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TODAY **** Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ****TODAY
**TODAY** ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series on Aging - "Taking Back the Years: Episodes 3 & 4"
The Great American Smokeout - November 20
Scheduled Campus Phone Upgrade
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
Keck Friday Seminar - Mini Das, PhD

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
**$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS**11/17/2014
Rebadge Early Hours11/18/2014
Children's Clothing Drive!11/14/2014
The Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Legal Seminar Series11/18/2014
America Recycles Day11/19/2014
Volunteers needed for research study11/19/2014
Xythos / iSpace Scheduled Maintenance11/19/2014
Dealing with Conflict and Difficult People11/19/2014
Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds11/19/2014
PMCH Seminar Series11/19/2014

First Published 11/20/2014

Tired of the expense and hassle of eyeglasses? LASIK eye surgery can reduce your need for eyeglasses or contacts, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

And now that experienced LASIK specialist Dr. Kevin Merkley has joined the UTMB Health Eye Center staff, UTMB offers state-of-the-art custom wavefront LASIK at special pricing from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and family members.

The services are available through an alliance between UTMB Health Eye Center and Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 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.

Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
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TODAY **** Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ****TODAY
First Published 11/20/2014


“Structural and Mechanistic Studies of Bacterial Regulatory RNAs and Ligands”

Presented by


Edward Nikonowicz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Rice University

Houston, Texas


2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

November 20, 2014

4:00 p.m.



HOSTED BY:  Junji Iwahara  

Contact:     Email: Julie Quiroga     For: BMB     Phone: 22742
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**TODAY** ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series on Aging - "Taking Back the Years: Episodes 3 & 4"
First Published 11/20/2014

UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education CenterConsortium (ETGEC-C)

in partnership with the Texas AHEC East invites you to attend:


ETGEC-C Monthly Video Series in Aging

"Taking Back the Years: Episodes 3 & 4"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Room 6.100

12 – 1:00pm

Lunch Provided


“Taking Back the Years: Episode 3 – Lifestyle, Looks and Exercise

Both Eastern and Western cultures have suggested approaches to lifestyle and exercise in order to live longer and have a better quality of life – though in the West the emphasis on how you look sometimes overshadows how you feel. Hilary undertakes a fitness test before embarking on her 90-day regime of Western type exercise. (Running time: 21 minutes) 


“Taking Back the Years: Episode 4 – Work, Play and Longevity

Hilary hurries back to India as Mr. Patel has had to cut his treatment short. Even though he has not completed the full 90 days, the changes in his health are startling – and there is another patient waiting to go into the Kuti.

Hilary explores the relationship between work, play, social interactions and a sense of purpose in the pursuit of longevity. (Running time: 21 minutes) 



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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The Great American Smokeout - November 20
First Published 11/20/2014

No Ifs, Ands or "Butts" About It!

This year, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is November 20. The event, marking its 39th anniversary, promotes efforts to help smokers kick the habit. It is an opportunity to join the thousands of people across Texas and the United States who will quit tobacco use for 24 hours.

Come join UTMB’s Commit to Quit program in the John Sealy Hospital from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate the Great American Smokeout and support those individuals taking a step to stamp out their cigarettes. Staff will be available on the 1st floor of the main lobby to provide information about quitting smoking, tobacco awareness, and carbon monoxide testing.

For more information about this event or the Commit to Quit program, contact Patrice Houston at hr.wellnessforlife@utmb.edu or visit the Health Promotion & Wellness website.

Contact:     Email: Patrice Houston     For: HR Health Promotion & Wellness     Phone: (409) 747-5324     Fax: (409) 772-5034
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First Published 11/20/2014

Our van has an immediate opening for Clear Lake and League City riders. Ideal for the Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm, work shift.  Pick up riders at Bay Area Park & Ride and Sportsplex parking lot in League City.  Stops at the circle at 9th St. and Market St.

