January 29, 1999
Volume XXXII No. 4

Bonilla scholarships to benefit
4 unique award winners

School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Sciences nominate students with excellent grades, moving life stories

scholarship winners

A special guest dropped by the School of Nursing Convocation on Jan. 19 to honor four equally special scholarship recipients.

U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla of San Antonio was the honored speaker at the convocation, where he announced the recipients of the 1999 Henry Bonilla Health Professions Scholarships. The four $500 awards were donated by 17 health profession organizations. Two winners were named from the School of Nursing and two from the School of Allied Health Sciences.

"I can't believe it," Rep. Bonilla said. "How many times does someone name a scholarship for you? I couldn't be doing my job without the great work all of you do 'on the ground,' as I like to say."

The legislator, who grew up in the Mirasol housing project in San Antonio and was first elected to Congress in 1992, said "coming from the project to this moment is a profound experience." He called education "the great equalizer" that lifts people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become CEOs, community and political leaders, and others who set the tone for the nation.

Rep. Bonilla attended South San High School and The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. John P. Howe III, president, praised Congressman Bonilla's devoted support of the UT System and the Health Science Center. "If you were to put an I-V in Congressman Bonilla's arm right now, you'd see orange blood come out," Dr. Howe said.

The congressman is the only Texan serving on the important appropriations subcommittee that funds biomedical research for the nation, Dr. Howe noted.

Since Rep. Bonilla has been in Congress, the two centers that promote the nation's health--the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)--have received substantial increases in appropriations, Dr. Howe said. NIH funding has risen 25 percent (some $3 billion), while the CDC's funding has increased 23 percent.

Congressman Bonilla, who represents the 23rd District, was selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee at the start of his first term--an honor not accorded a freshman representative from his party in more than a quarter-century. He serves on three appropriations subcommittees: the Subcommittee on National Security; the Subcommittee on Agriculture; and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Before announcing the Bonilla scholarship winners, the congressman said he remembered receiving much-needed scholarships while at UT Austin.

The scholarship recipients are:

Interviewed after the convocation, Pluguez said he was amazed to learn that Nguyen is from the area of Vietnam that Pluguez patrolled while in the Army. "I patrolled the area where Justin was born," he said. "Amazingly enough, here he is 26 years later."

Bonilla and Nguyen

Nguyen is from Doc Mo in extreme southern Vietnam, a village about an hour's drive from Bien Hoa, where Pluguez was stationed.

Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing, opened the convocation with noteworthy statistics about the school. More than 5,700 students have graduated and more than 6,000 degrees have been conferred. The school's family nurse practitioner program emphasis is successfully placing nurses in medically underserved areas. The school enrolls more than 700 students, who are educated and trained by 82 faculty with research interests including dietary studies, fever management in patients with AIDS, and behavior management in individuals with cognitive deficits.

Dr. Allan said a partnership initiated in the fall of 1998 with the Methodist Health Care System is enabling groups of students to receive training in Methodist facilities. She also introduced two students from Finland and two from Portugal, and noted that School of Nursing counterparts are studying in those countries.

Several other School of Nursing (SON) scholarship recipients were announced. The scholarships and winners are: Mary Margaret Moran Scholarship, Susan Looney; SON Undergraduate Scholarship, Josephine Azios and Marianne Wharton; Marilyn Willman Scholarship, Sharon Souter and Rosa de la Torre; Santa Rosa Scholarship, Nancy Whitlock; Mary Gibbs Jones Scholarship, Linda Ard and Donna Tilley; Col. Jean Migliorino Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Scholarship, Angela Tyykila; and Alumni Scholarships, Undergraduate, Nancy Whitlock, and Graduate, Rosa de la Torre and JoAnn Long.

Health Careers students tour Research Imaging Center

PET scanner

Students from Health Careers High School toured the Research Imaging Center (RIC) recently with science teachers and mentors. "We look for bright young students who want to learn what we do here," said Mike McGinley, administrative director of the RIC. "We don't pay, but it is invaluable experience."

