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.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Kimberley Green Weathers, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Weathers will be in residence from July 2005 through September 2005.
Dr. Weathers is an adjunct member of the University of Maryland-University College faculty. The focus of her work at the Institute is a history of national health insurance in the United States. This study will bring together the social and political elements of the story and provide historical perspective for the current debate.
Dr. Weathers earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Arts and a Doctorate from the University of Houston.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Laura Hermer, JD, LLM as a Visiting Scholar. Ms. Hermer will be in residence from September 2004 through August 2005.
Ms. Hermer is a health care attorney and policy analyst who specializes in issues impacting access to health care in the United States. While at the Institute, Ms. Hermer is completing a study of U.S. health care access from a patient-centered perspective. The study provides an overview and analysis of the different legal and economic means by which most Americans obtain access to medical care. It offers suggestions for improving each while maintaining the present system largely intact, as well as a proposal for modifying the system to provide cost-effective primary care access for all U.S. residents. Ms. Hermer is additionally an adjunct member of the Institute. In this capacity, she is working with both the graduate students and medical students in fall 2004, co-teaching bioethics and Texas health policy, respectively, and teaching a seminar on health policy in the spring.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Hannah Landecker, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Landecker will be in residence from January 2004 through June 2004.
While at the Institute, Dr. Landecker is working on a project that examines the changing human relationship to living matter in an age of biotechnology. Through a history of the technical manipulation of living cells, she looks at how biological things, including those made with human tissues, have been turned into tools and commercial objects. She is also working on developing new methods and curricula for teaching the history and social study of biotechnology to undergraduates.
Dr. Landecker earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program in Science, Technology and Society.
Dr. Landecker is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Stephen Pemberton, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Pemberton will be in residence from January 2004 through March 2004.
Dr. Pemberton is a historian of medicine and Assistant Professor in the Federated Department of History at the New Jersey Institute of Technology - Rutgers University, Newark. He is writing a book about the history of hemophilia in the United States, entitled Passport to Normality: Hemophilia and the Ironies of Biomedical Progress in the Twentieth Century. As an IMH visiting scholar, Dr. Pemberton investigated hemophilia's history as a sex-linked disorder, and how that history has impacted efforts by hematologists and other medical professionals to manage this disease. His training in history (MA/PhD) and philosophy (MA) informs his work, as does his past professional experience working at the Medical School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jean Brink, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Brink will be in residence from September 2003 through November 2003.
Dr. Brink comes to the Institute from the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, where she is a research scholar. Her project, "Death Watch: The ‘Good Death' Reconsidered," examines the ars moriendi (arts of dying) historically and as a contemporary cultural phenomenon. At the Institute her research will focus on a cost/benefit analysis of hospice as a social movement and has included personal narratives and interviews with hospice workers.
Dr. Brink earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts from Harvard University, and a Doctorate from University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Brink formerly taught Shakespeare and Milton at Arizona State University (1974-2002) where she founded and directed the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is the author of Michael Drayton Revisited (1990) and has published biographical articles on Edmund Spenser as well as studies of Elizabethan culture.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Lun Li, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Li will be in residence from July 2003 through June 2004.
Dr. Lun Li is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethics, Hunan Normal University, China. Prior to joining Hunan Normal University, he completed a fellowship in research research ethics at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Li taught at Central South University Xiang-Ya School of Medicine (then Hunan Medical University) in 1991-1999. He launched Chinese Bioethics Website in 1999 and co-launched a bioethics library project in 2000.
Dr. Li's current interests include bioethics and cyberethics. In 2002-2004, he working on a research project entitled "Influence of Japanese Criminal Human Experiments in China 1931-1945 and the American Cover-up on Postwar Research Ethics in China."
While at the Institute, Dr. Li will focus on "Ethical Responsibilities in Biomedical Research in the Context of Immoral Societies: Reflections on Japanese Medical Atrocity in China 1932-45."
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Alex Lubet, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lubet will be in residence from July 2003 through August 2003.
Dr. Lubet comes to the Institute from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is the Morse Alumni distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and an Adjunct Professor of American and Jewish Studies. His work here involved Disability Studies and Performing Arts Medicine.
The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Arrigo will be in residence in April 2003.
Dr. Arrigo is a social psychologist who focuses on epistemology and ethics of military intelligence. She presented to IMH "A Consequentialist Argument against Torture Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects" and a critique of the Final Report of the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. Cheryl Kaplan, Director of UTMB Theatre Outreach and Education, directed Arrigo's play, The People Who Disappeared Twice—a Cold War tale of weapons experiments in testimony, myth, and song—with music by John Crigler.