The deadline to participate in the University of Texas Medical Branch Earth Day Art Contest is Friday. The contest is open to everyone. The theme this year is “Reduce Your Use,” and designs must reflect ways to conserve energy resource consumption that will keep our environment clean and healthy for future generations.

For more information, contact Diana Davison at 409-747-2739 or, or visit The winner of the contest will receive recognition at the 27th annual UTMB Health Earth Day celebration on April 26.


Dr. Barbara Bryant, medical director of the Blood Bank Division and professor and vice chair of the Department of Pathology, has been named to the 17 member Blood Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

As a member of the committee, Bryant will help review and evaluate the safety, effectiveness and appropriate use of blood, products derived from blood and serum or biotechnology, which are intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of human diseases. The committee provides their advice to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Beginning immediately, Bryant will serve on the committee until Sept. 30, 2023.


The Provost’s Lecture Series will continue the conversation on promoting wellness and preventing burnout at the medical branch with its next installment on March 19.

Dr. Tait Shanafelt will present “The High Cost of Burnout in Healthcare Professions: Approaches to Improve Well-being.”

Shanafelt is associate dean at Stanford School of Medicine, chief wellness officer at Stanford Medicine and director of Stanford’s WellMD Center. He’s an international thought-leader and researcher in the field of well-being and its implications for quality of care. Breakfast will be served in the Levin Hall Dining Room on the Galveston campus at 7 a.m., followed by the lecture from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Those who plan to attend should RSVP by March 12 to Robin Baker at or 409-747-6736.


Work began Monday on accessibility enhancements to the hospital parking garage on the Galveston campus.

The project has multiple components. One will connect a tunnel from the south side of the parking garage to the administration building plaza, similar to the two existing tunnels to Jennie Sealy Hospital and the Waverley Smith/John Sealy complex. The tunnel, which was partially constructed when the garage was built, will travel under the roadway and connect at ground level to the adjoining plaza, providing an alternate and easily accessible route through the area.

In addition, a new elevator and elevator control room will be built for the south side of the garage. Renovations are also planned to two ADA-accessible ramps on the north and west sides of the parking garage. For safety, pedestrians will be detoured around a construction and staging area directly east of the administration building.

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