UTMB Announcements for 8/22/2014

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VALIC Financial Advisor--On Campus
LAST DAY FOR THE BOOKS ARE FUN BOOK FAIR!
~*~*Are you dealing with difficult co-workers??~*~*
Hyperion Scheduled Maintenance
ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series in Aging - "The Straight Story"
Native American Ancestory Group Meeting
GSBS Community of Scholars Ceremony
Annual School of Medicine Talent Show - Incoming Class
Office of Biostatistics presents Dr. Scott Berry
Thank You from the Department of Pediatrics
Neuroscience Grand Rounds
the ACADEMY OF MASTER TEACHERS presents grant recipients for scholastic year 2015
the ACADEMY OF MASTER TEACHERS presents grant recipients for scholastic year 2015
Artistic Expressions: Mind, Body and Spirit - You're Invited
FISCAL YEAR 2015 HANGTAGS FOR MONTHLY CONTRACT PARKING
Fourth Edition Professionalism Charter Now Available
Blocker Burn Champions Fun Run/Walk

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
Receive $3,000 with the Health Systemís Nursing Referral Bonus Program8/18/2014
THE FIRST GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: QUALITY OF LIFE8/21/2014
*** Free Weight Loss Seminar ***8/18/2014
Volunteers 18 and Older Are Needed for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Vaccine Study8/18/2014
TRS Member Contribution Changes Effective Sept. 1st8/18/2014
CLARIFICATION: Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research8/18/2014
2013 - 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER AUGUST 318/20/2014
Web Site Migration8/21/2014
Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds8/20/2014
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study8/20/2014
**ISLAND TRANSIT SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT**8/20/2014
Blackboard unavailable on Saturday, August 23 from 5 AM to 7 AM8/21/2014
UTMB Volunteers and Runners8/21/2014
Permanent Residency: The National Interest Waiver Category8/21/2014
Requesting Volunteers for Swap Shop Organizing8/21/2014
Statements of Interest now being accepted for UTMB Ethical Considerations in Human Subject Research8/21/2014

VALIC Financial Advisor--On Campus
First Published 8/22/2014

Need to speak to a financial advisor about your UT or previous employer’s Retirement Plan accounts?

  • Do you need to enroll in your UT Retirement Plan?  
  • Don’t have time to enroll in person, talk to Dena about doing your enrollment electronically.

 

VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. representative, Dena Yebernetsky, will be on campus:

  • VictoryLakes:

            Wednesday, August 6thfrom 5-9 pm

            Wednesday, August 13thfrom 5-9 pm

            Wednesday, August 20th, from 5-9 pm

            Wednesday, August 27th, from 5-9 pm

 

  • UTMB Galveston:

            Thursday, August 7thfrom 5-9 pm

            Thursday, August 14thfrom 5-9 pm

Contact:     Email: Dena Yebernetsky     For: Retirement     Phone: 832-712-8056
 
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LAST DAY FOR THE BOOKS ARE FUN BOOK FAIR!
First Published 8/22/2014

BOOKS AND GIFTS AT GREAT SAVINGS!

Come visit the new Books are Fun Book Fair.  With over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!  Product categories include Children’s Story Books, Cookbooks, General Interest Books, New York Times Best Sellers, Stationery, Scrapbooking, Music Collections, Early Learning Products, Children’s Educational Products, and gifts for all ages.  Enjoy first run, top quality products from world leading publishers Time Life, Simon & Schuster, Dorling Kindersley, Harper-Collins, Penguin, Random House, Reader’s Digest, Rodale, Disney, Publication’s International, Thomas Nelson, Peachtree Publishing, and many more!

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND

9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

 

LOBBY

RESEARCH BUILDING 6

(OLD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL)

 

Cash, debit/credit cards, checks, and postdated checks to 3 weeks are accepted.

 

Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
 
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~*~*Are you dealing with difficult co-workers??~*~*
First Published 8/22/2014

Have you ever worked with or currently working with someone who is so difficult and negative that it negatively changes your day and work environment?  Working with difficult people causes undue stress, poor team morale, and feelings of frustration and anger. Please attend a session given by the Employee Assistance Program on ways to improve your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions toward people who are difficult to work with on a day-day basis

Tuesday August 26, 2014 at Rebecca Sealy Rm 5.100, 12-1pm. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Seating is limited, Please call or email to register

Contact:     Email: Debbie Solis     For: HR- Employee Assistance Program     Phone: 22485
 
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Hyperion Scheduled Maintenance
First Published 8/22/2014

Hyperion will be completing a server architecture upgrade during the regularly scheduled Sunday evening maintenance window on August 24th. The new environment will be accessible via hyperion.utmb.edu. Please note that associated SmartView connections will need to be updated to http://hyperion.utmb.edu/workspace/SmartViewProviders and additional details will be sent via email.

