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As part of Employee Health Promotion’s Health Beat Lecture Series for TDCJ Galveston employees, Morrison Executive Chef Edward Ramirez recently whipped up a tasty, low-fat version of seafood gumbo for employees at the Galveston Hospital, while Dr. Lily Kwatampora discussed nutrition and the important role it plays in your health. 

Kwatampora, who is completing her residency training in combined Internal and Preventive Medicine, has partnered with the Employee Health Promotion Department and seeks to improve health care workers’ nutrition and exercise habits and emotional health through Worksite Health Promotion education activities.

To learn more about health promotion and wellness activities on campus visit the website.

UTMB congratulates Texas A&M University on its recently announced contract to create a National Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. With its focus on producing new preventive and therapeutic agents, the center represents a significant investment in the state’s biotechnology sector and is an exciting step forward for the field of vaccine development in Texas. UTMB is proud to be a partner in this vital initiative. The Galveston National Laboratory and our Sealy Center for Vaccine Development will be involved with the center, applying the university’s world-renowned expertise in biocontainment training and pre-clinical testing to the effort. This partnership holds tremendous promise for a healthier state, nation and world.

Dr. Harvey Bunce III, PhD, Interim Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, has announced his intention to retire on or about August 31, 2012.  For the last three years, Dr. Bunce has served in this interim role, and his efforts and leadership have been a tremendous asset to the department and to UTMB.






Dr. Laura Rudkin, PhD, Professor in the Department of PMCH, will succeed Dr. Bunce as Interim Chair, effective August 1, 2012. We are grateful to Dr. Rudkin for her willingness to take on this important role, and for the contributions she will make to continue the momentum we have gained under Bunce’s leadership. 

Bunce has agreed to be available as needed in an advisory capacity through the transition period.


The Good Samaritan Foundation recently announced the 2012 winners of their Excellence in Nursing Award which recognizes nursing’s “best and brightest.”

Jessica Peck, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is this year’s gold medal winner in the category of Education/Faculty. She and other medal recipients will be celebrated at a luncheon in Houston in September.
Excellence in Nursing award winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a distinguished committee of nursing leaders. Those nominated must demonstrate passion for the nursing profession and exemplify excellence in teaching, mentoring, leadership and service.


A dozen UTMB nurses were honored with nominations.

They are:
Lee Alviza
Brenna Brown
Bernard Cherry
Odette Comeau
Kacee Cox
Janie Diaz
Robert Hastedt
Gopa Manikandaser
Bronia Michejenko
Bibi Olivarez
Barbara Parish
Christine Talbert

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