UTMB wins aerospace medicine awards
At the 2014 meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, Dr. James Vanderploeg, director of clinical preventive medicine in the department of preventive medicine and community health, received the Louis H. Bauer Founders Award, established to honor the founder of the AMA and given annually for the most significant contribution in aerospace medicine.

Dr. Rebecca Blue, aerospace medicine physician, received the Julian E. Ward Memorial Award, which was established by the Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons in memory of its first member to lose his life in an aircraft accident. The award honors superior performance and outstanding achievement in the art and science of aerospace medicine during residency training.

Several UTMB aerospace medicine residents were also recognized: Dr. Natacha Chough received the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons Outstanding Student Award; Dr. Robert Mulcahy received the Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award; and Dr. James Pattarini received the Aerospace Medical Association Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, Endowed Scholarship and the Space Medicine Association Wyle Scholarship.

Together, the residents won the RAM Bowl, a quiz competition among teams from Aerospace Medicine Residency programs.

Students take state honors
The UTMB chapter of the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section has been named chapter of the year. The award recognizes the chapter that demonstrates leadership, dedication and service to the TMA and the American Medical Association. UTMB chapter members have promoted good health and disease prevention in Galveston, including making presentations to more than 1,200 elementary and middle school students about the dangers of tobacco use. Medical and allied health professions students also participated in the local Grand Kids Festival to promote healthy living and active play.

Nursing career Open House
UTMB is hosting an RN Career Open House from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City. Staff members will be available to answer questions about career opportunities and to conduct interviews. There also will be door prizes, refreshments and complimentary presentations “Nurses as role models for healthy behaviors and discussing BMI” on Friday and “Nurse fatigue” on Saturday. These will provide CNE credit. Visit utmb.rsvp-nurse.com or contact Bree Akingbola, oiakingb@utmb.edu or 409-266-2246.

Island support group
The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Galveston Island Community Center, Suite B101, 4700 Broadway. The group helps women understand how breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the fourth Tuesday of each month.Call 832-505-1700.

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.