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Donít miss your chance to complete UTMBís Diversity Engagement Survey
***TODAY*** The Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology & Neuroscience & Cell Biology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
14th Annual D'Feet Fun Run/Walk - October 18, 2014
Defense Threat Reduction Agency Funding Webinar
3rd Annual UTMB Global Health Education Symposium - Call for Abstracts
Pepper Investigator's Lecture: Christopher Fry, PhD
"What's Next?: Ethical and Psychosocial Implications of Next Gen Sequencing"

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
THE SECOND GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: SAVINGS8/28/2014
Volunteers 18 and Older Are Needed for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Vaccine Study8/25/2014
Payroll and Asset Management Fiscal Year-End 2014 Deadlines8/27/2014
2013- 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER AUGUST 318/28/2014
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SALE AUG 18TH TO SEPT 5TH8/27/2014
Blocker Burn Champions Fun Run/Walk8/25/2014
Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research8/27/2014
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study8/27/2014

Donít miss your chance to complete UTMBís Diversity Engagement Survey
First Published 8/29/2014

 

Today is your last chance to take part in UTMB’s Diversity Engagement Survey.

This confidential survey is open until midnight, and all students, faculty, staff, and contract workers are eligible to participate. The feedback collected from the survey will provide a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of UTMB’s policies, practices, and programs as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

If you have not already completed the survey, please take a few minutes today to share your thoughts with us. The survey is available online at http://www.researchstar.com/des/utmbhealth/. Paper copies of the survey also are available upon request to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in Room 2.201 of Bethel Hall, or in the Jamail Student Center.

Click here for more information. 

Contact:     Email: Office of Diversity and Inclusion     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 747-4862
 
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***TODAY*** The Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology & Neuroscience & Cell Biology
First Published 8/29/2014

The Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Neuroscience & Cell Biology

Present

 Ajay Goel, PhD

 Director, Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention

 Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research

Baylor Research Institute

Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

 
“Epigenetics of colorectal cancer”

  

Friday, August 29, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Levin Hall South

Host: Pomila Singh, PhD, AGAF 

Contact:     Email: Pam Arbour     For: Pharmacology & Toxicology     Phone: 409-772-9678     Fax: 409-772-9648
 
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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
First Published 8/29/2014

 

“Reovirus capsids prepare for a break in”

 

Presented by

 

Pranav Danthi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

 

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

September 4, 2014

4:00 p.m.

 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS WELCOME 

Contact:     Email: Julie Quiroga     For: BMB     Phone: 22742
 
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14th Annual D'Feet Fun Run/Walk - October 18, 2014
First Published 8/29/2014

Join Dr. Sandra “Sunny” Hatch and her team of CANCER BUSTERS

for the 14th Annual D’Feet “Family Celebration of Life” Fun Run/Walk

The fun happens Saturday, October 18, 2014, Moody Gardens...Rain or Shine!

Bring the kids for lots of family fun!    

(sorry no animals allowed)

Register NOW!!

WWW.DFEETBREASTCANCER.COM

Registration Link:  http://www.active.com/galveston-tx/running/distance-running-races/14th-annual-d-feet-breast-cancer-walk-run-2014

For more event information:  http://www.dfeetbreastcancer.com/2014-fun-run-walk.aspx

Online Registration Closes:  October 6, 2014 11:59 PM (CST)

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Contact:     Email: Heidi Matthews     For: Radiation Oncology     Phone: (409) 772-4313
 
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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Funding Webinar
First Published 8/29/2014

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Command Center for combating weapons of mass destruction. The DTRA Chemical and Biological Technologies Department works to protect civilians, American warfighters, and their allies from threats posed by chemical and biological weapons.  Important research and emerging technologies from academia can significantly contribute to the DTRA Mission. Research Services, Research Education is once again hosting a webinar so students, postdocs and faculty can see what DTRA offers in way of post graduate job and institutional funding opportunities.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Research Bldg. #6-1.108 Conference Room

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WEBINAR   - Noon to 1:00 pm

  • Prepare for science careers in the government.
  • Learn how to search for internships and employment.

This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to learn what opportunities await them after graduation.  The Defense budget is constantly increasing and finding scientific opportunities with a lowered likelihood of budget cuts is smart career planning.

LEADERSHIP & FACULTY ENGAGEMENT - 1:30 to 3:30 pm

  • Meet science & technology managers in a live Q&A.
  • Learn how to find grant opportunities.
  • Hear about current research portfolios. 

DTRA is actively encouraging collaborations and opening new funding opportunities based on their mission.  Your research may be the piece that is missing.  Attend the session and learn how you can tap into this expanding funding source.

Please RSVP to Melodi Moore at Research.Office@utmb.eduif you plan to attend by Friday, September 5.  Zero to low turnout will necessitate making alternative arrangements.

Contact:     Email: Melodi Moore     For: Research Services, Research Education     Phone: 6-9428
 
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3rd Annual UTMB Global Health Education Symposium - Call for Abstracts
First Published 8/29/2014

Registration for the 3rd Annual UTMB Global Health Education Symposium is now open.

