Oct. 19, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 42


Of Note


Of Note

Public invited to Oct. 22 bioterrorism forum

In an effort to quell fears about potential bioterrorist attacks, the Health Science Center will host a public forum on germ warfare entitled "Bioterrorism: An Overview of Medical Aspects and Community Preparedness." The program will feature brief lectures about biological weapons, the feasibility of chemical or biological threats and the state of preparedness in South Texas.

"The overall purpose is to bring factual, scientific information to the public and to inform the public that our health system is prepared to deal with this sort of event," said Dr. Cervando Martinez, professor in the department of psychiatry.

A team of panelists from the Health Science Center, the United States military and the San Antonio community will address questions and concerns from the audience. The forum will be broadcast live, via satellite, to seven remote sites throughout South Texas.

The two-hour seminar is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in Lecture Hall 3.102 of the Medical School. The session is free and registration is not required.

For additional information, or assistance for special needs, contact Janet Ramon at ext. 7-1925 or by e-mail at ramonj@uthscsa.edu.

Hispanic Health Initiative Summit opens funding opportunities

Faculty, staff, administrators and researchers are invited to attend The Hispanic Health Initiative Summit scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Wednesday, Oct. 24. The forum will convene in the UTHSC auditorium.

This is the first time a health science center has instituted a Hispanic Health Initiative Summit in the United States. The two-day forum gives basic and clinical investigators the chance to discuss available research funds with representatives from the Health Science Center and various federal and non-profit agencies. Funding opportunities are only available to institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Hispanic-Serving or Minority-Serving Institutions. The UTHSC's School of Nursing and its School of Allied Health Sciences are recognized as two of 203 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the United States.

For more information or to register, send an e-mail to HHI-summit@uthscsa.edu.

Get a 'Taste of China' on Oct. 26

Meet new people, learn about different cultures and traditions and enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine all at the same time, during the International Alliance's cultural exchange program, "A Taste of China." Participants will meet at the Taste of China Super Buffet located at 3711 Colony Dr. at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The cost is $10 for adults. Children under 13 will be the guests of the International Alliance.

For more information, call Jennifer Orr at 344-5547.

Employees can withhold information from employee directory

Health Science Center employees who want their home addresses and phone numbers omitted from the 2002 Faculty & Staff Directory should contact the PeopleSoft administrator in their department by the end of October.

Privacy concerns may be especially prudent for employees who are members of the armed forces reserves, or who are married to active duty members or reservists.

The next printed campus directory will be available in January 2002. Updated employee information from the PeopleSoft database will be available to the public via the Internet in November 2001.

'Gift of Life' walk to benefit kidney foundation

The public is invited to participate in the first "Gift of Life" walk Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive. Registration is $25 per person. The event will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of South & Central Texas. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money in pledges. Participants will enjoy a health fair, entertainment, refreshments and drawings for prizes.

For more information, call Bonnie Lundy at 829-1299.