The RIC's 14 faculty members produce 60 to 75 scientific publications each year, not counting book chapters, McGinley said. Each has a different specialty, such as neurologist, radiochemist, physicist or biostatistician. "It takes a real breadth of knowledge to run an imaging center like this one," McGinley told the youngsters.

The center's 51 Macintosh computers and 21 Sun systems contain more than 300 gigabytes of working storage and are used to create and store the international BrainMap database, he said.

Dr. Lawrence Parsons, Research Imaging Center, described positron emission tomography (PET) and other brain imaging methods utilized at the center. The others include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), functional MRI, and ERP (event-related potentials).

Acquisition of the PET scanner in 1991 resulted from the Health Science Center's partnership with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which each paid $2.6 million to purchase the scanner, McGinley said. The VA also donated $1 million toward the purchase of the imaging center's $2 million research MRI system.

Parking committee seeks suggestions on allocating spaces


The Health Science Center's Parking and Traffic Safety Committee is weighing alternatives for assigning spaces in the two campus parking garages to be completed this fall.

"We welcome input," said Dr. Richard Luduena, committee chairman. "We've already received some thoughtful ideas that may help us make decisions on spaces."

To submit a suggestion, write to Dr. Luduena in the Department of Biochemistry or send an e-mail to <luduena@uthscsa.edu>. Deadline for sending ideas is Feb. 15.

Newly Granted

The following new and competitive renewal grants and awards were recorded in 1998 by the grants management office. Many are ongoing in 1999.

"Characterization of Tubulin Isoforms in Breast Cancer," Dr. Asok Banerjee, U.S. Army, $274,379, 3 years.

Cellular & structural biology
"Mechanisms of Herpes Simplex Virus Retinitis - Renewal," Dr. Sally Atherton, NIH/National Eye Institute, $1,346,695, 1 year.

"Mechanisms of Cell Death in Liver Cells," Dr. Brian Herman, NIH/National Institute on Aging, $355,996, 1 year.

"Beliefs & Attitudes Toward Hereditary Prostate Cancer," Drs. Nedal Arar & Rosemary Plaetke, San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF), $11,500, 1 year.

Clinical laboratory sciences
"Use of Ginkgo Biloba Extract to Find the Connection Between Hypercholesterolemia & the Insulin Resistance Syndrome," Dr. George Kudolo, SAAF, $35,000, 1 year.

Dean, School of Nursing
"Professional Nurse Traineeships," Dr. Janet Allan, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Human Resources & Services Administration (DHHS/HRSA), $119,073, 1 year.

Dental diagnostic science
"A Randomized Evaluation of Three Concentrations of RHBMP for Periodontal Defects," Dr. Pirkka Nummikoski, Genetics Institute, $9,312, 1 year.

"Research Center for Oral Health in Aging - Supplement," Dr. Michele Saunders, NIH/National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), $551,580, 7 months.

Family practice
"Predoctoral Training in Family Medicine - Renewal," Dr. F. David Schneider, DHHS/HRSA, $634,259, 3 years.

"Graduate Medical Education - McAllen," Dr. Barry Weiss, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board), $64,318, 1 year.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ Valley Baptist Medical Center," Dr. Barry Weiss, Coordinating Board, $39,816, 1 year.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ Santa Rosa," Dr. Barry Weiss, Coordinating Board, $36,753, 1 year.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ UTHSCSA," Dr. Barry Weiss, Coordinating Board, $104,135, 1 year.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ Spohn Memorial, Corpus Christi," Dr. Barry Weiss, Coordinating Board, $104,135, 1 year.

General dentistry
"ANSI/ADA Specification No. 76 for Non-Sterile Latex Gloves for Dentistry - Supplement," Dr. Charles Hermesch, Micro-flex Medical Corp., $12,350, 4 months.

