UTMB Announcements for 3/27/2015

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Galveston Campus: Shut Down Planned for West Utility Plant
--- -- --- VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY --- -- ---
TODAY - 2015 DEAN'S LECTURE - TODAY Michael Laposata, MD PhD
Internet Access and Application Availability
Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
Mondays in March 2015--UTMB Update3/24/2015
2015 UTMB Coed Softball League3/25/2015
Mary K. Estes, PhD - McLaughlin Keynote Lecture3/23/2015
SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to Join Us - Speaker Series 20153/23/2015
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3/25/2015
SON DNP Students' Oral Defense of their Scholarly Practice Projects March 27, 20153/24/2015
New IS Service Desk Software3/25/2015
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - For Asthma & COPD Research Study3/25/2015
Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases3/26/2015
Chick-Fil-A Lunch on April 1st!3/26/2015
Effort Reporting/ECRT Training for Primary and Supporting Individuals3/17/2015

Galveston Campus: Shut Down Planned for West Utility Plant
First Published 3/27/2015

All Campus Departments Should Review Business Continuity Plans Now

The west utility plant on UTMB’s Galveston campus will soon shut down for upgrades related to the district heating and cooling project. During the shutdown, the campus’ central utility plant will provide the necessary heating and cooling service, and hot and cold water to Galveston campus facilities. The planned shutdown may begin as early as March 30 and will last approximately three weeks once it begins.

Under normal conditions, the campus operates on both the central and west plants. The central plant has to capacity to support the campus based on expected temperatures for April. All necessary measures are being taken to ensure that all buildings and facilities remain fully operational, and no adverse effects on business operations are expected during the shutdown.

That said, the Office of Business Operations and Facilities has contingency plans in place in case of unforeseen issues during the shutdown, such as higher-than-expected outdoor temperatures or a malfunction in the central plant. Some buildings may be warmer and/or more humid than normal under those circumstances.

Although the shutdown is not expected to cause any interruptions to normal operations, all Galveston campus departments/units should review and be prepared to follow their business continuity plans.

For more information, contact Marcel Blanchard or Steve LeBlanc in Business Operations and Facilities.

Contact:     Email: Marcel Blanchard     For: Business Operations and Facilities     Phone: 409-747-2942
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--- -- --- VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY --- -- ---
First Published 3/27/2015

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.


Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
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TODAY - 2015 DEAN'S LECTURE - TODAY Michael Laposata, MD PhD
First Published 3/27/2015

TODAY  Dr. Michael Laposata, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at UTMB will deliver the annual dean's Lecture TODAY Friday, March 27, 4-5 pm in the Levin Hall South Auditorium. Come hear Dr. Laposata discuss the significant research milestone achieved and the lifesaving treatments now available for patients with cystic fibrosis. Refeshments will follow in the Levin Hall 2nd floor lobby.

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Contact:     Email: Tammie Taylor     For: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences     Phone: 409 762-3661
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Internet Access and Application Availability
First Published 3/27/2015

On Wednesday night, April 1, 2015, between 11pm and 2am ( April 2, 3 hours) access to the internet as well as several internet-facing applications will be intermittently unavailable due to network maintenance. This includes applications such as:
MyChart.utmb.edu, Surescripts, Real Time Eligibility, Citrix.utmb.edu, Code paging, and others.

Contact:     Email: Brian Grimm     For: IS - Ops - Network     Phone: 409-772-5200
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Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed
First Published 3/27/2015

The Badge Office and Police Administration Office will be closed, Monday, March 30th, 2015,  from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm for Dr. Callender's Health System Update.    

We apologize for any inconvenience.     


Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept     Phone: 772-1503
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First Published 3/27/2015



Drop by and visit with the nice folks from K’s Creations and you’ll find an easy and

  convenient way to shop for great gifts or something uplifting for yourself.

 Discover a fun assortment of gifts including women’s clothing and accessories,

Popcorn Shirts which fit most (Small to Extra Large), scarves, fashion jewelry,

 Austrian crystal night lights, decorative angels and crosses, and a whole lot of

 new merchandise to choose from for yourself, your family, and all your friends.






8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.





Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.


Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.



Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
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First Published 3/27/2015

Monday, March 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GNL 1.100

Advancing and Securing Our Future in the Evolving Healthcare Landscape

presented by

Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP

President, College of American Pathologists

Medical Director, Methodist Women’s Hospital Laboratory and Transfusion and Coagulation Services

The Pathology Center, Methodist Hospital

Omaha, NE


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

·         Identify the market forces and technology advancements that are driving increased specificity through personalized medicine

·         Describe impending changes to the health care delivery and payment systems

·         Recognize the heightened need for improved diagnostic tools

·         Explain how market dynamics will require new skills and continuous learning for pathologists to stay relevant


Methodology:  Lecture followed by question and answer session


Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Herbek 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, March 27th, 2015.  You may be denied entry if you do not RSVP.

