In honor of Women’s History Month, the college will host two public talks as trendsetting women in industry and health care share their stories, setbacks and successes.

Dr. Joan Nichols, who works the first lab to grow human lungs, will speak from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 28 in the College of the Mainland Learning Resources Center Auditorium, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City. She will share her TED Talk: “High Risk Research with Breathtaking Results: Bioengineering Lungs for Clinical Use.”

Karen Kupsa, Union Carbide and Dow process operator for more than 30 years and COM process technology professor, will speak on changing women’s role in industry from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

“These women have both done so much,” said professor Michelle Cortez, co-organizer of the event. “Karen Kupsa started her career when few women were in process technology, and Dr. Nichols has done groundbreaking work at University of Texas Medical Branch.”

COM hosts events each year to educate students and the community and to highlight the diversity and history of the Gulf Coast.

For more information, contact Cortez, 409-933-8502 or

Women’s Empowerment Day

Celebrate women’s empowerment from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the COM Learning Resources Center Auditorium.

Angela Wilson, community news editor for the Galveston County Daily News, will be the guest speaker.

The event is open to the community.

For more information, email

Jazz festival comes to Kemah

The Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium Jazz Festival at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., in Kemah. The event is open to the public.

Johnny Gonzales will be the guest artist on alto, soprano and tenor saxophone. Gonzales is the retired principal of Marshall Middle School Academy of Fine Arts Magnet, which he helped to create. Gonzales also served as a musician in the U.S. Air Force.

Groups from San Jacinto College, Alvin Community College and Brazosport College will also perform various times from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 409-933-8347, email or visit

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