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 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South auditorium and reception in the foyer following. The series continues tonight with “Aging and cancer: Rival demons?” by Judith Campisi, professor at the buck Institute for Research and Aging and senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Next week features “Why women live longer than men - and the implications for their old age.”

Blood drive
On Wednesday, Feb. 13 the Donor Coach will be on campus outside Rebecca Sealy Hospital (at the corner of 8th and Post Office, right outside of) from 8 a.m. to noon.  The Donor Coach will then move to Clear Lake (at I-45 and NASA Parkway, in the Burlington/Garden Ridge Parking lot) from 2 to 5 p.m. Appointments are available every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to  noon and 2 to 5 p.m. 2:00, then again from 2:00 - 5:00.  To schedule an appointment contact Heather Pritchard at 409-266-1293 or hlpritch@utmb.edu. Walk-ins are always welcome.

E book editor
Alfredo Torres, professor of microbiology and immunology and co-director of Biosafety Level 3 laboratories at UTMB, is editor of a new E Book, “Recent progress in Melioidosis and Glanders.” He was also the lead author for a chapter on bioluminescent imaging. 

Students travel to Capitol
Last week, UTMB students traveled to Austin to meet with legislators and make the case for graduate medical education. The Texas Medical Association presented the 86-member group the award for the largest delegation from any part of Texas, and the award for the highest percentage of participation from any medical society in Texas.  

Martin to oversee student services
James E. Martin has been appointed associate vice president for students services at UTMB effective March 1. Martin has served on interim basis since May of 2011. His portfolio includes the office of enrollment services, which includes student financial aid, admissions, records and registration, as well as the offices of student life, student wellness and student ombudsman. 

Interim chair
Jin Mo Chung, professor in the department of neuroscience and cell biology, has been named interim chairman of the department, effective immediately. 

Asthma grant
The American Asthma Foundation has awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $150,000 to Dr. Satish K. Srivastava to pursue research in asthma therapy.  Srivastava, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is internationally recognized for his studies in chronic inflammation and associated health issues and will use the award to examine the efficacy of the aldose reductase inhibitor, fidarestat, in the prevention of asthma.

Education grant
UTMB has been awarded a one-year education grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Applied Medical Resources Corporation, a continuation of a $15,000 award received in 2011. Dr. Gayle Olson, director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, is the the principal investigator of the grant to help support research training of fellows including study design, responsible conduct of research, surgical and laboratory techniques.