Teenage dating violence, bullying is topic of today’s Lunch Bunch
Learn more about preventing teenage dating violence and bullying from one of UTMB’s experts on adolescent health. Jeff Temple, associate professor and licensed psychologist, will present “Healthy relationships don’t just happen: Preventing dating violence and bullying” at the next Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. today at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City. Visit www.utmbhealth.com/LunchBunch, call 832-505-1600 or email VictoryLakes@utmb.edu.

Healing through Humanism
The summer film and discussion series concludes today with “All real living is meeting,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. This uplifting conclusion follows Victor Frankl’s story about finding meaning and fulfillment through serving a cause greater than himself, through loving a person other than himself, and through facing obstacles with dignity. The series is free, but preregistration is required. For registration and questions, call 409-763-5604 or email Julia Sherrod at jsherrod@utmb.edu. The series is hosted by UTMB’s Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center.

New chairman of surgery
Dr. Douglas S. Tyler
will join the University of Texas Medical Branch as the new chairman of the department of surgery on Oct. 1. Tyler is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of surgical oncology at Duke University Medical Center. Tyler’s clinical practice focuses on GI cancers and melanoma. A national leader in his field, Tyler runs one of the largest regional chemotherapy treatment and clinical research programs in the country.

Cancer research grant
Lawrence C. Sowers and Kangling Zhang have been awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to study DNA modification and damage repair pathways in order to better understand genetic changes that drive cancer. Information gleaned from this study could provide insights into a new targeted chemotherapy. Sowers and Zhang are principal investigators for the project and will work with co-investigators Marxa Figueiredo and Ping Wu.

Shrimp Scamper
Registration is underway for the 2014 Shrimp Scamper, a family Fun Run/Walk along Seawall Boulevard on Sept. 27. The annual event is part of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Entry fees for the Shrimp Scamper are $30 for adults and $15 for children through Aug. 29. Then prices increase to $35.Visit www.yagaspresents.com/shrimpfestival/5k.html. Volunteers also will be needed for Shrimp Festival weekend. If interested, contact Diana Davison at dldaviso@utmb.edu. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Ronald McDonald House and the Justin David Hughes Fund. The fund was established by Dr. John and Mrs. Susan Hughes in honor of their son, a student in the medical branch’s school of medicine who would have graduated in 2010. His parents, family members and friends established the Justin David Hughes Fund at the medical branch to raise awareness and educate medical students and faculty on the warning signs and treatment of depression.

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.