Inside UTMB  - Diabetes Alert Day
Today is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a “wake-up call" asking people to take the Diabetes Risk Test, a simple online quiz that assesses potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Go to www.diabetes.org to determine your risk factors. The UTMB Stark Diabetes Center joins the ADA in sharing a strong commitment to primary prevention of type 2 diabetes by increasing awareness of and actively engaging individuals in preventative behaviors like weight loss, physical activity and healthful eating.

Basic clinical science symposium
Dr. Scott Lea and Marc Morais will present “Double-stranded DNA viruses in human diseases” at noon March 27 in the first floor auditorium of Research Building 6. Using the case of a middle-aged woman with herpes simplex, Lea will discuss the ongoing disruption of her life and her child’s, while Morais will follow with his research on developing solutions for the disease.

Global health education
Dr. Matthew Dacso, director of the Center for Global Health Education at UTMB, will present “Teaching a common language: Lessons learned from Interprofessional Global Education” as the keynote speaker for Interprofessional Education Day. He will speak at 1 p.m. March 26 at Levin Hall, located at the intersection of Market and 10th streets.

Dean’s lecture
“Preventive medicine and public health at UTMB: Past contributions, future possibilities” is the topic of the Dean’s Lecture by Laura L Rudkin, professor and Centennial Chairwoman of the UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. Her presentation, at 4 p.m. on March 28, in Levin Hall at the intersection of Market and 10th streets, is part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ annual Homecoming celebration. Rudkin is project director for Primary Care Plus at UTMB, a program that integrates primary care and public health training for medical and physician assistant students.

Weight loss seminar
The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a free seminar on weight loss, including medical and surgical options available, at 6 p.m. on March 27 at the Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 832-505-1500.

Calling all artists
March 28 is the deadline for entries in the 2014 Earth Day Art Contest for UTMB Health Earth Day celebration in April. The contest, open to all, encourages UTMB staff, students, faculty and community to embrace conservation, recycling and sustainable efforts. The winning design will grace the official UTMB Health Earth Day 2014 T-shirts and poster. For more information, contact Diana Davison at dldaviso@utmb.edu or 409-747-2739. For contest rules and applications, go to www.utmb.edu/bof/Utilities/Sustainabilty/.

Screening mammograms for uninsured
UTMB and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are partnering to provide free screening mammograms for uninsured women in Galveston County by bringing the mobile mammography van to area churches in Galveston County. The screenings are being offered March 30 in Texas City; April 6 in Hitchcock; April 27 in Clear Lake; and May 18 in Galveston. There are a number of requirements to be eligible and participants must preregister for screening. Registration packets are available in the UTMB Breast Imaging Department on the second floor of the University Hospital Clinic building in Galveston or the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information, contact Ida Hernandez at 832-505-1721.