Working Wonders - September

Sep 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford

ArmandoElizondoBrooke BarnetteThe Texas Space Grant Consortium recently awarded scholarships for the upcoming academic year to two UTMB students. Armando Elizondo, a medical student, received a $1,500 STEM Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship. Brooke Barnette, a biochemistry and molecular biology student, received a $5,000 fellowship grant. Part of the consortium’s mission is to promote high-quality, graduate-level space research.

Suzanne Alton, DNP,
an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is the new chair of UTMB’s Faculty Senate and Dr. George Carayannopoulos, an associate professor in the Division of Cardiology, is the chair-elect. The Senate comprises voting members representing all four schools. It serves as the collective voice of the UTMB faculty and links faculty members and administration on matters that advance the academic life and welfare of the university.

Wagner, Karen
Dr. Karen Wagner,
professor and chair of UTMB’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was chosen as the 2016-2017 University of Pennsylvania Edward A. Strecker Award recipient. This award is given for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical psychiatry. It was established in honor of Dr. Strecker, a clinician, teacher, researcher and author, and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Wagner will give the Strecker Award Grand Rounds lecture at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2017.

Jacob MoranUTMB School of Medicine students Jacob Moran and Crystal Obiozor have been selected as members of the 2016-2017 class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows from the Houston-Galveston area. The fellowship program offers graduate students the opportunity to design and implement a health-related, 200-hour, year-long community project that provides direct service to an underserved population. Moran will be working with St. Vincent’s House in Galveston to assist underserved and marginalized local populations to promote healthy living through initiatives such as health fairs, exercise groups and community gardens. Obiozor will also be working with St. Vincent’s House with the Food for Thought program that provides crock pot meals and education on nutrition.

UTMB staff at Hospital Galveston (UTMB-TDCJ Hospital) raised $1,300 and donated more than 2,200 school supplies to children at L.A. Morgan Elementary School in Galveston. Hospital Galveston was able to supply 30 children with backpacks and school supplies for the entire year. Ambulatory Nursing/HG Scheduling staff donated the most money ($950) and 7A/B Medicine/Telemetry donated more than 375 items. Special thanks goes to Melissa Boutte, Lesa Parker, Elaine Parker and Diana Luna for their involvement with the project.

Dr. Jose BarralMark Hellmich, PhDFour UTMB faculty members were awarded with the top teaching prize in the UT System: the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Congratulations to the 2016 awardees, including Dr. Jose Barral, associate professor and vice chair for operations in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, and associate dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Mark Hellmich, PhD, professor in the departments of Surgery and Neuroscience and CellDr. Bernard KarnathAlice Hill, PhD Biology; Alice Hill, PhD, professor and associate dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing, and director of the Nursing PhD Program; and Dr. Bernard Karnath, professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate’s teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes. The regents’ award is among the nation’s most competitive teaching awards, and each recipient will receive a $25,000 award.