UTMB Announcements for 1/30/2015

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Dr. Callender Hosts Town Hall Meeting Today at Noon
PMCH Semimar Series
Safety Watch Program
***MONDAY*** DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
TUESDAY: 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- ADULTS AGED 55 to 79
Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Seminar - Feb 2
U.T. BRAIN: Call for Seed Grant Proposals for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research
Unconscious Bias
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Presents Dr. Todd Emrick***TODAY***
Your 2014 eW-2 Form Is Now Available
> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS1/29/2015
SEMINAR - Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology1/26/2015
ESS Direct Deposit Now Available1/28/2015
UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM for FY151/26/2015
LASIK CAN SAVE YOU MONEY1/29/2015
PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE1/29/2015
Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed1/28/2015
Got Respect? Positive Relationships - An Open Forum for Staff1/28/2015
NIEHS CET Environmental Health Sciences Seminar - February 21/28/2015
Employee Health Clinic Closed 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 301/29/2015
Texas City Area Vanpool1/28/2015
Science Fair Judges Needed for Mainland Prep Academy-Saturday, Feb. 71/28/2015
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study1/29/2015

Dr. Callender Hosts Town Hall Meeting Today at Noon
First Published 1/30/2015

Please join President David Callender for the next UTMB Town Hall meeting at noon today in Levin Hall Auditorium. As we move forward into a new year, Dr. Callender will note some of UTMB’s remarkable 2014 highlights and discuss plans for ensuring the success of UTMB’s mission in the future.

Please plan to attend Dr. Callender’s Town Hall, either in person, online or via the campus TV network. The meeting will include a Q & A session.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance to be read at the meeting (your name will not be used), see the options below. If time constraints do not allow every question to be asked at the meeting, Dr. Callender will be available after Town Hall to answer questions individually. And we’ll post questions and answers to the Town Hall website.

  • Click on the “Submit a Question” link on the Town Hall website (option on Employee Advisory Council blog to remain anonymous).
  • Or, send a confidential note via interoffice mail addressed to “Talk of the Town,” Route 0149. From off-campus: UTMB Talk of the Town, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0149.

Town Hall viewing options:

 

Contact:     Email: Raymond Brouillard     For: Marketing and Communications     Phone: 22618
 
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PMCH Semimar Series
First Published 1/30/2015

Prioritization of Inpatient Hospital Services to Prisoners: A Method for Justifying Care and Costs.

Amy Jo Harzke, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., M.Div.
Senior Biostatistician
Correctional Managed Care
Assistant Professor, PMCH

&

Bryan C. Schneider, DHA, CCHP, FACHE, FACMPE
Associate Vice-President
TDJC Hospital & Clinics
UTMB

Thursday, February 5th
Noon
1.104 Ewing Hall

Lunch Provided

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Contact:     Email: Brittany Wallace     For: PMCH     Phone: 772-1128
 
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Safety Watch Program
First Published 1/30/2015

The UTMB Police Department provides a Safety Watch program for employees, students and visitors.

During the hours of Dusk to Dawn, officers will either walk with the individuals or provide a ride in a UTMB Police Department vehicle to any location on campus or to the individual's vehicle if it is parked in one of the UTMB parking garages or lots.  This escort service is not provided to any location off campus.

Safety Watches may be requested by either telephoning UTMB Police Dispatch at (409) 772-2691 or asking an officer.

Depending upon the emergency and non-emergency services being provided by the UTMB Police Department at the time of the call, a Safety Watch is usually provided within fifteen minutes.

