GSBS Alumni Newsletter
Greetings! I hope you all had a very healthy and prosperous beginning to 2011. I’m pleased to announce that we have added four new out-of-state members to the Graduate School Alumni Association Board this year. They are: Jordan Seene, MS, Tucson, AZ; Raymond Duncan, PhD, Overland Park, KS; Martin Taylor, PhD, New Albany, OH; and Matthew Woolard, PhD Shreveport, LA.
In this issue you will find information regarding many exciting upcoming events. Research Appreciation Day will be held on April 1. The GSBS Job Search Series will continue through the spring semester. The GSBS Awards Ceremony will be held on May 6, followed by Commencement on May 14. Our alma mater depends greatly on alumni participation in these events. If you would like to take part in any of our upcoming events or would like to become more involved in the GSBS Alumni Association, please feel free to contact me.
GSBS Alumni Spotlight - Maurice Williams, PhD, MPH
I am currently a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) working through the Medical Affairs Company. MSL’s typically hold advanced degrees: PhD, MD or Pharm D. My responsibilities as an MSL are to serve as a field-based scientific educator and internal scientific resource for Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Company. The MSL role includes acting as a strategic adviser with a focus on education, clinical advancement and relationship building with physicians.
I received my PhD in Integrative Physiology and Anatomy and gained invaluable experience at analyzing, communicating and presenting scientific data. In this job role, excellent scientific aptitude is critical to productive interactions with thought leaders, research pioneers and authorities in a given therapeutic field. My education at UNTHSC has provided me with the necessary written and oral communication skills to excel in my role as a MSL.
Robert Carter III, MPH (’00), PhD (’96), with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
Alumni Milestones in 2010
- Rebecca Deaton, PhD, gave birth to her third baby boy, Jacob Anthony Deaton, on January 26, 2010 in Hong Kong. Her family (husband, David, and sons Will, 4, David, 2, and new baby Jacob) have been living abroad in Hong Kong since August 2008. They are enjoying their adventures in Asia, and Will and David are excited about their new little brother.
- Cheryl Lowe, MS, a 2009 graduate of the Forensic Genetics program, started a new job on March 1 at The Genetic Testing Laboratories, Inc. in Las Cruces, NM, working as a DNA Analyst I.
- Ginelle Gellert, PhD, and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of their second son, Seth Parker Gellert. Seth arrived at 1:35 p.m. on May 7 weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces. The Gellert family also includes big brother, Emerson.
In Loving Memory
Alumni Involvement Opportunities
This event for our Graduate School students will provide them with information on non-traditional careers for scientists. Dr. Clifford Mintz will be the guest speaker, and we'd like to have an alumni panel from noon to 1 p.m. Please email James.Renfro@unthsc.edu if you can join this panel.
Graduate Student Association Update
Have a great spring, and we hope to see many of you representing UNTHSC at the Relay for Life.
Save the Date! Relay For Life is April 15-16, 2011
- Commencement is Saturday, May 14, at 3:00 p.m. at TCU’s Daniel Meyer Coliseum.
- The GSBS Awards Ceremony is Friday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the MET building.