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All six UT health institutions are taking advantage of advances in technology and the Internet to implement electronic medical records that will significantly improve the quality of patient care, communication, safety and satisfaction. And patients arenít the only ones health information systems are helping.
with Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
This time of year, itís not just raining mortar boards, itís a regular Texas flood of academic achievement and excellence. Itís also a rich and varied story of many lives in pursuit of a college degree. From a four-year-old graduating from preschool alongside his fully matriculated mother, to a ninety-year-old getting her masterís, thereís no shortage of students from all phases of life graduating from UT institutions.
With attendees ranging from intellectual property attorneys, startup companies and venture capital firms to university administrators and researchers, the annual WBTshowcase brings together market-ready innovative technologies and those who want to invest in them.
The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas at San Antonio and three additional public universities in Texas are the path to achieving national recognition as centers of research excellence.
with Dr. David B. Prior, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Crucial errors during medical treatment have always been much more common than believed. But working as a system, UT institutions are pioneering programs and initiatives that lead the way in making healthcare more efficient and more effective for everyone. Institutionalizing these changes builds credibility with patients and also reduces costs.
Since 2006, Research Superiority Acquisition awards from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund have been helping UT System institutions recruit world-renowned researchers and scientists on the leading edge of their fields and on the brink of new discoveries that may one day change the quality of all of our lives.
In 2006, the UT System Board of Regents declared its commitment to building a competitive science and engineering infrastructure and to retaining and recruiting world-class faculty. These investments will not only help create universities where renowned scientists solve the problems of today, but where the talented scientists, engineers, and healthcare providers of tomorrow are educated.
with Dr. Keith McDowell, Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer.
This past August, faculty members across the UT System were recognized for teaching excellence with a Regentsí Outstanding Teaching Award. With fields of study that span the humanities and sciences, the 72 awardees are diverse, though all share a common goal: to positively impact the lives of undergraduate students through exemplary teaching and innovative instruction.
They say nurses are the heartbeat of health care: dedicated, compassionate and vital to Americaís health. But in recent years, a number of factors have contributed to a shortage of nurses across our state and nation that many warn threatens this heartbeat and access to quality health care for each of us.
Housed at the UT System, the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board partnership between Texasí medical schools — and public and private four-year institutions ó thatís helping highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students become tomorrowís medical professionals.
with Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Recognizing that innovation is our greatest asset, the UT System launched Ignite Texas! ó a comprehensive initiative designed to turn promising inventions developed at UT institutions into realized products. Through Ignite Texas! and the $2 million Texas Ignition Fund, UT researchers are getting the critical support they need to bring their meaningful discoveries to the Texas economy and society.
The UT Systemís Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention program (STARs) is increasing the research capacity at UT institutions by attracting some of the nationís best minds. With faculty recruitments that include a Nobel Prize recipient and a member of the National Academies, the program is poised for continued success.
The University of Texas System is partnering with the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas A&M University System to improve the number of students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions.
with Dr. David B. Prior, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Even as the UT System is working to expand medical school education and residency opportunities in Texas, the challenge of providing enough residency slots for our next generation of doctors is growing increasingly difficult.
Last November, Texans authorized $3 billion to fund cancer research, prevention, early detection and control programs at the new Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Leveraging its research excellence, the UT System is doing its part to better understand and treat one of humankind's deadliest diseases.
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