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TimeWise: Reminder to submit PTO requests for upcoming summer months
SPPH Seminar Series Presents, "An Academic Journey Towards Tailoring Health Promotion Strategies to Actualize Health Equity" by Dr. Mandy Hill
Vascular and Interventional Radiology Grand Rounds Cooley Guest Speaker: Past, Present and Future of Interventional Radiology
Juneteenth Program and Luncheon - June 3, 2024 *In person and Livestreamed*
Volunteers Needed for Naegleria Antibody Titers Study
Grand Rounds
Pediatrics Grand Rounds "An Update on Atopic Dermatitis"
Volunteers Needed for HPV Vaccine Study

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
CIRWH Spring Lecture Series: May 23, 20245/20/2024
The Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences is looking for Healthy Child Volunteers Ages 6 Months - 11 yrs5/20/2024
Call for Nominations for Educator of the Month5/20/2024
Looking for Leaders in Health Professions!5/14/2024
UTMB Optical Shop End of Spring Sale This Week Only!5/20/2024
RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED5/20/2024
Diabetes Prevention Program Survey5/17/2024
UTMB POLICE Bicycle Maintenance5/21/2024
John Sealy School of Medicine’s MD Program 2024 Commencement Ceremony5/21/2024
Employee Health Clinic in Galveston has moved to new location5/21/2024

TimeWise: Reminder to submit PTO requests for upcoming summer months
First Published 5/22/2024

 

As we approach the summer season, please make sure you are scheduling time off to relax and reconnect with family and friends.

Submitting your Paid Time Off (PTO) requests as soon as possible not only ensures your well-deserved break but also allows your department to plan for employee absences during peak vacation times.

The following resources are available to help with viewing your accrual balances and submitting PTO requests:

How to Read Timecard Accrual Data
Kronos Leave Types & Pay Codes Summary
How to Submit Kronos Time-Off Requests

Contact:     Email: myPTO@utmb.edu     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-8696
 
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SPPH Seminar Series Presents, "An Academic Journey Towards Tailoring Health Promotion Strategies to Actualize Health Equity" by Dr. Mandy Hill
First Published 5/22/2024

The School of Public and Population Health 

Proudly Presents:

 

"An Academic Journey Towards Tailoring Health Promotion Strategies to Actualize Health Equity" 

by Dr. Mandy Hill

 

McGovern Medical School

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

12-1 pm

HEC 2.220

 

Abstract: Over time, the focus of population and public health programs adapt and change in service to health priorities of the population it serves at the local, regional, and national levels. Specifically, the standard of strategies to prevent transmission to vulnerable populations has significantly changed. Although significant improvements have been made in a few high resourced, metropolitan cities (i.e. NYC and San Francisco), there exists a persistence of new HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases among marginalized and minoritized populations in the South. This has required prevention researchers to focus on this population to move towards realizing sexual health equity. To this end, health promotion efforts to prevent transmission of communicable diseases has been my research priority over two decades. The scientific and methodological approaches to population and public health research that address communicable diseases can be tailored and translated to address varied health disparities. The population health and health disparities department at UTMB Population and Public Health School is on the precipice of a unique opportunity to amplify the ability and capacity of their research faculty. Drawing from my experience as both an Assistant Research Director and Director of Population Health, I am poised to seamlessly integrate strategic planning initiatives with actionable research endeavors to synergistically catalyze the Department’s trajectory towards innovative outcomes. As Chair, my initial goal will be to identify three primary research foci that departmental faculty are already funded to pursue in alignment with priorities of the Inter-UTMB Center Collaborative Research to Advance Public Health and associated centers. Together, we will establish a central departmental theme to advance health equity through team science in a way that will improve population-level health impact of UTMB-driven research to Texans and the nation. In this talk, I will present formative ideas for faculty development, my educational background, and a snapshot of my research portfolio, demonstrating a successful trajectory of organizing a research plan that iteratively builds on historical successes and failures. I will share central leadership tenants, my vision, and ideas to expand and grow current successes with a plan to sustain and grow the department’s funding portfolio. The foundation of the UTMB Population and Public Health School is already strong in serving as the hub for integrating and aligning research, scholarship, practice, and education strengths across the five schools of the UTMB campus. I am confident that my skillset, leadership acumen, and track record of successfully building programs and fostering research, combined with my extensive scientific network, positions me as an ideal candidate to advance the mission of the department, school, and public health landscape. I am eager to leverage these strengths to drive meaningful population and public health impact in the community.

