UTMB Announcements for 12/10/2018

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***$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS***
Call for Nominations – 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
YOU'RE INVITED! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon: Together We Win
BIRD FLU VACCINE STUDY
Bursar's Office Closed Thursday 12/13/18 from 11:15am-1:30pm
ETHICS: An Act of Dying - Ethical Considerations
MASTER'S OF SCIENCE IN NURSING!
Vaccine study for 18-49 year olds at Increased Risk of Pneumococcal Disease
Badge and Key Office Closure
Pathology Grand Rounds
Meyer Bodansky Memorial Lectureship
Important Notice – 2018 Tax Forms
"Time-Out" Session- "Breathe"
Learning to Prototype- Workshop Wednesdays at the MakerHealth Lab
The Final Oral Examination for Patti Hankins
Meet & Greet Moxi, UTMB’s Autonomous Robot Assistant
New Vaccinology Track for PhD Students
Sponsored Programs Hot Topics on Tuesday - December 11
Notice: 2019 IRS Limits for Tax Sheltered Annuity and Deferred Compensation Plans

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
Retiree Benefits Meeting- December 12, 201812/5/2018
M. Gwendie Camp Award for Educational Scholarship Nominations11/16/2018
The Center for Addiction Research Seminar Series - Dr. Peter M. Grace12/7/2018
Galveston Aging Care Network Breakfast - Thursday, December 13 - Holiday Music Singalong11/29/2018
Teaching Skills Workshop | December 11 & 17, 2018 | Health Professions Learner Mistreatment is a Problem Nationally and at UTMB12/5/2018
Track Student Scholarly Presentation12/5/2018
Employee Health Clinic will be closed from 7:30am until 1030am on Tuesday December 11, 2018 for staff meeting.12/7/2018
UPGRADE TO PREMIUM PRODUCT EYEGLASS LENSES, RECEIVE YOUR SECOND SET OF LENSES FREE12/6/2018
Department of Surgery Research Seminar Series12/7/2018
UTMB Campus Store December Promotions12/3/2018
Grants for Lunch – Dec. 1112/3/2018
**VANPOOL OPENING FROM CLEAR LAKE AND DICKINSON**12/6/2018
Faculty Senate Guest Presenter, Monday, December 10, 201812/6/2018
OLAW Webinar: Semiannual Program Review12/6/2018
Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds12/6/2018
Translational Research Seminar Series presented by Chris Roundy12/7/2018
Second Annual Conference on the Health of Migrants12/7/2018
New Life Support Education Calendar12/7/2018
** Police Badge and Administration Offices Closed **12/7/2018

***$10,000 STUDENT AWARDS***
First Published 12/10/2018

CALL FOR NOMINATION:
The John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine

The McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine is pleased to announce the John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine.  These awards provide monetary support for the education of medical students whose performance and conduct exemplify those ideals of medical practice as promulgated by Sir William Osler. The fundamental principles of Oslerian medicine include:
• Compassionate, personalized medical care that emphasizes the doctor/patient relationship
• Incorporation of a sound scientific basis for optimal patient care
• Professional behavior at all times

The students that are given the honor of this award are called “Osler Student Scholars.”  The expectations of the Osler Student Scholars are to:
• Learn about the values and principles that governed the professional lives of John P. McGovern and Sir William Osler.
• Be active in the community of Osler Student Scholars and participate in projects of others or your own.
• Serve as a role model for your Osler Student Society and foster learning for yourself and others about Oslerian principles and incorporate those ideals into your education and practice.
• Encourage reflection on humanities and the importance of science as a foundation for the practice of medicine.
• Attend monthly meetings of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and other meetings of the Osler Student Scholars.
• Attend, and consider presenting at, the annual American Osler Society meeting and bimonthly Osler Club meetings.

Each award will be for $10,000 per year.  In 2019, awards will be presented to four (4) students: two (2) rising sophomores and two (2) entering the second, third, or fourth years who are in good academic standing in the UTMB School of Medicine (SOM).

A medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore will receive funding for three (3) consecutive years, a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior will receive funding for two (2) consecutive years, and a medical student who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior will receive funding for one (1) year.

Medical students who are enrolled in dual degree programs are also eligible to become an Osler Student Scholar.  A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a sophomore medical student will receive funding for only three (3) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a junior medical student will receive funding for only two (2) consecutive years without regard to which UTMB school the student is enrolled. A student enrolled in a dual degree program who becomes an Osler Student Scholar as a senior student will receive funding for only one year.

