Inside UTMB
A fall favorite, the Salute to Nursing golf tournament is taking registrations for the annual tourney, set for Oct. 10 at the Galveston Country Club.The event and auction party has raised more than $1 million in scholarship funds for nursing students more than more than two decades.Contact Joan Farmer at or 409-772-1456 or visit

2014 Stobo awardee
Each year, the McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine selects a student to receive an award established personally by Mary Ann and Dr. Jack Stobo. The award recognizes the embodiment of the ideals of humane, compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care.The 2014 recipient is Jacqueline Stout-Aguilar, a student in the School of Nursing. She will be conducting her doctoral dissertation research in the Infant Special Care Unit at UTMB. Stobo was president of UTMB from 1997-2007.

Visiting scholar
The Institute for the Medical Humanities welcomes a new visiting scholar, the Rev. Vasileios Thermos.The author of numerous books and articles, his areas of interest include the relationships between psychological sciences and religion; the psychology of religious beliefs and experiences; dialogue between psychoanalysis and religion; and post-modernity and religion.

Asthma research
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, are 18 to 65 and have been a nonsmoker for at least one year. Contact Afifa Khalil at or 409-747-1887.

Vaccine study
Volunteers are needed for a human cytomegalovirus vaccine (HCMV) study. Individuals may qualify if they are loder than 18, healthy and available for about 10 study visits older than the next 18 months.Contact Lori Simon at or 409-772-5278.

Save the date
The second annual Stop, Drop and Roll 5K run/walk will be Oct. 4. Sponsored by the Blocker Burn Champions organization, all proceeds go toward assisting survivors of burn injuries and their families.

School supplies drive
The UTMB department of pediatrics is sponsoring a school supplies drive for disadvantaged GISD students and UTMB pediatrics patients.Items requested include spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils, binders, backpacks, rulers, flash drives, construction paper, combination locks and highlighters. The department will be collecting supplies through Aug. 22 and supplies may be dropped off in the main lobby of John Sealy Hospital at Eighth and Market streets or in Research Building 6, Room 3.300 on the UTMB campus. Contact Tayna Vazquez at or call 409-772-5270.

Pisacano scholar
The board of directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation Inc. has selected the recipients of the 2014 scholarships. Alyssa Shell, a fourth-year M.D./Ph.D. student at UTMB, is one of seven scholars selected as a 2014 Pisacano Scholar. She is the third UTMB medical student selected since the start of the program in 1993.Alyssa received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Recipients are noted as outstanding medical students who have made a commitment to enter the specialty of family medicine.

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