Access hyperion.utmb.edu beginning Monday 8/25 and contact
IS.BIDA@utmb.edu with any questions or concerns.

Contact:     Email: Darwin VanDyke     For: Is-Business Intelligence     Phone: 409-772-5200
 
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ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series in Aging - "The Straight Story"
First Published 8/22/2014

UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education CenterConsortium (ETGEC-C)

in partnership with the Texas AHEC East

invites you to attend:

 

“The Straight Story”

 

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Room 6.100

12 – 1:45pm(please note extended time needed to view entire film)

Lunch Provided

 

“The Straight Story”

 ‘Bringing back an old classic – one of my favorite ‘aging’ films of all time’- TD

 "The Straight Story" chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. (102 min)

 

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The ETGEC-C Award #UB4HP19213 is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. 

Contact:     Email: Rachel Little     For: Texas AHEC East     Phone: 27884
 
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Native American Ancestory Group Meeting
First Published 8/22/2014

This Meeting is for UTMB and Texas A & M Employees with Native American Ancestry.  The gathering is to provide an arena to discuss issues pertinent about being Native American, as well as to  share our histories, and knowledge. You do not need to be registered member of your tribe to attend.  

 Native American Ancestory Group Meeting 12 to 1 September 23, 2014. At Rebecca Sealy Rm 5.100.

Feel free to bring your lunch.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Contact:     Email: Carol Kerr     For: HR Employee Assistance Program     Phone: 22485
 
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GSBS Community of Scholars Ceremony
First Published 8/22/2014

 

         The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

                      cordially invites you to attend

                               the sixteenth annual

Community of Scholars Ceremony

                                     Wednesday

                         August 27, 2014, 3:30 P.M.

                   2.220 Levin Hall North Auditorium

              Welcome our new graduate students to UTMB!

Contact:     Email: Laura Teed     For: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences     Phone: 22668     Fax: 70772
 
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Annual School of Medicine Talent Show - Incoming Class
First Published 8/22/2014

 

The School of Medicine - Class of 2018

invites you to

The Annual School of Medicine Talent Show

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

William C. Levin Hall - Main Auditorium

 

Come join the fun and excitement as the first-year medical students

showcase their many talents and skills!

 

Faculty, Staff and Students Welcome

Contact:     Email: LeTanya Neely     For: Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine     Phone: (409) 772-3763
 
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Office of Biostatistics presents Dr. Scott Berry
First Published 8/22/2014

INNOVATION IN CLINICAL TRIALS:
ADAPTIVE DESIGNS, PLATFORM TRIALS, AND SIMULATIONS

Dr. Scott Berry

Founding President of Berry Consultants, a consulting company on Bayesian methods in clinical trials

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
9:00am - 11:30am

1.104 Ewing Hall

Contact:     Email: Alisa Halla     For: PMCH     Phone: 26355
 
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Thank You from the Department of Pediatrics
First Published 8/22/2014

The department of Pediatrics would like to thank all UTMB Employees and Respiratory Care Services for their generosity in donating school supplies for the children in our community.   This is a true testament of our UTMB Caring Spirit. “Working Together to Work Wonders”.  To keep up with all our Pediatric News please “LIKE” our page on facebook, www.facebook.com/utmbpediatrics  .

Click for more information
Contact:     Email: Tayna Vazquez     For: Pediatrics     Phone: 409-772-5270
 
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 8/22/2014

 

Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery

 

Presents

Ping Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Neurological Recovery

Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

UTMB

 

"Stem Cell in Neuroscience Research and Regenerative Medicine"

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

 

Objectives:

1.  Review the definition and classification of stem cells.

2.  Illustrate the use of neural stem cells to study neural development.

3.  Illustrate the use of neural stem cells to model neurological diseases.

4.  Illustrate the use of neural stem cells to enhance neural repair.

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Wu has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson, Dr. Elena Shanina, Michele Sefcik, and Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
 
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the ACADEMY OF MASTER TEACHERS presents grant recipients for scholastic year 2015
First Published 8/22/2014

The Academy of Master Teachers is an honorary organization whose primary function is the support of faculty in their educational career paths through mentoring, special programming and funding of innovative scholarly projects. Calls for available funding are announced annually in spring, and faculty from all schools are encouraged to apply. Recently the Grants and Awards committee deliberated grant proposals for the next fiscal year and awarded the following faculty whom we wish to recognize and congratulate. The Academy is pleased to be a part of these journeys.

