Construction extends on Market and Sixth streets
Beginning this week, Market Street westbound will be closed from Second Street (Ferry Road) to Sixth Street. Market Street will become a one-way street eastbound from 12th Street to Second Street. No parking will be allowed between Sixth and Fourth streets on the north and south sides of Market Street. The changes, expected to be in place for about a year, are necessary as crews install underground utilities along the perimeter of the Galveston campus. Signs will direct both pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the construction area, and temporary sidewalks and ramps will be routed to maintain pedestrian access.

Lefeber Winter Lecture Series on Aging
The 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, presented by the Sealy Center on Aging on consecutive Tuesdays through March 4, continues tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, located at 10th and Market streets. “Drug interactions in the elderly: A case-based discussion” will be the topic of Dr. David N. Juurlink, head of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Next week’s lecture will address Alzheimer's prevention trials. For more information, contact Kelley Prevou at or 409-747-1987.

Diabetes support group
“Exploring Esselstyn” is the topic for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on Feb. 10. 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 and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300.

The Lunch Bunch
“How to handle adult caregiver stress” will be presented by Nancy Engle of Interfaith Care Ministries and Alice Williams, director of Libby's Place Adult Day Services in Galveston, at the next meeting of the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 11, at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email A schedule of future programs can be found at

Community service award
Kathlynn Joel-Reich, administrative coordinator in the School of Medicine, is the winner of the 2014 Community Service Award. The award was presented at the annual ceremony commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Community Service Award program honors and recognizes the contributions of UTMB faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, community partnership, philanthropy and civic engagement. Others honored with nominations include Lillian Ford, Kaci Woods-Chin, Laura Lawrence, Arlene Anderwald, Rachel Pearson and Ryoko Stallins.

City recognizes Center for Addiction Research
UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research was honored by the Galveston City Council for its support of National Drug Facts Week. This initiative, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, encourages teens to ask questions about drugs and their abuse in a safe and scientific environment. The center has worked with the Galveston County Community Coalition to support initiative in Galveston schools for the past three years. More information on the national initiative is available at