 

Contact:     Email: Kathryne Dunn     For: The School of Public and Population Health     Phone: 409-772-1128
 
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Vascular and Interventional Radiology Grand Rounds Cooley Guest Speaker: Past, Present and Future of Interventional Radiology
First Published 5/22/2024

The Department of Radiology Presents 

Past, Present and Future of Interventional Radiology

Given by Cooley Visiting Professor

Dr. Bulent Arslan

From Rush University, Chicago, Illinois

Friday, May 31, 2024

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Research Building 6, Rm 1.206

Or Microsoft Teams Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 283 355 233 425
Passcode: nAxsqy 

Download Teams | Join on the web

 

 

Contact:     Email: Jureka Reed     For: Radiology     Phone: 409-747-0965

 
Contact:     Email: Jureka N Reed     For: Radiology     Phone: 4097470965
 
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Juneteenth Program and Luncheon - June 3, 2024 *In person and Livestreamed*
First Published 5/22/2024

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Program and Luncheon on June 3rd, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Health Education Center, Room 1.200. (Note: This event will also be livestreamed beginning at 12:10 p.m., if you are unable to attend in person.)

Galveston holds a special significance for Juneteenth as the birthplace of this national holiday. The program will feature an engaging presentation from a distinguished speaker, entertainment, and a luncheon. Your presence at this event would be a tremendous honor as we celebrate this historic day for the Galveston community. We look forward to celebrating Juneteenth with you.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. David H. O’Neal Jr. - Mr. David H. O’Neal Jr.’s affiliations include: Longest serving trustee of Galveston School Board, with 29 years of service, Board member of the Old Central Cultural Center, Past President of African American Heritage Committee, Member of Galveston Historical Foundation, Member and Deacon of the 141-year-old Mount Pilgram Baptist Church, and 55-year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

In Person Attendees: Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by May 28th to events@utmb.edu

Livestream Attendees: This event will also be livestreamed beginning at 12:10 p.m.. 

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Contact:     Email: Tomiko Fisher     For: BERG     Phone: 4097722671
 
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Volunteers Needed for Naegleria Antibody Titers Study
First Published 5/22/2024
We are currently recruiting volunteers to participate in a research study determining the seroprevalence of Naegleria spp. in the Houston-Galveston TX region.
We are looking for male and female volunteers who:
• Are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old.
• Have no history of malignancy or autoimmune disease.
• Not currently taking immunosuppressive drugs.
The study will require you to participate in a one-time visit to UTMB-Galveston campus where you will complete a pre-screening questionnaire to determine eligibility. If eligible to participate, candidates will answer an additional questionnaire and donate a one-time blood sample. In total, the visit will take approximately 30 minutes.
Contact: jurojo@utmb.edu For: School of Health Professions Phone: (409)772-9476
Contact:     Email: Juan Rojo     For: Clinical Laboratory Sciences     Phone: 4097729476
 
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Grand Rounds
First Published 5/22/2024

The Department of Internal Medicine will be hosting Grand Rounds this Thursday, May 23rd, from 12-1pm. Join us to hear from special guest speaker Samir Parikh, MD to present on the topic of "Turning Back Kidney Frailty by Targeting Metabolism". All are welcome to join in the Research Building 6 Auditorium or via Zoom. 

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Contact:     Email: Rachel McClere     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 409-772-1176
 
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Pediatrics Grand Rounds "An Update on Atopic Dermatitis"
First Published 5/22/2024

UTMB Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Friday, May 24, 2024,   8:00 – 9:00 AM
Microsoft Teams Meeting ID: 221 177 052 471; Passcode: HsMq2J


David Lindsay, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Allergy and Immunology
Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Medical Branch


An Update on Atopic Dermatitis

Objectives: Following this session, participants should be able to:

§  Discuss the prevalence of AD and associated risk factors.

§  Discuss underlying pathophysiology and immunobiology leading to AD.

§  Learn about environmental factors that contribute to AD.

§  Review genetic mutations associated with AD.

§  Discuss clinical symptoms and natural progression of the disease.

§  Review therapeutic management of AD, non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic.

Contact:     Email: Irene Dillon     For: Pediatrics     Phone: 4097722815
 
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Volunteers Needed for HPV Vaccine Study
First Published 5/22/2024

 

We are currently recruiting female volunteers between the ages of 27 and 45 years old who have never received the HPV vaccine to participate in a clinical research trial.

Reimbursement for time and travel is provided.

Please contact Rosalina Trujillo at 409-747-5594 or rmtrujil@utmb.edufor more information.

