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Appointments & Awards

November 2004

Julie Hensler, Ph.D.

Julie Hensler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology


Dr. Hensler was elected as a U.S. councilor to the Serotonin Club, an international organization that promotes research into serotonin. She is among 11 of the world’s foremost scientists who were invited to serve on the Serotonin Club Council, including five from Europe, four from the United States and two from other parts of the world. The biology of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that enables communication among brain cells, is a crucial topic in neuroscience. Medications such as fluoxetine (Prozac®, registered trademark of Eli Lilly & Co.) treat depression and other conditions by altering serotonin activity in the brain.
Dr. Hensler’s term on the Serotonin Club Council is for four years.



Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Family Nursing Care


The National Association of Hispanic Nurses named Dr. Martinez Rogers the National Hispanic Nurse of the Year. She was selected from among members in 35 chapters nationwide and was recognized at the association’s awards and scholarships banquet this year in Las Vegas, Nev. "Dr. Martinez Rogers serves as a role model for our students and faculty in demonstrating how mentoring of colleagues, students and potential students really works," said Colleen S. Keller, Ph.D., R.N., professor of family nursing care. "Her infectious enthusiasm and creativity in developing innovative programs have been tremendous assets to our department and school."


Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., R.N.
Jan E. Patterson, M.D.

Jan E. Patterson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Pathology


The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women has selected Dr. Patterson as a 2004-2005 fellow. She is one of 45 senior women faculty from medical and dental schools in the U.S. and Canada to be chosen. ELAM is the only in-depth national program that prepares senior women faculty for leadership positions at academic health centers (AHCs). ELAM’s mission is to increase the number of women at AHCs in leadership positions and their success rate in attaining and remaining in these positions.

In addition to her faculty position at the Health Science Center, Dr. Patterson is director of hospital epidemiology for the University Health System and the Audie L. Murphy Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.





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