Gubernatorial appointment
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for Health Policy and Legislative Affairs at UTMB, as chairman of the board of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency. The institute improves health care quality, accountability, education and cost to the state by encouraging health care provider collaboration, effective health care delivery models and coordination of health care services. 

Burn prevention
This is Burn Prevention Awareness week, sponsored by the American Burn Association. The Blocker Burn Unit at UTMB is a global leader in burn treatment and research and will hold its inaugural Stop, Drop and Roll 5K run/walk on Feb. 23 at Moody Gardens. For more information, and to register for the race, go to

John Sealy awards
Ten faculty members have each received $50,000 from the John Sealy Memorial Endowment for Biomedical Research Pilot Innovation and Bridging Grant program. Bridging grants were awarded to Yinzi Cong, Mark Hellmich, Gregg Milligan and Sankar Mitra. Pilot grants were awarded to Xiaoyong Bao, Alexander Bukreyev, Deepthi Kolli, Shinji Makino, Erik Rytting and Labros Sidossis.

18th annual Lefeber Winter Series on Aging
The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging hosts the Lefeber series of lectures, presenting experts from around the country on a variety of topics each Tuesday evening through March 5, 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South auditorium and reception in the foyer following. The series continues tonight with “Successful corporate and foundation fundraising for research programs,” by John Feather, chief executive officer of Grantmakers in Aging. Next week is “Aging and cancer: Rival demons?” 

The Vagina Monologues
The UTMB Gay-Straight Alliance student organization presents “The Vagina Monologues,” an episodic play about different feminine experiences. Tickets are $5 for the Feb. 7 performance at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in Levin Hall, on Market at 10th Street. 

GI cancer support group
Diana Burkett of the American Cancer Society is the guest speaker at the next meeting of the UTMB colorectal and GI cancer support group, at 5:30 p.m. on Feb 12 in room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Diabetes support group  
Vitamin D and heart health is the topic for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on Feb 11. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300. 

Nursing professor selected for national program
Jessica Peck, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been selected for the third cohort of 20 select nurse educators around the United States to participate in the LEAD program, a leadership development initiative of the National League for Nursing with support from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

Application deadlines extended
The School of Nursing has extended to Feb. 15 the deadline for application to the RN-BSN summer and fall programs.  Application to the MSN and DNP for Fall 2013 has been extended to March 1. More information is available at