 

MOSTAFA BORAHAY, MD was approved as the recipient of an AMT Jr. Faculty Educational Development Award for his innovations project entitled, “Development of an Integrated Educational Simulation Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology”. The grant supports .20 FTE for the protected time required to complete the one-year project. This proposal aims to develop an integrated simulation program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, targeting residents and third year clerkship medical students. The program is expected to be self-sustainable after the first year as the department will assign the required time for Dr. Borahay to continue as the simulation director.

 

Dr. Borahay currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He accepted academic appointment as a faculty member at the gynecology division of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at UTMB in July 2010.

 

In addition to Dr. Borahay clinical and research accomplishments, he is an outstanding teacher. He teaches and mentors medical students and resident physicians. He was awarded multiple educational awards including Willard R. Cooke Obstetrical and Gynecological Society outstanding resident teacher award in 2010. In addition, Dr Borahay received Golden apple award for medical students teaching for years 2007 through 2012.

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ANN RUDNICKI, EdD presented an accepted proposal entitled, “Bringing PBL to Life: Enhancing School of Medicine PBL Curriculum Using Multimedia” and was awarded $10,000 to assist her in furthering her pursuit of educational excellence. Her goal in this pilot project is to bring patients in PBL to life through the use of video and still images. PBL cases are currently presented in PowerPoint presentations and consist primarily of text and exhibits. She aims to create multimedia for PBL cases to fill a need recognized by the Professionalism and Cultural Competency Theme Committee in the School of Medicine as a way to humanize and bring realism to the cases, and in this way she hopes to improve existing cases in the curriculum. Goals include the production of videos to enhance at least 3 PBL cases, the research and purchase of images to enhance at least 40 PBL cases, and the construction of a database within ISpace of images and video. Additionally she intends to develop a protocol of designing and producing video components for the program.

 

Anne T. Rudnicki, EdD, joined UTMB in January 2012 as a Senior Medical Educator in the Office of Educational Development in the School of Medicine. In September 2012, she was given a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UTMB.

 

Dr. Rudnicki’s teaching and learning interests are in the applications of digital storytelling in medical education, the development of medical cases as stories, and the use of educationally effective and appropriate uses of technology with a focus on instructional design. She cultivates arts-based teaching and learning for students and faculty in the health professions, and utilizes digital narrative inquiry research methodology. Dr. Rudnicki pursues scholarship and research which advances practice and theory in all of her educational interests.

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SANGEETA JAIN, MD received $10,000 for her pilot project entitled, “Introduction Ultrasound: Medical Students Training in Basic Ultrasound Using Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound Simulators”. As ultrasound is a useful diagnostic imaging modality due to its real-time capability, noninvasiveness and relative low cost, she proposes to use the abdominal and pelvic ultrasound simulator to teach basic skills to medical students. Second year Method Student volunteers will undergo a 50 minute presentation and demonstration on fetal biometry and visualization of female pelvic organs with ultrasound. Following, these students will participate in a two-hour hands on experience for 2 consecutive days which precedes a survey on their experience to assess the training and skills learned. Dr. Jain believes this method can be usefully utilized to teach ultrasound skills interprofessionally to physician assistants and nursing students, residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, and as a standardized assessment tool for residents. 

 

Dr. Sangeeta Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB, and serves as the Clerkship Director for second year medical students.  Working with medical students for the past four years has allowed her to experiment with different teaching techniques, believing that not one teaching modality is the gold standard for all students. Her focus on simulation and virtual reality as teaching tools is based on the desire to present learning skills in the most nonthreatening environment possible in attaining the greatest success with regards to student comprehension and acquisition of clinical skills.  She is committed to providing a learning environment for resident and students that is both exciting and rigorous, but one that also empowers them with skills to impart excellent patient care.  Her ultimate goal is to create doctors that are both informed as well as compassionate.

