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    Campus Carry to take effect Aug. 1

    July 21, 2016, 08:33 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Concealed handguns will be permitted on Texas public university campuses beginning Aug. 1 to comply with a new law passed by the Texas Legislature last year.
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    A day in the life of a physical therapist

    July 21, 2016, 08:33 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As a physical therapist at UTMB’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic on the League City Campus, Hernandez brings indispensable energy and enthusiasm to her work helping those with injuries or disabilities manage pain, restore mobility and improve their overall quality of life.
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    The doctors will see you now: More than 200 SOM graduates receive degrees

    July 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When the 2016 School of Medicine graduates received their degrees at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston on June 4, they also received some advice from a very well-known name in the field of infectious diseases—Thomas Geisbert, PhD.
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  • Gold-Headed Cane finalists (L-R) Nicholas Wilhelm, Abigail Watts, Jessica Tedford, Victoria Shepard (awardee) and Tracy Cable.

    Shepard takes home Gold-Headed Cane Award

    July 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Medicine graduate Victoria Ann Shepard received this year’s prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating medical student.
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  • Marcel Blanchard and his wife, Debbie, ride a motorcycle across the Hoover Dam.

    Spotlight on Marcel Blanchard, associate vice president for Utilities Operations

    July 21, 2016, 08:28 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Marcel Blanchard is UTMB’s associate vice president for Utilities Operations within Business Operations and Facilities. His responsibilities include supervising a team of support engineers for capital programs and maintenance support, district energy operations, the campus sustainability program, as well as the business management of two service centers.
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    UTMB President holds CMC Town Hall; sees disaster plan in action

    July 21, 2016, 08:28 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. David Callender arrived at the Beaumont Complex on June 2 for a CMC Town Hall on the Road meeting, he got a firsthand lookat the extraordinary work UTMB CMC employees do on a daily basis—and during disaster situations.
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    New smiles, transformed lives: UTMB speech pathologist brings hope to children around the world with cleft lip and palate

    July 21, 2016, 08:27 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    There’s a photo on Marlene Salas-Provance’s desk that shows her standing next to a tired but grateful-looking father and a smiling young girl. It’s a daily reminder of the important work she does around the world.
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    Happy Anniversary to Impact!

    July 21, 2016, 08:24 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Time flies when you’re telling all the great stories of our UTMB family of employees, faculty and students! Last July, the Office of Marketing and Communications (re)introduced the print edition of Impact, which is a monthly publication dedicated to providing useful news and engaging stories about you, your UTMB colleagues and the great work going on at UTMB campuses and locations throughout the state.
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  • Summer Safety

    Beach Safety Tips

    July 21, 2016, 08:24 AM by Dr. Madiha Khan, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine
    Few things scream “summer” more than soaking up some rays while enjoying a salt water breeze and sand between your toes. But it’s important to make sure a relaxing beach weekend stays injury-free. Follow these tips to help keep your summer beach trips as safe as possible.
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    Parting Shot - Ship ahoy!

    July 21, 2016, 08:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A volunteer crew including current and retired UTMB employees sailed Texas’ official tall ship, the Elissa, into the Gulf of Mexico for her 2016 annual sea trials from April 4–16. The ship, built in 1877, is a true survivor and one of the few remaining authentic square-rigged sailing vessels in the world that still sails today.
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    From the President

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by User Not Found
    We have had an eventful spring with the openings of Jennie Sealy Hospital and, on June 4, the League City Hospital. Each is a major milestone in UTMB’s historic mission, and I’d like to thank each of you for contributing to the successful launch of these new facilities and your ongoing work to improve health through excellence, innovation and compassion.
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  • BabyShower

    Working Wonders

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Nursing staff from UTMB’s Blocker Burn Unit coordinated a surprise baby shower for the wife of a patient who had been receiving care in the unit for three months.
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    League City Campus Hospital celebrates opening

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you walk into the UTMB’s League City Campus Hospital, it’s clear that it was built with the needs of the growing community in mind. With its convenient location and extra patient room amenities, the 150,000-square-foot hospital opened to patients on June 4, complete with inpatient and emergency care.
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  • David Marshall and nurse Betsy Petersen check on a baby in the neonatal ICU.

