UTMB Announcements for 3/20/2018

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Dr. David Callender concludes Mondays in March series with panel discussion - March 26
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
Scheduled Network Maintenance for Admin Building
Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior - March 28, 2018
***TODAY***CAR & Psychiatry Faculty Candidate Seminar***TODAY***
TOMORROW! "Time-Out" Session for Caregivers and Families- "Breathe"
Department of Surgery Research Seminar Series
WHO Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut Internship Program Announcement
2018 Field Epidemiology Course + New Training Opportunity
SOM Faculty Recruitment
Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Finals Orals SSP
Health Policy Dialogue and Lunch – MAR 28

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
Van Pool -- Highway 6 - Santa Fe & Hitchcock3/7/2018
A. ALGAISSI - Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar – 3/23/183/16/2018
UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest 20183/19/2018
NCBA Faculty Candidate Seminar3/16/2018
Neuroscience Grand Rounds3/19/2018

Dr. David Callender concludes Mondays in March series with panel discussion - March 26
First Published 3/20/2018

The final Mondays in March is March 26 at noon in Levin Hall Auditorium on the Galveston Campus. This session includes a panel discussion among UTMB President Dr. David Callender and the executive vice presidents. This annual series provides an opportunity for you to hear from UTMB executive leaders about plans and progress in Business and Finance, Academic Enterprise and the Health System.

Remote viewing options will be available - please see www.utmb.edu/mondays-in-march for viewing information. Materials for each session will be posted online after the event.

Questions from employees will be addressed as time permits at each session. Questions can be submitted via the Employee Advisory Council via our form.

The schedule:

March 26 — Executive Leadership Panel, President David Callender, along with Cheryl Sadro, Dr. Danny Jacobs and Donna Sollenberger

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Contact:     Email: KirstiAnn Clifford     For: Marketing & Communications     Phone: 409-772-8786
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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 3/20/2018


"Immune modulation by dengue virus: beyond the STING"


Ana Fernandez-Sesma, PhD
Department of Microbiology and
Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm
2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

All interested parties are encouraged to attend!

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Contact:     Email: Jennifer Ellis     For: Center for Tropical Diseases     Phone: 71804
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First Published 3/20/2018

The President’s Cabinet Awards Committee seeks proposals for the 2018 President’s Cabinet Awards. The theme of this year’s awards is UTMB Health–The Community and Beyond: Working Together for Our Future. This theme explicitly recognizes the shared interest of the university, the surrounding community and beyond, in promoting a vibrant and supportive environment. This environment is enriched by those systems, protocols and partnerships that put the people UTMB Health serves first, promotes outreach, education and improved patient care. Projects that mobilize the creativity, ingenuity, and dedication of the students, staff, and faculty of UTMB Health are especially encouraged.

Proposal forms can be downloaded online here.

Submission deadline is Friday, May 25 at 4:30 PM in room 5.128 of Rebecca Sealy.

Winning projects will be announced by September 1.  

Contact:     Email: Jennifer Crawford     For: Development Office     Phone: 409-772-5151     Fax: 409-747-3350
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Scheduled Network Maintenance for Admin Building
First Published 3/20/2018
On March 21st, Network Operations will be replacing the building router for the Admin Building (Bldg 12) beginning at 6pm. When this change begins, this will cause a network outage for the 4th floor. We will move the users over one by one and anticipate the change to take a maximum of 4hrs.
Contact:     Email: Benjamin Mathew     For: IS NetOps     Phone: 409-772-5200
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Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior - March 28, 2018
First Published 3/20/2018

The UTMB Professionalism Committee is offering several workshops entitled, Can We Talk? Addressing Poor Behavior for targeted audiences.  The next workshop is for staff and faculty and will occur on Wednesday, March 28, between 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Rooms 1.402/1.408 SON/SHP Bldg.

The workshop employs many of the principles used by Vanderbilt's Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy for having a cup of coffee conversation.   Drs. Mark Holden and Rebecca Saavedra will facilitate.  Limited to 70.  Registration required.  Use the link below to register. 

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the consequences of failing to address poor behavior in the workplace.

2. Recognize the purpose and intended outcome of the “Cup of Coffee” conversation.

3. Apply recommended techniques to stay focused on the message and respond to pushback behavior.

4 .Identify opportunities to engage in Cup of Coffee conversations to encourage personal insight and self-improvement.

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Contact:     Email: Ruth L Finkelstein     For: Office of Strategic Management     Phone: (409) 747-1247
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***TODAY***CAR & Psychiatry Faculty Candidate Seminar***TODAY***
First Published 3/20/2018

***TODAY***The Center for Addiction Research


the department of psychiatry***TODAY***


Present a Faculty Candidate Seminar by


Isabelle Bauer, LPA, PhD





Center for Excellence on Mood Disorders


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



UT Health Science Center


Houston, TX



Cognitive and neural correlates of impulsivity in bipolar disorder and dual diagnosis


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Research Building 6, Room 1.206


Hosted by:

Kathryn A. Cunningham, PhD and

Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, PhD

Contact:     Email: Kirsty Foss     For: Center for Addiction Research     Phone: 409-772-3093
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TOMORROW! "Time-Out" Session for Caregivers and Families- "Breathe"
First Published 3/20/2018

***Patients and staff are also welcome to attend this session***

March 21st Session- 2pm in Jennie Sealy 2.506A

Presenter: Rebecca Castro, LCSW


Overview: During this session, patients, caregivers and families will receive relaxation techniques and tips to help relieve stress and reconnect with themselves.

Please encourage caregivers, family members and patients to attend! 

"Time-Out “is a weekly educational/support session for caregivers and family members of UTMB patients, to support them in their adjustment and maintenance of their caregiving role.  These sessions will not be tied to a specific diagnosis- all caregivers and family members are welcome.  The hope is that these sessions will provide a chance for them to have “time out” to relieve some stress, have a little fun, build on care giving skills, decrease burnout and affirm that they are not alone in the role of caregiving.

These sessions are facilitated by UTMB students and staff and will occur every Wednesday at 2pm in Jennie Sealy 2.506A.  Sessions will last around 30 minutes and will address topics that falls into the following categories: Relaxation, Self-Care, Discharge Planning and Medical Topics.  

If you have questions or are interested in facilitating a session, please contact Savannah Parks at sjparks@utmb.edu or 409-266-7542


Contact:     Email: Savannah Parks     For: Health Resource Center     Phone: 409-266-7542
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Department of Surgery Research Seminar Series
First Published 3/20/2018

Department of Surgery Research Seminar Series

Guest Speaker:

Iryna Pinchuk, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Internal Medicine

"PD-1 ligands as an immune checkpoint in colonic mucosa: role in health and IBD"

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6.106 McCullough Building Classroom
12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Contact:     Email: Erica Unice     For: Surgery     Phone: 409-772-1285
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WHO Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut Internship Program Announcement
First Published 3/20/2018

The UTMB World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases in conjunction with the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI - the German Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biologicals; equivalent to the Center for Bioilogics Evaluation and Research at the FDA), will sponsor an internship program during 2018.

The internship program will support up to 2 graduate/medical students:

  • 3 months at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (Langen, Germany) beginning September 2018
  • Gain experience in the development and evaluation of candidate and licensed vaccines.
  • Contribute to important vaccine and infectious disease-related project.

For more information, please contact Drs. David Beasley, Dennis Bente, Gregg Milligan, Lisa Reece, or Alan Barrett.

Contact:     Email: Lisa Reece     For: Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences     Phone: 409-772-5225
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2018 Field Epidemiology Course + New Training Opportunity
First Published 3/20/2018

Field Epidemiology Course

The Center for Global Health Education invites applicants for the 2018 Field Epidemiology Course in Peru.

Scholarships are available for UTMB students (SOM, SON, SHP, GSBS), residents, and fellows to participate in a Field Epidemiology experience for two weeks in Peru. Course credit is available for medical students (4-week elective) and graduate school students.

The course will begin on August 6 and run through August 17. Trainees must arrive in Lima by August 5.

Interested applicants should have some knowledge of epidemiology (e.g. medical school courses), and/or at least a basic familiarity with Spanish.

Applicationhttp://bit.ly/2sZ8FKL - Applications Due March 23, 2018 at 5pm


Global Health Leadership Academy

(fully funded for selected trainees)

Trainees applying to the Global Health Leadership Academy must be able to commit to the full 12 weeks (July 30 –October 14, 2018).

This year, in addition to the field epidemiology course, we are pleased to offer an opportunity for training in global health governance, diplomacy, and leadership. Students who participate in the full 12-week program will spend a total of 8 weeks in Peru doing field work and implementation research, then travel to the US to attend the annual meeting of the Pan-American Health Organization and to learn about the international policy-making process. Successful applicants will be fully funded. Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Caley Satterfield (casatter@utmb.edu) for more information. The application for this opportunity is the same as the field epidemiology application. Please be sure to mark your interest. Students from all schools are welcome to apply.