To register, click here, or visit https://ar.utmb.edu/ssurveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9lK19ll2

 

 

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Guidelines
UTMB Global Health Education Symposium 2014

 

The UTMB Center for Global Health Education is proud to announce a call for abstracts for the Third Annual Global Health Education Symposium – ‘Global Health Partnerships: Students, Community and Health Systems’, to be held in Galveston, Texas on Saturday October 11th, 2014. We are particularly interested in student abstracts that demonstrate how students add value to international clinical or research experiences by collaborating with and seeking guidance from local partners on where they may contribute to ongoing research, clinical care, or community-based projects. To submit an abstract, you must be a student involved in global health work and enrolled in a degree program. Please feel free to forward this opportunity to any interested parties.

Important Dates

August 29th – Deadline for abstract submissions
September 12th – Notification of acceptance
October 11th – Presentation at symposium

Format Requirements

• Only .pdf files will be accepted for abstracts
• The page size must be US letter
• Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and titles no longer than 50 words

Abstract structure:
Background: In a few sentences, indicate the purpose and objective of the project, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analyzed or evaluated. 
Methods: Describe the setting/location for the project, study design, study population, ethical considerations, data collection and methods of analysis used.
Results: If available, present as clearly and detailed as possible the findings/outcome of the project, with specific results in summarized form.
Conclusions: Briefly discuss the data and main outcome of the study. Emphasize the implications of the results for future projects, policy, or research.
More information can be found on the ACP 
website 

• When results or data are not available, a description of a final product or intended analysis is acceptable.
• Previously published, presented, or unpublished work is welcome
Abstracts should be sent directly to Christen Miller at
cmmille3@utmb.edu

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a project committee, which will select abstracts to be presented as posters, demonstrations, or oral presentations.


Symposium registration is required but free. The symposium will take place on October 11, 2014 in Levin Hall at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. For more information visit the Symposium Web Site at: http://www.utmb.edu/CCGH/ghsymposium2014.asp 

 

For registration, please visit: https://ar.utmb.edu/ssurveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9lK19ll2.

  

Please do not hesitate to contact either Dr. Matt Dacso (mmdacso@utmb.edu) or Dr. Premal Patel (pgpatel@utmb.edu) with any questions about abstract submissions. 

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Contact:     Email: kat Joel-Reich     For: Center for Global Health Education     Phone: 409 772-0637
 
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Pepper Investigator's Lecture: Christopher Fry, PhD
First Published 8/29/2014

 Please join us for the next Pepper Investigator’s Lecture:

 September 3, 2014

Noon-1pm

RSH 6.100

Lifelong Depletion of Satellite Cells in Sedentary Mice Impairs Muscle Regenerative Capacity But Does Not Contribute to Sarcopenia

Presented by

 Christopher Fry, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Metabolism

*Lunch provided, first come, first served*

Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: (409) 266-9675
 
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"What's Next?: Ethical and Psychosocial Implications of Next Gen Sequencing"
First Published 8/29/2014

Please join us September 3rd

in

Levin Hall Main from 10 a.m. - noon

for

a Readers Theater event that provides insights into the challenges of whole genome research and personalized medicine

Free coffee and iced tea will be available in the Levin Foyer for attendees

 

Contact:     Email: E. Bernadette McKinney     For: IMH     Phone: x2-2376
 
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THE SECOND GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER LASIK: SAVINGS
First Published 8/28/2014

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. Is LASIK right for you? Get a free LASIK evaluation to find out. UTMB now 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.

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 family members.

The free LASIK evaluation starts with a phone call: 1-866-685-6995. Call today to schedule your free exam 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 two weeks look for more reasons to consider LASIK.

Contact:     Email: Joffe Center     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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Volunteers 18 and Older Are Needed for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) Vaccine Study
First Published 8/25/2014

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development is recruiting healthy men and women ages 18 and older for a Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) vaccine clinical trial.  Participants must be available for about 10 study visits over approximately 18 months. 

Travel reimbursement is provided.  

Please contact Lori Simon, RN at (409) 772-5278 or lasimon@utmb.edu for more information.  

Contact:     Email: Lori Simon     For: Sealy Center for Vaccine Development     Phone: (409) 772-5278
 
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Payroll and Asset Management Fiscal Year-End 2014 Deadlines
First Published 8/27/2014

**PAYROLL SERVICES**

KRONOS Time Keeping

Biweekly

All leave time used through Friday, August 29, 2014 for bi-weekly paid employees must be reported on timecards by 5:00 PM August 29, 2014.   All vacation leave balances existing in KRONOS at 5:00 PM on August 31, 2014 which exceed the maximum carryover amounts will be converted to sick leave. 

Monthly

All leave time used through Sunday, August 31, 2014 for monthly paid employees must be reported on timecards by 5:00 PM August 31, 2014. All vacation leave balances existing in KRONOS at 5:00 PM on August 31, 2014 which exceed the maximum carryover amounts will be converted to sick leave. 

Failure to update timecards by the designated dates/times above will result in the rollover of vacation leave balances exceeding the maximum carryover amounts.  No adjustments will be made in FY2014 to correct timecards by moving accrued vacation hours out of sick leave.

