Infant Mortality Awareness Month: Aftershock Viewing and Conversation | CEU’s + dinner | September 15th @ 5:30 PM | RSVP here


September is Infant and Maternal Mortality Awareness Month. The UNT Health Science Center Healthy Start Program will host a viewing of the Hulu original documentary, Aftershock.

Come join us for this important community conversation on September 15th at 5:30 pm. Dinner and CEUs will be offered. The event is free, but RSVP is needed to properly prepare.


Location Address: The University of North Texas Health Science Center,
Medical Education and Training Building, Room 125 S

1000 Montgomery St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

We hope to see you there!

Library services unavailable Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day


Library services will be unavailable Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. The building will remain open 24/7 with badge access. Regular library services will resume Tuesday, September 6th.

Building trust and a values-based culture


Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of the UNT System:

I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a fever or muscle ache I reach for Tylenol. We learn to trust the companies who provide us with the food and medicine we use. One such company is Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Tylenol. In 1943, J&J adopted their Credo, which clearly outlined their values, how they would exist as a company, and how they would treat customers and team members. In 1982, J&J was severely impacted by the Tylenol cyanide crisis, in which a drug tampering incident killed seven people. A critical decision regarding whether to recall 31 million bottles of Tylenol had to be made, which could possibly have put J&J out of business. There was great disagreement among J&J leaders about what to do. Ultimately, CEO Jim Burke held fast to the Credo. Amid the crisis, he challenged his board and his team: “Here’s the Credo. If we’re not going to live by it, let’s tear it off the wall.”

Values only matter if they matter to each of us. Afterward, J&J repaired the public trust in Tylenol, proving there’s never a wrong time to do the right thing. This is what a values-driven organization does not only in times of crisis, but also in making daily decisions.

“Values-based culture” and “values-driven” may mean different things to different people, for me they are the same. First, a values-based culture is the foundation on which our vision (where we are going), mission (what we do), and purpose (why we exist) are built. It is a set of values with a set of behaviors we agree to live by. In fact, as our new vision states clearly, we will be values-driven:

By 2026, the UNT System is one team, values-driven and customer-focused with an emphasis on excellence, curiosity and innovation.

But what does “values-driven” actually mean? I describe it this way:

  • It’s a people-first culture where we live by a common set of values and behaviors
  • We make our decisions about everything we do based on our values
  • It’s a culture filled with high levels of trust, a one team mindset
  • We believe more in serving others than receiving for ourselves
  • We no longer have silos keeping us apart, we openly share information
  • No more “we vs. them” mentality
  • We celebrate each other’s successes
  • We care for each other
  • We unleash the power of our combined collaboration
  • We innovate and never lose our curiosity, we think BIG
  • We treat each other and our customers not by the Golden Rule, but by the Platinum Rule (we treat others the way they want to be treated)

During the coming months, we will be listening to your thoughts, dreams and ideas about how to make our UNT System into a values-driven organization. Together, we will co-create the future UNT System – One System, one team working together for the highest success of our students, their families, our communities and all our UNT family.

Very respectfully,

Dr. Michael R. Williams

Data Carpentry workshop for genomics


On September 12 & 13 UNTHSC is hosting a Data Carpentry workshop for faculty and students.

The Carpentries is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to quickly apply what they have learned to their own work. I am really excited about using the Data Carpentry curriculum here to help our students and faculty become more efficient in their research.

This workshop is focused on Genomics. The curriculum will include:

Project Organization and Management

Unix Shell/Command Line

Data Wrangling and processing

Introduction to cloud computing

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. For instance, after attending this workshop you will be able to:

Automate repetitive tasks using scripts and wildcards in command line.

Perform quality control, align reads to a reference genome, and identify and visualize between-sample variation.

Transfer data between your local computer and cloud resources.

Space is limited and it will likely fill quickly.  The workshop is free to attend. Here is a registration link , and the workshop webpage for more information. Questions? Send an email to

Workout of the Day 08/31/2022


For 3 Rounds, perform as many reps as possible of each exercise in one minute. Rest 20 seconds between exercises.

High Knees


Jumping Jacks

Jump Squats


Bicycle Crunches

2023 American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship



Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, September 7, 2022.  Proposals must be received no later than 3 p.m. Central Time on the deadline date. Early submission is encouraged.


* International students eligible to apply, please see the sponsor’s link for specific Visa requirements (Application Information – Professional Heart Daily | American Heart Association)


Before beginning an application, review the eligibility and requirements that apply to all AHA research awards at AHA Application Information page, 2023 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship – Professional Heart Daily | American Heart Association

Applicants must be AHA Professional Members at the time of application. This must be done online. Join or begin the membership process well before the deadline.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via Proposal Central (AHA Proposal Central – Professional Heart Daily | American Heart Association). The system will open eight weeks prior to the application deadline to complete your proposal and upload documents. You can begin to create your documents now; please refer to the AHA Application Instructions


  • At the time of award activation, the applicant must hold a post-baccalaureate Ph.D. degree or equivalent, or a doctoral-level clinical degree such as M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., D.D.S., D.Ph., or Ph.D. in nursing, public health or other clinical health science.
  • At the time of award activation, the awardee may not be pursuing a doctoral degree.
  • At the time of award activation, the applicant may have no more than five years of research training or experience since obtaining a post-baccalaureate doctoral-level degree (excluding clinical training).
  • The awardee will be expected to devote at least 80 percent of full-time work either to research or to activities pursuant to independent research (instead of administrative, clinical duties that are not an integral part of the research training program, or teaching responsibilities).
  • This award is not intended for individuals of faculty rank.


  • M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with clinical responsibilities who needs instructor or similar title to see patients, but who will devote at least 80% full-time to research training.
  • R.N./Ph.D. with a clinical appointment. The awardee will be expected to devote his/her time to research or activities directly related to the development into an independent researcher. All other eligibility criteria apply.

Room Scheduler down August 30-September 2


The Event Management System (EMS) system will be down for upgrade starting at noon on Tuesday, August 30, and will reopen Friday, September 2, at 9 AM. You cannot enter new requests or view scheduled meetings or events during this time. You may contact the Room Scheduling Office at with any questions but please be aware we will not have access to or be able to assist in scheduling or viewing scheduled meetings/events. The door signs that display the meetings/events for rooms may also be affected during this time. You are advised to print your emailed confirmations for scheduled meetings/events while the EMS system is down. Once the upgrade is complete, you will sign into the EMS system using your single sign-on.

The importance of wearing ID badges


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas, is a campus spanning 33 acres with 20-plus buildings.

As we launch a new academic year, we would like to remind everyone of the importance of wearing and displaying their identification badge throughout campus. The badge identifies you as a member of our community and more readily identifies visitors who may need assistance in locating their destination. The badge also functions to allow for secure access by members of our community to areas that require a badge for entry based on specific needs. Currently, there are several areas across the HSC campus that are badge access only, including IREB floors 2, 3 and 4; MET floors 3,4 and 5; and the Library, to name a few.

We ask for your cooperation in wearing your badge as we work and strive toward achieving a balance between security and free movement. Our goal is to ensure the safety and security of our faculty, staff and students on campus while allowing for as much flexibility as possible.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Ruth Roman, MPH
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer