The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 23rd year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. Each speaker presents a lecture on an important aspect of aging research and consults with students, faculty and staff on research topics, grant applications and articles being written for publication.

“Is the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia on the Decline?: Epidemiological Evidence from Around the World,” will be presented by Dr. Kenneth M. Langa. He is a professor of internal medicine, gerontology and health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The lecture series is open to the general public.


The winners of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards at the University of Texas Medical Branch are Dr. Oluwarotimi Folorunso, department of pharmacology and toxicology; Dr. Jeff Temple, professor, psychologist and director of behavioral health and research; and Lorraine Hunter-Simpson of the department of pediatrics. The annual program honors and recognizes the contributions of UTMB faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, community partnership, philanthropy and civic engagement.


Dr. Pei-Yong Shi, professor of human genetics in UTMB’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

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