"TEP Central Data Analysis Unit at San Antonio," Dr. John Cornell, Dartmouth College-John Hartford Foundation, $57,572, 2 years.

Institute of biotechnology
"Regulation of Acetylcholine Receptor Gene Expression in the Nervous System," Dr. Irena Melnikova, National Science Foundation, $74,858, 18 months.

"Interactions Among BRCA1, BRCA2 & Components of the Recombination Machinery," Dr. Patrick Sung, U.S. Army, $503,311, 4 years.

Institutional review board
"Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)/IRB Agreement for Part-Time Clerical Position," Dr. Wayne Pierson, Cancer & Therapy Research Foundation (CTRF), $16,750, 1 year.


"CCR5 Regulation & Promoter Variants in HIV-1 Infection - Supplement," Dr. Sunil Ahuja, NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), $207,257, 3 years.

"Evaluation of Dispatch Catheter for Vein Graft Revascularization," Dr. Steven Bailey, Duke University, $7,200, 10 months.

"Hematology Professional Services," Dr. David Boldt, South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), $49,006, 1 year.

"A Phase III, Open-Label, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Safety & Efficacy of Recombinant Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone (Gonal-F)," Dr. Robert Brzyski, Serono Labs Inc., $7,500, 3 years.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ Internal Medicine Residency Program," Dr. Robert Clark, Coordinating Board, $278,713, 1 year.

"San Antonio Cancer Institute," Dr. Charles Coltman, San Antonio Cancer Institute-CTRC/NIH, $1,291,051, 1 year.

"Agreement for Services ­ Genetic Counselor," Dr. Jill Cortada, CTRF, $17,000, 1 year.

"Safety & Efficacy of Fixed Combination Metformin/Glyburide Products as First-line Therapy in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Who Have Inadequate Glycemic Control with Diet/Exercise," Dr. Ralph DeFronzo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, $69,720, 18 months.

"Regulation of Hepatic & Peripheral Glucose Metabolism ­ Under-represented Minorities Supplement," Dr. Ralph DeFronzo, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD), $132,922, 9 months.

"Differentiation of Bone Marrow Osteo-blast Progenitor Cells: Analysis of Genetic Determinants of Age Related to Bone Loss," Dr. Narayanasamy Elango, American Federation for Aging, $37,858, 1 year.

"The Catchum Project," Dr. Cesar Freytes, UT Medical Branch, $16,220, 1 year.

"Pfizer Pharmaceuticals S-Roerig Division Fellowship in Medical Mycology," Dr. John Graybill, Infectious Diseases Society of America, $30,000, 1 year.

Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) for Zhen-Hua Li," Dr. Robert Gregerman, STVHCS, $9,483, 3 months.

"p53 in Breast Cancer: Genomic Instability, Apoptosis & Drug Resistance," Dr. Susan Hilsenbeck, CTRF, $7,224, 1 year.

"IPA for Karen Stamm," Dr. Cynthia Mulrow, STVHCS, $22,226, 6 months.

"IPA for Linda N. Lee," Dr. Jan Patterson, Biomedical Research Foundation of South Texas Inc., $30,831, 1 year.

"A Multicenter, Open, Non-Comparative Study to Estimate the Safety, Tolerability & Efficacy of MK-0991 in the Treatment of Invasive Aspergillus Infections in Adults who are Refractory to or Intolerant of Amphotericin B," Dr. Thomas Patterson, Merck, $29,084, ends at study completion.

"A Phase IV Randomized Study of the Use of Fluconazole as Chronic Suppressive Therapy vs. Episodic Therapy in HIV-Positive Subjects with Recurrent OPC - Supplement," Dr. Thomas Patterson, Pfizer, $68,750, ends at study completion.

"Mechanisms of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia Syndrome," Dr. I. Jon Russell, National Fibromyalgia Research Association, $43,987, 1 year.

