Deborah J. Jones last week officially became dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing. Jones, who is also a senior vice president, previously was the associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing. Jones is an expert in oral care and her research has helped change national health protocols aimed at reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia by improving oral hygiene. Jones takes over from Pamela G. Watson, who retired earlier this year as dean of the school.

Baker accepted into The Shine Academy

Christine Baker, a professor in the UTMB School of Health Professions physical therapy program, has been accepted as a member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education. The academy serves The University of Texas System through the support and promotion of excellence in all aspects of Health science education, educational scholarship and leadership.

Nicola Abate to speak about diabetes prevention/care

Dr. Nicola Abate, chief of UTMB’s endocrinology division, is the featured speaker for today’s edition of the Health Policy Dialogues and Lecture series. His presentation, “Revisiting the Paradigm of Diabetes Care and Prevention,” is at noon today in Research Building 6, Room 1.206 on the UTMB Galveston campus. Abate, who is an expert on the metabolic and genetic determinants of insulin resistance, will examine the latest developments and findings about diabetes. 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 employees give back to community

UTMB employees donated $538,765 to the 24th annual State Employee Charitable Campaign. More than 20 percent of UTMB’s employees contributed, with many specifying that their donations go to agencies in Galveston County. The campaign was created by the legislature in 1993.

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