For more information, please contact Luz Cheng at (409) 682-1766 or email lcheng@utmb.edu.


Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
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Scheduled Campus Phone Upgrade
First Published 11/20/2014

Information Services-Voice Services is planning to upgrade UTMB campus phone system located in Levin Hall from 11:00 PM Friday December 12, 2014 to 7:00 AM Saturday December 13,2014.

Emergency (Orange) and public safety phones (Blue, Garage & Elevator) will not be impacted by this activity. An updated list of the available

Emergency (Orange) phones along with a directory of numbers is available at http://www.utmb.edu/emergency_plan/

For any concerns/issues please call the UTMB Service desk at 25200.

Contact:     Email: Vikram Belum     For: IS Ops Voice     Phone: 409-772-5200
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 11/20/2014

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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Keck Friday Seminar - Mini Das, PhD
First Published 11/20/2014


"Frontiers in X-ray Biomedical Imaging Applications"

Mini Das, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physics

University of Houston

November 21, 2014

5.402 Research Building 6

4 PM

Contact:     Email: Angelina Johnson     For: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology     Phone: (409) 772-8083
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**$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS**
First Published 11/17/2014



The John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine

The McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine is pleased to announce the John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine.  (http://www.utmb.edu/osler/awards/student_award.asp)   These awards provide monetary support for the education of medical students whose performance and conduct exemplify those ideals of medical practice as promulgated by Sir William Osler. The fundamental principles of Oslerian medicine include:

  • Compassionate, personalized medical care that emphasizes the doctor/patient relationship
  • Incorporation of a sound scientific basis for optimal patient care
  • Professional behavior at all times 

The students that are given the honor of this award are called “Osler Student Scholars.”  The expectations of the Osler Student Scholars are to:

  • Learn about the values and principles that governed the professional lives of John P. McGovern and Sir William Osler.
  • Be active in the community of Osler Student Scholars and participate in projects of others or your own.
  • Serve as a role model for your Osler Student Society and foster learning for yourself and others about Oslerian principles and incorporate those ideals into your education and practice.
  • Encourage reflection on humanities and the importance of science as a foundation for the practice of medicine.
  • Attend monthly meetings of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and other meetings of the Osler Student Scholars.
  • Attend, and consider presenting at, the annual American Osler Society meeting and bimonthly Osler Club meetings.

Each award will be for $10,000 per year.  In 2015, awards will be presented to five (5) students: two rising sophomores and three entering the second, third, or fourth years who are in good academic standing in the UTMB School of Medicine (SOM).

A medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore will receive funding for three (3) consecutive years, a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior will receive funding for two (2) consecutive years, and a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior will receive funding for one (1) year.

Medical students who are enrolled in dual degree programs are also eligible to become an Osler Student Scholar.  A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore medical student will receive funding for only three (3) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior medical student will receive funding for only two (2) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior student will receive funding for only one year.

Faculty who have worked with medical students as small group facilitators or preceptors in clinical settings, or mentors in the Osler Student Societies or other organizations, are especially encouraged to recommend this opportunity to worthy students. 

Interested students may download an application by logging on to: http://www.utmb.edu/osler/awards/student_award.asp.  The applicant must also submit letters of recommendation from one of his or her POM faculty members, from another member of the SOM faculty, and from a medical student well acquainted with the applicant.  An optional fourth letter of recommendation may be submitted by any other person who knows the applicant well.  (Current Osler Scholars are excluded from writing letters of recommendation for nominees unless the faculty is the student’s sole POM facilitator.) 

Applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted in hard copy to the address above or electronically to the McGovern Academy (mcacadem@utmb.edu).  The completed application and all letters of recommendation must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015.  For answers to questions about the application, please call Ms. Rosemary Lindley at ext. 79680 or by email at mcacadem@utmb.edu.  

