The next installment of the Lefeber Winter Series on Aging will be about Alzheimer’s Disease among African-Americans.

Dr. Goldie S. Byrd, director for the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will be the featured speaker. Her presentation, “Alzheimer’s Disease in African-Americans: Unraveling Genetics Using a Campus and Community Based Model for Recruitment, Inclusion and Empowerment,” will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Caduceus Room in the administration building on the Galveston campus.

The lecture is open to the general public. For information, call Stephanie Burt at 409-266-9675.

RUDKIN INTERIM DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES

Laura Rudkin has been appointed interim director for UTMB’s Institute for the Medical Humanities, effective immediately. Rudkin joined UTMB in 1993, and has been chair for the department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health since August 2012. She is an elected member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor and a 2013 recipient of a UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Rudkin earned her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Iowa and her doctorate degree in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University. She is highly respected in the public health research community with a primary research interest in the influence of social factors on health outcomes that are also relevant to the medical humanities.

SCI CAFE: NUTRITION, EXERCISE AND SARCOPENIA

The next SCI Cafe will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mod Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

The topic is “Nutrition, Exercise and Sarcopenia” and will feature Dr. Elena Volpi, director for the Sealy Center on Aging, and holder of the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

The event is being coordinated by UTMB’s Center in Environmental Toxicology, the Institute for Translational Sciences and the Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine. SCI Cafe is a community dialogue about science, health and possibilities among community members, researchers and scientists. The purpose is to engage and connect community members with science and science with the local community.

TEXAS CITY AUDIOLOGY AND SPEECH PATHOLOGY BACK

Audiology and speech pathology services at UTMB’s Primary and Specialty Care Clinic in Texas City, which was extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey, are now back in operation. The clinic, located at 10121 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City, provides a host of services including adult and pediatric primary care, cardiology, clinical laboratory services, orthopedics and urgent care. For more information on the clinic and the full list of services provided, visit https://www.utmbhealth.com/locations/clinics/texas-city.

TRIBUTE FOR CHIEF ENGELLS

A memorial tribute for UTMB Chief Thomas Engells, who died suddenly last month at the age of 59, will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the main auditorium of Levin Hall on the UTMB Galveston campus. For information, call 409-747-6735.

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