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Graduation exercises set for Health Science Center (5/13/97)

Hundreds of new health care providers and biomedical researchers will graduate with advanced degrees and certificates May 23-24 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

As of May 5, 209 students were to receive doctor of medicine (MD) degrees, 86 were to be conferred doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degrees, and 18 were to receive doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. Thirty-three students were to receive master of science degrees in basic sciences and nursing fields. Another 70 students were to receive Bachelor of Science degrees in allied health fields and 97 in nursing. Twenty students were to be conferred doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degrees awarded jointly by the Health Science Center and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Pharmacy.

Ten students were to receive certificates in advanced dentistry and 57 in an allied health field. In all, nearly 600 students were to receive degrees or certificates at this month's commencements. The May 5 estimates reflect candidates for May graduation only; the Health Science Center conferred more than 200 degrees last December.

The commencement schedule follows:

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences kicks off the graduation ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the Health Science Center auditorium. The speaker is Larry Churchill, PhD, professor and chairman of the department of social medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is past president of the Society for Health and Human Values and a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

=46rom 1991 to 1994, Dr. Churchill was a Charles E. Culpeper Scholar in Medical Humanities. His most recent book is *Self-Interest and Universal Health Care: Why Well-Insured Americans Should Support Coverage for Everyone* (Harvard University Press, 1994). Currently Dr. Churchill is leading an interdisciplinary study of informed consent in gene therapy, funded by a grant from the National Center for Human Genome Research.

The Medical School commencement starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24 in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus. The speaker is Kenneth Shine, MD, president of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and professor of medicine emeritus at The University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. The UCLA medical school's immediate past dean and provost for medical sciences, Dr. Shine now is clinical professor of medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

As dean at UCLA, Dr. Shine stimulated major initiatives in ambulatory education, community service for medical students and faculty, mathematics and science education in the public schools, and the construction of new research facilities funded entirely by the private sector.

His research interests include metabolic events in the heart muscle, the relation of behavior to heart disease, and emergency medicine.

The Dental School commencement is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24 in Laurie Auditorium. The speaker is A. Gary Rainwater, DDS, president of the American Dental Association (ADA). A full-time, private practice general dentist in Dallas, Dr. Rainwater served eight consecutive terms, beginning in 1988, as speaker of the ADA House of Delegates.

He is past president of the Dallas County Dental Society and was named Dentist of the Year in Dallas County in 1987. He received his dental degree =66rom The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and was named Alumnus of the Year by the college in 1992.

Dr. Rainwater is also founder and immediate past president of Dental Health Programs Inc., a volunteer not-for-profit foundation that is affiliated with the United Way and underwrites all indigent dental care programs in Dallas County.

Next up is the School of Allied Health Sciences at 4 p.m. May 24 in Laurie Auditorium. The speaker is Judith Barr, ScD, director of the National Educational and Research Center for Outcome Assessment in Health Care. She is associate dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Barr holds a doctorate in health policy and evaluation from the Harvard University School of Public Health. She is director of the master of health professions degree program, associate professor of pharmacy administration and associate professor of medical laboratory science at Northeastern. She has authored numerous publications and refereed articles, including studies of patient-centered outcome assessments in health professions education.

The School of Nursing will hold its exercises at 7 p.m. May 24 in Laurie Auditorium. The speaker is Amy Freeman Lee, PhD, noted humanitarian, artist and scholar. Dr. Lee is chairman of the board of trustees of the Wilhelm Schole in Houston and served in the same position for The University of the Incarnate Word from 1973 to 1990. She is the founder and president of the Texas Watercolor Society.

A national trustee and national secretary of the Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Lee received the society's Joseph Wood Krutch Medal in 1985. Among her many other awards and honors, she received the J.C. Penney Spirit of the American Woman Award in 1990.

Dr. Lee is a public member of the Texas Society for Architects and a charter member of the advisory council for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the International Art Critics Association in Paris, France.

Each year the graduation exercises are made official by The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Martha Smiley, a member of the Board of Regents, will attend the School of Nursing commencement this year.

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570