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White coat welcome for new physician assistants
Incoming physician assistant students at UTMB received their white coats in a ceremony that welcomed them into their new program of professional study.
The highlight of the ceremony, which was held at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at Levin Hall on the UTMB campus, was when the 89 members of the class of 2014 donned their white coats for the first time.
"The ceremony symbolically marks the beginning of a person's career as a health care professional," said Elizabeth Protas, dean of UTMB's School of Health Professions.
"It's a significant milestone on their path to a very important role in the new health care landscape."
Six UTMB faculty members receive Outstanding Teaching Awards from UT System Board of Regents
The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (July 11) awarded six faculty members at the University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston with the board's highest honor in recognition of their performance in the classroom and their dedication to innovation and advancing
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Drunk driving victim walks again – The research by Dr. Kurt
Mossberg and his team is already showing traumatic brain injury patients can walk
again. But what you can't see is the amazing heart and determination it took for
Carter just to get here.
The new old age: Escape from the hospital bed - Old people who
spend too much time in bed can suffer deconditioning, which saps muscle strength
and aerobic capacity -- even in younger patients. "There's a growing body of evidence
over the past decade of the hazards of prolonged immobility during hospitalization,"
said Steve Fisher, a rehabilitation specialist at UTMB. ...
Respiratory Care White Coat ceremony was held on May 13 in Levin Hall. There
were 16 junior students participating in the event with Romar Reyes, director of
clinical education, coating the students. Ken Hargett, director of respiratory care
at Methodist Hospital, was the guest speaker.
Michelle S. Kanuth, Ph.D. named Cambridge Who's Who Professional of the Year in Higher
Education - While inclusion in the Cambridge Who's Who Registry is
an honor, only a small selection of members in each discipline are chosen for this
distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional
accomplishments, academic achievements leadership abilities, years of service, and
the credentials they have provided in association with their Cambridge Who's Who
With nearly three decades of professional acumen, Michelle S. Kanuth will celebrate
her 10th anniversary as Professor at The University of Texas this year. A prominent
figure in both higher education and immunohematology and microbiology, Ms. Kanuth
holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, a master of science in immunohematology
from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor of science in medical technology
from The Ohio State University.
In an exclusive October interview with Cambridge Who's Who, Ms. Kanuth noted that
she could not have achieved such professional success without the guidance of her
mentors. Through their support, she has gained the recognition of her peers and
received several awards from The University of Texas Medical Branch Academy of Master
Teachers. Ms. Kanuth is also a professional member of the American Society for Clinical
Laboratory Science, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American
Association of Blood Banks.
Gov. Perry Reappoints Dr. Richard Rahr to Texas Physician Assistant Board
- Texas Governor Rick Perry has reappointed three members to the Texas Physician
Assistant Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2017. The board establishes and maintains
standards of excellence to regulate physician assistants and ensure quality health
care through licensure, discipline and education.
Richard Rahr of Texas City is a professor and department chair of Physician Assistant
Studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions.
He is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, Academy of Master
Teachers, Texas Society of Allied Health Professions, and American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists. Rahr received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at
Austin, a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake,
and a doctorate degree in education in allied health from the University of Houston.
Anna A. Chapman of Del Rio is deputy city secretary for the City of Del Rio. She
is the health issues chair of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and regent
and district deputy of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She is also a research
committee member of Cemeterio De Los Amigos, and recording secretary for the Pan
American Round Table. Chapman received a bachelor's degree from Sul Ross State University
and a Master of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver.
Felix Koo of McAllen is clinical coordinator of the University of Texas-Pan American
Physician Assistant Studies Program, and a volunteer medical director of Hope Family
Health Center in McAllen. He is vice president of the Nuestra Clinica Del Valle
Inc. Board of Directors. Koo received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree
in microbiology from Brigham Young University, a doctorate degree from the University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and a medical degree from the University of
Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
Elderly Patients Who Get on Feet Leave Hospital Sooner - Even small amounts
of increased mobility may speed discharge, researchers say. The research team studied
162 hospitalized patients over age 65 who each had a step activity monitor attached
to one of their ankles. The small electronic device counted every step the patients
took, explained the researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
"Mobility is a key measure in older people's independence and quality of life
generally, and this study suggests that's also true in the hospital setting,"
says UTMB's Steve Fisher.
"When we hospitalize elderly people, we set up a paradoxical situation,"
he explained. "You can have a positive outcome of the acute problem that brought
them there, but still have negative consequences as a result of extended immobility."