Faculty who have worked with medical students as small group facilitators or preceptors in clinical settings, or mentors in the Osler Student Societies or other organizations, are especially encouraged to recommend this opportunity to worthy students. 

Interested students may download an application by logging on to: https://www.utmb.edu/osler/awards/student-award-in-oslerian-medicine.  The applicant must also submit letters of recommendation from one of his or her POM faculty members, from another member of the SOM faculty, and from a medical student well acquainted with the applicant.  An optional fourth letter of recommendation may be submitted by any other person who knows the applicant well.  (Current Osler Scholars are excluded from writing letters of recommendation for nominees unless the faculty is the student’s sole POM facilitator.)

Applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted in hard copy to: UTMB-McGovern Academy, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX  77555-0162, or electronically to the McGovern Academy (mcacadem@utmb.edu).  The completed application and all letters of recommendation must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019.  For answers to questions about the application, please call the McGovern Academy office at (409) 747-9680 or by email at mcacadem@utmb.edu.

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Please be advised: This is an ‘award’ not a ‘scholarship.’  Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine are non-academic prizes and recipients receive a personal check in the amount of $10,000.  Scholarships, on the other hand, are managed through Enrollment Services, take the form of educational financial aid and payments are trackable through MyStar.  This designation was made to help students remain eligible for the full amount of federal loans allowed for medical students.

Also, this is reportable income for a US student/Resident Alien student and taxable according to your respective filing status.  For further reporting requirements, please consult a tax professional.

Contact:     Email: McGovern Academy     For: John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine     Phone: ext. 79680
 
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Call for Nominations – 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
First Published 12/10/2018

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. This award honors and recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff and students who promote diversity, community partnership, philanthropy and civic engagement.

Please consider nominating a UTMB employee or student who has a demonstrated record of equality and inclusion and has made a profound difference to the university and the greater community.

  • All active full- and part-time faculty, staff and students may be nominated.
  • The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.
  • The award recipient(s) will be honored at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon.

Click here to complete an online nomination. You may also download a copy of the form and submit it as an email attachment to culture@utmb.edu.

Contact:     Email: Office of Diversity and Inclusion     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 747-6709
 
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YOU'RE INVITED! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon: Together We Win
First Published 12/10/2018
The UTMB Diversity Council cordially invites you to the
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Service Award Ceremony and Luncheon
TOGETHER WE WIN
 
featuring keynote speaker
Ian Barrett, EdD, MBA
Associate Vice President, HR Talent Management
UTMB Health
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Levin Hall Dining Room
 
Please respond by January 4 to Robin Baker, 
Office of University Events, at events.oua@utmb.edu or at (409) 747-6735.
 
SEATING IS LIMITED.
 
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Contact:     Email: Robin Baker     For: University Conferences & Events     Phone: 409-747-6735
 
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BIRD FLU VACCINE STUDY
First Published 12/10/2018

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Must be healthy, 18-64 years of age or older and available for 7 study visits over 13 months

 Reimbursement for time and travel provided

 For more information:

Robert Cox, RN - (409) 747-9240, roacox@utmb.edu

Cori Burkett, PA-C - (409) 772-5278, cmburket@utmb.edu

Contact:     Email: Robert Cox     For: Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences     Phone: (409) 747-9240
 
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Bursar's Office Closed Thursday 12/13/18 from 11:15am-1:30pm
First Published 12/10/2018

The Bursar's Office will be closed on Thursday, 12/13/18, from 11:15am-1:30pm for a departmental meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Contact:     Email: Bursar's Office     For: Finance-Bursar's Office     Phone: 409-772-2503
 
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ETHICS: An Act of Dying - Ethical Considerations
First Published 12/10/2018

NURSING ETHICS SEMINAR

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Jennie Sealy Room 2.506A

An Act of Dying:  Ethical Considerations

presented by

Dora Kuntz, MS, RN-BC, PhD Candidate

Learning Outcome Statement:  The Registered Nurse will know advanced care planning and patient rights and responsibilities. Furthermore, the RN will recognize and respect patients' wishes as part of their autonomous decision-making, and relief of suffering at the end of life, to ensure  the provision of high quality care, minimizing discomfort and promoting dignity.

Organized and facilitated by Nursing Education Advancement and Resources (NEAR) and the Institute for the Medical Humanities
Promoting thoughtful discussion about issues related to excellence in patient care.

