The Healthy Health Policy Lunch and Lecture Series continues with “America has a health care spending problem, not a Medicaid problem.” Anne Dunkleberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Levin Hall dining room. For more information, contact Becky Trout at or 409-747-2734. 

Breast cancer support group
The “Reconstruction of a survivor” breast cancer support group will hold a meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, email
Free Summer Series
Specialists at the UTMB Health Eye Center in Friendswood are offering a free summer learning series on eye conditions and treatments. “Can I benefit from eyelid surgery?” will be presented by Dr. Brian Wong from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Eye Center, 400 W. Parkwood (FM 528), Suite 120, Friendswood. The final presentation in July looks at the latest in vision improvement To reserve a space, email or call 409-789-9284.
Driver Safety Course
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering the AARP Driver Safety Program. The four-hour program will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 at OLLI, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. The class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members, payable by cash or check. Advance registration is required and class size is limited. To register, call 409-763-5604.
New look on campus
Visitors to UTMB may notice some changes in staff attire. Following requests from patients and families that health care providers be more readily identifiable, a task force examined the issue. Following a vote for preferences, staff decided that registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses in the nursing service wear black uniforms, while registered nurses in the clinics sport a Caribbean blue; patient care staff and technicians wear blue and respiratory therapists wear light grey. Health unit support staff will have a specific uniform shirt and optional jacket with black or tan slacks, dress pants or skirt.
Campus police officers are also sporting a new look. Police departments at the University of Texas System’s 15 campuses have adopted new standardized apparel. The new uniforms, in midnight navy blue, cost less than the old ones, have more pockets, and the arm patch says “University of Texas System Police.” The change affects commissioned officers only, not guards, who wear white shirts.
Nursing ethics
“An ethical and legal twist to social media in the workplace” was the topic of registered nurses and patient care facilitators Donna Stubbs and Kimberly Nicole Young.
“The dark night of the soul: Assisting clients coping with spiritual distress at the end of life,” was presented by the pastoral care department.
“Beyond acute rejection: BK virus nephropathy in kidney transplantation” was the topic of Dr. Pradeep V. Kadambi, associate professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension.