GSBS Dean’s Report – Faculty Senate 4/8/13



1.       UTMB Homecoming occurred Fri and Sat, March 22 & 23.  The annual GSBS Dean’s Lecture was at 4pm in Levin Hall at 4pm Friday and a reception followed the lecture in the GSBS Office Suite on the 4th floor of Levin Hall.  This year’s speaker was Dr. David Walker, Chair, Department of Pathology, Director, UTMB Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases and Director WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases.  The title of his lecture was “The Never Ending Discovery of Previously Unknown Infectious Diseases”.  The South Auditorium was filled to capacity, and the talk by Dr. Walker was outstanding


On Saturday Morning, March 23, the Executive Committee of the GSBS alumni association (GSBS Associates) met in Levin Hall.  An agenda for the meeting is attached.  Dr. Ben Raimer was the featured speaker and gave a thorough report on the current Texas Legislative session.  The Committee has been extremely helpful as an advisory body and several have participated in GSBS professional development activities for our students.  Examples of such activities occurred earlier in the week on March 18 and later on March 25 (see attached brochure labeled “CCD”) and involved alumni who represent different career tracks open to our PhD graduates.



2.      GSBS Commencement this year will be Friday, May 3.  Both the Provost and the President plan to attend the ceremony.   Nominations for faculty and alumnus awards to be presented at the ceremony have been received, and committees have selected the winners from groups of excellent nominees.  To be presented are the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (chosen by GSO), Distinguished Alumnus Award, Distinguished Faculty Research Award, and the Faculty Service Award.  The Distinguished Alumnus awardee this year is Dr. A. Martin Gerdes, currently Chair of Biomedical Sciences at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.