UTMB Day at Minute Maid Park started out with a bang with Dr. Randall Urban, chairman of the department of internal medicine, throwing out the first pitch as the Houston Astros took on the New York Mets.

Bite worse than bark

Dr. John Fraser, professor of preventive medicine and community health at UTMB, was the pediatrician on hand for the kickoff of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, in front of Houston City Hall.

Fraser, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and preventive medicine.

Other participating organizations included the U.S. Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Prevent the Bite.

Houston-Galveston Albert Schweitzer Fellow named

David Darrow, a fourth-year medical student at UTMB, has been selected as one of the 2011-12 Houston-Galveston Albert Schweitzer Fellows.

He is one of 12 students chosen for the one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program that focuses on community service, leadership development and reflection.

A key requirement to the fellowship is a service project of at least 200 hours.

New laser technology

The UTMB Health Dermatology Clinic at Bay Colony in League City has announced it now has the XTRAC Excimer Laser, which is a new technology using UVB to treat psoriasis and vitiligo.

Evaluation can be scheduled by calling 281-534-3376 for an appointment with a medical branch dermatologist.

CPR training

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, together with the American Red Cross, will present free certified training in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators to OLLI members, thanks to grants from the Isla Turner Friendship Trust and the United Way. Sessions will be held Friday, June 3 and 10 at OLLI, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101.

Registration is required and will be on a first-come, first-served basis until sessions fill. For information, call 409-763-5604.

Visiting campus

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, the Center for Addiction Research, the Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology and the George and Cynthia Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases welcomed two visitors.

“Parkinson’s disease- Neurodegenerative pathways and therapeutic targets” was the topic of Bobby Thomas, assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York.

“Regulation of tau pathology by the microglial fractalkine receptor” was presented by Kiran Bhaskar, of the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland.

The Center for Tropical Diseases welcomed John Harty, of the pathology and interdisciplinary program in immunology at the University of Iowa, for his presentation on cell response and antimalarial immunity.