UTMB Announcements for 11/25/2014

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Galveston National Laboratory: Topics in Biosecurity Lecture - Dec. 2
Dec. 2 Topics in Biosecurity Lecture at the Galveston National Laboratory
Neuroscience & Cell Biology Faculty Candidate Seminar
The Scholars in Healing – A FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
THE FIRST GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: QUALITY OF LIFE11/24/2014
**$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS**11/24/2014
Rebadge Early Hours11/21/2014
Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar11/19/2014
***ANNOUNCING $5,000.00 SEYMOUR FISHER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN NEUROSCIENCE FOR GRADUATE AND MEDICAL STUDENTS***11/18/2014
Emotional Intelligence - January11/21/2014
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS11/21/2014
OLAW Webinar11/21/2014
Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed11/24/2014
Neuroscience Grand Rounds11/24/2014
CLEARANCE-ITEMS-AT-THE-UTMB BOOKSTORE11/24/2014

Galveston National Laboratory: Topics in Biosecurity Lecture - Dec. 2
First Published 11/25/2014

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dr. Tara O'Toole, former Under Secretary for Science and Technology for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will delivery a talk from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Galveston National Laboratory Conference Center.  Her talk is entitled "Policy Implicatons of the Life Sciences Revolution."

This lecture will offer a fascinating look into Washngton, D.C., science policy, biosecuty concerns, and how intelligence agencies in Washington rely on scientists and their research to develop policies and technologies to strengthen our national security.

If you do not have GNL access, send an email to Imelda Mendoza at imendoza@utmb.edu and provide your driver's license information (state and number), and plan to arrive 15minutes early for security procedures.

Contact:     Email: Connie Holubar     For: Galveston National Laboratory     Phone: 409 266 6518
 
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Dec. 2 Topics in Biosecurity Lecture at the Galveston National Laboratory
First Published 11/25/2014

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Dr. Tara O'Toole, former Under Secretary for Science and Technology for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, will deliver a lecture entitled "Policy Implications of the Life Sciences Revolution."

This lecture, part of the GNL's Topics in Biosecuity Symposia Series, is at the Galveston National Laboratory Conference Center and is open to all UTMB students, faculty and staff. It will offer a fascinating overview of how U.S. Intelligence Agencies and the DHS rely on scientists and their research to forecast national security concerns and to ensure policies and technologies are in place to combat them.

If you do not have GNL access, send an email to Imelda Mendoza at imendoza@utmb.edu with your drivers license information (state and number) prior to Monday, Dec. 1 at  4 p.m.  Plan to arrive by 9:45 on Dec. 2 to complete the security screening at the GNL.

Contact:     Email: Connie Holubar     For: Galveston National Laboratory     Phone: 409 266 6518     Fax: 409 266 6810
 
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Neuroscience & Cell Biology Faculty Candidate Seminar
First Published 11/25/2014

The Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology Presents a FACULTY CANDIDATE Seminar by


Georgette Kanmogne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center

“The Vascular Endothelium and Clade Genetic Diversity in HIV Pathology”

4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Basic Science Auditorium
Room 2.212, Basic Science Building

Contact:     Email: Belinda Ebert     For: Neuroscience and Cell Biology     Phone: 72178
 
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The Scholars in Healing – A FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
First Published 11/25/2014

 “The Scholars in Healing” – A FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

A 24 month faculty development program (3/2015-2/2017) designed to reconnect clinical faculty with a sense of purpose, encourage growth of their inner healer, and create a community of peers interested in bringing our hearts back into our work and our lives.   For more information about the program contact Cara Geary, MD, PhD, Director, Scholars in Healing at cageary@utmb.eduor visit www.utmb.edu/facultyaffairs/NetApp/.

 The application deadline is January 15, 2015.  For an application please contact Melanie Loving at Mloving@utmb.edu

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Contact:     Email: Cara Geary, MD, PhD     For: Scholars in Healing     Phone: 409-772-2815
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 11/25/2014

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: Afifa Khalil     For: Clinical Trials Office     Phone: 409-747-1887
 
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THE FIRST GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: QUALITY OF LIFE
First Published 11/24/2014

Tired of the hassle of glasses and contacts? A top reason to have LASIK eye surgery is improved quality of life. Many LASIK patients enjoy freedom from glasses or contacts.
They wake up in the morning seeing clearly and don’t have the expense or hassle of glasses or contacts.

UTMB Health Eye Center, in alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, is offering state-of-the-art, custom wavefront LASIK eye surgery at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and family members. 