Contact:     Email: Rosemary Lindley     For: John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine     Phone: x79680
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Rebadge Early Hours
First Published 11/18/2014

The Badge Office will open at 7:00 am every Wednesday during the month of November.

If you have not picked up your rebadge, please stop by the Badge Office, RS 2.172A

Monday:          8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday          8:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday:    7:00 am - 5:00pm ( November 12, 19, 26)

Thursday:        8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Friday:            8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your cooperation

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept     Phone: 409-772-1503
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Children's Clothing Drive!
First Published 11/14/2014

The Island Pediatrics East clinic is  hosting a fall clothing drive for NEW or GENTLY used clothing starting October 27  to November 21, 2014.  Donations will go out to patients and their families, the Family Crisis Center, and others who might be in need.  Clothing/Coats (newborn and up, teenagers and adult sizes) may be dropped off at the Pediatric Clinic (Primary Care Pavilion) or the Department of Pediatrics Administration Office (Old Children’s, Research Blg#6, Room 3.300). Other locations to be announced.   For additional information please contact our Galveston Pediatrics Social Worker, Crystal Williams, LMSW at (409) 772-7103 or Tayna Vazquez, Pediatrics Administration office at (409) 772-5270.

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Contact:     Email: Crystal Williams, LMSW     For: Pediatrics     Phone: 409-772-7103
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First Published 11/18/2014



Please come out and again welcome Lisa’s Island Creations.

Lisa offers one of a kind sterling silver lamp work bracelets and earrings.

She also has beautiful pendants, lanyards, and ceiling fan pulls at affordable prices.

She has lots of Christmas earrings and bracelets for your holiday needs!






8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. EACH DAY






Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted.


Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.



Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
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The Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Legal Seminar Series
First Published 11/18/2014

The Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Legal Seminar Series


“Financial Transparency: The Who, What, and When of the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments)”

Friday, November 21, 2014


Caduceus Room, 6.300 Administration Building

Please join the Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for a discussion of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.  The Sunshine Act is a new federal law that requires pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers (“Industry”) to publicly disclose payments and transfers of value they make to teaching hospitals and physicians.  This presentation will include an in-depth analysis of the law and its impact on individual physicians and UTMB as a whole.  We will discuss ways to access and interpret the reported data and strategies for interacting with Industry to mitigate reputational risk. 

This presentation is open to all and will be especially important for physician-faculty and administrators that engage with Industry on a regular basis.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Panel Members include:

Frances Streeter – Legal Officer, Office of Technology Transfer

Craig Conway – Legal Officer, Office of Institutional Compliance

Rohan Hebbar – Associate Legal Officer, Department of Legal Affairs

Ryan Ingraham – Associate Legal Officer, Office of Institutional Compliance 

Contact:     Email: Patricia Mitrovich     For: Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs     Phone: 79707
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America Recycles Day
First Published 11/19/2014

MOVED to November 22, 2014

FREE - Shred Day
On site shredding of confidential paper files
Recycle old electronics
Ferrous & non-ferrous metals
Plastics 1-7 including Styrofoam
NO trash please

Pick up free mulch; self-service filling your own buckets/bags
Open to UTMB Health employees & Galveston Island residents

A green community service partnership with City of Galveston, Shred Pro and UTMB Health

November 22, 2014
10:00AM – 2:PM
Galveston ECO Center
702 61St.
Phone: 409-741-1446

Contact:     Email: Ken Steblein     For: Sustainable Initiatives     Phone: 409-747-2959
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First Published 11/19/2014


NOVEMBER 22, 2014


 The Galveston Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer's Association, hosted by the
Society for Neuroscience, Galveston Chapter, a UTMB student organization.  Teams will race to find locations on Galveston Island based on a list of clues to win prizes and awards in this photo scavenger hunt.  The hunt will take place on November 22, and will begin and end at
Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand.  The hunt begins at 2pm, with check-in starting at 1pm.  Drink specials at the after-race party for participants with valid ID.  Teams of 4-5 may compete. 