"Genetic Epidemiology of NIDDM in Mexican Americans ­ Supplement," Dr. Michael Stern, NIH/NIDDKD, $48,875, 9 months.

"Intermediates in Gene Amplification," Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, National Foundation for Cancer Research, $50,000, 1 year.

"Graduate Student Support for Ricardo Carrion," Dr. Joel Baseman, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR), $5,356, 1 year.

"Graduate Student Support for Angela Archer," Dr. Joel Baseman, SFBR, $5,356, 1 year.

"Graduate Student Support for Lisa Lott," Dr. Joel Baseman, SFBR, $5,784, 1 year.

"Graduate Student Support for Rene Alvarez," Dr. Joel Baseman, SFBR, $18,672, 1 year.

"Use of Tissue-Specific Gene Therapy in Prostate Cancer," Dr. Swati Deb, SAAF, $17,000, 1 year.

"Mating Type & Virulence in Crytococcus Neoformans," Dr. Brian Wickes, NIH/NIAID, $501,380, 5 years.

Obstetrics & gynecology
"Graduate Medical Education ­ OB-GYN Residency Program," Dr. Carl Pauerstein, Coordinating Board, $79,632, 1 year.

"Family Planning Clinic for UHS," Dr. Carl Pauerstein, University Health System (UHS), $69,000, 1 year.

"Cervical Cancer Program," Dr. Carl Pauerstein, UHS, $2,400, 1 year.

"Millimeter Wavelength Research ­ Ophthalmological Evaluation Services," Dr. Steven Chalfin, U.S. Navy, $4,800, 2 years.

"Millimeter Wavelength Research ­ Ophthalmological Evaluation Services," Dr. Steven Chalfin, U.S. Navy, $9,012, 2 years.

"Diagnosis of Ocular Surface Neoplasia by Optical Spectral Analysis," Dr. Steven Chalfin, SAAF, $9,104, 1 year.

"Breast Pathology Subcommittee Chair," Dr. D. Craig Allred, CTRF, $3,734, 1 year.

"Gliomas: Biologic, Molecular & Genetic Studies," Dr. Peter O'Connell, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, $70,290, 1 year.

"Patient Number Data Conversion," Dr. Francis Sharkey, Penn State Geisinger Health Systems, $15,000, 6 months.

"p53 in Breast Cancer: Genomic Instability, Apoptosis & Drug Resistance," Dr. Dean Troyer, CTRF, $12,252, 1 year.

Pediatric dentistry
"Molecular Analysis of Actinomyces Fimbriae ­ Renewal," Dr. Maria Yeung, NIH/NIDR, $1,091,725, 9 months.

"High-Risk Early Childhood Case Management & Monitoring Program ­ Renewal," Dr. Robert Clayton, Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services, $84,846, 1 year.

"Pilot Study of Atorvastat in Children with Nephrosis," Dr. Ihsan Elshihabi, Medical City Dallas Hospital, $1,000, 1 year.

"South Texas Pediatric Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program," Dr. Anthony Infante, NIH/National Cancer Institute (NCI), $658,769, 1 year.

"Graduate Medical Education ­ Pediatrics Residency Program," Dr. Celia Kaye, Coordinating Board, $150,076, 1 year.

"Reducing Language/Cultural Barriers to Genetic/Maternal Child Health Services in South Texas," Dr. Celia Kaye, DHHS/HRSA, $515,802, 3 years.

"Agreement with CTRC for Part-Time Services of Dr. Steven Weitman," Dr. Celia Kaye, CTRC, $60,342, 1 year.

"A Placebo-Controlled, Phase III Evaluation of Suppressive Therapy with Oral Acyclovir Suspension Following Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection Limited to the Skin, Eye & Mouth," Dr. Charles Leach, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), $90,000, 5 years.

"A Placebo-Controlled, Phase III Evaluation of Suppressive Therapy with Oral Acyclovir Suspension Following Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection Involving the Central Nervous System," Dr. Charles Leach, UAB, $90,000, 5 years.

