From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Smoking Ban – Fifteen years ago, El Paso led Texas in establishing a ban on indoor smoking – and TTUHSC at El Paso has been a smoke-free indoor and outdoor facility for the past 10 of those years. TTUHSC at El Paso experts and others were asked to testify on the expansion of the El Paso smoking ordinance to include a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places at Tuesday morning’s City Council Meeting. Countless studies continue to demonstrate that second-hand smoke is detrimental to the health of children and adults. Our stance as an institution continues to support banning the use of nicotine in any form, in parks and/or city-owned outdoor facilities. And the El Paso City Council agreed. The council voted 6 – 1 to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places across El Paso where smoking is now banned beginning September 1. Both smoking and vaping will be banned from all city-owned properties, including parks, beginning in 2015. El Paso once again leads the way in establishing a healthy environment for its children. Go to http://home.elpasotexas.gov/video.php to watch the El Paso City Council share its decision. To view the complete agenda item (Item 8.1) go to about 1:26 in the following city council video regarding “City of El Paso Proposed Smoke Free Ordinance Changes”.

Dr. Janssen

Dr. Herbert Janssen

2014 Service and Distinguished Staff Awards – The TTUHSC at El Paso 2014 Service and Distinguished Staff Awards is at 3 p.m. today, in the Misenhimer Auditorium of the AEC. The service awards ceremony celebrates employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 or more years of service. This year we have one employee celebrating 40 years of service and four celebrating 30 or more years of service. In his 40 years of service, Dr. Herbert Janssen of the Dept. of Medical Education, has witnessed the opening of two medical schools—the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock where he practiced for 35 years before coming to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in 2008 as a professor in clinic and basic sciences. Dr. Paul Casner, a professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine; Dr. Hoi Ho, professor and associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development; Dr. Brian Nelson; professor and chair of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Marc Zuckerman, a professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine, have all completed 30 years. I am honored that my esteemed colleagues have been with the TTUHSC at El Paso family as we transitioned from a regional health sciences center to full university status. Congratulations to all our employees celebrating their service. Next week we’ll announce the winners of the distinguished staff awards.

Summer Programs – The TTUHSC at El Paso campus continues enriching the minds of area youth through the Joint Admissions Medical Program, Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research internships, pre-med conference and summer medical camps. These are prime opportunities to introduce students to the world of science and medicine and expand their knowledge through actual application of what they learn along the way. The summer of 2014 is on track with Strategic Goal #7 – To promote educational achievement among youth on the border.