Health Center Creates Research Post

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Dr. Joseph J. Ferretti, George Lynn Cross research professor and chairman of the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, has been named interim vice president for research.

The position was created to facilitate the growth of the research. The vice president will develop a comprehensive, innovative, nationally recognized research program and will help guide the organization of the university's planned biomedical research facility and the establishment of a Biomedical Research Park. The vice president will also be responsible for providing leadership for research administration functions, such as sponsored programs administration, the Institutional Review Board, the Research Council and the management information system. . . Dr. Douglas Voth, professor of medicine, has been appointed executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Voth's term will run from Nov. 11, 1992 to Nov. 11, 1995. Voth has served as interim executive dean of the College of Medicine since Aug. 1. . . Midwest City Regional Hospital has been added to the Prudential Insurance Co. of America network, one of the largest insurance carriers in the state. . . Dr. C.M. Whipple, professor of psychology and personal service at the University of Central Oklahoma, has received the Distinguished Contribution to the Profession of Psychology Award at the Regional Psychological Conference in Dallas. A psychology professor at UCO since 1969, Whipple has earned six college degrees, which include three doctorates in psychology, theology and literature. . . Marcia Morris, assistant provost for academic affairs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, has been named the medical campus' first associate vice president for health sciences. Morris will serve as the administrative liaison with the various departments within the OU Health Sciences Center, as well as for administrative offices on the Norman and Tulsa campuses. . . Robert "Rob" Rawlings has been elected chair for the next two years for the National Association of State Mental Health Programs Directors. The election was made at the Annual Conference for Representatives of State Mental Health Programs for the Aged in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Rawlings is with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Oklahoma City. . . The College of Nursing's master's program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has established a family nurse-practitioner track. Nurses with bachelor's degrees interested in working toward their nurse practitioner master's degree are being sought for this program.

The program is funded by a nearly $1 million federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. …