UTMB faculty member and experienced LASIK specialist and ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley is medical director of Joffe MediCenter, where he performs custom LASIK eye surgery. A UTMB ophthalmologist with more than 17 years of LASIK experience, Dr. Merkley has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures, including corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and astigmatic corrections.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation at 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.

Over the next three weeks look for more reasons to consider LASIK.

Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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**$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS**
First Published 11/24/2014

$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS

CALL FOR NOMINATION:

The John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine

 The McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine is pleased to announce the John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine.  (http://www.utmb.edu/osler/awards/student_award.asp)   These awards provide monetary support for the education of medical students whose performance and conduct exemplify those ideals of medical practice as promulgated by Sir William Osler. The fundamental principles of Oslerian medicine include:

  • Compassionate, personalized medical care that emphasizes the doctor/patient relationship
  • Incorporation of a sound scientific basis for optimal patient care
  • Professional behavior at all times

The students that are given the honor of this award are called “Osler Student Scholars.”  The expectations of the Osler Student Scholars are to:

  • Learn about the values and principles that governed the professional lives of John P. McGovern and Sir William Osler.
  • Be active in the community of Osler Student Scholars and participate in projects of others or your own.
  • Serve as a role model for your Osler Student Society and foster learning for yourself and others about Oslerian principles and incorporate those ideals into your education and practice.
  • Encourage reflection on humanities and the importance of science as a foundation for the practice of medicine.
  • Attend monthly meetings of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and other meetings of the Osler Student Scholars.
  • Attend, and consider presenting at, the annual American Osler Society meeting and bimonthly Osler Club meetings.

Each award will be for $10,000 per year.  In 2015, awards will be presented to five (5) students: two rising sophomores and three entering the second, third, or fourth years who are in good academic standing in the UTMB School of Medicine (SOM).

A medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore will receive funding for three (3) consecutive years, a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior will receive funding for two (2) consecutive years, and a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior will receive funding for one (1) year.

Medical students who are enrolled in dual degree programs are also eligible to become an Osler Student Scholar.  A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore medical student will receive funding for only three (3) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior medical student will receive funding for only two (2) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior student will receive funding for only one year.

Faculty who have worked with medical students as small group facilitators or preceptors in clinical settings, or mentors in the Osler Student Societies or other organizations, are especially encouraged to recommend this opportunity to worthy students. 

Interested students may download an application by logging on to: http://www.utmb.edu/osler/awards/student_award.asp.  The applicant must also submit letters of recommendation from one of his or her POM faculty members, from another member of the SOM faculty, and from a medical student well acquainted with the applicant.  An optional fourth letter of recommendation may be submitted by any other person who knows the applicant well.  (Current Osler Scholars are excluded from writing letters of recommendation for nominees unless the faculty is the student’s sole POM facilitator.)

Applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted in hard copy to the address above or electronically to the McGovern Academy (mcacadem@utmb.edu).  The completed application and all letters of recommendation must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015.  For answers to questions about the application, please call Ms. Rosemary Lindley at ext. 79680 or by email at mcacadem@utmb.edu.  

Contact:     Email: Rosemary Lindley     For: John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine     Phone: x79680
 
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Rebadge Early Hours
First Published 11/21/2014

The Badge Office will open at 7:00 am every Wednesday during the month of November.

If you have not picked up your rebadge, please stop by the Badge Office, RS 2.172A

Monday:          8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday          8:00 am - 3:45 pm

Wednesday:    7:00 am - 5:00pm ( November 12, 19, 26)

Thursday:        8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Friday:            8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your cooperation

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar
First Published 11/19/2014

The Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Presents

"Generation and Characterisation of Flavivirus Receptor-Binding Domain Mutants and Chimaeras"

by

Alexander McAuley

Research Interest: Virology
Mentors: David Beasley, PhD and Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Levin Hall 3.324   

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Contact:     Email: Aneth Zertuche     For: Microbiology and Immunology     Phone: 409-772-2322
 
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***ANNOUNCING $5,000.00 SEYMOUR FISHER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS IN NEUROSCIENCE FOR GRADUATE AND MEDICAL STUDENTS***
First Published 11/18/2014

The Neuroscience Community at UTMB is very pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 competition for two important
awards endowed by the Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neuroscience:

The UTMB Graduate Student Academic Excellence Award in Neuroscience
and
The UTMB Medical Student Academic Excellence Award in Neuroscience


The award in each category is $5,000.00 and is given for the best paper prepared and submitted by a medical or graduate student,
respectively, on any topic relevant to neurosciences in the broadest sense. 