Applicationhttp://bit.ly/2sZ8FKL - Applications Due March 23, 2018 at 5pm

Contact:     Email: Bradley Brock     For: Center for Global Health Education     Phone: 409-772-0637
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SOM Faculty Recruitment
First Published 3/20/2018

The School of Medicine is in the initial phase of recruiting faculty for small group facilitators, clinical skill evaluators andSoM applicant interviews for the Integrated Medical Curriculum (IMC).

During this phase, an online site will be available for interested faculty to indicate all of the courses and modules in which they wish to, and are available to participate in.  It is important to understand that signing up for a course using the online survey site at this time is not a confirmation.  The online sign-up survey will be used to provide an opportunity for faculty to express their interest, to assess our needs, and to allow each department to fill a designated number of assured teaching credits for the upcoming academic year. Confirmation of final course rosters will occur at a later date.    The online sign-up survey is available Monday, March 19, 2018 and will be available through April 16, 2018.  Faculty must use the survey during this time if they are interested in signing up for these teaching efforts. 

The URL for the sign-up is: https://www.utmb.edu/meded/facultyPortal.asp

If you have any additional questions please contact the following individuals:

For the IMC, Dr. Lisa Elferink at  laelferi@utmb.edu
For SoM student applicant interviews Dr. Juliet McKee at jmckee@utmb.edu

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Contact:     Email: Mary M. Mallini     For: Instruction Management Office     Phone: 21646
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Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Finals Orals SSP
First Published 3/20/2018

                      UTMB School of Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice  

                               Graduating Class of 2018 will Present their

                                  Final Oral Scholarly Practice Projects

                            Friday, March 23, 2018 from 8:30am - 1:00pm in

                           Quad Room 1.102 - School of Nursing Building 

For a program of presenters and Scholarly Practice Project topics, contact Rob Risley, DNP Program via email or call x28266.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Contact:     Email: Rob Risley     For: School of Nursing, DNP Program     Phone: 28266
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Health Policy Dialogue and Lunch – MAR 28
First Published 3/20/2018

Please join the Office of the President, and the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs as we welcome UTMB’s Gary D.V. Hankins, M.D., Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UTMB and George Saade, M.D., Professor and Director of Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UTMB, for the next Policy Dialogue Lunch and Lecture on Wednesday, March 28, at noon. The free lecture is open to all UTMB students, faculty and staff, as well as those interested members of the public. The discussion begins at noon in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the UTMB campus. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This week’s Health Policy Dialogue is “Postpartum Care: Decreasing Maternal Mortality and Improving Long-Term Health.”  Drs. Hankins and Saade, will discuss the importance of postpartum care in decreasing maternal mortality and increasing long-term health for mothers.

We hope you will join us for the discussion on this very relevant topic in health care. For those unable to attend the lecture in person the Health Policy Lecture is available to remote Polycom equipped locations and via the web using a PC and speakers. To join via a Polycom system please video dial 4091104.  To join lecture via a PC/speakers use the URL listed below: https://hdstream.utmb.edu/VEMSWeb/Widgets/EmbedPlayerControllerWidget.html?ver=

The broadcast will not be interactive. For additional information or to RSVP please contact Becky Trout Unbehagen, at rltrout@utmb.edu or (409) 747-2734.

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Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: Health Policy & Legislative Affairs     Phone: 409-747-2739
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First Published 3/14/2018

It is once again time for UTMB’s Annual Research Disclosure Period. The UT Systems deadline for submission of Prior Approvals and Disclosures by researchers is March 31, 2018. Under UTMB IHOP 6.5.1 and UTS 175, all researchers must request prior approval for any relevant ongoing or future activities that will take place in 2018 or disclose any relevant activities under these policies for the 2017 calendar year.

Please login to the UT Systems Outside Activity Portal at http://outsideactivity.utsystem.edu/  and request prior approval or disclose all relevant outside activities by March 31st Even if you have submitted your requests for prior approval and your disclosure for calendar year 2017, you must go back to the portal and finalize it before March 31st.   Walkthroughs for the various disclosures can be found at https://www.utmb.edu/coi/COI%20Walkthroughs.asp.