 

       Salary Cost Transfers and Prospective Funding Changes

Please adhere to deadlines provided to you by the HR Benefits and Business Center (HRBBC).

**ASSET MANAGEMENT**

Annual Inventory

The last day to meet the Institutional Goal of locating and accounting for 100% of all assets via scanning or other means (disposition forms, loan forms, unscannable assets schedule, untaggable assets schedule, etc.) is July 31, 2014.  However, Asset custodians who have yet to complete the inventory process are able to account for assets through August 29, 2014.  Inventory status reports are being forwarded to UTMB Executive Leadership on a weekly basis identifying departments that are delinquent in completing their asset inventory.
 

Asset Transfers


All Inter-Departmental Transfers (IDR's) of assets should be approved/ accepted by the receiving department by 5 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2014, in order for the asset to be officially transferred between departments in FY2014.  Asset Custodians should frequently log-into the PeopleSoft Asset Management (PSAM) system to review their work list, and all transfers need to be reviewed and accepted no later than August 22nd.

 
Contact:     Email: Craig Elmore     For: Finance Payroll / Asset Management     Phone: 409747-7901
 
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2013- 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER AUGUST 31
First Published 8/28/2014

2013 - 2014 SUPERIOR VISION BENEFITS EXPIRE AFTER  AUGUST 31

UTMB Health Optical Center optometrist Dr. Praveena Gupta reminds UTMB employees to use their 2013 - 2014 Superior Vision benefits this fiscal year,  before they expire after August 31.

Book an appointment with Dr. Gupta soon and take advantage of your special *discounts on frames and prescription lense treatments.  Stop by and view our great selection of designer frames including Tom Ford, Michael Kor, Silhouette, Prada, Coach, ZigEyewear and many more.

We have special package prices starting as low as $79.95 for single vision lenses including selected frames, to $149.95 including selected progressive lenses and selected frame.  That's great if you don't have vision insurance!

Call today and schedule your eye appointment with Dr. Gupta at 409-747-5800.

  • 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus
  • Free, convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions
  • Open 8am - 6pm, Monday - Friday

Appointments:  409-747-5800

Questions:  409-747-5823

*Maui Jim and Costa sunglasses excluded from discounts 

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SALE AUG 18TH TO SEPT 5TH
First Published 8/27/2014

 

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SALE

AUGUST 18 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 

DIAGNOSTIC SETS/WELCH ALLYN 

STETHOSCOPES

SPHYGMOMANOMETERS

Miscellaneous items, all sale items are non-refundable.

Representatives from Littman, Welch Allyn, and Tycos will be present to demonstrate and explain the equipment. 

https://ispace.utmb.edu/xythoswfs/webview/_xy-7665526_1?stk=2DF0072E92FF749 

 

 

 

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Contact:     Email: UTMB Bookstore     For: Auxiliary Enterprises     Phone: 409-772-1939
 
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Blocker Burn Champions Fun Run/Walk
First Published 8/25/2014

Join us again this year!!

Blocker Burn Champions 2014 Stop, Drop, & Roll 5K Fun Run/Walk (certified)
October 4th, 2014 at 8 AM
Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center

Cost $10.00 13 & under and $25.00 14 & up
Register @ www.Signmeup.com

Blocker Burn Champions is an organization committed to burn survivors and their families.
BBC was founded by health care professionals and friends of the Blocker Burn Unit who
recognized that burn survivors and their families often have tremendous needs for
assistance and resources. BBC is determined to go "above and beyond" in their quest to
ensure that burn survivors and their loved ones have access to help.

Click for more information
Contact:     Email: Amy Barrera-Kovach, LMSW, CCM     For: Blocker Burn Unit     Phone: 72076     Fax: 73434
 
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Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
First Published 8/27/2014

 

Seed Funding for Pilot Proposals in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
First Published 8/18/2014

The Sealy Center on Aging and the Office of the Vice President for Research in collaboration with the R24 on Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly, will provide funding for up to $30,000 to support pilot projects in patient centered outcomes research.  The proposed pilot research should be designed to directly lead to an application for funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The proposed research does not have to involve aging. Any patient population (for example, children) will be considered appropriate.

 We encourage UTMB faculty from any of the four schools, as well as members of the UTMB Health System to consider applying.  Interested individuals should submit a one page or less summary of their proposal to Kelley Prevou (kaprevou@utmb.edu).  Those that are judged promising will be asked to provide a 3-5 page description.  Please note that the only goal of this program is increase the number of applications submitted by UTMB faculty to PCORI, which currently funds about $650,000,000 a year.  Thus, an understanding of PCORI interests and processes is fundamental before seeking pilot funding. Information regarding PCORI funding and opportunities is available at:  http://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/landing/

The deadline for submitting the initial summary is 10/1/14.

 Please direct any questions to Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD at kottenba@utmb.eduor James S. Goodwin, MD at jsgoodwi@utmb.edu 

 

Contact:     Email: Kelley A. Prevou     For: Research Services     Phone: 409 747-1987     Fax: 409 772-9598
 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- For Asthma Research Study
First Published 8/27/2014

 

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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