Contact:     Email: Paula Gabriles     For: Pathology     Phone: 22521
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First Published 3/27/2015


Program in BioSpecimen Sciences
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Levin Hall South Auditorium

Contact:     Email: Sherrill Hebert     For: Pathology     Phone: 23989     Fax: 21850
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Mondays in March 2015--UTMB Update
First Published 3/24/2015
The university’s annual Mondays in March series concludes on March 30 with a UTMB Update by Dr. David L. Callender, President at noon in Levin Hall Main Auditorium . All employees are encouraged either to attend in person or to view the sessions remotely. Visit the Mondays in March web site for remote viewing options. Light refreshments will be served.

At Mondays in March, UTMB’s executive leaders provide a mid-fiscal-year update specific to each mission area, with a focus on our four essential strategic priorities: People, Value, Strategic Management and Growth, and Resources, as part of our Road Ahead institutional vision. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about plans for the future of UTMB and our mission.

Employees are encouraged to submit questions to leadership, which will be addressed as time permits. Questions can be submitted via the “Contact Us” tab on the Employee Advisory Council website.

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Contact:     Email: Mary Havard     For: Marketing and Communications     Phone: 409-772-8779
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2015 UTMB Coed Softball League
First Published 3/25/2015

The UTMB Coed Softball League will begin play in mid-May and run until mid-July with a possible season-ending tournament. Games will be played on the softball fields located across from the alumni field house. For more information and/or registration forms please contact Scott Saxon smsaxon@utmb.edu  or Jolena Gonsoulin jfgonsou@utmb.edu. Deadline for registration is Friday May 1, 2015.

Contact:     Email: Scott Saxon     For: Clinical IS     Phone: 4092662304
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Mary K. Estes, PhD - McLaughlin Keynote Lecture
First Published 3/23/2015

The Institute for Human Infections & Immunity
The James W. McLaughlin Endowment Committee

proudly present

The 2015 IHII/McLaughlin Colloquium Keynote Lecture

"Human Intestinal Enteroids: Translating Stem Cell Biology to Understand Human Enteric Infection"


Mary K. Estes, PhD
Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology,
Department of Medicine - Gastroenterology
Cullen Endowed Chair of Molecular and Human Virology
Founding and Current Director, Digestive Diseases Center, Texas Medical Center
Founding and Current Co-Director, Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
Baylor College of Medicine

Friday, March 27
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Levin Hall North Auditorium

The keynote lecture is part of the annual IHII/McLaughlin Colloquium on Infection and Immunity, the agenda for which is as follows:

9:30a - 12:15p -- Poster session
12:30 - 1:30p -- Keynote lecture by Dr. Mary Estes
1:30 - 3p -- Poster session continues
3:30p -- Presentation of awards

The poster session will take place in Levin Hall Dining Room, where refreshments will be served all day.
Everyone is invited to attend!

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Contact:     Email: Melissa Jones     For: Institute for Human Infections & Immunity (IHII)     Phone: 70577
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SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to Join Us - Speaker Series 2015
First Published 3/23/2015

Students Together for Service & S.I.G.H.T.

Speaker Series 2015


“Healing Magdalene: The First Cut is the Deepest

Donna L. Valverde  ,, Director


Tuesday, april 14, 2015

Lecture and Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Children's Auditorium

Rm 2.312, Research Building #6




Introduction & Film Documentary

Levin Hall North

5:15 p.m.

A light reception with refreshments will follow the evening program


Event Sponsored by UTMB Health Office of the President


RSVP to Kathlynn Joel-Reich at kjoel@utmb.edu by 4/10/2015 


Contact:     Email: Kathlynn Joel-Reich     For: Students Together for Service & S.I.G.H.T.     Phone: 409/772-0637
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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
First Published 3/25/2015



John Papaconstantinou, Ph.D.


"Attenuation of ASK1-p38a Stress Response Signaling Delays (Reprograms?) Progression of the Aging of Multiple Tissues and Their Progenitor Cells"


Arijit Dutta

Graduate Student

"Understanding repair mechanisms of ionizing radiation-induced complex damages in human genome"

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

Monday, March 30, 2015

4:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served afterwards



Contact:     Email: Rhoda C. Thompson     For: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology     Phone: 772-4226
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SON DNP Students' Oral Defense of their Scholarly Practice Projects March 27, 2015
First Published 3/24/2015

The second graduating class of UTMB’s School of Nursing – Doctor of Nursing Practice Program will conduct the oral defense of their Scholarly Practice Projects Friday, March 27, 2015 in the School of Nursing Quad Rooms 1.102 and 1.104 from 1:15 – 3:15pm.  The Presenters are:

            Sharisse Hebert, MSN, FNP                    Sheba Kuriakose, MSN, FNP

            Mercy Kuruvilla, MSN, FNP                       Sharon Marshall, MSN, GNP

            Susan Johnson, MSN, ACNP                  Jacqueline Aoughsten, MSN, ACNP

            Cathie Campbell, MSN, GNP                   Theresa Miles, MSN, GNP

These students will present their nursing quality improvement and program evaluation projects.  Contact Rob Risley  for a presentation schedule and/or additional information.