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Department     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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***MONDAY*** DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY GRAND ROUNDS
First Published 1/30/2015

Monday, February 2, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GNL 1.100


The Pathway from Patient to Provider to Pathology to Payer to Pocketbook:  Perspectives and Possibilities

presented by

Josanne Smathers, MBA, CMPE

Administrator – Hospital-Based Services (HBS)

UTMB - Galveston, TX

 

 

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

     Present an overview of Pathology billing and reimbursement

     Provide a brief understanding of payer perspectives

     Promote potential areas for vigilance and possible improvement

 

 

Methodology:  Lecture followed by question and answer session

 

 

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

 

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Anthony O. Okorodudu, Judith F. Aronson, Alexander J. Indrikovs, Mahmoud A. Eltorky, and Mrs. 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 StatementThe University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 39
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you do not have access to the GNL, you must RSVP with your UTMB ID# to Paula Gabriles at plgabril@utmb.edu by Friday, January 30th, 2015.  You may be denied entry if you do not RSVP.

Contact:     Email: Paula Gabriles     For: Pathology     Phone: 22521
 
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TUESDAY: 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
First Published 1/30/2015

 The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging presents

The 20th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging

 All lectures will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

2.220 Levin Hall South Auditorium

Reception following in Levin Hall Foyer

 

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

“The Health System in Mexico and the Challenges of Aging: Frailty in Emergency Services”

Carmen Garcia-Peña, MD, PhD

Department of Health Policy Research

Mexico Children’s Hospital Federico Gomez

National Institute of Heath, Mexico

Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-9675
 
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Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
First Published 1/30/2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Shriners Hospital for Children, 7th Floor Auditorium

 

"PARANOIA AND VIOLENCE"

presented by:

Phillip J. Resnick, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry

Case Western Reserve University

School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve

University School of Law

Cleveland OH

 

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Identify risk factors for violence in paranoid patients

2. Identify four motives for paranoid violence

3. Distinguish between making a threat and posing a threat.

 

Educational Method:  Lecture

Target Audience: MDs, Residents, Students, and Alumni

Disclosure of Financial Interest or Affiliation:  Dr. Resnick has no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose. 

Dr. Resnick wll not include devices or drugs with unlabeled or unapprovd uses in his presentation.

 

Contact:     Email: Nancy Evans     For: Psychiatry     Phone: 747-8302     Fax: 747-8300
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- ADULTS AGED 55 to 79
First Published 1/30/2015

Researchers are recruiting for a study investigating the use of technology to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior.

If you participate, you would wear an activity monitor bracelet for 12 weeks and use a tablet device to set goals and receive feedback on your activity. The bracelet will also vibrate to alert you when you have been sedentary for a long period of time. We will provide all materials for you to use for the duration of the study. We will measure your behavior, health outcomes, and psychological outcomes before and after the study period.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are aged 55-79
  • Your BMI is between 25 and 35
  • You engage in less than 60 minutes of physical activity per week
  • You watch over two hours of TV per day
  • You are able to walk for exercise
  • Physical activity is safe for you
Contact:     Email: Eloisa Martinez     For: SCOA     Phone: 409-266-9643
 
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Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Seminar - Feb 2
First Published 1/30/2015

 

 

 

Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

 

 

 

Presents:

Einar M. Sigurdsson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine

Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology, and Psychiatry

New York, NY

 

 

 

Title: Tau Immunotherapy and Imaging for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Tauopathies.

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

12:00 Noon

Levin Hall, Room 3.324

Contact:     Email: Sarah Goble     For: Neurology     Phone: 4097721675
 
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U.T. BRAIN: Call for Seed Grant Proposals for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research
First Published 1/30/2015

 U.T. BRAIN: CALL FOR SEED GRANT PROPOSALS ($100,000) FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

The University of Texas System is announcing an extraordinary funding opportunity in FY2015 to align trans-institutional, multi-disciplinary research partnerships and teams that will be competitive for future funding opportunities of the national BRAIN Initiative. This is the first notice of call for proposals. A second notice with details on how to submit electronically will follow in mid-January 2015.

BACKGROUND:

In 2013, the Obama administration unveiled the U.S. Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, with financing through public funding from a variety of federal agencies and a growing number of private sector partners, currently estimated at $4.5B over 10 years. The focus of BRAIN is to understand one of the most fundamental assets in existence, the human brain and mind. A clear early goal of all these funding plans is to drive blue-sky technologies and tools necessary to take current neuroscience research into a period of transformative breakthroughs.

