Market Street closures in effect
Six blocks of Market Street are scheduled to close to westbound traffic this week for installation of underground utilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. The traffic restrictions will be in effect between Sixth and 12th streets and are expected to last about 14 months. Eastbound traffic lanes and access to driveways along the street—including those leading to John Sealy Hospital and the Ninth Street traffic circle—will not be affected.

Low-Vision Education Day
The UTMB Health Optical Center, 700 University Blvd., will host a free Low-Vision Education Day, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21. Dr. Praveena Gupta, UTMB optometrist and low-vision specialist, and Shirley Davis with the Texas Division for Blind Services will discuss low-vision disorders and devices available to enhance vision. Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks like reading, writing, shopping, watching television or  driving a car very difficult.  To reserve a space, call 409-747-5823. 

Muscle metabolism research
UTMB is recruiting healthy non-smoking volunteers, age 60 to 80, of normal height and weight, for a muscle metabolism study during inactivity. The study involves an 18-day stay at UTMB’s Clinical Research Center, and volunteers will be reimbursed for their time. For more information, contact Sneha Nagamma at or 214-497-4944 or Emily Arentson-Lantz at or 563-260-6166. 

Summer camp
Registration is now open for the STEM Quest Summer Camp I for students in the seventh and eighth grades  in Galveston County and the surrounding area. Campers gain hands-on experience with lab experiments in general biology, chemistry, biomedical and physical sciences, including mock crime scene investigation and robotics. STEM Quest Summer Camp II registration is open for students in grades nine and 10. Some of the activities include gel electrophoresis, microbiology techniques and recombinant DNA technology. For more information and to register, go to

Camp counselors needed
Counselors are needed for the STEM Quest Summer Camps for seventh through 10th graders. Counselors should be sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate science (biology, chemistry, physics), math, engineering or education majors. Interested applicants should contact Michele Marquette at or 409-772-9118 by March 22. 

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
The UTMB colorectal and GI cancer support group will host a group discussion on future presentations at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight in room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Caregiver seminar
The UTMB Geriatric Outpatient Clinics offer an educational seminar for caregivers of those with memory loss on March 20 at the Primary Care Pavilion, 400 Harborside Drive, Galveston. The three-hour seminar is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and participants do not have to be affiliated with UTMB in any way. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Adele Herzfeld at or 832-505-2002 or 409-747-7030.

Center for Addiction Research
The Center welcomed T. Celeste Napier, director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who spoke on “Methamphetamine abuse and vulnerability for Parkinson’s disease.”