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on the effects of green tea supplements and Tai Chi exercise on bone health. Participants will receive green tea capsules and/or attend one-hour Tai Chi exercise classes, three times a week for six months. Potential participants are required to attend an information session. To register for pre-screening, call Susan Doctolero at 743-4222, extension. 310. TTUHSC Faculty Senate update The Faculty Senate recently conducted its General Faculty Meeting and welcomed comments from President John C. Baldwin, M.D. Baldwin shared perceptions of his first eight months at TTUHSC and his future vision for the university, saying he believes faculty are an essential part of a successful learning institution. “Students are here for a few years but then leave to pursue their future careers,” he said. “Donors are appreciated for their contributions to the university. However, the administrative offices, buildings, monies and students are not a functional entity without the faculty.” Baldwin also recognized the faculty organization’s founding senators with a TTUHSC medallion for their service. The next Faculty Senate Meeting is Oct. 8. For a full list of Faculty Senate founding officers and interim senators, visit http:// www.ttuhsc.edu/communications/newsletter/ facsenate.pdf. TTUHSC School of Medicine launches Pre-Medical Conference The School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs recently welcomed a diverse group of more than 100 parents, pre-medical students and advisers at the inaugural Pre-Medical Conference. Those who attended visited with faculty and staff and were given tips about the medical school application and admission process. The SOM and Office of Institutional Diversity hope to make the Pre-Medical Conference an annual event, said Linda Prado, director for SOM Admissions. Yolanda Gonzaga, director for Institutional Diversity and director of the Pre-Medical Conference, said she hopes the event will better serve minority students. “We continue to strive for excellence in developing innovative programs and services that are more mindful of the students’ needs,” Bernell Dalley, Ph.D., associate dean of SOM Admissions and Minority Affairs and associate professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry, visits with pre-medical students at the inaugural Pre-Medical Conference. she said. “We are developing partnerships to create and sustain a community for traditionally underrepresented student populations.” STATLINE: WEEKLY e-NEWSLETTER May 11 Mother’s Day. May 17 Lakeridge Country Club Garrison Institute on Aging Research Division, “Serving Up Prevention.” Tickets available at Select-aSeat for $16.75 and $26.75 each (plus service charge). Benefits TTUHSC Alzheimer’s research. For more information, call 743-7821 or visit http://www. ttuhsc.edu/centers/aging tennisevent.aspx. May 17, 10 a.m. United Spirit Arena Commencement. Keynote speaker former U.S. Sen. William Frist, M.D. May 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. TTUHSC Continuing Nursing Education: “Care of the Older Adult in the 21st Century.” $89 before May 9; $104 thereafter. For more information, call 743-2734, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. ttuhsc.edu/son/cne. Page 3 Have lunch and learn about women’s health Texas Tech Physicians will host a series of lectures about women’s health in observance of National Women’s Health Week. The free brown bag sessions begin at noon on May 20, 22 and 23 in Room 110 of the Academic Classroom Building. Free lunch will be provided for the first 75 people who attend each day The sessions are as follows: ♥ May 20: 12:15 p.m., Sami Jabara, M.D., OB/GYN, “Infertility Update.” 12:40 p.m., Sharmilla Dissanaike, M.D., Surgery, “Update on Breast Surgery.” ♥ May 22: 12:15 p.m., Robert Casanova, M.D., OB/GYN, “Contraception: What is Old and New.” 12:40 p.m., Carol Felton, M.D., OB/GYN, “Menopause.” Births Condolences ♥ May 23: 12:15 p.m., Joehassin Cordero, M.D., Surgery, “Sleep Apnea and Snoring.” 12:40 p.m., Cornelia de Riese, M.D., OB/GYN, “Pelvic Support Problems and Procedures.”’ For more information about National Women’s Health Week events at TTUHSC, call 743-2143 or e-mail email@example.com. Congratulations to Travis Hobbs, Department of Ophthalmology, and his wife, Sherry, who welcomed son Tanner Drake on Feb. 26. Sympathy is extended to: Rajendra Marwah M.D., Rheumatology/Internal Medicine in El Paso, on the death of his wife, Sylvia Marwah, who died on April 14. Didit Martinez, TTUHSC President’s Office, on the death of her mother on April 17. Janet Dertien, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, on the death of her brother on April 19. May 26 REGIONAL NEWS June 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Garrison Institute on Aging Ahmed E. Badr, M.D., has been appointed chairman for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Badr comes to TTUHSC from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where he served as professor of neurosurgery and anesthesiology. He also was director of the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit and director of neuroanesthesia. Memorial Day — TTUHSC holiday. Healthy Lubbock Day. DID YOU KNOW? If MySpace was a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world — between Russia and Nigeria. Patrick M. Tarwater, Ph.D., has joined the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso as an associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Tarwater is a Lubbock native and earned two degrees in math from Texas Tech University. He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles and was the primary author in collaboration with the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Fred McCurdy, M.D., Ph.D., associate regional dean for Faculty Development in Amarillo, was recently inducted as a fellow in the American College of Physician Executives. Newsletter submissions should be made to the Office of Communications and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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