Happy New Year!
The team that brings you information about UTMB’s clinics, schools and research is now the UTMB Office of Marketing and Communications. This new identity better reflects the work of the department, formerly known as Public Affairs. Stephen Campbell joined UTMB in December as vice president of the office.  

Holiday closures
UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics are closed today for the New Year’s holiday. John Sealy Hospital and the Emergency Room never close. For more information about UTMB clinics and patient services, including pediatric urgent care clinic hours, visit www.utmbhealth.com or call the UTMB Access Center at 409-772-2222.

The Breakfast Club
“Going for bust: Breast reconstruction after surgery” is the topic of discussion at the first meeting of the new year for UTMB’s Breakfast Club. Speaker Dr. Karen L. Powers is an assistant professor of plastic surgery at UTMB with special interest in breast reconstruction, microsurgery, wound healing and medical education.  Her research projects include utilization and outcomes of breast reconstruction, national practice patterns and disparities in care among patients with breast cancer and effects of radiation on reconstructed breasts. The Breakfast Club meets from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every other month at the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information, call 832-505-2000 or go to www.utmbhealth.com/BreakfastClub.  

Professor is founding editor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor Cheryl Watson is preparing to launch a new peer-reviewed scientific journal early this year. Titled “Endocrine Disruptors,” the publication will focus on novel research into how certain chemicals can fool the body’s hormone-signaling systems into inappropriate responses, producing diseases and developmental disorders in both animals and humans.

 Save the date
Feb. 23 is the date of the “Stop, Drop and Roll’ fun run to benefit the UTMB Blocker Burn Unit during Burn Awareness Month. For more information, go to www.utmbhealth.com.

Go green
Make your tree more than just a symbol of celebration – recycle it. Galveston’s 19th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Drive runs through Jan. 20. All live evergreen trees, including flocked trees, will be accepted. Please remove all tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands; wood stands will be accepted.  Galveston Partners in Composting — UTMB and the City of Galveston — will take turn the trees into mulch to provide benefits year round. Drop-off sites: 
•           UTMB: Open-top trash bin at the base of the water tower on the corner of Holiday  and Harborside drives. 
•           City of Galveston Eco-Center: 702 61st Street (closed Jan. 1).     

Blocks closing for construction
Two blocks of the campus, near the School of Nursing/School of Health Professions building, will be closed for the installation of underground utilities. The closure of Mechanic Street, between 11th and 12th streets, and 12th Street between Strand and Mechanic streets, is expected to last until August 2013. For more information and to view the latest in construction at UTMB, go to www.utmb.edu/construction.