May 17, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 20





The event, "The Investiture of Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa," received a prestigious award for excellence in academic and university events during a judging held among five states and Mexico. The award was presented in Oklahoma City to the Office of External Affairs at a recent meeting of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the nation's leading organization for academic advancement. Congratulations to all who made this event the great success that it was.

Congratulations to Will Sansom, director of news and information in the Office of Public Affairs, on his recent Texas Public Relations Association honor. He earned the "Best of Texas" Bronze Award for his article titled "Scientists Study Vaccines Against Biological Weapons." The press release featured Drs. Karl Klose and John Gunn, microbiology, who are working to develop oral vaccinations against anthrax and tularemia, two potential bioweapons. Sansom has received 28 writing awards during his 11 years at the Health Science Center. He was selected for the "Best of Texas" Bronze Award in 2001 and for Silver Quill awards, presented by U.S. District 5 of the International Association of Business Communicators, in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Congratulations to Cathy Rhodes, reference/instruction librarian, for her role as principal investigator for the Briscoe Library's Alamo Area Medical Information (AAMI) project. The project earned the Bexar Library Association's Project of the Year Award and the sixth annual Library Collaboration Award from Highsmith Inc. The AAMI is a collaborative project between the Briscoe Library and seven small public libraries to increase access to consumer health information for public librarians, consumers and health professionals. Rhodes and Lynda Howell, information technology librarian, designed the Web site that directs consumers and health professionals to high-quality health resources for the layperson. Rhodes also provided training on these resources to staff of the participating public libraries and to individuals and health care practitioners in the libraries' communities. At the end of the project the public librarians indicated that they were better able to assist their patrons in finding answers to health questions.

Congratulations to Dr. John Steinberg, assistant professor of orthopaedics, for his role as chairman of the American Diabetes Association's "Diabetes Expo 2002" held recently at Sunset Station. The expo is the largest diabetes self-care management health event of its kind in San Antonio. Ed Garza, San Antonio mayor, helped kick off the event. The expo featured medical experts and speakers who presented topics such as "Diabetes in Children," "Diabetes and Your Mental Health," "Diabetes: How to be Heart Smart," "Creating New Grocery Shopping Habits" and "Insulin and Oral Medications: What You Need to Know." Representatives from more than 30 diabetes and health care-related institutions and companies were on hand to answer attendees' questions and to provide free cholesterol, glucose and foot screenings.