March 16, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 11


Of Note


Of Note

Ninth annual Miles for Smiles event is March 24

The Dental School's ninth annual Miles for Smiles event will take place Saturday, March 24, on the Health Science Center grounds. Pre-registration is $12 and can be done until March 20. Checks post-marked for March 20 should be made to Miles for Smiles 2001 and mailed to Miles For Smiles, UTHSCSA Dental School, Box #597, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900, or they can be dropped off in the Dental Dean's Office of Student Affairs, room 4.314R in the Dental School.

Registration the day of the event begins at 7 a.m. in the pavilion near the running track and is $15.

Participants may take part in the 5K run, 2K walk or the Kids' Run. Everyone who registers will receive an official Miles for Smiles commemorative T-shirt and will be eligible for door prizes.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place male and female finishers. The top three finishers in the various age groups also receive awards. Refreshments will be provided and a health fair will follow.

The event was established to educate and promote good oral health in San Antonio. Proceeds will go to dental programs such as school-based fluoride rinse programs, preventative sealant programs and dental care for underserved areas of the city.

For more information or to register, call ext. 7-3752.

Nominate outstanding teachers for UTHSC presidential award

The Health Science Center is seeking nominations for the 2001 Presidential Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Nominees must have taught as full-time faculty members at the Health Science Center for a minimum of three consecutive years as of Sept. 1, 2000, and cannot have received the award within the past eight years.

Faculty members may be nominated by any of the following individuals: three students or house officers, two faculty members or a department chairperson.

Nomination forms may be obtained from a student class president or department chair or from the president's office. Completed forms must be returned to Dr. Deborah Greene, vice president for academic administration, in room 422A of the Medical School by Friday, March 31.

Mini-Medical School scheduled in April

The fourth annual Mini-Medical School will take place April 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Health Science Center.

The event is a community education series presented free of charge to the public. Speakers from the Dental School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, School of Allied Health Sciences and School of Nursing participate in the series scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Lecture Hall 3.102B near the Briscoe Library.

Everyone who wants to learn about medical progress at the dawn of this new millennium is invited to attend. A science background is not required.

Registration is required due to limited seating capacity. For more information or to register, call ext. 7-1925 or visit the Mini-Medical School Web site at, or send an e-mail to

Auction of surplus, obsolete equipment is April 7

Health Science Center employees are invited to the surplus/obsolete equipment auction to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the general services warehouse. Items up for auction include medical equipment, shelving, desks, typewriters and calculators.

Employees and the public can view items before the auction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 and from 8 to 9 a.m. April 7. All items set for the auction may be transferred to any UTHSC department free of charge through March 30.

For more information, call ext. 7-6021.

Help out at Fiesta de Tejas

If you are interested in volunteering at the Health Science Center's Fiesta de Tejas on Friday, April 20, please call Sandy Westerman, volunteer coordinator for the event, at ext. 7-4206 or send an e-mail to

The annual event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to midnight April 20. The family-oriented festival features food and drinks, live entertainment, a children's area, arts and crafts, and much more. It is a sanctioned Fiesta event.

Volunteers work two-hour shifts in a booth and receive free admission to the event. Volunteers who work more than one shift will receive an extra admission ticket.

Volunteers are needed in the following booths: admission tickets, beverages, drink tickets, entry gate, exit gate, rovers, soda/water, survey/prize registration, T-shirt/souvenir/ice voucher and the children's area (five activities per shift).

For more information, visit the Fiesta de Tejas Web site at

Institutional funding opportunity available

New faculty members may be eligible to receive funding from the Health Science Center's Competitive Research Enhancement Fund (CREF). The CREF was established by the institutional strategic research planning committee to provide venture capital for new faculty serving at the assistant professor level who have the potential to obtain federal, private or industrial research grants within three years of receiving CREF support.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 1. Applications may be downloaded from the CREF Web page at's/cref/CREF.htm.

For more information, call Liz Buel at ext. 7-2330 or the office of the vice president for academic administration at ext. 7-2004.