For further BRAIN Initiative information, see http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/2025/BRAIN2025.pdf.

For further U.T. BRAIN information, see

http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/federal-relations/ut-system-neuroscience.

To better understand the large capabilities of neuroscience-related discovery at our 15 institutions and determine how best to assist our researchers in competing for upcoming opportunities, a multi-campus U.T. System Neuroscience Council was created in 2013. The Council brings together top researchers to explore new convergent research that takes advantage of faculty expertise in disciplines such as neuroscience, engineering, computer science, mathematics, materials science, physics, genetics, statistics and chemistry, along with cutting-edge resources such as UT’s extensive computing and imaging technologies.

At the advice of the Council and others, the U.T. Board of Regents authorized in 2014 the U.T. BRAIN initiative which funds $20 million in support of a virtual U.T. System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute. The institute’s purpose is to promote trans-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects focused on neuroscience and neurotechnology challenges that will transform the fields of imaging, neurocomputation, and molecular mapping; the development of neuro-devices; and basic/translational/clinical investigations in intractable neurological diseases.

INTENT OF THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

In 2015, U.T. BRAIN seeks applications for seed research grants as described in the forthcoming funding opportunity announcement. One key goal for the seed funding program is to jump-start diverse excellence, i.e. forming new research partnerships and/or teams rather than advancing "shovel ready" projects. This process may involve collaboration among investigators in neuroscience with investigators of diverse disciplines that would not otherwise engage in neuroscience research and can contribute to excellence. These investigators may well arise from different U.T. campuses. A second key goal for this funding initiative is to increase competitiveness, i.e. position awardees to compete for current and future funding opportunities within the greater national BRAIN initiative. This may include a focus on collecting novel preliminary data or early to mid-stage proof of concept data that are necessary for future applications and competitions. U.T. BRAIN: Call for Seed Grant Proposals ($100,000) for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology January 7, 2015 Page 2 The University of Texas System 601 Colorado Street Austin, Texas 78701 Phone: (512) 499-4224 FAX: (512) 499-4313

U.T. BRAIN’s emphasis on diverse, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approaches is aligned with the recent and upcoming NIH BRAIN RFAs, http://www.braininitiative.nih.gov/nih-brain-awards.htm. UT has remarkable scientific breadth and resources that speak to effective competition through collaboration. The U.T. System is the only university system in the nation to date that provides resources to create convergent BRAIN research teams across a major university system. An important intent is to stimulate across Texas institutions a cultural shift towards solving grand scientific challenges in a sustainable way.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:

U.T. BRAIN seed funding program will provide up to $5 million in funding in 2015 to proposals that are consistent with the intent of the initiative, as described above. Proposals for this seed initiative can be funded up to a maximum of $100,000. Applications and peer-review processes will be managed in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Neuroscience. Proposals will be selected after rigorous peer-review.

Applications of the highest caliber of science arising from cross-institutional research partnerships and/or teams of diverse excellence are preferred. Applications that have a clear and stated trajectory toward future neuroscience initiatives are preferred.

PROPOSAL DETAILS:

Proposal due date: March 15, 2015.   Expected award date: May 1, 2015.

•Format: 6 pages maximum. Include section for specific aims; rationale for studies relative to intent of U.T. BRAIN; description of investigators and collaboration contributions and responsibilities; scientific approach; expected results and outcomes.

•Salaries are acceptable, including those for post-doctoral, student and technical support.

•Lead investigator(s) must be a University of Texas institutional researcher. Collaborating investigators from other institutions are welcomed; however funds will be directly awarded to U.T. investigators, with subcontracts to non-U.T. institutions allowed. Seed grant funds for collaborations with investigators outside Texas are not allowed.

•Electronic submission to: Department of Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin. Details on submission procedures to follow mid-January.

•Follow U.T. BRAIN progress and information at http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/federal-relations/ut-system-neuroscience.

