UTMB’s pastoral care department is pleased to sponsor “Post traumatic growth,” featuring the Rev. Clay Thomas, pastor of Galveston Bible Church, and sculptor Jim Phillips.

Thomas is also a chaplain and captain in the U.S. Army Reserve with knowledge of post-traumatic stress in both the civilian and military communities. Phillips is one of the artists who have given Galveston a new art form through sculpting the remains of trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

The event is from  8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 8 in the Children’s Hospital auditorium. A light breakfast will be served. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, email ksozenbe@utmb.edu or call 409-772-3909.

Senior Supper Club

“Establishing a dietary framework to maintain muscle and strength with age” is the topic on the table for Douglas-Paddon Jones, associate professor in the department of physical therapy and expert on nutrition and muscle metabolism. He will address the June meeting of the supper club, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Sealy Center on Aging, on June 9 beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, non-refundable and must be purchased by Friday.

For information or tickets, call 409-763-5604.

Visiting campus

The Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics and the department of biochemistry and molecular biology welcomed Dr. George Phillips, professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who spoke on “Structural biology 2.0: Protein dynamics, metabolic pathways and protein engineering.”

Baldrige appointment

Rebecca Saavedra, UTMB vice president for strategic management has been appointed to serve as an examiner on the 2011 board of examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program within the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States Department of Commerce.

She has served two years at the state level for the Quality Texas Board of Examiners. UTMB President Dr. David Callender is a former Baldrige Examiner.


Elnora Mendias, associate professor in the School of Nursing, received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, presented by the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, in recognition of her long-standing and significant contributions.


Dr. Don Powell, director of the Institute for Translational Sciences Clinical Research Center, recently published two research review papers.

The first, “Mesenchymal Cells of the Intestinal Lamina Propria,” appeared in the March issue of the Annual Review of Physiology.

The second, “Intestinal myofibroblasts: targets for stem cell therapy,” is in the May issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

Osler Club

The latest dialogue and dinner meeting of the Osler club featured Dr. Joseph Vander Veer Jr., retired general surgeon and editor of The Oslerian, presenting “Two great men of surgery and medicine,” which compared and contrasted the lives and accomplishments of Joseph Lister and Sir William Osler.

Vander Veer also presented a grand rounds lecture on “Bedside manners or how to be a surgical ‘Pro.’”

Visiting Campus

“Choreographing an enzyme’s dance” was presented by Dorothee Kern, professor of biochemistry at Brandeis University.

The Institute for Translational Sciences welcomed Jonathan C. Cohen, professor of nutrition and metabolic diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who spoke on “Genetic defenses against diseases of dietary excess.”


“Update on restless leg syndrome” was the topic addressed by Dr. Mark Holden, associate professor in the department of internal medicine.

Mark R. Emmett, professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, spoke on a systems biological approach to cancer research.

“Autonomic control of pain perception — Theories of modulation and targets for therapy” was the subject of Dr. Glenn Smith, professor and interim chairman in the department of neurology.