University of Texas Medical Branch Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

We will connect to others outside of UTMB campus via business skype.  See attachment for instructions.

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Contact:     Email: Maribel Marquez-Bhojani, MS, BSN, RN-BC     For: Nursing Education, Advancement & Resources (NEAR)     Phone: 409-772-8399
 
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MASTER'S OF SCIENCE IN NURSING!
First Published 12/10/2018

 

Take your Nursing Career to the next level today. Get your Master’s degree online through one of the award winning  UTMB School of Nursing programs!

 

Did you know that our nursing school offers a Post BSN/MSN Certification in Nursing Education?

 

  Applications are now being accepted through April 15thAPPLY TODAY!  It’s easy!  Visit our website to discover how you can earn your MSN degree online in just 2 ½ years of part-time study.

 

  ·         Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) – Develop your nurse management skills  to strategically use organizational, workforce, and technical resources.  Your preceptors are current UTMB leadership!

 

 ·         Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) – Enhance your competency at the bedside to affect quality, safety, and cost.

 

 ·         Nurse Educator (NE)  - Learn theory, techniques and technology to create innovative  learning  in clinical/lab settings, real and virtual classrooms, and community settings.

 

 

Let me know how I can assist you on your path to success! Contact me at 409-772-8278. 

 

Contact:     Email: Burgandy DeLeon     For: School of Nursing     Phone: 409-772-8278     Fax: 409-772-8211
 
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Vaccine study for 18-49 year olds at Increased Risk of Pneumococcal Disease
First Published 12/10/2018

 The Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences Clinical Trials Program is currently recruiting volunteers who are 18-49 years old for a Pneumococcal Vaccine Study.

  This study requires participants to be at Increased Risk of Pneumococcal Disease

(Current diagnosis of heart, liver, or lung disease).

Participants must be available for about 5 study visits over approximately 7 months.

Reimbursement for time and travel is provided

Please contact Amy McMahan,LVN at (409)772-5278, (409)772-5409 or anmcmaha@utmb.edu for more information

Contact:     Email: Amy McMahan     For: Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences     Phone: (409) 772-5278
 
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Badge and Key Office Closure
First Published 12/10/2018

UTMB Police Department Badge and Key Office will be closed on Wednesday, Decemember 12, 2018 for office relocation. Offices will re-open on Thursday, Decemember 13, 2018 at 8 AM.

The Badge and Key Office will re-open in its new location: 2.500, Rebecca Sealy Building (two doors down from the old badge office).

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you

Contact:     Email: Annissia Kerlegan     For: Security Operations     Phone: 409-772-5690
 
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Pathology Grand Rounds
First Published 12/10/2018

**TODAY** 

Monday, December 10, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GNL 1.100

“Using Informatics to Improve the Diagnostic Process”
presented by

Anand S. Dighe, MD, PhD

Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Subspecialty Head, Clinical Core Laboratory, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Objectives:At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

 Explain the role of informatics and data is improving laboratory utilization and operations

 Describe several novel ways that data can be used to drive decisions and assure   quality in the laboratory and the test ordering and interpretation process

 Understand the impact of the emerging field of “computational pathology” in clinical laboratories

Methodology:Lecture followed by question and answer session

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

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Drs. Anthony O. Okorodudu, Judith F. Aronson, Heather Stevenson-Lerner and Mrs. 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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 39 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 If you do not have access to the GNL, you must RSVP with your UTMB ID# to Ashley Rhame @ anrhame@utmb.edu by Friday, December 7, 2018.  You may be denied entry if you do not RSVP.

Contact:     Email: Ashley Rhame     For: Pathology     Phone: x22521
 
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Meyer Bodansky Memorial Lectureship
First Published 12/10/2018

**TODAY**

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Meyer Bodansky Memorial Lectureship in Experimental Pathology

Presents
2018-19 Meyer Bodansky Visiting Professor of Experimental Pathology

Anand S. Dighe, MD, PhD

Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Subspecialty Head, Clinical Core Laboratory, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

 Presenting

“Artificial Intelligence Has Arrived: How Your Doctor Will Use “Big Data” To Help You”

 Lecture 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Levin Hall North Auditorium 2.220

(Reception to follow from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Levin Hall Foyer)
 

 Any questions please email Ashley Rhame @ anrhame@utmb.edu or call x22521

Contact:     Email: Ashley Rhame     For: Pathology     Phone: x22521
 
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Important Notice – 2018 Tax Forms
First Published 12/10/2018