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(As a stipulation of all Academy grants, recipients are obligated to present their findings in a poster session at the annual May Educational Symposium, a venue where faculty present the most innovative of their scholarly efforts. The Symposium is open to all educational institutions. The 2015 conference is scheduled for May 15th.)

 

Contact:     Email: Carol McCoggins     For: Academy of Master Teachers     Phone: 409|747-0203
 
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the ACADEMY OF MASTER TEACHERS presents grant recipients for scholastic year 2015
First Published 8/22/2014

The Academy of Master Teachers is an honorary organization whose primary function is the support of faculty in their educational career paths through mentoring, special programming and funding of innovative scholarly projects. Calls for available funding are announced annually in spring, and faculty from all schools are encouraged to apply. Recently the Grants and Awards committee deliberated grant proposals for the next fiscal year and awarded the following faculty whom we wish to recognize and congratulate. The Academy is pleased to be a part of these journeys.

 

MOSTAFA BORAHAY, MD was approved as the recipient of an AMT Jr. Faculty Educational Development Award for his innovations project entitled, “Development of an Integrated Educational Simulation Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology”. The grant supports .20 FTE for the protected time required to complete the one-year project. This proposal aims to develop an integrated simulation program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, targeting residents and third year clerkship medical students. The program is expected to be self-sustainable after the first year as the department will assign the required time for Dr. Borahay to continue as the simulation director.

 

Dr. Borahay currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He accepted academic appointment as a faculty member at the gynecology division of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at UTMB in July 2010.

 

In addition to Dr. Borahay clinical and research accomplishments, he is an outstanding teacher. He teaches and mentors medical students and resident physicians. He was awarded multiple educational awards including Willard R. Cooke Obstetrical and Gynecological Society outstanding resident teacher award in 2010. In addition, Dr Borahay received Golden apple award for medical students teaching for years 2007 through 2012.

_________________________

 

ANN RUDNICKI, EdD presented an accepted proposal entitled, “Bringing PBL to Life: Enhancing School of Medicine PBL Curriculum Using Multimedia” and was awarded $10,000 to assist her in furthering her pursuit of educational excellence. Her goal in this pilot project is to bring patients in PBL to life through the use of video and still images. PBL cases are currently presented in PowerPoint presentations and consist primarily of text and exhibits. She aims to create multimedia for PBL cases to fill a need recognized by the Professionalism and Cultural Competency Theme Committee in the School of Medicine as a way to humanize and bring realism to the cases, and in this way she hopes to improve existing cases in the curriculum. Goals include the production of videos to enhance at least 3 PBL cases, the research and purchase of images to enhance at least 40 PBL cases, and the construction of a database within ISpace of images and video. Additionally she intends to develop a protocol of designing and producing video components for the program.

 

Anne T. Rudnicki, EdD, joined UTMB in January 2012 as a Senior Medical Educator in the Office of Educational Development in the School of Medicine. In September 2012, she was given a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UTMB.

 

Dr. Rudnicki’s teaching and learning interests are in the applications of digital storytelling in medical education, the development of medical cases as stories, and the use of educationally effective and appropriate uses of technology with a focus on instructional design. She cultivates arts-based teaching and learning for students and faculty in the health professions, and utilizes digital narrative inquiry research methodology. Dr. Rudnicki pursues scholarship and research which advances practice and theory in all of her educational interests.

_________________________

 

SANGEETA JAIN, MD received $10,000 for her pilot project entitled, “Introduction Ultrasound: Medical Students Training in Basic Ultrasound Using Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound Simulators”. As ultrasound is a useful diagnostic imaging modality due to its real-time capability, noninvasiveness and relative low cost, she proposes to use the abdominal and pelvic ultrasound simulator to teach basic skills to medical students. Second year Method Student volunteers will undergo a 50 minute presentation and demonstration on fetal biometry and visualization of female pelvic organs with ultrasound. Following, these students will participate in a two-hour hands on experience for 2 consecutive days which precedes a survey on their experience to assess the training and skills learned. Dr. Jain believes this method can be usefully utilized to teach ultrasound skills interprofessionally to physician assistants and nursing students, residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, and as a standardized assessment tool for residents. 