If you have nothing to disclose, submit your declaration by March 31st. Access this link to the online portal https://outsideactivity2.utsystem.edu/finalize/  ; check the boxes to declare you have nothing to disclose; and click “Report No Activity”.  If you have already submitted your 2017 declaration, you must access the portal again to finalize it before March 31st.

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Compliance Team at COI.In@utmb.edu  or go to the COI webpage at http://www.utmb.edu/coi/ .

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Contact:     Email: COI.In@utmb.edu     For: Office of Institutional Compliance     Phone: 409.747.8795
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Van Pool -- Highway 6 - Santa Fe & Hitchcock
First Published 3/7/2018

Do You Want an Extra 40 Minutes of Sleep in the Morning?

 A Power Nap in the Afternoon?

Ride a Van!!


Save on gas  -- Drive from home to the van pick-up spot

Parking fees -- Van driver parks the van

Maintenance costs on your vehicle  --  Save an average of 250 miles per week on your vehicle


Call or email for a test ride and more information!


Join our vanpool -- meet new friends, read, take a nap, help the environment!


All hassle-free!


We have an immediate opening on our vanpool which leaves from Santa Fe on Highway 6

with pick up of additional riders in Hitchcock at Hwy. 6 and FM 2004.


We have several drop off locations on UTMB’s main campus in Galveston.


8 am-5 pm work schedule.

Contact:     Email: Beverly Claussen     For: Institute for the Medical Humanities     Phone: 772-9386
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A. ALGAISSI - Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar – 3/23/18
First Published 3/16/2018

 The Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Presents

Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 (DPP4)-mediated MERS coronavirus pathogenesis and the potential of soluble DPP4as a medical countermeasure against MERS infection”

Abdullah Algaissi
Graduate Assistant

Research Interest:Virology
Mentor: Chien-Te (Kent) Tseng, PhD

Friday, March 23, 2018

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Levin Hall 3.324

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Contact:     Email: Aneth Zertuche     For: Microbiology and Immunology     Phone: 22322
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UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest 2018
First Published 3/19/2018

Entries are currently being accepted for the UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest.

Contest Objective: To encourage all UTMB Health staff, students, faculty and the surrounding community to embrace conservation, recycling and sustainable efforts by actively participating in the UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest.

 Contest Theme: “Hit a Home Run with Recycling”


  • The contest is open to all.
  • Design must reflect ways to conserve energy resource consumption that will keep our environment clean and healthy for future generations.  
  • Artwork should be submitted on an 8½ x 11 inch white sheet of paper and fill the page.
  • Use no more than fivecolors to create the artwork; Use bright, boldcolors only.
  • Any media acceptable for the artwork but should lend itself to be reproduced on T-shirts and posters.
  • Artwork containing promotional material (e.g., company logos, brand names) will be disqualified.
  • The contest entry form information must be attached to the back of the artwork.
  • All entries become the property of UTMB Health.

Mail entries to: UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest, Attn: Diana Davison, 301 University Boulevard- Route 0920, Galveston, Texas 77555-0920

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 23, 2018;The winner will be selected in April 2018.


  • The winning artwork will be displayed on the UTMB Heath campus and will appear on official UTMB Health Earth Day 2018 T-shirts, posters and other promotional items.
  • The winner of the contest will receive recognition at the 26th Annual UTMB Health Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

For more information, please contact Diana Davison at (409) 747-2739, email dldaviso@utmb.edu, or visit the UTMB Health Sustainability website at http://www.utmb.edu/bof/Utilities/Sustainability/.

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Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: HPLA     Phone: 409-747-2739
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NCBA Faculty Candidate Seminar
First Published 3/16/2018


The Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy presents a Faculty Candidate Seminar by


Dr. Shelly Buffington, Assistant Professor, Memory and Brain Research Center, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine


“Effects of gut microbiota and its dysbiosis on neurodevelopment and behavior”


3:00 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Levin Hall Room 3.320

Contact:     Email: Belinda Ebert     For: Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy     Phone: 409-747-2178
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 3/19/2018


Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery



Nicole R. Gonzales, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurology - Stroke Program

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth


"Safety of Pioglitazone for Hematoma Resolution in Intracerebral Hemorrhage (SHRINC) Trial"


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312


1.  Understand treatment gap in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

2.  Identify treatment targets in ICH.

3.  Discuss the clinical trial results for the SHRINC trial and implications for future study.

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Gonzales has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson and Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical edcuation for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
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