A minimum donation of $10 per person is required.  Teams which raise $100 or individuals who raise $25 will receive a t-shirt.  All
proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association.  Prizes will be awarded to the team which raises the most money
and the team that finishes first with the most completed clues.  

Contact:     Email: Elizabeth Crofton     For: Neuroscience & Cell Biology     Phone: 409-747-7063     Fax: 409-772-3381
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Volunteers needed for research study
First Published 11/19/2014

Are you 55-75 years old,healthy male?

If YES,you may be eligible to participate in a study investigating the effect of cold exposure on the body's ability to clear fat and sugars from the blood.

You will need to come to the hospital 2 times ( approximately 2 weeks apart ) for one overnight stay each time.

Eligible volunteers will receive:

~ health screenings and lab tests at no charge

~ compensation for time and travel

Contact:     Email: Catherine Iliadou     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 832-316-09-18
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Xythos / iSpace Scheduled Maintenance
First Published 11/19/2014

iSpace (Xythos) will be unavailable on November 21, 2014 beginning at 7:00pm for approximately 1 hour in order to perform system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact:     Email: Terry Janak     For: IS - Enterprise     Phone: 409-772-5200
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Dealing with Conflict and Difficult People
First Published 11/19/2014

Have you ever worked with someone who has difficult and negative behaviors in your workplace?  Do you know someone who can change the morale of your team by his/her comments and opinions?  Working with difficult people causes undue stress, poor team morale, and feelings of frustration and sometimes anger.   Attend a session on ways to improve your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions toward people who are difficult to work with on a day-day basis. 

December 3, 2014

Rebecca Sealy - Rm. 1.104

8 - 12

To register for a course, please visit:   http://ebizlearn.utmb.edu/psp/ps/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG&

 Your registration will be processed through the Enterprise Learning Management system.  Sign in with your username and password then follow these steps to submit your registration:

  • Main Menu
  • Self Service
  • Learning
  • Browse Catalog
  • Human Resources
  • Course Title (ie. Dealing with Conflict & Difficult People)
  • Select
  • Enroll
  • Submit Enrollment    

Contact:     Email: Human Resources     For: Talent & Organizational Development     Phone: 747-6700
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Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
First Published 11/19/2014

Department of Internal Medicine

Grand Rounds


Evaluation of patients with recurrent infections



Mark Ballow, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics,

University of South Florida, College of Medicine

Division of Allergy & Immunology, All Children’s Hospital

St. Petersburg, Florida

Thursday, November 20, 2014

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Research Bldg. #6, 1.206 Auditorium


Objectives:  At this conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1.       Make a differential diagnosis of patient with recurrent infections.

2.       Order screening lab tests to evaluate a patient for immune deficiency.

3.       Interpret lab tests for suspected immune deficiency.


Disclosure Statement (Speaker):   Dr. Ballow has a financial interest or affiliation with the following company:

Employer……………………...University of South Florida

Grant/Research Support…………………..…CSL Behring

Consultant……………………..…CSL Behring, Baxter

Speakers Bureau………………..CSL Behring, Baxter, Grifols

Other Financial/Material Support…………. Safety Monitoring Board for Kedrion

Educational Method:  Lecture

Target Audience:  MDS, Residents, Students and Alumni


Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Randall Urban, Dr.  Mark Holden, Dr. Richard Goodgame, Mrs. Kimblyn Raschke and Mrs. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation:  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 52 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Everyone is welcome

Contact:     Email: Kim Raschke     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 409 772-1176     Fax: 409 772-8762
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PMCH Seminar Series
First Published 11/19/2014

Care provided by Nurse Practitioners vs. Primary Care Physician

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Professor, Director, Office of Biostatistics

Thursday, November 20th

Noon - 1pm

1.104 Ewing Hall

Lunch Provided

Contact:     Email: Brittany Wallace     For: PMCH     Phone: 409.772.1128
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