U.T. INSTITUTION CONTACTS:  Dr. Lisa Cain and Dr. Kelly Dineley

Vice President for Research

•U.T. Neuroscience Council Members for listing see http://www.utsystem.edu/offices/federal-relations/ut-system-neuroscience

Contact:     Email: Dr. Lisa Cain     For: Academic Affairs     Phone: 409-772-1212
 
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Unconscious Bias
First Published 1/30/2015

The unconscious bias learning program is designed to help the participant recognize patterns of bias in themselves and in others – an important step in promoting an inclusive universityenvironment. The program will use a series of techniques and scenarios to safely explore the concept of unconscious bias, its impact on talent management and  what we can do to eliminate bias from the decision making process.

By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the filters through which we view the world and its impact on interpersonal behavior.
  • Learn the ways that bias can impact individual and institutional decision making.
  • Create a set of actions for dealing with bias in workplace topromote greater engagement with diversity and create a more inclusive environment.

February 4, 2015

8 – 12

Rebecca Sealy – Rm. 1.104/106

To register for this upcoming session, 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
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Select
  • Enroll
  • Submit Enrollment      

Contact:     Email: Phaedra Goffney     For: Human Resources - Talent & Organizational Development     Phone: 747-6700
 
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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
First Published 1/30/2015

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds: Distinguished Lecture Series

 

“Long Head of Biceps Pathology in the Setting of RTC Tears”

 

Aravind Athiviraham, MD

Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas 77030

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

7:15 AM

 

Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center

2nd Floor Conference Room

 

Objectives:

1.     Describe long head of biceps anatomy and pathophysiology.

2.     Recognize how to properly evaluate patients presenting with long head of biceps lesions

3.     Indicate the pros and cons of various surgical treatment options for long head of biceps lesions

 

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

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Ronald Lindsey, Zibi Gugala 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:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Katie Gwinn     For: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation     Phone: 409-747-5750
 
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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 1/30/2015

Presents

"Immune Impact on Cancer Stemness"

by

Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph. D.

Professor

The DeNancrede Endowed Chair

Professor of Surgery, Immunology and Biology

Director, Translational Research

Director, Immune Monitoring Core

Co-Director, Tumor Immunology and Host Response Program

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Basic Science Auditorium 2.212

ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND!

Contact:     Email: Marcela Rubio     For: Microbiology & Immunology     Phone: 28140
 
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***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Presents Dr. Todd Emrick***TODAY***
First Published 1/30/2015

 

***TODAY***The Department of Pharmacology &Toxicology***TODAY***

 

Presents

 

Todd Emrick, PhD

 

 

Professor, Polymer Science & Engineering Department

 

Director, Materials Research Science & Engineering Center on Polymers

 

 

University of Massachusetts

 

Amherst, MA

 



Introducing Nature’s Functionality to Synthetic Polymers for Medicine

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

1.206 Research Building 6 Auditorium

 

Hosted by: Marxa Figueiredo, PhD

Contact:     Email: Kirsty Foss     For: Pharmacology     Phone: 409-772-9646
 
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Your 2014 eW-2 Form Is Now Available
First Published 1/30/2015

Employee W-2 information is now available to view and print in UTMB’s ESS module. If you are on campus or directly connected to the UTMB network, please click link for Employee Self Service.

W-2 information is located under the Payroll and Compensation menu.

Employee access from offsite or home location is available via VPN and My Citrix. 

Contact:     Email: Tish Bratcher     For: Finance/Payroll Services     Phone: 409-747-8078
 
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> > > VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY < < <
First Published 1/30/2015


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.

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


Thanks! 

Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
 
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UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS
First Published 1/29/2015

UTMB EYE HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OPTICAL HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY PATIENTS

UTMB Eye Health, University Optical is now offering the latest dispensing technology.  The VisiOffice system delivers the most unique, personalized experience which is important to today's tech-savvy patients.  Our new system provides the most accurate and precise measurements for delivering the latest in technologically-advanced eye wear including the new digital progressive lens design.