 

Dr. Sangeeta Jain is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB, and serves as the Clerkship Director for second year medical students.  Working with medical students for the past four years has allowed her to experiment with different teaching techniques, believing that not one teaching modality is the gold standard for all students. Her focus on simulation and virtual reality as teaching tools is based on the desire to present learning skills in the most nonthreatening environment possible in attaining the greatest success with regards to student comprehension and acquisition of clinical skills.  She is committed to providing a learning environment for resident and students that is both exciting and rigorous, but one that also empowers them with skills to impart excellent patient care.  Her ultimate goal is to create doctors that are both informed as well as compassionate.

_________________________

 

(As a stipulation of all Academy grants, recipients are obligated to present their findings in a poster session at the annual May Educational Symposium, a venue where faculty present the most innovative of their scholarly efforts. The Symposium is open to all educational institutions. The 2015 conference is scheduled for May 15th.)

 

Contact:     Email: Carol McCoggins     For: Academy of Master Teachers     Phone: 409|747-0203
 
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Artistic Expressions: Mind, Body and Spirit - You're Invited
First Published 8/22/2014

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS: MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT - YOU'RE INVITED

UTMB's 3nd Artistic Expressions:  Mind, Body, and Spirit

 

Discover how our faculty and students have included creative expression and the arts into their lives and their professional identities. Enjoy the artistic expressions (visual, written, musical and, multimedia) and chat with the presenters. Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Research Building 6 Foyer  

(Student Testing Center – formerly the Children’s Hospital)

 

Sponsored by:  The Institute for Medical Humanities 

and UTMB Arts in Health Profession Education Consortium

 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Contact:     Email: Oma Morrey     For: Office of Educational Development     Phone: 409-772-3233
 
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FISCAL YEAR 2015 HANGTAGS FOR MONTHLY CONTRACT PARKING
First Published 8/22/2014

This message is ONLY for the employees that have contract parking with UTMB and park in a lot that requires a hangtag.  If you use a gated area and access your UTMB parking with your ID Badge, this message is NOT FOR YOU.

 

The new contract parking hangtags for Fiscal Year 2015 will be available for pickup beginning August 21, 2014.  To receive your new hangtag, you must be paid through August 31, 2014; and must present your UTMB ID Badge.

 

Please continue to use your current 2014 hangtag while parked, and once you pick up your new 2015 hangtag you can begin using it and the old one can be destroyed/discarded.

 

Hangtags must be picked up and displayed in your vehicle no later than September 10, 2014, in order to avoid receiving a parking citation.

 

All hangtags may be picked up at the Parking Facilities Office in Rebecca Sealy, located on the 2nd floor, room 2.756.  This office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The lots involved are:  A-H, B, E, E3, E4, F, FH, G, G4RS, H, LHT, M-DK, P and R-HT.

 

Lots M-HT (Ewing Hall) and N (Animal Resource Center) will be handled in the usual manner through your department.

 

Please remember that your parking must be paid through August 31, 2014, in order to receive your new hangtag; and you must pick up and begin using your new hangtag no later than September 10, 2014, in order to avoid receiving a parking ticket.  You are required to present your UTMB ID Badge to receive a new hangtag.

 

After the September 10, 2014, deadline; you will be required to be paid through the month of September in order to receive a new hangtag.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Parking Facilities office at

6-PARK (7275). 

Contact:     Email: Greta Earls Gillard     For: Parking Facilities     Phone: 266-7275
 
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Fourth Edition Professionalism Charter Now Available
First Published 8/22/2014

The Professionalism Charter has been updated and is available from the Office of Strategic Management.  For copies contact Sheryl Lashway, sllashwa@utmb.edu, or it can be accessed and downloaded from the Professionalism website http://www.utmb.edu/professionalism/.   The Professionalism Charter continues to be “…a living document that defines the elements of professionalism for all UTMB faculty, staff, and students.”




 

Contact:     Email: Ruth L Finkelstein     For: Office of Strategic Management     Phone: (409) 747-1247     Fax: (409) 772-9944
 
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Blocker Burn Champions Fun Run/Walk
First Published 8/22/2014

Join us again this year!!

Blocker Burn Champions 2014 Stop, Drop, & Roll 5K Fun Run/Walk (certified)
October 4th, 2014 at 8 AM
Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center

Cost $10.00 13 & under and $25.00 14 & up
Register @ www.Signmeup.com

Blocker Burn Champions is an organization committed to burn survivors and their families.
BBC was founded by health care professionals and friends of the Blocker Burn Unit who
recognized that burn survivors and their families often have tremendous needs for
assistance and resources. BBC is determined to go "above and beyond" in their quest to
ensure that burn survivors and their loved ones have access to help.


