For the second year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s MakerHealth Space won “Best in Class” at the 2016 World Maker Faire in New York City earlier this month. The medical branch had a booth at the meeting with examples of projects from the MakerHealth Space. The MakerHealth Space is where all medical branch staff, students and faculty can develop medical devices by either modifying an existing product or design and build prototype medical devices using 3D printing, laser cutting, textiles, electronics, power tools and much more. Medical branch nurse Debra Flynn, for example, made an adjustable patient shower sleeve from a shower curtain to keep patient wounds dry. Another project, by the medical branch’s Dr. Lara Reichert, repurposed a baby doll into an infant tracheostomy simulation device that helps train physicians to better perform the procedure on infants.

Halloween carnival

It’s time for the medical branch’s annual fall and Halloween carnival. The festival will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Moody Medical Plaza. The annual event for children 12 or younger will have games, prizes, snacks and a best costume contest. There is no admission charge, but attendees are encourage to bring a can of food that will be donated to local food banks. The carnival is sponsored by the Osler Student Societies and the medical branch Student Government Organization. Parking will be available in the parking lots across from Levin Hall, located on 11th and Market streets.

Marshall on cover of Nurse Leader magazine

David Marshall, vice president and chief nursing and patient care services officer, is the cover story for the October edition of Nurse Leader magazine, a publication of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. The Q&A article, “Leader to Honor,” includes Marshall talking about making decisions, learning during his career and his decision to move from a clinical role as a nurse to become a nursing leader.

Health policy dialogue: Whatever happened to AIDS?

Dr. Phillip H. Keiser, a medical branch professor in the division of infectious diseases and International HIV program, will speak about AIDS at noon Wednesday in the Levin Hall Dining Room. His topic is “Whatever Happened to AIDS?” There is no admission charge and members of the public are welcome to attend. The medical branch Health Policy Dialogue is co-sponsored by the medical branch’s Office of the President and the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs.

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