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Presidentís Council awards $214,000 (4-6-00)

The Presidentís Council of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) awarded more than $214,000 Wednesday night (April 5) to fund projects in the Health Science Centerís five schools. The awards were announced at the councilís annual awards dinner.

Presidentís Council Co-Chairs Luis de la Garza and J. Tullos Wells presented the grants to faculty and staff from the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Allied Health Sciences, the Medical School and the Dental School. Projects will range from the development of innovative teaching strategies, such as World Wide Web-based teaching sites, to increased funding for medical student scholarships with emphasis on students from the South Texas/Border Region.

John P. Howe, III, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, introduced a special guestóthe Medical Schoolís new dean, Stephen A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wartman, who assumed his duties March 27, has taken the reins of an outstanding medical school and will help keep it on its upward trajectory, Dr. Howe said.

Dr. Wartman said he was attracted to the Medical School post because the school is well positioned to make great advances in research, in clinical care and in educating the next generation of outstanding medical professionals. He accepted a $25,000 Presidentís Council grant to bolster medical scholarships for students from the South Texas/Border Region and another $25,000 grant to further medical ethics education.

The largest single grant, $38,508, went to the School of Nursing to replace a computerized testing system that is more than 20 years old. The new system will provide the opportunity for faculty to generate exams from their office computers and to electronically distribute exams to students at workstations in computerized testing rooms.

Students who complete an electronic exam might be able to receive immediate feedback on their scores or even on individual test answers.

Other Presidentís Council grants will help the Health Science Center to introduce bioscience careers to young students. "Decisions about becoming a scientist donít happen in college, they happen in a studentís formative years," Wells said in describing the award to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. "The Graduate School will create a video presentation designed to inform and excite students about careers as research scientists. Faculty members of the Graduate School are eager to take this video into the schools of South Texas."

With its final award, the Presidentís Council commissioned a book about the Health Science Centerís history and in honor of UTHSCís 30th anniversary in 2002.

The Presidentís Council awards were:

  • School of Nursing computerized testing system, $38,508
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences science careers video presentation, $25,000
  • School of Allied Health Sciences video and funds for student research, $25,180
  • Addition to Marvin Forland, M.D., Medical Ethics Endowment Fund, $25,000
  • Medical School scholarships, $25,000
  • Dental School radiographic teaching models, $25,680
  • Innovative teaching grants in all Health Science Center schools, $25,000
  • History of the Health Science Center project, $25,000

This yearís award total is the largest in the eight-year history of the Presidentís Council. The council is open to any person interested in supporting the Health Science Centerís missions. For more information, call the UTHSC Office of University Relations, (210) 567-2056.

Contact: Will Sansom