"A Phase III Evaluation of Ganciclovir for the Treatment of Symptomatic Central Nervous System Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infections," Dr. Charles Leach, UAB, $18,000, 1 year.

"Evaluation for San Antonio Families: Together & Safe," Dr. Anthony Scott, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, $6,500, 1 year.

"Multicenter Phase III Trial of Minocycline Periodontal Therapeutic System Adjunctive Use in Patients with Adult Periodontitis," Dr. David Cochran, PPD Pharmaco Inc., $214,974, 18 months.

"Hallucinogens' Pharmacology on 5-HT Receptor Subtypes," Dr. Kelly Berg, Mount Sinai Medical Center, $115,924, 1 year.

"A Prospective, Two-Center, Randomized, Open-Label, Blinded, Two-Way Crossover, Steady-State, Relative Bioavailability Pharmacodynamic Study Comparing 100mg Clozapine with 100mg Clozaril Tablets," Dr. Larry Ereshefsky, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp., $146,825, 1 year.

"Brain Tumor Distribution of CPT-11 in a Transgenic Mouse Model," Dr. John Kuhn, National Brain Tumor Foundation, $21,753, 1 year.

"GRB-IR Isoforms & Insulin Signaling ­ Supplement," Dr. Feng Liu, NIH/NIDDKD, $27,561, 14 months.

"Regulation of Cholecystokinin Secretion by Ethanol," Dr. Gary Green, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, $34,700, 1 year.

"Development of a New Cell Adhesion Testing Methodology," Dr. Daehwan Shin, SAAF, $34,050, 1 year.

"Psychology Resident's Services," Dr. Charles Bowden, Southwest Mental Health Center, $20,876, 1 year.

"Evaluation of the Efficacy & Safety of Depakote CR in the Treatment of the Manic Phase of Bipolar Disorder: A Placebo-Controlled Study," Dr. Charles Bowden, Abbott Laboratories/Valence Research, $405,784, 1 year.

"Texas Earns: Employment Assistance Through Reciprocity," Dr. Margaret Hoppe, Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation, $141,833, 1 year.

"A Comparison of Risperidone & Haloperidol for Prevention of Relapse in Subjects with Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disease," Dr. Bankole Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, $60,000, 9 months.

"Open-Label Safety Trial of D-Threo- Methylphenidate Hydrochloride in Children with Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder," Dr. Steven Pliszka, Celgene Corp., $44,100, ends at study completion.

"A Double-Blind, Randomized, Parallel-Design, Placebo-Controlled Trial of D-Threo-Methylphenidate Hydrochloride/D1-Threo-Methylphenidate Hydrochloride in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder," Dr. Steven Pliszka, Celgene Corp., $44,256, ends at study completion.

"Clinical Radiation Oncology Physics Services," Dr. Stewart Reuter, CTRF, $115,000, 1 year.

"VA Radiology Oncology Services," Dr. Stewart Reuter, STVHCS, $502,136, 1 year.

Restorative dentistry
"Drug Delivery System for Superficial Mycoses in AIDS," Dr. Bakul Bhatt, Biomedical Development Corp./NIH, $4,153, 2 years.

"TGFB Receptor Gene Mutations in Human Cancer," Dr. Michael Brattain, Case Western Reserve University/NIH, $91,114, 1 year.

Thoracic surgeons visit HSC to see new products

thoracic surgeons

The Health Science Center's Thoracic Surgery Division, headed by Dr. John Calhoon, hosted dozens of thoracic surgeons from the United States and Europe Jan. 21-22 as a prelude to a major meeting of the surgical specialty in San Antonio.

Arriving in advance of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting held Jan. 24-27, about 50 surgeons attended two sessions at the Health Science Center. Both events, which introduced new surgical devices and techniques developed commercially, were made possible by a partnership of the Thoracic Surgery Division, Laboratory Animal Resources and the sponsoring companies.

