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HSC programs capture state environmental award STEER students set up equipment to text water in the Rio Grande

August 2002

The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) presented the Health Science Center with two Environmental Excellence awards for programs in the Dental School and the School of Medicine.

The TNRCC honored the South Texas Environmental Education and Research Program (STEER) for teaching students and health professionals about occupational and environmental issues impacting health along the
Texas-Mexico border.

The program offers one-month elective courses for medical and nursing students and residents.

The Dental School received the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for its
program to recycle mercury-bearing waste from amalgam dental fillings. It was the first comprehensive mercury dental amalgam management program in Texas.

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