On Monday, workers began removing the existing ground-mounted UTMB signs at the John Sealy Hospital entry at Eighth and Market streets and the employee drop-off area near Ninth and Market streets. 

New signs will be installed in these areas as well as at Sixth and Market streets. During the construction, alternate traffic lane closures will be occurring; however, one lane will always remain open. The hospital entrance will not be blocked at any time. The work should be completed within four to six weeks, weather permitting.

Major construction highlights

The new public concourse inside John Sealy Hospital opened last week, and the new coffee shop, pastoral care office, the Chapel and the gift shop are returning to their previous locations. 

The post-Ike flood wall installed around the Primary Care Pavilion is complete, and a public demonstration of the flood gates will be scheduled soon.

New Faculty Senate officers

Effective Sept. 1, Dr. Lisa Cain will be UTMB’s new Faculty Senate chairwoman and Dr. James Graham will be the new chairman-elect. The UTMB Faculty Senate is a representative body of the entire UTMB faculty and serves to link faculty members and administration on matters that advance the academic life and welfare of the university. 

Cain is an associate professor in the department of neuroscience and cell biology. 

Graham is an associate professor in the School of Health Professions’ division of rehabilitation sciences and a fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging.

Seminar for caregivers

The UTMB geriatric outpatient clinics will offer an educational seminar for caregivers of persons with memory loss today at 1:30 p.m. at the Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. 

Participants do not have to be affiliated with UTMB to take advantage of this educational opportunity. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Contact Adele Herzfeld at asherzfe@utmb.edu or by phone 832-505-2002 or 409-747-7030.

International visitors train at UTMB

Trainees from the Technical University of Denmark’s National Veterinary Institute in Kalvehave, Denmark and from The Pirbright Institute in Surrey, United Kingdom visited the UTMB Galveston National Lab and the National Biocontainment Training Center for biosafety and biocontainment engineering discussions and training. 

The GNL is committed to collaboration on effective biosafety with laboratory colleagues around the world.

Welcome Weekend

Saturday was the 23rd annual UTMB Welcome Weekend — a collaborative university event among the Office of Student Life, Student Organization Leaders and the UTMB Alumni Office to welcome and provide orientation for the Fall 2013 incoming students. 

Welcome Weekend showcases the UTMB culture, provides opportunities to build peer networks and introduce UTMB leadership to new students.

Hospital progress

The new Jennie Sealy Hospital on the UTMB main campus is progressing rapidly. Construction crews are installing the concrete deck and columns on floor 8 and ductwork is going in on the second floor. The project is averaging 185 workers per day and is scheduled for completion in 2016.


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


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