Contact:     Email: Rosalina Trujillo     For: CIRWH     Phone: 4097475594
 
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CIRWH Spring Lecture Series: May 23, 2024
First Published 5/20/2024

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health presents the

2024 CIRWH Spring Lecture Series

“Fetal-Maternal Communication Via Extracellular Vesicles”

and

“Transfer of Maternal Immune Cells Through the Placenta”

 

Udo Markert, MD

Professor and Doctor of Medicine, Placenta Lab, Department of Obstetrics Jena University Hospital

Pediatric Conference Room

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Noon

 

All interested persons are welcome.

Limited lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Hosted by:

Abbey Berenson, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health

Ramkumar Menon, M.S., Ph.D.

Director, Division of Basic Science and Translational Research, Department of OB/GYN

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Contact:     Email: Mary Mullin Jones     For: CIRWH     Phone: 409-747-4926
 
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The Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences is looking for Healthy Child Volunteers Ages 6 Months - 11 yrs
First Published 5/20/2024

No previous Covid-19 Vaccinations

Interested in taking part in a Phase 1/2/3, Variant- Adapted BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine Study

Able to attend at least 1-4 in-clinic visits and be available for at least 1-2 telephone calls over approximately 6- 9 months.

Participants will be compensated for time and travel.

 

For information contact Cori Burkett-Merrifield, PA-C

Email: cmburket@utmb.edu or sivsctp@utmb.edu

Tel: (409) 772-5426

Contact:     Email: Cori Burkett-Merrifield     For: Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences     Phone: (409) 772-5426
 
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Call for Nominations for Educator of the Month
First Published 5/20/2024

The Academy of Master Teachers (AMT) is calling for nominations for Educator of the Month. AMT presents this honor in recognition of educational excellence at UTMB to acknowledge, thank and reward outstanding teachers.

Nominations can be submitted by the following link by students/residents, faculty, and staff.

https://www.utmb.edu/amt/educator-information/educator-of-the-month

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Contact:     Email: Anasthasia Guajardo     For: Office of Faculty Affairs     Phone: 409-266-5503
 
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Looking for Leaders in Health Professions!
First Published 5/14/2024

Did you know that UTMB offers an online Master of Science in Health Professions degree that opens opportunities for leadership as a healthcare manager, teaching at an academic health center or advancement as an executive within your organizations?

Did you know that our curriculum allows individuals with Bachelor's degrees in the arts or sciences to expand their field of study into exciting and fulfilling healthcare careers?

Apply Now for Fall 2024!

Visit our website to learn more about how you can earn your
Master of Science in Health Professions degree online.

UTMB offers a tuition reimbursement benefit.

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Contact:     Email: Tina-Marie Patterson or Janet Ferguson     For: SHP Masters in Health Professions     Phone: (409) 772-2194
 
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UTMB Optical Shop End of Spring Sale This Week Only!
First Published 5/20/2024

THIS WEEK ONLY!

Join us at the

UTMB Eye Care Optical Shops for our

End of Spring Sale!

 

May 20th – May 24th

 

25% off 1st Pair

50% off 2nd Pair

with the purchase of lenses (1st pair equal or greater than 2nd pair)

 

Take advantage of these savings on popular name brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada and many more.

 

Don’t miss out on our spectacular sale happening this week at both our Galveston optical shop May 20th to May 22nd, then continuing in Texas City on May 23rd and 24th!

 

UTMB Eye Care Optical Shops’ easily accessible locations:

            University Eye Care Center (UEC)      

            700 University Blvd., Galveston
            Phone # 409-747-5823

 

            UTMB Primary and Specialty Care Clinic

            10121 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City

            Phone # 409-978-4315

 

Note: This offer is not to be combined with any other promotion, discount, or insurance plan. Sale excludes sunglasses for Maui Jim, Oakley and Costa)

 

Is it time for an updated eye exam? Call 409-747-5800 to make an appointment.

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Contact:     Email: UTMB Eye Center     For: UTMB Ophthalmology     Phone: 409-747-5800
 
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RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
First Published 5/20/2024
HEALTHY Subjects
Subjects with ASTHMA
Subjects with ALLERGIC RHINITIS with seasonal symptoms
 
Eligibility includes being a non-smoker, between the age of 18- 60.
Eligible participants will be compensated for their time.
 
 
For Information please call: 409-772-5508
Or Email: Cindy Mitchell cimitche@utmb.edu
Lisa Sweeney lanemeth@utmb.edu
 
 
Dr. William J. Calhoun, MD Principal Investigator Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Contact:     Email: Cindy Mitchell     For: Internal Medicine     Phone: 409-772-5508
 
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Diabetes Prevention Program Survey
First Published 5/17/2024

The UTMB Department of Family Medicine is conducting a health equity research initiative, specifically focused on assessing healthcare provider awareness of CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Programs.

