Nursing commencement
The School of Nursing celebrates commencement on Friday at Moody Gardens. Graduates begin with a pinning ceremony in the morning symbolically welcoming them to the profession, with commencement ceremonies in the afternoon. The School of Nursing, established in 1890 as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, is the oldest school of nursing in the Southwest. On joining the Medical Branch in 1896, it became the first university-affiliated nursing school west of the Mississippi.

Health policy lecture
“What can Mississippi’s (and Texas’) health care systems learn from Iran?” will the topic of Mohammad Shahbazi, professor and chairman of the department of behavioral and environmental health at Jackson State University, at noon Wednesday, April 17 in the Levin Hall dining room, located at 10th and Market streets. For more information, contact Becky Trout at or 409-747-2734. The Healthy Health Policy Lunch and Lecture series is presented by the UTMB Office of the President and Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs.

Breast cancer support group
The “Reconstruction of a survivor” breast cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, email

Caregiver seminar
The UTMB Geriatric Outpatient Clinics will offer an educational seminar for caregivers of those with memory loss today at the Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. The three-hour seminar is scheduled for 1 p.m., and participants do not have to be affiliated with UTMB. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Adele Herzfeld at or 832-505-2002 or 409-747-7030.

National award
Winnie Richards,
a member of the Environmental Services team, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Hygiene Specialist Excellence award. The award was established to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of environmental services in providing a safe patient environment and reducing preventable health-care-associated infections. Richards works in the Blocker Burn Unit and has been recognized several times for her role in helping to achieve zero health-care-associated infection rates.

National award
Lynda Alexander
, UTMB Facilities Information Manager, has received the ARCHIBUS National Award of Excellence. The award recognizes an individual whose facility management practices contribute to creating and managing productive work environments and supporting business objectives. It further acknowledges professionals who demonstrate consistent and outstanding facility management strategies resulting in improved quality of service, facility effectiveness and contributions to the overall profitability of their organizations.

Pain research symposium
The Gulf Coast Consortium for Translational Pain Research recently held its fourth biennial symposium April 5. Kathryn Cunningham, director of the Center for Addiction Research at UTMB, was among the featured presenters with “Impulse control, addiction and pain.” UTMB’s Jin Mo Chung, professor of neuroscience and cell biology and a founding director, hosted the inaugural symposium at UTMB in 2008. He remains on the executive committee, which includes UTMB members Susan Carlton, Volker Neugebauer, Claire Hulsebosch and Denise Wilkes.