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Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

Dr. Robert Lynch, chief executive officer at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans and UT Arlington alumnus, will kick off the university’s Science Week on Monday, Oct. 31 with a lunch time talk called “Saving New Orleans.” Lynch was appointed CEO of the hospital in August 2007. He’ll tell students about his time at the center of rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The event is open to the public.

Robert Lynch

Dr. Robert Lynch

Tulane University Hospital and Clinic is a 373-bed, two-campus academic medical center associated with Tulane Medical School.

"Dr. Lynch has played an essential role in making sure New Orleans' medical community is better prepared for future emergencies,” said College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma. “Knowing he is a UT Arlington graduate makes us very proud. It also shows our students how a science degree can help them to become society's leaders."

Lynch graduated from UT Arlington in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Before his appointment at Tulane, he led the South Central Veterans Affairs Health Care Network, the VA's second largest health care network. 

During Katrina, Lynch oversaw the evacuation of more than 600 patients and employees from the VA hospital in New Orleans, which like most of the city's medical facilities suffered extensive damage.

"Nobody was prepared for a disaster of that magnitude," he said. "Nobody was prepared for the levees to fail or for the entire city to be evacuated. It took a lot of heroic efforts by a whole lot of people to get everyone out safely. The devastation was tremendous. It was a very chaotic time, but people rose to the challenge."

Science Week is sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science. In addition to Lynch’s address, students will hear from faculty, staff and other alumni about the availability of careers in science fields and the opportunities and challenges in those professions.

The “Saving New Orleans” talk begins at noon in room 100 of Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St.

Science Week continues on Wednesday with a panel discussion on “Medicine and Ethics.” The event is from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in room 100 of Nedderman Hall and features several alumni. Those are:  Dr. Dale Martin, D.D.S. (Chemistry ’75); Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, M.D. (Biology ’75); Dr. Michael Sakowski, M.D. (Biology ’66); and Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, M.D. (Biology ’66). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tim Henry, D.D.S., associate dean of the UT Arlington Honors College and a biology lecturer.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of 33,449 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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