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Effective Cybersecurity Remains Paramount During Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new realm of potential cybersecurity scams, according to Chris Madeksho, lead cybersecurity analyst in Information Technology Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “Scams around the pandemic and working from home have increased,” Madeksho said. “It has given scammers some great ideas on how to get… Read More


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PhD Candidate Speaks ‘Kiddo’ to Help Young Patients Communicate

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While she was an undergraduate student, Amanda Simmons spent most of her time taking center stage as a vocal performance major. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she performed and studied music and vocal pedagogy. Now, as a PhD candidate in the Speech and Hearing Science Program in the Department of Audiology… Read More


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Fortwendel Appointed Director of the UTHSC Center for Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics

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Jarrod Fortwendel, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, has been appointed director of the UTHSC Center for Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics. The mission of the Center for Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics (CPET) is to integrate basic, applied, and clinical sciences… Read More


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UTHSC Dental Clinics Provide Care Statewide

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  Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, toured the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Union City Dental Clinic on Friday. The clinic is one of three operated by the UTHSC College of Dentistry to provide necessary dental services to the underinsured and uninsured across the state from Union City in… Read More


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Four UTHSC Leaders Graduate from Executive Leadership Institute

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Four University of Tennessee Health Science Center leaders are among the newest graduates of the UT System’s Executive Leadership Institute. There are a total of 18 graduates in the class, the program’s second. The class had representation from each UT campus and institute. This year’s UTHSC graduates included: Mojdeh Dehghan, interim chair, Department of General… Read More


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$1 Million Grant to Aid Work with Hearing Impaired Children

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Faculty members in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have received a $1.08 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will allow graduate students to receive… Read More


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Kasser Named Interim Chair of Physical Therapy at UTHSC

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The College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has named Richard Kasser, PhD, PT, interim chair and program director for the for the Department of Physical Therapy. In addition to this role, Dr. Kasser will continue to serve in his current position as assistant dean for Student Affairs in the… Read More


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UTHSC’s Mukta Panda Uses Life Lessons to Encourage Humanism in Health Care

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Mukta Panda, MD, remembers an important lesson she learned as a resident on her first cardiology rotation. The teacher was not an impressively credentialed professor, but a patient. Because she was not the primary caregiver on the case, Dr. Panda recalls feeling embarrassed that she was not doing more as it progressed. “All I did… Read More