Visiting Scholar Announcements
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 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.
Meet Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal
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.
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.
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 www.rhime.in/ojs
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. Jac Saorsa
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jac Saorsa, MPhil, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Saorsa will be in residence from October 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013.
Dr. Saorsa is a visual artist, writer, and researcher in art practice and philosophy. She works primarily on the interface between visual art practice and the medical humanities.
Dr. Saorsa's research interests are centered on an ongoing inquiry into how we, as human beings, engage with our world, with particular regard to the relation between art practice and biomedical science as it affects the existential "lived experience" of illness.
Dr. Saorsa earned a Master of Philosophy from Glasgow University, and a PhD in Philosophy and Contemporary Drawing Practice from Loughborough University. She has extensive experience of teaching drawing practice and theory in Universities in Costa Rica, Cyprus, Lisbon, London, and most recently at Cardiff Metropolitan University, School of Art and Design, and has presented her work both nationally and internationally.
As an Honorary Research Fellow with Cardiff and Vale Health Board, Dr. Saorsa has collaborative links with Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and with Imperial College London where she has delivered drawing workshops attended by both medical faculty and students.She currently runs The Broadway Drawing School in Cardiff, UK.Recent publications include her book, Narrating the Catastrophe: An Artist’s Dialogue with Deleuze and Ricoeur (2011) Intellect Books, and her work can be found online at: