Memorial Day closures
UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics will close Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. John Sealy Hospital and the Trauma Center will be open, along with pediatric urgent care clinics at 2027 61st St. in Galveston and 3023 Marina Bay Drive in League City. Also open will be UTMB’s new adult urgent care clinic in the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. All three urgent care centers will open from noon to 8 p.m. For more information about UTMB clinic hours, services and locations, visit or call the UTMB Access Center at 409-772-2222.

Free screening mammograms
Each year, UTMB Health and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer team up to provide free screening mammograms for uninsured women in the community through a mobile mammography van that goes to two area churches. Participants must pre-register and meet a number of criteria to qualify such as be a legal resident of Galveston County, between 40 and 64, uninsured and other requirements. 

Screening will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 2, at the Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church, 7420 Highway 1765, Texas City (deadline for registration is May 26); and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1410 4th St., Galveston (deadline for registration is June 2). Registration packets are available at the churches or the UTMB breast imaging department at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes in League City or in Galveston. For more information regarding the program, call 832-505-1721.

Educator award
Dr. Karen Szauter recently was honored by the American Association of Medical Colleges with the Career Educator Award. The Career Educator Award, presented by AAMC’s Southern Group on Education Affairs, recognizes her lifetime achievement in medical education, including a record of scholarship, leadership, collaboration and professionalism. She is a professor in the department of internal medicine and is an inaugural member of UTMB’s Academy of Master Teachers and was inducted in 2008 into the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Educators. In addition, she received the UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012.  

Moody brain research prize
UTMB recently awarded the Robert L. Moody Prize for Brain Injury Research to Dr. Jennie Ponsford, professor of neuropsychology at Monash University and director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Ponsford is a prolific author, teacher, researcher and activist in the field of traumatic brain injury. The award was presented at the 13th annual Galveston International Brain Injury Conference at Moody Gardens hosted by UTMB’s School of Health Professions and the Transitional Learning Center. 

Research volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an asthma research study. Individuals may qualify for one of UTMB’s studies if they have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma and are 18 to 65 and a non-smoker for at least one year. For more information, contact Afifa Khalil in the clinical trials office at or 409-747-1887. 

UTMB research presented in Finland
UTMB’s Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree was an invited speaker at the Frontiers of Science seminar series in Turku, Finland, designed to bring top scientists to present their recent achievements on various fields of biology, cell and molecular biology and biotechnology. Chonmaitree’s speech and grand rounds presentation addressed the new American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline on acute otitis media, which she co-wrote.