In preparation for your year-end tax forms, please complete the following actions:

  • Review and update your home and mailing addresses in Employee Self Service by Dec. 31.
  • Submit your consent through Employee Self Service to receive an electronic copy of your W-2 tax form for 2018 if you have not already done so. The consent link is located under the Payroll and Compensation section. Any employee who does not sign up for the digital delivery of the form by Jan. 13 will be sent a paper copy through the U.S. mail no later than Jan. 31. For questions or more information about your W-2, email payroll.services@utmb.edu.
  • Sign up at www.MyTaxForm.com to receive an electronic copy of your 1095-C tax form for 2018. This form contains information about your health care coverage that will be needed to complete your tax return. Any employee who does not consent to the digital delivery of the form by Jan. 9 will receive a paper copy through the U.S. mail after Jan. 20. See https://utmb.us/2d4 for more 1095-C information or email hrservic@utmb.edu.

Note: If you previously signed up to receive your W-2 and 1095-C forms electronically, you do not have to complete the consent processes again.

Contact:     Email: Benefits Services     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-2630
 
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"Time-Out" Session- "Breathe"
First Published 12/10/2018

***Families, caregivers, patients, staff and students are welcome to attend these sessions***

December 12th Session- 2pm in Jennie Sealy 2.506A

Presented by: Rebecca Castro, LCSW

Topic: Breathe

Overview: Providing care for a loved one can cause extensive stress and keeps us from caring for ourselves.  During this session, we will provide relaxation techniques and tips to help caregivers and families 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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Learning to Prototype- Workshop Wednesdays at the MakerHealth Lab
First Published 12/10/2018

The MakerHealth lab invites all UTMB faculty, staff, and students to join us and learn new skills at Workshop Wednesdays. This space is open for the UTMB community to design, build, and prototype their ideas and come up with solutions to their everyday work-related challenges. Brought to UTMB under the leadership of Chief Nursing Officer, David Marshall, it is the first maker space in a US hospital.

In the Learning to Prototype workshop, we will introduce participants to the basic principles of ideation, design, and the multiple stages of prototyping, giving participants the tools to quickly dive into inventing. Come prepared with ideas and ready to materialize them into tangible prototypes.

If you have not come to visit the lab yet, please come to meet  Dr. Aisen C. Chacin and learn how to work with 3D printing, laser cutting, textiles, electronics, general hand & power tools, and much more. Should you need any more information do not hesitate to contact acchacin@utmb.edu or call 409.772.0147.

Location: Room 5.212, John Sealy Annex

Date/ Time: Wednesday 12/12/2018 from 2:00- 4:00pm

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Contact:     Email: Dr. Aisen C. Chacin     For: Nursing Science & Innovation     Phone: 409.772.0147
 
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The Final Oral Examination for Patti Hankins
First Published 12/10/2018

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Announces – The Final Examination of

Patti D. Hankins

For the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy

December 20, 2018

2:00 P.M.

SHP/SON 1.104

TITLE OF DISSERTATION

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS, JOB SATISFACTION, AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AS PREDICTORS OF POTENTIAL FOR TURNOVER IN OLDER MATURE REGISTERED NURSES PROVIDING DIRECT PATIENT CARE

SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair: Alice Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Nursing Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Christopher Edwards, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Sheryl Bishop, PhD, Professor, Nursing Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Mary O’Keeffe, PhD, JD, RN, Professor, Nursing Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Terry Throckmorton, PhD, RN, Principal Researcher, Elsevier HESI, Miamisburg, Ohio

Contact:     Email: Laura Teed     For: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences     Phone: 22668
 
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Meet & Greet Moxi, UTMB’s Autonomous Robot Assistant
First Published 12/10/2018

The Nursing Science & Innovation (NSI) division at UTMB is excited to partner with Diligent Robotics and the fabulous nurses on Unit 9C Surgery in Jennie Sealy Hospital to pilot an autonomous robot assistant.

Moxi, as our robot team member is called, will be making its debut appearance next week. There will be a Meet & Greet during the day and evening for the entire UTMB community on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 4th Floor of Jennie Sealy Hospital (foyer).

UTMB is one of only two health care organizations in the world to pilot Moxi, which is unique in being one of the first autonomous robots not controlled by humans. Moxi will serve as a supporting member of the care team by taking over non-patient care logistical tasks, such as bringing supplies from a central storage area to patient rooms; this will help nurses maintain their focus on patient care delivery.