Click for more information
Contact:     Email: Amy Barrera-Kovach, LMSW, CCM     For: Blocker Burn Unit     Phone: 72076     Fax: 73434
 
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Receive $3,000 with the Health Systemís Nursing Referral Bonus Program
First Published 8/18/2014

 

All UTMB employees are eligible for a $3,000 bonus by referring a bachelor-degreed Nurse Clinician or Nurse Practitioner for the Health System Clinical Enterprise.

  • This referral bonus program will run until Nov. 30, 2014, and only applies to positions in Nursing Services, Ambulatory Clinics, and Correctional Managed Care.
  • If your referral meets the applicant requirements and is hired, you will receive $1,500 when he or she completes six months of service and another $1,500 when he or she completes one year of service.
  • All bonus payouts are subject to taxation, and you must be employed at UTMB at the time of each payout. 
  • You may refer as many applicants as desired.

Click here for more information about the program’s referral bonus guidelines and applicant requirements.  

Contact:     Email: HR Benefits and Business Center     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 266-1203
 
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THE FIRST GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: QUALITY OF LIFE
First Published 8/21/2014

Tired of the hassle of glasses and contacts? A top reason to have LASIK eye surgery is improved quality of life. Many LASIK patients enjoy freedom from glasses or contacts. They wake up in the morning seeing clearly and don’t have the expense or hassle of glasses or contacts.

UTMB Health Eye Center, in alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, is offering state-of-the-art, custom wavefront LASIK eye surgery at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and family members. 

UTMB faculty member and experienced LASIK specialist and ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley is medical director of Joffe MediCenter, where he performs custom LASIK eye surgery. A UTMB ophthalmologist with more than 17 years of LASIK experience, Dr. Merkley has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures, including corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and astigmatic corrections.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation at Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire. Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB! Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

Over the next three weeks look for more reasons to consider LASIK.

Contact:     Email: Joffe Center     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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*** Free Weight Loss Seminar ***
First Published 8/18/2014

 *** Free Weight Loss Seminar ***

 UTMB-Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center

2240 Gulf Freeway South

League City, Texas 77573

6:00 pm

 The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a seminar on weight loss options. The seminar is free and will discuss medical and surgical weight loss options available.

 For more information or to register for the seminar please call 832-505-1500.

Contact:     Email: Kelli Gondesen, RN, BSN, CBN     For: The Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery     Phone: x51500 or (832)505-1500     Fax: (281) 614-0686
 
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Volunteers 18 and Older Are Needed for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Vaccine Study
First Published 8/18/2014

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development is recruiting healthy men and women ages 18 and older for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) vaccine clinical trial.  Participants must be available for about 10 study visits over approximately 18 months. 

Travel reimbursement is provided.  

Please contact Lori Simon, RN at (409) 772-5278 or lasimon@utmb.edu for more information. 

Contact:     Email: Lori Simon     For: Sealy Center for Vaccine Development     Phone: (409) 772-5278
 
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TRS Member Contribution Changes Effective Sept. 1st
First Published 8/18/2014

In May 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, approved Senate Bill 1458- “TRS Benefits and Contributions” which requires contribution rates for TRS active members to increase from the current 6.4% to 6.7% in fiscal year 2015. Effective September 1, 2014, 6.7% of eligible compensation will be deducted from your paycheck for TRS. Eligible compensation includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

  • Regular salaries and wages
  • Overtime
  • Longevity Pay
  • Vacation Leave taken
  • Sick Leave taken
  • Comp Time taken 

For more information, please visit the attached websites:

           Summary of the Senate Bill 1458- TRS Benefits and Contributions-

                    http://www.trs.state.tx.us/about/documents/new_laws_affecting_members.pdf

          Compensation Eligible for TRS, pp. 15-20

                   http://www.trs.state.tx.us/traqs/documents/gi_general_information.pdf

Contact:     Email: Stacie Spikes     For: Finance Payroll     Phone: 409 747-8078
 
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CLARIFICATION: Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
First Published 8/18/2014

The Sealy Center on Aging and the Office of the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the R24 on Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly, will provide funding for up to $30,000 to support pilot projects in patient centered outcomes research.  The proposed pilot research should be designed to directly lead to an application for funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The proposed research does not have to involve aging. Any patient population (for example, children) will be considered appropriate.

