Think green at UTMB
This year’s Earth Day theme is Think Green & Redeem.
UTMB will celebrate with activities ranging from a Recycle in Style fashion show to a cardboard castle competition and “green” exhibitors.
The celebration is Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Moody Medical Library Plaza, off Market Street between Eighth and Ninth streets.

Medication take-back
Do you have unused or expired medications? Dispose of them safely from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at one of three locations in the Bay Area:

• UTMB Health Eye Center, 700 University Blvd., Galveston
• UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City
• Houston Police Department Clear Lake substation, 2855 Bay Area Blvd., Houston

Simply drive through the drop-off center and law enforcement and pharmacy personnel will collect medications for safe disposal.
Bring unused or expired medications in their original container. This marks the first time a drop off location is available in Galveston.

Liver Life Walk
Members of the UTMB Texas Transplant Center are participating in this 5K/1K walk Saturday at Terry Hershey Park, 15200 Memorial Drive, Houston.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m.
Visit, click on the Houston walk and locate the UTMB team, currently ranked 10th overall.
The event is sponsored by American Liver Foundation, which is working toward a future free of liver disease.

Career academy deadline is Friday
Friday is the deadline for online applications for the career academy for high school students in the greater Galveston-Houston region.
The one-week summer academy allows students to explore the wide variety of biomedical and health-related careers available at UTMB. Visit

National appointment
Lexi Nolen
, director of the UTMB Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, has been appointed to the National Advisory Panel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative.
This initiative will promote healthy living environments and healthy communities through the development of a Healthy Communities Index and Healthy Community Assessment Tool, to help local jurisdictions assess the baseline health of their communities and then track and monitor progress toward healthy community objectives.
The National Advisory Panel is composed of community leaders and experts in the fields of health, transportation, housing, sustainability, the environment, indicator/metric development and other issues related to healthy communities.

Topics in biosecurity
“The role of the Health Protection Agency in homeland defense for the United Kingdom” was presented by Dr. Patricia Nuttal, internationally esteemed arbovirologist and professor at Oxford University.
Hosted by UTMB’s Galveston National Lab and National Biocontainment Training Center, the speaker series is aimed at assuring that UTMB faculty, staff, students and community members have maximum exposure to and participation in the ongoing federal discussion on biosecurity law, policy and application.

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