Contact:     Email: Rob Risley     For: School of Nursing     Phone: 409-772-8266
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New IS Service Desk Software
First Published 3/25/2015

We are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with our new Service Desk Management Suite, LANDesk, which will replace our current Service Desk ticket management system on April 13, 2015

While our existing solution is great for ticket management, this new suite provides us a collaborative and comprehensive toolset to better manage the needs of our users. 

More information will follow on how this transition may affect you.

The following is a short training video for users showing the functions of the new Self Service Portal. https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/3e8b17c9/6669078

Contact:     Email: Brian Sharpless     For: IS - Ops - Techical Services     Phone: 409-266-2324
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - For Asthma & COPD Research Study
First Published 3/25/2015

Subjects With Asthma or COPD Are Needed 

You could qualify for one of our studies if you have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma or COPD and are 18 years or older.  


William J. Calhoun, M.D.

Principal Investigator


Clinical Trails Office

Contact:     Email: Rochelle Simmons     For: Internal Med-Pulmonary/Critica     Phone: 409-772-5503
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First Published 3/25/2015

William Osler Scholar

Dear Colleagues:

It gives me great pleasure to issue a call for nominations for two new William Osler Scholars in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. Funded by a generous gift from Houston physician-philanthropist John P. McGovern, a $1,000,000 endowment will support this Scholar’s activities related to patient care and teaching.

The successful candidate will be chosen for exemplifying the principles of highly competent, humane, compassionate, patient-centered care and teaching embodied by Sir William Osler. To be eligible, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

1) Full-time membership on the UTMB School of Medicine faculty
2) M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. degree
3) The rank of assistant professor or above
4) Major responsibilities in teaching and patient care
5) Model for a humanistic and compassionate approach to patients, students and colleagues

Nominations can come from UTMB students, housestaff, faculty and staff and should include a statement no more than 250 words in length describing how the candidate exemplifies Oslerian ideals in patient care and teaching. These should be submitted to my attention through campus mail or regular mail. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Please mark the envelope "Osler Scholar Nominations." You can obtain more information on the current Osler Scholars at http://www.utmb.edu/osler/scholars/faculty.asp.

The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24th. They must be submitted as hard copy to Jandee Alarid, Executive Assistant to the President, Office of the President, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-0129 (campus mail: Route 0129). The recipient will be announced on July 10th during the 14th annual Osler Oration at The Grand 1894 Opera House from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thank you in advance for helping the university recognize and support some of our finest clinicians.

David Callender, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

Contact:     Email: Jandee Alarid     For: President's Office     Phone: ext. 29868
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Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
First Published 3/26/2015


Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases



Diana Castillo-Carranza, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Department of Neurology



"Specific Targeting of Tau Oligomers by Immunotherapy"


Monday, March 30, 2015

12:00 noon

Levin Hall, Room 3.324


Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
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Chick-Fil-A Lunch on April 1st!
First Published 3/26/2015

The UTMB DPT Class of 2016 and 2017 are hosting a Chick-fil-A lunch!


April 1, 2015

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

SHP Lobby

$5: Includes 6 Piece Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Sandwich + Chips and Drink

Delivery available to departments with 10+ orders

·     E-mail order information to Dana Carter at

dacarter@utmb.edu by Monday (3/30) at 4:00pm

·     Cash only for delivery orders

Pre-orders for pickup in SHP use this link


Thank you!

Contact:     Email: Dana Carter     For: School of Health Professions     Phone: 936-465-3809
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First Published 3/26/2015

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 ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and family their 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 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.

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Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
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Effort Reporting/ECRT Training for Primary and Supporting Individuals
First Published 3/17/2015

The 1st Effort Reporting Period for fiscal year 2015 pre-review period begins on March 18. Individuals who have salary and/or effort on sponsored projects are required to complete their effort reports in the ECRT system during this effort reporting period.  These individuals must complete classroom training or complete online training HERE to gain access to ECRT.

Classroom Training Dates for Primary and Supporting Individuals, March & April 2015 are listed below. 

All classes are held in Research Building 6, 1.108.

March 31            2-3 p.m.

April 7                  9-10 a.m.

April 14               2-3 p.m.

April 21               9-10 a.m.

April 28               9-10 a.m.

April 28               2-3 p.m.

You can register for any of the above classes at http://my.utmb.edu/pstraining/

NOTE for Primary and Supporting Individuals:  Primary and Supporting Individuals maycomplete Effort Reporting/ECRT training in the classroom or online.  You need only take the class once, so if you have previously taken ECRT training, you do not need to repeat the class.

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services/ECRT     Phone: 69432
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