Works in Progress (WIPS)

A bi-monthly one hour session providing faculty members the opportunity to present their research proposal and a chance to receive candid feedback from their peers.


  • Dr. Heather Kitzman-Ulrich
  • Dr. Candace Robledo

Professional Support:

  • Keith Sims

2015 Schedule

      • September 24 Presenters: Captain James Dickens, regional director for the Office of Minority Health and Alvin Davis
        Topic: The View from the Other Side of the Orange Fence Presented by Alvin P. Davis, A.P.A. A first-hand account from Alvin Davis, Ebola Survivor and Case Investigator Monrovia Medical Unit, Liberia.
      • August 27  Presenters: Dr. Patrick Moonan, Senior Epidemiologist at the Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
        Topic: A session regarding Dr. Moonan’s background in tuberculosis, addictive behaviors, previous and current work, and opportunities know to him during our multi-disciplinary WIPS setting with the goal of sparking new ideas and potential collaboration among our researchers.
        Dr Moonan has extensive international research and public health practical experience. His research interest and funding include: tuberculosis transmission dynamics (5-year R01 NIH-funded project in Botswana in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania and University of Botswana); TB transmission projects in Republic of Georgia and Moldova (DoD-funded); multiple concurrent M. tuberculosis infections (R23 NIH-funded project with UCLA); and improve treatment compliance and clinical outcomes among persons struggling with addictive behaviors (excessive alcohol use, illicit drug use, and smoking) and under nutrition.
      • July 23 Presentation by Amyn Amlani (Audiology, UNT Denton), Stephen Austin (Voice Science, Music, UNT Denton), Kris Chesky (Music, UNT Denton), Sajid Surve (TCOM, UNTHSC) regarding occupational health concerns related to learning and performing music. Through an expanding collaborative effort that includes the School of Public Health and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, the intention is to take a population health approach to common occupational and environmental health issues, provide research on preventative measures, and develop cutting-edge clinical resources for concerns like hearing loss, voice problems, and musculoskeletal injuries.
      • May 14 – Presentation by Dr. Raines-Milenkov and Marcy Paul regarding Infant Mortality

      • March 19 – Presentation by Dr. Walters on new NIH bio sketch format and intro to new funding research tool, PIVOT

      • January 22 Presentation by Drs. Kitzman-Ulrich and Fulda on upcoming NIH R21 submission with Carter Blood Care regarding “Cardiovascular risk identification, notification and education of adolescents”