Potential applicants should request additional information regarding the rules and criteria for these awards from:
Shao-Jun Tang (shtang@utmb.edu), Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Department of Neuroscience
and Cell Biology with a copy to Aurora Galvan (agalvan@utmb.edu), Program Coordinator, Neuroscience and Cell Biology.

Three printed copies of the papers must be received by 5:00 P.M. on February 27, 2015. 

Submissions should be made to:
Fisher Academic Excellence Awards Committee
%Shao-Jun Tang, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
2.104C Medical Research Building
Campus Mail Route:  1069
 

 

Contact:     Email: Aurora Galvan     For: Neuroscience and Cell Biology     Phone: 772-2124
 
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Emotional Intelligence - January
First Published 11/21/2014

Emotional Intelligence Overview – Session I
This session focuses on what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is and why it’s so important to your career
success.  You will learn the basic EQ building blocks that form a foundation for practicing new EQ skills, 
practical ways to raise your own EQ and the “next steps” you can take to further advance your own EQ
and the EQ of those around you.

Self-Awareness and Assertiveness - Session I
You will learn to identify common barriers to emotional self-awareness.  You will also come to understand how to turn self-awareness into a positive cycle of thoughts and action and the ability to distinguish between assertive behavior and non-productive responses. 

Using Impulse Control to Enhance Stress Tolerance – Session II
During this session you will define stress and look at ways to better tolerate your stress. You will learn how to identify personal “triggers” and recognize when you are in a HALT state, better understand and learn how to prevent or minimize “emotional hijacks”. You will also learn how to turn “hot feelings” into “cool feelings”.

Interpersonal Relationships and Moving Toward Happiness – Session II
This session will identify the link between strong interpersonal skills and career success.   You will learn
key relationship “killers” to avoid, new behaviors that strengthen relationships, how to appropriately ask
for what you need, and the ability to understand and learn how to stop interpersonal patterns and cycles
that are not working for you.  You will leave this session with proven ways to bring more happiness and
optimism into your life.

January 23 & 30, 2015

8 - 5

Open Gates – Rm. 201

 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
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Select
  • Enroll
  • Submit Enrollment    

Contact:     Email: Phaedra Goffney     For: HR - Talent & Organizational Development     Phone: 409-747-6700
 
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HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
First Published 11/21/2014

The UTMB Police Department is hosting a brown bag presentation on "Holiday Safety Tips".  This presentation is open to the UTMB Community and will be held on November 25, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:00pm in Room 1.126 in the Rebecca Sealy Building.  The presentation will start at 12:15pm.

Refreshments (cookies) and drinks will be available to the first 30 participants to arrive.  If you are interested in attending, please contact (409) 772-1503 to register.   

Contact:     Email: Sgt. Anthony DeRanieri     For: Police Department     Phone: 772-2691
 
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OLAW Webinar
First Published 11/21/2014

Openness and Transparency and Biomedical Research Oversight: What Your Institution Should Know

Thursday, December 4

Noon to 1 p.m.

Rebecca Sealy East 4.302/4.304

RSVP here

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 69432
 
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Badge Office and Police Administration Office Closed
First Published 11/24/2014

The Badge Office and Police Administration Office will be closed, Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.   We will reopen on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at  7:00 am. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.    

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz     For: Police Dept.     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 11/24/2014

 

Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery

 

Presents

Partha Sarkar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

UTMB

 

"DNA Damage Response Signaling and Neurotoxicity in Poly-glutamine Diseases"

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

 

 

Objectives:

1.  Describe recent advances in poly-glutamine-associated neurodegenerative diseases.

2.  Describe how poly-glutamine expansions abrogate neuronal DNA repair, leading to persistent accumulation of neuronal DNA damage and chronic activitation of DNA damage response in the poly-glutamine diseases.

3.  Illustrate how chronic activation of the DNA damage repose pathway impairs mitochondrial function and metabolic regulations in poly-glutamine ataxias.

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

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson, Michele Sefcik, and 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 Accreditaiton Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
 
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CLEARANCE-ITEMS-AT-THE-UTMB BOOKSTORE
First Published 11/24/2014

CLEARANCE ITEMS:

  • Select Scrubs
  • Select Scrub Jackets
  • Binders
  • Portfolio's
  • Select Long Sleve T's
  • Select Hoodies

While supplies last

Also check out our New and Improved Website: http://bookstore.utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: UTMB Bookstore     For: Auxiliary Services     Phone: 409-772-1939
 
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