New entrance at Primary Care Pavilion
UTMB Health’s Primary Care Pavilion, housing more than a dozen clinics, reopened last summer after a major renovation. Construction on the exterior of the building at Holiday and Harborside Drive has shifted. Entrance A, at the west end of the building, has now opened. Entrance B has closed and will remain so for about six months to complete construction. Patient drop-off is available at the newly opened Entrance A and transportation escorts are available if needed; they can come to your car to assist. For questions or assistance, call 409-747-6990.

MLK Community Service Awards
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award Program honors and recognizes the contributions of UTMB faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, community partnership, philanthropy and civic engagement. The 2013 recipients were recognized and honored at an awards luncheon ceremony hosted by the UTMB Diversity Council on Friday at Levin Hall. They are: Amit Kumar, doctoral student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Lexi Nolen, director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities; Bryan A. Hicks, of the clinical nursing staff at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice hospital; and second-year medical student Jessica E. Osizugbo. 

Old Red
Author Heather Wooten will discuss her book, “Old Red: Pioneering medical education in Texas,” with a reception and book signing to follow on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the second floor amphitheater of the Ashbel Smith Building on campus. Her book describes not only UTMB’s most venerable building, but also details the university’s crucial role in professionalizing medicine in the Lone Star State. Her appearance is sponsored by the Moody Medical Library, the Texas State Historical Foundation and Institute for the Medical Humanities. 

18th Annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
Each year the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging sponsors the Lefeber lecture series, presenting experts from around the country speaking on a variety of topics each Tuesday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, with a  reception in the foyer following. The first lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 29, will be “Fatigue and fatigability in older adults: An indicator of accelerated aging?” presented by Dr. Kirsten Avlund, professor of health sciences at the University of Copenhagen. 

Stroke support group meeting
Dr. Stephen Busby, assistant professor of neurology and vascular neurology, will lead a discussion about medications and managing the symptoms of stroke at the next meeting of the UTMB Health stroke support group. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance A, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to   

Beginning this week and continuing through early march, the 1108 Strand Building will be demolished. Some curbside parking spaces and sidewalks at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Strand and the east side of Research Building 17 will be closed. Detour signs will be in place to direct pedestrians around the demolition site.

Exhibit opens
The Institute for the Medical Humanities opened “Abstract Anatomy,” an exhibit on display in the Primary Care Pavilion.