 

A focal point of this study involves conducting a brief survey to gauge providers' insights into the understanding and application of the Prevent T2® Prediabetes Program, one of the CDC Recognized Programs administered here at UTMB. The survey, requiring no more than 10 minutes to complete, holds significant value in elucidating barriers pertinent to advocating for the adoption of the Prevent T2® Prediabetes Program. 

 

Through your contribution, we hope to address existing hurdles in patient awareness and facilitate heightened utilization of this vital resource, ultimately advancing the collective effort to combat the diabetes epidemic. Thank you so much in advance for your time and feel free to reach out with questions or for further information. 

 

SURVEY: Deadline May 23, 2024

https://redcap.utmb.edu/surveys/?s=LNNJXYKE4Y

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Contact:     Email: Emmanuel Ebirim     For: School of Medicine/Department of Family Medicine     Phone: 281-416-6969
 
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UTMB POLICE Bicycle Maintenance
First Published 5/21/2024

On Thursday May 23,2024 at the Moody Medical Library, the UTMB Police Department will be conducting "free basic" Bicycle Maintenance. The maintenance provided includes air in the tire and oil on the chain. The UTMB PD will also register bicycles. Registering bicycles helps to deter bicycle theft and it also aids law enforcement in the recovery of lost/stolen bicycles. Those registering their bicycles will receive a free U-lock and lights for their bicycles (while supplies last). The service will be held at 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and is provided to all UTMB Students, Faculty, and Staff. All are required to have valid identification and their UTMB ID badge. If you have any questions, please contact Corporal Dorsey at 409-772-2691.  

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Contact:     Email: Curtis Dorsey     For: UTMB Police Department     Phone: 409-772-2691     Fax: 409-772-0524
 
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John Sealy School of Medicine’s MD Program 2024 Commencement Ceremony
First Published 5/21/2024

The John Sealy School of Medicine’s MD program commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Moody Gardens Convention Center. Faculty members are invited to celebrate this momentous occasion for our students. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to events@utmb.edu or (409) 747-6735 by Monday, May 20.

Burke T. Bradley, MD, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Bradley is an anesthesiologist who earned his medical degree at UTMB in 1990, and completed his internship and anesthesiology residency at UTMB before entering private practice. Affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital for the majority of his career, he has performed more than 37,000 general and regional anesthetics, with skills and interest in high-risk obstetric anesthesia, complex airway management, anesthesia care team management, multi-medical discipline cooperation, perioperative OR safety and efficiency, and human resource practices.  Dr. Bradley is a member of the Houston Methodist Anesthesiology Residency faculty. From 2008 to 2022, he served as Chief of Anesthesiology for the ENT, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Plastic/Cosmetic/Reconstructive Surgery service lines at Houston Methodist. In 2023, he joined the Face the Future Foundation as the sole anesthesiologist on a mission to Ukraine, performing 123 procedures on 35 injured soldiers over the course of five days. He has plans to return yearly.

Cristiana Rastellini, MD, will serve as Senior Faculty Marshal. Dr. Rastellini is a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Neurobiology. She holds secondary appointments as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology.  Dr. Rastellini joined the faculty at UTMB in 2007. She has been highly involved in teaching activities in addition to her research program. Dr. Rastellini currently serves as Chair of the JSSOM Curriculum Committee. She is a multi-year recipient of the Jimmy Doyle Dickens Memorial Award, selected by students in the John Sealy School of Medicine, and has been a faculty hooder for numerous JSSOM commencement ceremonies. In 2019 she was inducted as a member of the Academy of Master Teachers.

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Contact:     Email: Zelma Bocanegra     For: John Sealy School of Medicine - Office of Academic Affairs     Phone: 409-772-3619
 
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Employee Health Clinic in Galveston has moved to new location
First Published 5/21/2024

 

The Employee Health Clinic in Galveston has moved to:

UTMB Health Eye Center, Galveston
700 University Blvd., Suite 3.420
Galveston, TX 77550

Employees visiting the clinic may park in the surface lot in front of the UTMB Health Eye Center. Upon entering the building, they should:

  • Proceed to the back of the lobby
  • Take an elevator to the 3rd Floor
  • Turn right when exiting the elevator
  • Follow the signs to Suite 3.420

The clinic will continue to provide pre-employment drug screenings, medical clearances for new employees, work-related health services, research occupational health programs, medical care for work-related injuries or illnesses, and treatment for bloodborne pathogen and communicable disease exposures. Appointments are not required for most of these services.

Any questions may be directed to Employee Health at (409) 747-9172 or emphlthc@utmb.edu.

Contact:     Email: emphlthc@utmb.edu     For: Employee Health     Phone: (409) 747-9172
 
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