Our new system has a unique camera and video screen that lets you compare yourself in four frames at once.  You can enjoy trying four different frame styles which are recorded and view them with your current eyeglasses, you never have to worry about not being able to see while looking for new eyewear again. 

This unique dispensing platform offers our patients detailed and consumer friendly education modules to access different prescription lens options and special treatments available to our patients from Crizal AntiReflective treatments, Transition lenses to new digital progressive lens designs that are customized to your prescription.

UTMB Eye Health, University Optical is constantly evolving to provide our patients with superior products to ensure your overall satisfaction with your new eyewear.

Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Praveena Gupta or Dr. Matthew Crookston.

  • 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions
  • Open 8am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday

Appointments:  409-747-5800

Questions:  409-747-5823 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5823
 
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SEMINAR - Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology
First Published 1/26/2015

SEMINAR
Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology

Metal Coordination in Nature and to Program Supramolecular Protein Architectures

Faculty Recruit

Dr. Pamela Sontz
Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego

February 2, 2015
4:00 p.m.
2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

ALL INTERESTED PERSONS WELCOME  

Contact:     Email: Shirley Broz     For: Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology     Phone: 409-772-2281     Fax: 409-772-4298
 
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ESS Direct Deposit Now Available
First Published 1/28/2015

Employee Direct Deposit information is available to view and print in UTMB’s ESS module. If you are on campus or directly connected to the UTMB network,please click the link for Employee Self Service.  Direct Deposit is located under the Payroll and Compensation menu.

Direct Deposit will NOT be available via myVPN or myCitrix. Employee access from offsite or home location is prohibited.

Further information can be found on Payroll Services Direct Deposit web page.

Contact:     Email: Stacie Spikes     For: Finance/Payroll Services     Phone: 409-747-8078
 
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UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM for FY15
First Published 1/26/2015

UTMB HEALTH TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM for FY15

 One of the institutional goals of UTMB Health is to support and promote technology transfer and commercialization (TCP) of research discoveries. The TCP will provide seed funds to support the commercialization of discoveries created at the UTMB Health.

The funds for the TCP will be available from the UTMB Health President’s Royalty Fund. Approximately, $500,000 in funding will be available annually for the next three years with the possibility of extension depending on the success of the program and availability of funds. It is anticipated that a project will be funded for a maximum of $50,000 for a year. The extension of funding for 2nd year will be on competitive basis and will take into consideration the recipient achieving the set milestones and showing adequate progress during the first year. Awards are anticipated to be made by April 1, 2015.

 ELIGIBILITY

  • All UTMB faculty are eligible to submit the application to the UTMB Health TCP.
  • The technology to be developed and commercialized is based upon efforts of a present UTMB faculty member or researcher, and has the potential to provide meaningful healthcare benefits.
  • A UTMB Invention Disclosure (ID) Form describing the technology is submitted to the Office of Technology Transfer. Those who have an invention are encouraged to submit the ID form before the complete proposal deadline.

 Grant Submission:Please submit the electronic version as a single PDF file to:

Research Services

C/O: Ms. Lucia (Lucy) Cardenas-Gonzales at lcgonzal@utmb.edu

Applications are due by February 16, 2015. Late applications will not be reviewed unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is approved by Dr. Jim Goodwin (Vice President and Chief Research Officer).

Please contact Dr. Sundeep Mattamana (E: sumattam@utmb.edu) or Dr. Nisha J Garg (E: nigarg@utmb.edu) for any questions or further information.

  

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Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 747-1987     Fax: 409 772-9598
 
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LASIK CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
First Published 1/29/2015

If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, you can spend $500-$800 a year to see clearly. Many LASIK patients can see well without glasses or contacts, meaning that LASIK will pay for itself in just a few years.                              

Right now UTMB employees and their family members can get special pricing for LASIK. UTMB Health Eye Center, in alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, is offering custom wavefront LASIK services at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and their family members.

 Get a free LASIK evaluation by calling 1-866-685-6995.Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB!

UTMB offers LASIK eye care by experienced LASIK specialist and UTMB ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley. Dr. Merkley has more than 17 years of experience, having performed more than 20,000 laser vision correction procedures.

Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

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Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE
First Published 1/29/2015

PORPHYRIAS SHORT COURSE

January 30, 2015 – February 1, 2015

 

This 2½ day course is offered by the UTMB Porphyria Center and the NIH-sponsored Porphyrias Consortium.  The program includes speakers from the 6 sites of the Porphyrias Consortium (UTMB, Mount Sinai, U of Alabama, U of Utah, UC San Francisco, and Wake Forest) as well as case discussions and patient testimonials.  CME credit is available for physicians.

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If you would like to attend, please contact Dr. Karl Anderson by email: kanderso@utmb.eduas space is limited. 

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Contact:     Email: Karl Anderson     For: PMCH     Phone: 772-9092
 
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Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed
First Published 1/28/2015

The Badge Office and Police Administration Office will be closed, Friday, January 30th, 2015,  from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm for Dr. Callender's Town Hall Meeting.    

We apologize for any inconvenience.     

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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Got Respect? Positive Relationships - An Open Forum for Staff
First Published 1/28/2015

The UTMB Professionalism Committee is hosting an open discussion regarding RESPECT in the workplace for all staff on February 24th at noon in Rebecca Sealy, Room 1.104-1.106. The event will be facilitated by members of the Professionalism Committee, Barbara Bonificio, Director Patient Care Services and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Meredith Masel, Program Manager, Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  Lunch will be provided.  Seating is limited to 100.  RSVP required.  Please register early.   An hour of CNE* (professionalism or ethics) credit is available for nurses who attend the event. 

To register, call 71247 or register on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN3JXNS

 

* The planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships related to the planning or implementation of this CNE activity.  Nurses who attend this professional development activity will receive 1.0 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours The University of Texas Medical Branch Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
   

Contact:     Email: Ruth L Finkelstein     For: Office of Strategic Management     Phone: (409) 747-1247     Fax: (409) 772-9944
 
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NIEHS CET Environmental Health Sciences Seminar - February 2
First Published 1/28/2015

The NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology cordially invites you to attend the Environmental Health Sciences Seminar Series featuring:

K. Michael Pollard, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor  
Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine    
The Scripps Research Institute  
La Jolla, CA 

Title: Environmental Exposure and Systemic Autoimmunity   

Monday, February 2, 2015 
5.521 Levin Hall  
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Contact:     Email: Shelly Lewis     For: NIEHS Center for Environmental Toxicology     Phone: 25610     Fax: 25650
 
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Employee Health Clinic Closed 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 30
First Published 1/29/2015

The Employee Health Clinic will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday January 30, for a departmental meeting.

Should you experience a work-related injury or an occupational exposure during this closure, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Contact:     Email: Employee Health Clinic     For: Human Resources     Phone: 409-747-9172     Fax: 409-747-9182
 
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Texas City Area Vanpool
First Published 1/28/2015

Meet at Kroger parking lot on the corner of 146 & Palmer.  Ideal for your Monday - Friday 8-5.   For more information contact Julia Solis - jsolis@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Brittany Wallace     For: PMCH     Phone: 772-1128
 
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Science Fair Judges Needed for Mainland Prep Academy-Saturday, Feb. 7
First Published 1/28/2015

What: Mainland Preparatory Academy science fair for grades 3rd-5th
When: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. Orientation is at 8:45 a.m. Judging begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Mainland Prep, 319 Newman Road, less than one block from Interstate-45 North in La Marque
To volunteer: Contact Rose Arthur at rarthur@mainlandprep.org or (409) 934-9307.

Judges are needed for this fun and fantastic elementary school level display of the scientific method. Those of you who volunteered in the past can truly look forward to even more interesting and exciting displays this year. Thank you in advance for your support.

  

 

  

Contact:     Email: Alicia C. Simmons     For: UTMB Educational Outreach     Phone: ext. 29119
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 1/29/2015

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: Rochelle Simmons     For: Clinical Trials Office     Phone: 409-772-5503
 
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