On Jan. 22, a new device was unveiled for stabilizing localized areas of the heart during surgery. The Octopus®2, made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic, allows surgeons to repair blood vessels while the heart is beating--a departure from traditional open-heart surgery, in which heart functions are transferred to a cardiopulmonary bypass machine.

The Octopus could prevent rare complications such as stroke or inflammatory response resulting from placement on bypass machines, Medtronic officials said.

On Jan. 21, Guidant Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., displayed a prototype evaluation for new surgical appliances used in thoracic surgery. One is a mechanical anastomotic device. An anastomosis is a site where one blood vessel is sutured with another to form a network.

Cancer-related research proposals due by Feb. 15

The San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI), a collaborative partnership of the Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), is inviting proposals for cancer-related research projects.

Proposals for "unrestricted" pilot project grants and "mentored junior faculty" pilot project grants will be accepted. Additionally, investigators may apply for the Third Annual Barbara H. Bowman Award, Ph.D., Award in Cancer Prevention Research. It honors the memory of Dr. Bowman, longtime chairman of the Department of Cellular & Structural Biology at the Health Science Center.

Applications must be received by Feb. 15. Further information and application forms are on the SACI Web site.

A hard copy or electronic version of the application forms may also be requested by phone at 616-5590, or by e-mail at <letty_elliott@ msmtp.idde.saci.org>.

Student researcher heads to Washington

Edward Vishnevetsky, a Health Careers High School senior and student research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Bailey, medicine/cardiology, has been named a National Presidential Classroom Scholar.

Vishnevetsky joins a select group of 100 junior and senior high school students who have achieved high grade-point averages and are involved in numerous co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The scholars will attend a Feb. 6-13 program in the nation's capital, where Vishnevetsky is scheduled to meet President Bill Clinton, U.S. Reps. Chet Edwards and Lamar Smith, and U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Phil Gramm.

Vishnevetsky will participate in the scholars program's "Science, Technology and Public Policy" track. "We will visit the National Institutes of Health, talk to officials, participate in caucus meetings and more. It's going to be intense," Vishnevetsky said. "I am being sponsored by the Health Science Center and its affiliates, as well as by a private corporation, Cardiovascular Dynamics. The monetary aid they have provided will allow me to experience government in a way that most students my age cannot. I am very fortunate to have received this prestigious honor and am grateful for the support.

Vishnevetsky is an honors student at Health Careers. He began working part time with Dr. Bailey in 1997 in the cardiac catheterization lab at University Hospital. Last summer, he worked full time in Dr. Bailey's research lab at the Health Science Center. He is conducting a study of vascular stents and restenosis in the research lab.

Mac Users meet Feb. 3

The UTHSCSA Macintosh Computer User's Group, known as "Tex-MUG," will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 3, in library room 2C. Mike Ciernia, from Palm Computing Inc., and Dr. Maurice Rozek, medicine/cardiology, will introduce the latest in handheld computing devices, including hardware and software, and demonstrate product utility.

Today's handheld computers provide users with portable platforms to carry out calendar functions, arrange to-do lists, record personal finance data, and send or receive e-mail. These computers serve as extensions of the users' desktop or laptop computers. Some even feature software for data exchange between the handheld units and Macintosh programs including Excel, FileMaker, Quicken and others.

Question to the President

We received a 1 percent pay raise in September. The UT System Regents' budget for '99 included pay raises averaging 3 percent to 4 percent. Will staff see another pay raise this year?

Dr. Howe replies:
Salary policies across The University of Texas System vary by institution, but follow guidelines established by the Chancellor. For the 1998-1999 biennium, the Chancellor's goal was a 5 percent increase over the two-year period.

