Katherine Cunningham, director of UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research, is the featured speaker for the opening of the 2018 Health Policy Dialogues and Lecture series. Her presentation, “Opioids: Canary in the Coal Mine of Public Health,” is at noon Thursday in the Levin Hall dining hall on the Galveston campus. The free lecture is open to all UTMB students, faculty and staff, as well as those interested members of the public.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Becky Trout, rltrout@utmb.edu or 409-747-2734.


UTMB and the Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are providing free screening mammograms for women in Galveston County who are uninsured. Participants must be 40 and older and must register in advance and meet a list of criteria, including being a legal resident of Galveston County.

The first free screenings will be Nov. 4 at New Vision Baptist Church, 2311 24th St., in Dickinson; Nov. 11 at St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Postoffice St., in Galveston; and Nov. 12 at Arcadia Christian Church, 14201 Beriton St., in Santa Fe.

For more information about all eligibility requirements and how to apply, call Ida Hernandez, 832-505-1721.


The Academy of Master Teachers celebrates its 10th anniversary this year as an interprofessional community serving UTMB through the promotion of educational excellence. The newest members are Claudia Hilton, associate professor of occupational therapy; Patricia Lea, associate professor and program director of the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate and RN-BSN programs; Dr. Harold Pine, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology; Dr. Dawnelle Schatte, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of undergraduate education; and Dana Wild, associate professor of physical therapy.