Please join us on Dec. 13! NSI is also facilitating a robot music playlist, so feel free to contact Dr. Tammy Cupit, Dr. Jackie Stout-Aguilar or Juanita Norton with your selection—great suggestions so far have included “Mr. Roboto” by Styx, The Jetson’s theme song and more. You can also submit a song idea by clicking here.

Contact:     Email: Juanita Norton     For: Nursing Program Development     Phone: (409) 772-1734
 
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New Vaccinology Track for PhD Students
First Published 12/10/2018

New Vaccinology Track for PhD Students

Beginning September 2018

Graduate students who want tobecomeexperts inthepathwayforvaccine research, developmentandimplementation can now enroll in the Vaccinology Track of the Human PathophysiologyandTranslational Medicine(HPTM) program. The track is the first vaccinology curriculum in the United States designed for non-physicians, and represents a collaboration of the Sealy Institute of Vaccine Sciences, the Institute for Translational Sciences, and the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences. By training the next generation of vaccinologists in scientific, translational, and interprofessional competencies, the track prepares them for the full breadth of opportunities along the multidisciplinary vaccine development pipeline. For more information, please visit:https://its.utmb.edu/learning/degrees-certificates/vaccinology-track/about-the-vaccinology-track

Contact:     Email: Donna Adams     For: Institute for Translational Sciences     Phone: 21932
 
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Sponsored Programs Hot Topics on Tuesday - December 11
First Published 12/10/2018

"Incoming and Outgoing Subcontract Documentation"

Tuesday - December 11 at 9:30 am

Research Building #6 1.108

RSVP at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining

 

Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 409-266-9432
 
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Notice: 2019 IRS Limits for Tax Sheltered Annuity and Deferred Compensation Plans
First Published 12/10/2018

 

The IRS general contribution limits for Tax Sheltered Annuities (TSA) 403(b) and Deferred Compensation Plans (DCP) 457(b) changed for 2019. These voluntary retirement plans are available to all UTMB employees to supplement their mandatory retirement plan (TRS or ORP). Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the annual general contribution limits for both the TSA (Traditional pre-tax and/or Roth after-tax) and DCP plans will be $19,000 for each with an additional $6,000 for employees 50 and older for each.

Optional Retirement Program (ORP) participants are still eligible to contribute $19,000 plus the additional $6,000 age 50 catch-up in the Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b). However, the maximum allowable TSA contribution is subject to IRS limitations. The total contributions for the Tax Sheltered Annuity (Roth and/or Traditional) and the Optional Retirement Program (employee and employer contributions), cannot exceed $56,000 in 2019. If you are enrolled in ORP for your mandatory retirement plan and your salary is projected to exceed $244,224.42 in 2019 please email Benefits Services for assistance in calculating the maximum allowable contribution for a Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan.

To make changes to your current per check deduction amounts for TSA/DCP, please log on to UT Retirement Manager and enter the change. For the change to be effective on your first check in January monthly paid employees must enter the change no later than Dec. 15, 2018, and biweekly paid employees must enter the change no later than Dec. 26, 2018. It is important to note, however, that changes to your current per check deduction amounts for TSA/DCP can be made at any time.

Please refer to the UT System Retirement for more information on the differences in a TSA and a DCP. Specific questions regarding which voluntary retirement plan (TSA or DCP) would best suit your needs should be addressed with on the qualified Retirement Plan Vendor Representatives.

Contact:     Email: Benefits Services     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-2630
 
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Retiree Benefits Meeting- December 12, 2018
First Published 12/5/2018

Please join Benefits Services on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, for our Retiree Benefits Meeting. This meeting will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Room 1.130. This meeting is designed to assist you in the retirement process by providing information to you regarding your benefits as a retiree from The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Click here to register. Seating is limited to the first 50 people to respond.  Please note that you must access through Google Chrome.

Your registration will be processed through the UTMB Learn system. Sign in with your LAN user name and password the follow these steps to submit your registration.

  • Catalog
  • HR- Learning Events
  • Click on the Retiree Benefits Meeting with desired date of attendance
  • Under Enrollments select Retiree Benefits Meeting
  • Click Enroll

You will receive a message in Green indicating you have successfully enrolled

Contact:     Email: Benefits Department     For: Human Resources Benefits and Business Center     Phone: 409-772-2630     Fax: 409-772-2754
 
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M. Gwendie Camp Award for Educational Scholarship Nominations
First Published 11/16/2018

Nominations are invited for the 2019 M. Gwendie Camp Award for Educational Scholarship. This award recognizes a School of Medicine faculty member active in educational scholarship. It celebrates the legacy of Dr. Gwendie Camp, Director of the Office of Educational Development (1994-2001) and founder of the Scholars in Education Program.