As we entered the biennium, the Health Science Center opted to grant a majority of the increases up to 8 percent with an overall average of 4 percent. For this year (1998-1999), it was determined to provide all classified employees with an across-the-board, 1 percent increase. However, sufficient funding was not available to extend this increase to the administrative and professional employee group. Market adjustments were provided for some A&P employees as a result of the recent study of those positions.

As you can see, it appeared that other UT institutions provided larger salary increases for the current year. However, over the two-year period we have all followed similar guidelines as established by the Chancellor.

'Travel to the Millennium' with the 1999 Travel Fair

Business travelers and prospective vacationers will learn how to "Travel to the Millennium" at the 1999 Travel Fair sponsored by the Office of Purchasing. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the auditorium foyer.

More than 700 faculty, staff and students attended last year's fair to learn about Health Science Center travel procedures, on-the-road communications, great deals, and travel planning for invited speakers and guests. Representatives from the Health Science Center's designated travel agencies, Rennert World Travel and Corporate Travel Planners Inc., will be on hand again this year to answer questions, along with staff from the UTHSCSA Travel Services Office.

Door prizes will include airline tickets, car rentals and hotel stays. Travel Fair guests will browse displays by American, Continental and Delta airlines; Friendly Vacations and Funjet Vacations; the Omni, Marriott Courtyard, Sumner Suites and Embassy Suites hotels; and Advantage, Avis, Dollar and Enterprise rental car agencies.

Health Science Center-related displays will be provided by the Bookstore, the Office of Accounting and the Office of Computing Resources, among others. The Bookstore will display travel maps and software, and offer T-shirts, software, and other giveaway items.

For more information, call Wayne Reed, director of purchasing, at ext. 6038, or Tracy Villanueva, administrative assistant I, at ext. 2037.

Hartford Center awards honors to two
Age Day poster competition entrants

Age Day award-winners

The Hartford Center for Excellence in Geriatrics Education selected two poster competition entries for awards as part of the Aging Research and Education Center's first Age Day, held on campus Dec. 2. Dr. Toni Miles, professor of family practice and the Hartford Center's director of research, presented Drs. Irene Chapa, Department of Pharmacology, and Raymond Palmer, Department of Family Practice, with the awards.

Dr. Chapa's poster, "Sympathoadrenal Activation in Male and Female Rats Following Sinoaortic Deafferentation," won honors for best presentation of basic research on age-related diseases. Dr. Palmer's poster, "Evidence for Genetic Influences on Change in Body Mass and Blood Pressure," earned the award for best presentation of geriatric research.

Each of the Age Day poster competition winners received a $300 award and a plaque recognizing scientific work.

Of Note

IRB deadline is Feb. 12
The pre-review deadline for submissions to the Institutional Review Board is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in advance of the board's March meeting. The deadline is generally the 15th of the month, but was changed to Feb. 12 because the Presidents' Day holiday falls on Monday, Feb. 15. The Health Science Center will be closed that day.

The deadline was moved up to allow adequate time for investigators to reply to pre-review comments. Faculty and staff with questions may call the IRB office at ext. 2351.

Reserve booths now
Anyone interested in operating a booth at the 1999 Fiesta de Tejas celebration should contact Cindy Colston as soon as possible at ext. 2075 or <colston@uthscsa.edu>. This year's Fiesta de Tejas is set for Friday, April 16.

Persons who want to work a committee booth the night of the event, in exchange for admission, should contact Mary Yanes at ext. 2205 or <yanes@uthscsa.edu>. Fiesta de Tejas is the Health Science Center's annual Fiesta week event and is organized by the campus' Fiesta de Tejas Committee.

Volunteers needed
Following a longtime San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo tradition, the university's Special Events Council will hold its own Rodeo Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 5. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served to faculty, staff and students from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Medical School courtyard/fountain area.

Volunteers are needed from 6 to 9:30 a.m. To sign up, send a note in campus mail to Anna Paccione, instrumentation services, or on the computer to <paccione@uthscsa.edu>.

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