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April 29, 2008
Calendar of Events
TTUHSC joins effort to educate teens
about pregnancy
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
Come-and-go luncheon for
women faculty.
For more information, call
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. —
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
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
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,
May 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel &
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
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,
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
Free skin cancer screening by
TTP Dermatology and other
community dermatologists.
No appointment needed.
For more information, call
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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
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,
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
“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://
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
she said. “We are developing partnerships
to create and sustain a community for
traditionally underrepresented student
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
For more information, call
743-7821 or visit http://www.
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.
Continuing Nursing Education:
“Care of the Older Adult in the
21st Century.”
$89 before May 9; $104
For more information,
call 743-2734, e-mail
[email protected] or visit www.
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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,
♥ 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
For more information about National
Women’s Health Week events at TTUHSC, call
743-2143 or e-mail [email protected]
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
June 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Garrison Institute on
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
Healthy Lubbock Day.
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
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.
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