A nominee must be a SOM faculty member who completed postgraduate training no more than 7 years prior to December 2018, has held a SOM faculty appointment for at least 3 years, and has demonstrated educational scholarship with subsequent peer-reviewed dissemination beyond UTMB. Educational scholarship is defined as either educational research or well-designed and evaluated educational innovations. The 2019 Scholarship award is in the amount of $2000.

Nomination packets must include (1) the nominee’s CV, (2) nominee’s summary of how the award criteria are met, (3) letter of support from the nominee’s Chair (or equivalent), (4) copy/copies of the disseminated work as PDF document(s). A letter of support from a peer nominator is optional.

Nomination packets should be submitted by email to Rebecca Woods at the Office of Educational Development (OEDhelp@UTMB.EDU), with the subject line “Gwendie Camp Award Nominee” no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Contact:     Email: Rebecca Woods     For: Office of Educational Development     Phone: 409-772-2791
 
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The Center for Addiction Research Seminar Series - Dr. Peter M. Grace
First Published 12/7/2018

The Center for Addiction Research

 

Proudly Presents

                                              

 

Peter M. Grace, PhD

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

Department of Symptom Research

 

University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

Houston, TX

 

 

Neuroimmune signaling in pain: opportunities for therapeutic intervention

 

 

Friday, December 14, 2018

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Basic Science Auditorium, 2.212

 

Hosted by: Kelly Dineley, PhD

Contact:     Email: Kirsty Foss     For: Center for Addiction Research     Phone: 409-772-3093
 
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Galveston Aging Care Network Breakfast - Thursday, December 13 - Holiday Music Singalong
First Published 11/29/2018

Galveston Aging Care Network Breakfast – Thursday, December 13, 8 – 9AM

Presented by Galveston Ukulele Society

The Galveston Aging Care Network, a gathering of Aging Care Professionals working to improve the quality of life for aging individuals through awareness and networking, is holding their breakfast program at the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, in the Community Room, hosted by OLLI at UTMB Health

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Contact:     Email: Mike Gately     For: OLLI @ UTMB Health     Phone: 409 763 5604
 
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Teaching Skills Workshop | December 11 & 17, 2018 | Health Professions Learner Mistreatment is a Problem Nationally and at UTMB
First Published 12/5/2018

What is learner mistreatment? What are the nuances of professionalism for health professions educators? Come examine these questions and more in this session using scenario-based videos and discussion.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss professional responsibilities in the clinical learning environment
  • Examine professional boundaries among teachers and learners
  • Identify examples of abuse of power
  • Identify gender and ethnicity insensitive comments

Presenter: Dr. Sangeeta Jain, MD, Associate Professor,  Clerkship Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Same session, two options:

  • Tuesday, December 11 | 12-1 pm | Mary Moody Northen Pavilion, Room 1.102
  • Monday, December 17 | 4-5 pm | Mary Moody Northen Pavilion, Room 1.102

UTMB Map: https://www.utmb.edu/map/

The Teaching Skills Workshop Series is jointly sponsored by the Office of Educational Development and Academy of Master Teachers.

If you would like to register online, please use Chrome or Firefox. Google Forms does not work well in the version of Explorer that UTMB employees have. Thanks!

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Contact:     Email: Rebecca Woods     For: Office of Educational Development     Phone: 409-772-2791
 
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Track Student Scholarly Presentation
First Published 12/5/2018

Global Health Track Presentation

A Discussion of Neurocysticercosis, the Strategies Towards its Eradication and Field Epidemiology Course Reflection
Kelli Bagwell, MS4

The Double Burden of Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
Thiennga Vo, MS4

The State of Mental Health Care in the Philippines
Julie Nguyen, MS4

Global Health Capstone Presentation
Hayley Rogers, MS4

Date/Time:
December 12, 2018, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location:
Marvin Graves Building, Room 4.208

Pizza will be provided for all attendees who RSVP using the following link.  Please provide your own drink.

https://goo.gl/forms/w1CIe2cLL6DMSOU22

UTMB's Areas of Scholarly Concentration
To provide interested students opportunities to receive expanded learning experiences in non-specialty-based areas of emphasis while completing the 4-year Integrated Medical Curriculum

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Contact:     Email: Catherine Hale     For: Educational Affairs     Phone: x71749
 
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Employee Health Clinic will be closed from 7:30am until 1030am on Tuesday December 11, 2018 for staff meeting.
First Published 12/7/2018

Should you experience a work related injury or occupational exposure during this time please go to the nearest UTMB emergency room.

Contact:     Email: H.R. Employee Health Clinic     For: Human Resources     Phone: 409-747-9172     Fax: 409-747-9182
 
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UPGRADE TO PREMIUM PRODUCT EYEGLASS LENSES, RECEIVE YOUR SECOND SET OF LENSES FREE
First Published 12/6/2018

 

UPGRADE TO PREMIUM PRODUCT EYEGLASS LENSES, RECEIVE YOUR SECOND SET OF PREMIUM PRODUCT LENSES FREE

Upgrade to Premium single vision Eyezen and Varilux X series progressive lenses with Sapphire anti-reflective lenses and receive your second set of lenses FREE with purchase of new frame.

You heard it right get your second set of premium lenses FREE with purchase of new frame.  Great for getting a pair of prescription sunglasses or just a second pair of stylish fun eyeglasses. 

Schedule an appointment today for an eye examinationwith one of our wonderful doctors and start saving.

This offer will last through December 2018 unless otherwise determined.

Texas City location

  • 10121 Emmett Lowery Expressway, Texas City
  • Appointments please call 409-978-4321
  • Questions call 409-978-4315
  • Open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
  • Free convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions

Galveston location

  • 700 University Blvd., near UTMB campus
  • Appointments please call 409-747-5800
  • Questions call 409-747-5823
  • Open 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
  • Free convenient parking
  • Yes, we accept other optometry prescriptions

*Special offer for a limited time.  Not valid on prior purchases.  Costa and Maui Jim sunglasses excluded in special promotion.

Contact:     Email: Charlene Miller     For: Ophthalmology/Optical Center     Phone: 409-747-5823     Fax: 409-747-5824
 
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Department of Surgery Research Seminar Series
First Published 12/7/2018

The Department of Surgery Presents the Research Seminar Series

Guest Speaker

Andrew Murton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Surgical Sciences

“The role of increased lipid availability in the development of muscle anabolic resistance to amino acid feeding.”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
6.164 John Sealy Annex
12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Contact:     Email: Jason Reed     For: Surgery     Phone: 4097723677
 
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UTMB Campus Store December Promotions
First Published 12/3/2018

UTMB Campus Store Monthly Promotions

V-Neck Texas Wool Sweaters 30% OFF

UTMB Holiday Sweatshirts 20% OFF

UTMB Engraved Pens 20% OFF

UTMB Knit Blankets 20% OFF

All sales valid December 2018 subject to stock availability.

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Contact:     Email: Jessica Limones     For: UTMB Campus Store     Phone: 409-772-1939
 
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Grants for Lunch – Dec. 11
First Published 12/3/2018

Connecting All the Dots:  An ESI's Perspective

Presented by Sara Nowakowski

Tues., Dec. 11 at Noon
RB#6, 1.108

RSVP at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining/

Bring your lunch and join us for these informal, interactive discussions about grant writing and research development.

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 69432
 
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**VANPOOL OPENING FROM CLEAR LAKE AND DICKINSON**
First Published 12/6/2018

There are immediate openings on a vanpool leaving from the Clear Lake Park-n-Ride on Bay Area Blvd.

An additional stop/pick up is made from Dickinson at the CVS Pharmacy lot at I45 and FM517

JOIN NOW!

Save money on fuel costs and parking fees!!  Save wear and tear on your car!!

Enjoy a stress-free commute to and from Downtown Galveston or the UTMB main campus!!

8a-5p work schedule

For full-time riders, METRO offers a free taxi cab ride back to your car in the event of an emergency

Call or email today!!

Hurry while openings are still available!!

Contact:     Email: Neal Cooper     For: Sustainability     Phone: 409-747-2958
 
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Faculty Senate Guest Presenter, Monday, December 10, 2018
First Published 12/6/2018

Faculty Senate Agenda

Monday, December 10, 2018

Marie Hall Room, 4.622, 4th Floor, SON/SHP Building

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

 

4:40-5:30      FCIP Update – Phil Strzalka, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group, followed by Q & A

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Contact:     Email: Mary Schlobohm     For: Faculty Affairs and Professional Development     Phone: 22673
 
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OLAW Webinar: Semiannual Program Review
First Published 12/6/2018

Date:  Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Place:Rebecca Sealy 1.126

Who:IACUC staff, IACUC members, IOs, veterinarians, investigators, compliance personnel, animal care staff and others involved in animal programs.

