March 23, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 12


Of Note


Of Note

Miles for Smiles 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. Registration 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.

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

Seminar to focus on BLAST biocomputation software

An Introductory Tutorial on the Rationale of the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in lecture room 2.010 near the Briscoe Library. BLAST is one of the most powerful and widely used computer programs for the analysis of biomolecular sequences.

Dr. Gabriel A. Schachtel, of the University of Giessen in Germany, will discuss the major biological, statistical and algorithmic concepts on which this popular analytical tool is based.

For more information, e-mail Dr. John Cornell at or Dr. Rosemarie Plaetke at

Dental School teaching excellence nominations due March 30

The Dental School Faculty Assembly is seeking nominees for the 2001 Dental School Teaching Excellence Awards.

Students, residents, faculty and administrators can nominate a faculty member who teaches dental students and/or postdoctoral students. There are no specific categories for nomination. Any full- or part-time faculty member who has made exceptional contributions may be nominated. This includes course directors, clinical, preclinical or basic science instructors, lecturers, postdoctoral educators or administrators. The honorees are recognized at the Dental School Convocation in May.

Nomination forms are available from Roger Weed, general dentistry, the Dental School dean's office, class presidents and Dental School departments. The deadline for submissions is March 30.

For more information, call Roger Weed at ext. 7-3442 or send an e-mail to

Nominate outstanding teachers for UTHSC presidential award

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

Award 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 March 31.

Public invited to learn about cancer-related clinical trials

The Clinical Trials Task Force of San Antonio will present "Cancer Clinical Trials — Hope is Here" from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.

Presenters and exhibits will provide information on access to trials, challenges to enrolling in trials, ways to identify relevant trials via the Internet, schedules for upcoming trials and how to obtain financial reimbursement for participation in clinical trials.

Registration in advance is required. For more information or to register, call (210) 616-5949.

Eat steak dinner, support March of Dimes

The Outback Steakhouse will serve steak dinners from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 in the UTHSC auditorium. Tickets can be purchased now from any March of Dimes representative on campus.

Proceeds will go to the 18th Annual March of Dimes HealthWalk for Healthier Babies, which is scheduled for April 11 at the UTHSC running track.

The dinner includes a 12-ounce sirloin steak or grilled chicken, rice, Caesar salad, bread, a beverage and a cheesecake dessert.

For more information, call Anna Uriegas at ext. 7-3769 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 details, visit the Fiesta de Tejas Web site at

March art exhibit features scenes from Southwest

The Arts and Exhibitions Committee invites the UTHSC community to this month's art exhibit, "Reflections 2001: Scenes from the Southwest and Other Ramblings," which is on display in the auditorium. The artist is Bill Sanford, a retired educator who spent the last 23 years of his professional life with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

For more information on how to exhibit, how to become an Arts and Exhibitions Committee member or to purchase one of Sanford's paintings, call ext. 7-4777.