    UTMB leaders "walk a mile in their shoes" as part of Nurses Week

    June 21, 2016, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As part of nurses week in May, more than 20 UTMB leaders shadowed nurses from across the Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury campuses to get a glimpse of the successes and challenges nurses experience every day.
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    A day in the life of a senior communications specialist, Angleton Danbury Campus

    June 21, 2016, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you first meet Tonya Visor, two words immediately come to mind: energetic and passionate. As a senior communications specialist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, she has made it her mission for more than17 years to embed herself in the local community and spread awareness of the critical health care services offered in a small-town setting.
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    UTMB to train Cuban scientists: Project to protect and improve health in the Caribbean and Gulf regions

    June 21, 2016, 14:49 PM by Raul Reyes
    Thanks to a $1.3 million agreement, researchers from UTMB’s National Biocontainment Training Center will embark on a two-year research development program to collaborate with and help train Cuban scientists at the Instituto Pedro Kouri in Havana to better fight infectious diseases, including the Zika virus, which is currently infecting millions internationally.
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    Nichols named 2016 Piper Award Winner

    June 21, 2016, 14:46 PM by User Not Found
    Joan Nichols, PhD, a professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, and associate director for research and operations for the Galveston National Laboratory, is one of 10 professors in Texas to be selected by the Minnie Steven Piper Foundation as a 2016 Piper Professor.
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    Research Briefs

    June 21, 2016, 14:45 PM by User Not Found
    A multidisciplinary team led by Pei-Yong Shi, PhD, UTMB endowed professor of Human Genetics, is the first in the world to genetically engineer a clone of the Zika virus strain. For 60 years, the Zika virus remained obscure with few identified cases in people and mild disease symptoms. However, since 2007, the virus has sparked frequent epidemics associated with serious diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
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    UTMB Graduate School awards 39 degrees

    June 21, 2016, 14:45 PM by Kurt Koopmann
    UTMB’S Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 39 degrees during its 48th commencement ceremony May 20 in Levin Hall.
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  • From left: Award-winning national news correspondent Stone Phillips interviews UT System Chancellor William McRaven.

    Celebrating 125 Years: Black-tie gala fundraiser generates $3.7 million in gifts

    June 21, 2016, 14:44 PM by Stephen Hadley
    More than 750 UTMB supporters attended the “Milestones Gala—125 Years—The Best is Yet to Come.” The event generated $3.7 million in gifts that created 19 faculty and scholarship endowments.
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    Spotlight on Tom Engells, UTMB Police Chief

    June 21, 2016, 14:44 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB Police Chief Tom Engells joined UTMB in 2010 and is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive police and progressive security services for UTMB and the Galveston National Laboratory.
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    1115 Waiver extension allows for continued innovations, critical services

    June 21, 2016, 14:43 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    UTMB leaders and participating health care providers breathed a sigh of relief on May 1, when the federal government announced it was extending Texas’ 1115 Medicaid Waiver program for another 15 months.
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  • HistoricHomes

    UTMB, GHF partner to give new life to historic homes

    June 21, 2016, 14:42 PM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB and the Galveston Historical Foundation are partnering to find new life for historic homes as part of a relocation and rehabilitation project that began in May.
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    Emergency Preparedness is a year-round effort

    June 21, 2016, 14:42 PM by Stephen Hadley
    The start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1 provides another opportunity for UTMB and its employees to ensure that emergency preparations are up-to-date.
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    10 tips for a good night's sleep

    June 21, 2016, 14:41 PM by Thomas Speer, PhD, D, ABSM, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
    Not sleeping as well as you’d like? Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Check out these 10 tips forgetting the sleep of your dreams.
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    Parting shot: Let's play ball!

    June 21, 2016, 14:41 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    On May 25, six teams kicked off UTMB’s 2016 Co-Ed Softball League. More than 100 UTMB students, faculty, staff, contract employees and their families play games every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UTMB Fieldhouse fields through July.
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    From the President

    May 17, 2016, 10:19 AM by User Not Found
    Many of you may know that this October marks the 125th anniversary of the first meeting of the founding members of the University of Texas Medical Department at Old Red. The past few months also have included some new historic milestones for UTMB as we opened the state-of-the-art Jennie Sealy Hospital in April and held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new League City Hospital earlier this month.
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    Information is Power: UTMB transparency initiative informs patients, improves care

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you want to buy a new car or try a new restaurant, do you look at online reviews before making a decision? For a growing number of people, the answer is yes. But what about medical procedures?
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    UTMB President David Callender’s ‘Way to Go Award!’ winners

    May 17, 2016, 10:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Keykoca Johnson, a patient care technician in the Mother Baby Unit, recently received the award for her quick actions and exceptional patient care, which resulted in a positive outcome for both mother and baby when a 12-day-old infant experienced respiratory difficulty and needed immediate attention.
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  • Rakez Kayed, PhD, (left) does an interview with journalist Stone Phillips about cutting-edge neurodegenerative research being done at UTMB.

    A personal journey: UTMB’s neurodegenerative research attracts world-renowned journalist

    May 17, 2016, 10:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A five-person crew carrying loads of camera and lighting equipment headed up to the lab of Rakez Kayed, PhD, on the 10th floor of the Medical Research Building on UTMB’s Galveston Campus. Leading the way was well-known national reporter and correspondent, Stone Phillips.
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