 

Summary:Is your semiannual program review effective and meaningful? Are your IACUC members engaged in the process? Does it give them a sense of how the program functions? Or are you “just checking the box” and going through the motions to satisfy the regulations? In this webinar, Dawn O’Connor and Bill Greer from the University of Michigan will share their experiences on how to perform an effective, cross-functional, and engaging program review.

 

Questions: Judy Barnett, pam.program@utmb.edu, 266.9444

 

RSVP: Research Education Calendar:  https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining/

Contact:     Email: Judy Barnett     For: Research Services     Phone: 409-266-9444
 
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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
First Published 12/6/2018

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 Broadcast Live from Universities Space Research Association (USRA)

3600 Bay Area Blvd,. (at Middlebrook Drive) in Houston, TX

Simulcast to UTMB in the Televideo Conferencing Room, 5.521 Levin Hall

 

 “Autonomous Medical Support for Exploration Missions: Research, Training, and Operations"

 presented by:

Douglas Ebert, PhD

Senior Scientist, KBRwyle/NASA JSC

Fellow, NASA Human Health and Performance Contract

 

ObjectivesAt the conclusion of this presentation, participants should have received the knowledge that would allow them to understand:

• Discuss the evolution of telemedicine techniques for low Earth orbit, and how these techniques can be applied to the provision of medical support for space exploration missions requiring more autonomy.

• Understand the benefits and limitations of current research and modelling techniques in assessing and reducing medical risk for exploration spaceflight.

• Apply knowledge of Crew Medical Officer performance and medical capability limitations to future mission planning.

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

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. William E. Powers, Yvette Schulz and Brenda Johnson MEd, CHCP 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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

 

 

 

Contact:     Email: Cayla Vanderweide     For: PMCH - Aerospace Residency Program     Phone: 409-747-6131
 
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Translational Research Seminar Series presented by Chris Roundy
First Published 12/7/2018

 

Translational Research Seminar Series presents:

Vector Competence of Aedes aegypti for Zika Virus and Effects of Colonization

Chris Roundy

PhD Candidate, Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine

Dr. Scott Weaver, Ph.D., MS, Mentor

Dr. Guilherme de Sousa Ribeiro, M.D.,MS., Ph.D. Clinical Mentor

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

4:00 pm

Research Building 6, 2.312 Auditorium

 

Contact:     Email: Jennifer Betancourt     For: Institute for Translational Sciences     Phone: 24185
 
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Second Annual Conference on the Health of Migrants
First Published 12/7/2018

The second annual conference on the Health of Migrants (December 13-14, 2018)

Research to action: Addressing gaps in policy, knowledge, and implementation

School of Health Professionals / School of Nursing (SHP/SON) Room 1.304

 

Register now and join us! The conference aims to deepen the understanding of the complexity of factors impacting the health of migrants and their navigation of the health system.

The conference is designed to consolidate a constructive policy dialogue among relevant stakeholder groups to identify and address the gaps related to

  • Legislation and policies that impact health, lives, and livelihood of migrants;
  • Implementation to enhance access to, and utilization, of quality and culturally-appropriate health; and
  • Research to identify the health needs of migrants, assess determinants of access to health and social services, and inform effective strategies to overcome the gaps.

The conference will include presentations by featured US-based and international speakers who will share a combination of stories from the field, policy analysis, and research findings.

Registration is open at www.utmb.edu/migrants

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Contact:     Email: Hani Serag     For: Center to Eliminate Health Disparities     Phone: 409-457-8536
 
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New Life Support Education Calendar
First Published 12/7/2018

Starting Monday, December 10, 2018, we will be using a new calendar program for scheduling classes.  As you access the current calendar link, you will see a page that will direct you to the new calendar.  Information Services Development has also included information on common issues that you may encounter.  If you need assistance, email contact will be the easiest way to contact us.

Contact:     Email: Keith Ozenberger     For: Life Support Education     Phone: 409-77-2823
 
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** Police Badge and Administration Offices Closed **
First Published 12/7/2018

The Police Badge and Administration Offices will be closed, Monday, December 10, 2018, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a Private Event.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you,

Contact:     Email: Veronica Ortiz-Garza     For: Police Dept.     Phone: 409-772-1503
 
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