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 www.rhime.in/ojs

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. Haavi Morreim

    October 1, 2002, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    E. Haavi Morreim, PhDThe UTMB Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome E. Haavi Morreim, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Morreim will be in residence from October 2002 through November 2002.

    Dr. Morreim is a professor of bioethics at the College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Much of her work has been interdisciplinary, and she has written a number of articles at the intersection of law, medicine, economics, and ethics.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Morreim will be working on "Emerging Litigation Issues in Human Clinical Research Trials," an exploration of the ways in which courts and the common law are ill-prepared to address the distinctive issues that arise in clinical research.

  • Meet Dr. Ruth Cecire

    June 1, 2002, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Ruth Cecire, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Ruth Cecire, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Cecire will be in residence from June 2002 through November 2002.

    Dr. Cecire earned a Doctorate in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

    Before returning to academia, Dr. Cecire served as Director of the Office of Special Projects for Correctional Health at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

    Dr. Cecire's current projects include an examination of the meanings and implications of the health/punishment interface, a feminist analysis of the specific implications of punishment-linked beneficence for women, and an exploration of the ethics of inmate participation in clinical research focusing on issues of equity and coercion.

  • Meet Dr. Amy Fairchild

    January 1, 2002, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Amy Fairchild, PhD, MPHThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Amy Fairchild, PhD, MPH as a Visiting Scholar.

    Dr. Fairchild is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. She is also the Assistant Director for Scholarly and Academic Affairs in their Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health.

    Dr. Fairchild is a historian researching the broad social forces that produce disease and shape public health policy and a public health policy analyst focused on dilemmas in the ethics and politics of contemporary debates. Guided by the understanding that history and policy do not simply represent two different worlds, she fuses these frameworks of analysis, crafting a new, historically grounded way of thinking critically about problems in a professional field. Her work's central intellectual theme has been to explore the functions and limits of the State, particularly when it seeks to address health issues that touch on groups marginalized by virtue of disease, class, and race.

    Dr. Fairchild's book, Science at the Borders is a revisionist history uncovering the ways that the machinery of processing unskilled immigrant laborers at the nation's borders in the early 1900's helped to define inclusion into industrial citizenship, the state, and social power. Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State and Disease Surveillance in America focuses on policy challenges that arise when it becomes necessary to report the names of individuals with disease. Written with Ronald Bayer and James Colgrove, Searching Eyes sets controversies over surveillance for diseases and conditions, including tuberculosis, venereal disease, birth defects, occupational disease, cancer, vaccination status, and HIV against the backdrop of the changing social, political, and personal meanings of privacy.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Fairchild will be working on “Community and Confinement: The Evolving Experience of Isolation for Leprosy in Carville, Louisiana,” which considers patients' role in shaping a federal institution from 1920 through 1950 as their sense of themselves as a community grew and then faded.

  • Meet Dr. Albin Eser

    January 1, 2002, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Albin Eser, JD, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Eser will be in residence from January 2002 through March 2002.

    Dr. Eser came to the Institute from Freiburg, Germany. He was born in Bavaria and studied law at the University of Berlin. The practice of law was his work from 1958 - 1964, during which time he spent a year as a Fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law of New York University, concluding with the M.C.M. degree.

    Dr. Eser is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Ethics and Law in Medicine, University of Freiburg, and Chairman of Committee on Investigating Manipulations of Research Papers and Medical Publications.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Eser will be working on a project entitled, "Misconduct in Medical Research". He will also present a colloquium on "Misconduct in Science: A German Lesson".

  • Meet Dr. Susanna Gilbert

    January 1, 2002, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Susanna Gilbert, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Gilbert will be in residence from January 2002 through April 2002.

    Dr. Gilbert earned a Bachlor of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master of Arts and Doctorate in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Gilbert will be studying "In Your Face: Figuring the Disfigured Face in American Culture and Literature." She will also present a colloquium during her stay at the Institute titled "I Scream the Body Electric: Mark O'Brien's Cyborg Voice".

  • Meet Dr. Ivan Crozier

    October 1, 2001, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Ivan Crozier, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Ivan Crozier, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Crozier will be in residence from October 2001 through November 2001.

    Dr. Crozier is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at Unvsity College, London.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Crozier will work on "Pillow Talk: Some Issues of Trust and Credibility in Sexology."

  • Meet Ms. Danna Drori

    October 1, 2001, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Danna Drori, JD, MSt as a Visiting Scholar. Ms. Drori will be in residence from October 1, 2001 through November 1, 2001.

    Ms. Drori is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of New York.

    Ms. Drori earned a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Yale University, and a Master of Studies in women's health from St. John's College at Oxford University. Ms. Drori also completed a clerkship with the Honorable Denise Cote at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    While at the Institute, Ms. Drori will be working on "Embattled Bodies: Finding Voice in the Medical Context."

  • Meet Dr. Jennifer Greene

    June 1, 2001, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Jennifer Greene, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Greene will be in residence from June 2001 through July 2001.

    Dr. Greene teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas. She completed her dissertation in 1994 on "Coercion, Choice and Constraint". Dr. Greene's areas of specialization are ethics, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and history of philosophy.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Greene will study "Privacy in the Twenty-First Century."