Visiting Scholar Announcements

Taylor, Wendell

Meet Dr. Wendell Taylor

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendell C. Taylor, Visiting Scholar in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health. The objectives of his current research proposal are to present a comprehensive overview and analysis of ethics related to hiring practices and workplace interventions for people who smoke or are obese. His research interests are physical activity, workplace health promotion, health equity, and health behaviors in high priority populations.

Dr. Taylor was the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant titled, Booster Breaks: A 21st Century Innovation to Improve Worker Health and Productivity. This study was a cluster-randomized controlled trial of health promoting breaks in the workplace and assessed physical, psychological, and organizational-level outcomes. There are more than 16 peer-reviewed publications related to the Booster Break concept and interventions.

Dr. Taylor received his AB from Grinnell College, MS in Psychology from Eastern Washington University, PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and his MPH from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. In addition, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Community Health at the Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His previous positions include tenured Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, and Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Cizik School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet Dr. Minji LeeMinji Lee

Dr. Minji Lee recently received a PhD Degree in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Her PhD thesis, “Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations in the Writings of Late Medieval Religious Women” explored how this medieval German nun defended the woman’s sexual/reproductive body” as positive in the images of re-creation and salvation against misogynic medieval and religious culture of her age.

Granted that Dr. Lee is a medievalist interested in the interactions between mysticism and medicine in the Middle Ages, she now turns to the new research project to compare medieval European medical theories and modern Korean folk medicine in order to see how women have been striving to maintain their reproductive health and to bring positive meanings to their own bodies. She also participated in making a Korean independent documentary project “For Vagina’s Sake (2017)” to posit how Western pre-modern medicine “diabolized” women’s menstrual body.

Currently, she is also a volunteer at Reunion Institute to promote public awareness in religion.

UPREET DHALIWALMeet Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal

The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Upreet Dhaliwal, MS as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Dhaliwal will be in residence from February 2019 through May 2019.

Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal, formerly Director-Professor of Ophthalmology at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, is one of the founding members of the Medical Humanities Group in the Institution.

She is editor of the journal “Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)” which is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, the only journal in Asia that caters specifically to the medical humanities. RHiME can be accessed at

An occasional poet, and an avid promoter of medical student-led poetry sessions, Dr Dhaliwal is keen to deepen her involvement with the humanities through the visiting scholar program at the Institute for Medical Humanities. Her work here involves an exploration of the Provider-Patient relationship through the medium of poetry.

Meet Dr. Jane Chance

Sep 1, 2011, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Jane Chance, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jane Chance, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Chance will be in residence from September 2011 through April 2012.

Dr. Chance is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita in English at Rice University. She has taught medieval literature for forty years.

Dr. Chance earned a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, a Master of Arts from University of Illinois, and a Doctorate in English from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Chance has published twenty-one books and nearly a hundred articles and reviews, on mythography and classical influence on medieval literature; Old and Middle English literature, especially Chaucer; medieval women; and modern medievalism (Tolkien in particular). Her most recent book, The Literary Subversions of Medieval Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), was awarded the 2008 SCMLA Book Prize. General editor of the Library of Medieval Women (published by Boydell & Brewer), with twenty-three titles in print, she has also edited the Greenwood series Historic Events in the Medieval World, with twelve titles published in 2004-5, and the newer Praeger Series on the Middle Ages, with five titles as of 2011.

Dr. Chance has been an NEH and Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton,a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, Eccles Fellow at the University of Utah Humanities Center, and director of both an NEH Summer Seminar  and an Institute for College Teachers. She has also enjoyed a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio on Lake Como. In spring, 2003, she held NEH and Mellon Fellowships at St. Louis University. She has delivered many guest and keynote lectures in the U.S. and around the world. Recently, she served as the chair of the Modern Language Association Roth Committee for the Best Literary Translation (and was asked to return this summer unexpectedly); she is currently a member of the PMLA Advisory Committee.

Dr. Chance's major project at the IMH is a guest-edited issue of the new journal Postmedieval: a Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, on Cognitive Alterities/Neuromedievalism. This subject involves the ways in which the findings of neuroscientific research can be used to better understand the rise in the later Middle Ages of affective piety and mysticism, particularly by women, literary dream allegory, and other forms of embodied cognition in philosophy and theology. She also hopes to complete the third volume of Medieval Mythography, on The Emergence of Italian Humanism, in which myth interpretation by fourteenth and fifteenth-century poet-scholars becomes a vehicle for projections of self and the personal.

Dr. Chance has recently taken up photography and has shown in many juried competitions in Galveston, Clear Lake, and Houston. She is proud of her Galveston and Texas Landmark house, which, through research at the Rosenberg Library, she discovered was originally owned by one of the first settlers of Galveston, a Norwegian sea-captain; the daughter of Henry Fisher, coauthor of the 1842 land grant act that brought northern Europeans to the Hill Country; and Sam Houston’s grandnephew—all in its first four years.