 We encourage UTMB faculty from any of the four schools, as well as members of the UTMB Health System to consider applying.  Interested individuals should submit a one page or less summary of their proposal to Kelley Prevou (kaprevou@utmb.edu).  Those that are judged promising will be asked to provide a 3-5 page description.  Please note that the only goal of this program is increase the number of applications submitted by UTMB faculty to PCORI, which currently funds about $650,000,000 a year.  Thus, an understanding of PCORI interests and processes is fundamental before seeking pilot funding. Information regarding PCORI funding and opportunities is available at:  http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/landing/

The deadline for submitting the initial summary is 10/1/14.

 Please direct any questions to Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD at kottenba@utmb.eduor James S. Goodwin, MD at jsgoodwi@utmb.edu

  

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Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409.747.1987     Fax: 409.772.9598
 
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2013 - 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER AUGUST 31
First Published 8/20/2014

2013 - 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER  AUGUST 31

UTMB Health Optical Center optometrist Dr. Praveena Gupta reminds UTMB employees to use their 2013 - 2014 Superior Vision benefits this fiscal year,  before they expire after August 31.

Book an appointment with Dr. Gupta soon and take advantage of your special *discounts on frames and prescription lense treatments.  Stop by and view our great selection of designer frames including Tom Ford, Michael Kor, Silhouette, Prada, Coach, ZigEyewear and many more.

We have special package prices starting as low as $79.95 for single vision lenses including selected frames, to $149.95 including selected progressive lenses and selected frame.  That's great if you don't have vision insurance!

Call today and schedule your eye appointment with Dr. Gupta at 409-747-5800.

  • 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions
  • Open 8am - 6pm, Monday - Friday

Appointments:  409-747-5800

Questions:  409-747-5823

*Maui Jim and Costa sunglasses excluded from discounts 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5800     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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Web Site Migration
First Published 8/21/2014

On Friday, August 22, from 5:30 - 9:30 pm, IS Enterprise Systems will migrate all sites hosted on www and intranet to new web servers. During this time, traffic to www.utmb.edu and intranet.utmb.edu will be routed to utmbhealth.com. Sites hosted on these servers will not be available until the migration has been completed. Affected sites include:

 

www.utmb.edu

intranet.utmb.edu

hr.utmb.edu

som.utmb.edu

son.utmb.edu

shp.utmb.edu

gsbs.utmb.edu

research.utmb.edu 

 

 

This migration is a major change to our web hosting environment that involves moving to a new datacenter, new hardware, and new operating systems. When the migration is complete, your web sites will be running on systems that provide better and newer features, along with increased performance, stability and redundancy, all of which will serve to improve and strengthen our web presence at UTMB. If you have questions or comments about your site or this migration process, please contact eis.web@utmb.edu.

Contact:     Email: Toby Smith     For: IS Enterprise Systems     Phone: 62173
 
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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
First Published 8/20/2014

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Contact:     Email: Melanie Medina     For: PMCH     Phone: 4097476131     Fax: 4097476129
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 8/20/2014

 

Subjects With Asthma Are Needed

 

You could qualify for one of our studies if you have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma AND are between the ages of 18 and 65 and are a non-smoker for at least one year. Eligible Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

William J. Calhoun, M.D.
Principal Investigator
Clinical Trials Office

Contact:     Email: Afifa Khalil     For: Clinical Trials Office     Phone: 409-747-1887
 
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**ISLAND TRANSIT SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT**
First Published 8/20/2014

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, on Monday, September 1, 2014, Island Transit will operate their Saturday schedule for the UTMB Shuttle lot service, and for Victory Lakes and Mall of the Mainland Park-n-Ride services.

Any questions?  Please call 409-797-3909

Contact:     Email: Neal Cooper     For: Sustainability     Phone: 409-747-2958
 
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Blackboard unavailable on Saturday, August 23 from 5 AM to 7 AM
First Published 8/21/2014

The Blackboard Course Management System will be unavailable on Saturday, August 23 from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM for system maintenance.

All Blackboard courses  will be unavailable during this time.

Contact:     Email: Sireesha Mandava     For: Business and Academic Systems     Phone: (409)747-6440
 
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UTMB Volunteers and Runners
First Published 8/21/2014

Registration is underway for the 2014 Shrimp Scamper, a family fun run along Seawall Boulevard, benefitting both UTMB and the Ronald McDonald House. The annual event is part of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival that returns Sept. 26-28. The Scamper will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

All fitness levels are invited to join this non-competitive event. Costumes and teams are encouraged. Skateboards, roller skates, strollers, and bikes are all welcome! Bring your dog along for the fun too!! Entry fees include an event T-shirt, gumbo cook-off tasting cup and a Shrimp Scamper surprise!

The Scamper is again benefitting the Justin David Hughes Fund at UTMB. The fund was created by the Hughes Family following the suicide death of their son, Justin, who was a student in the UTMB School of Medicine. The monies help to educate students and faculty on the warnings signs, treatments for and dangers of depression.

Entry fees are $30/$15 (adult/child) through August 29 when prices increase to $35/$15. To sign up, visit www.galvestonshrimpfestival.com. Volunteers also will be needed for Shrimp Festival weekend. If interested, please contact Diana Davison at dldaviso@utmb.edu.

 UTMB volunteer form: http://www.utmbhpla.org/doc/Page.asp?PageID=DOC000888

Run information: http://www.yagaspresents.com/shrimpfestival/5k.html

Run online registration: http://www.active.com/galveston-tx/running/races/shrimp-scamper-2014

Festival information: www.galvestonshrimpfestival.com

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Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: Health Policy & Legislative Affairs     Phone: 409-747-2739     Fax: 409-747-2795
 
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Permanent Residency: The National Interest Waiver Category
First Published 8/21/2014

 

Date:  Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time:  3:00-4:00PM

Place:  Rebecca Sealy Building, 5th Floor, Classroom 5.100

Speaker:  Mr. Daniel Oldenburg, Attorney at Law

Sponsor:  Office of International Affairs

 

NOTE:  To ensure sufficient handouts, please confirm your attendance by calling 409.747.8731

or by email  to our office mailbox at visas.legal@utmb.edu  by Monday, August 25, 2014

 

Contact:     Email: Frances Garcia     For: International Office     Phone: 409-747-8731
 
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Requesting Volunteers for Swap Shop Organizing
First Published 8/21/2014

REQUESTING VOLUNTEERS

Downsize the Office Supplies and keep the BEST for Campus!

Excellent opportunity to have first chance on turned in items

plus bring your surplus supplies down

 This is for UTMB Employees to have easy access to

FREE OFFICE SUPPLIES all year long

All Volunteers will receive a Tote Bag

Monday, August 25, 2014

9:30-11:00

 The Swap Shop cage is located in the basement

Of the Materials Management Surplus Inventory area

**** (Dress cool and comfortably) ****

We will sort, label and consolidate the items on the shelves.  Some items will be set aside for auctions such as toner cartridges or no longer needed office supplies.

We are also looking for a volunteer to list some of the items http://www.utmb.edu/swapshop/listings.asp

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To Volunteer - Contact Florence McMillian (Flo): 772-1293 or cell (409) 354-1285

Contact:     Email: Florence McMillian (Flo)     For: Willed-Body Program     Phone: 409-772-1293     Fax: 409-772-2941
 
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Statements of Interest now being accepted for UTMB Ethical Considerations in Human Subject Research
First Published 8/21/2014

 Research Services announces the return of the Ethical Considerations in Human Subject Research.Classes will begin October 7 and continue Tuesdays through December 16. All classes will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Research Building 6, Room 1.108. Class size is limited.

This program is designed for investigators, Institutional Review Board (IRB) members, potential investigators, research team personnel (including staff nurses, clinical research coordinators, and technicians), residents, fellows, graduate students, and medical students. 

The program requires a 20-hour commitment. This includes 16 hours of classroom lecture and discussion, and approximately 4 hours of study and research time outside of the classroom, including small group work and attendance at a Friday IRB meeting. Classes will cover the following areas of training: 

  • IRB structure and operations
  • Informed consent process
  • Applying the principles of ethics to research design
  • Good Clinical Practice

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a full Good Clinical Practice certificate.

There are no registration fees for this program.  However, an applicant Statement of Interest form, available online,is required and due no later than Friday, August 29.

 Please contact Heidi Lutz at Ext. 69432 or helutz@utmb.edu for information.

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 69432
 
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