White Coat Ceremony - The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition that began in
2001 for the Physician Assistant Studies Program in the UTMB School of Health Professions. Sixty-five
PA students received their white coats and took the professional oath this
month. Dr. Betty Protas, vice president and dean of the UTMB School of Health
Professions gave an address to students, parents and friends. Dr. Robert Beach,
professor in the department of internal medicine, cloaked the students and Ms. Trisha
Harris-Odimgbe, from the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, gave each new student
a professional pin.
UTMB programs rated among the top in the nation - U.S. News & World Report
released its 2011 Best Graduate School Rankings. UTMB's Occupational Therapy
program, Physician Assistant Studies program, and Physical Therapy program all rank
among the nation's best.
Utsey receives Gould award from TPTA - We are pleased to announce that Carolyn
Utsey, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair in the School of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy, has received the William Gould Memorial Outstanding
Physical Therapy Faculty Award by the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA),
the top faculty honor in the state bestowed by TPTA.
Dr. Utsey is recognized for her excellence in the areas of teaching and commitment
to service in the School of Health Professions, the PT profession, and the community.
Her nominator noted Dr. Utsey's demonstrated ability to educate the profession of
physical therapy at every level and in a wide variety of venues, stating that Dr.
Utsey educates the physical therapy community at large by participating in the Texas
Education Consortium's Clinical Instructor education courses to better prepare therapists
to be effective clinical instructors, and teaches ethics for the therapy community
with courses at area facilities and local districts. In addition, she participates
in medical mission trips with the UTMB Baptist Student Ministries bringing opportunities
to physical therapy students for hands on learning in unique settings. She also
organizes the participation in Rainbow Connection, a summer camp for children with
cancer and their siblings, with physical therapy students serving as camp counselors.
In each of these venues of education she incorporates lessons of professionalism,
ethics, sensitivity, and physical therapy techniques and interventions.
Dr. Utsey promotes the physical therapy profession by simply modeling to her students
and colleagues her strong commitment to education, community and professionalism.
Dr. Utsey leads a program educating future physical therapists prepared at the doctoral
level to meet the needs and truly enhance the quality of life for the patients they
Ottenbacher receives Lowman Award - We are very pleased to share a noteworthy
accomplishment of Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, Professor and Russell Shearn
Moody Distinguished Chair in the School of Health Professions. Dr. Ottenbacher was
named the recipient of the 2010 Edward Lowman Award by the American Congress of
Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) at its annual conference last month.
The award's namesake, Ed Lowman, MD, served as Professor and Clinical Director of
Rehabilitation Medicine at the Rusk Institute of New York University where his strong
conviction about the importance of an interdisciplinary team in the care of individuals
with severe disabilities earned him great respect in the field of rehabilitation
medicine. Legislatively, Dr. Lowman promoted the inclusion of physical medicine
and rehabilitation services in the Medicare program and was key to the ratification
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the predecessor of the National Institute on
Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Dr. Ottenbacher received this prestigious award in recognition of his significant
contributions to rehabilitation medicine in promoting the spirit of interdisciplinary
rehabilitation research and education. Dr. Ottenbacher serves as Director of the
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Health
Professions. He also serves as Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences
and Associate Director of the Sealy Center on Aging. Dr. Ottenbacher is the Coordinator
of the rehabilitation sciences curriculum in the Population Health Sciences Graduate
Program and holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Protas recognized for distinguished service - The Texas Society of Allied
Health Professions (TSAHP) honored Elizabeth Protas, PT, PhD, Vice President and
Dean of the School of Health Professions (SHP), with the 2010 Distinguished Service
Award. TSAHP is a professional organization which provides a vital forum for health
professions educators and practitioners dedicated to promoting education, research
and clinical practice in Texas.
Dr. Protas is recognized for her many years of leadership, commitment to service,
and contributions to TSAHP and the health professions community from the local to
national levels. Most recently, Dr. Protas focused her efforts on legislative affairs
serving as chair of the TSAHP legislative committee. Her nominators highlight Dr.
Protas' advocacy and success in expanding TSAHP's legislative efforts and activities
to promote allied health bills resulting in TSAHP's testimony before the Texas Senate's
Committee on Health and Human Services in 2010.
In addition to serving at the helm of SHP, Dr. Protas is a Senior Fellow of the
Sealy Center on Aging and holds the George T. Bryan Distinguished Professorship
at UTMB. She came to UTMB in 2002 to chair the school's Department of Physical Therapy
and was appointed dean in 2008. Her research and clinical interests focus on exercise,
aging and physiological responses to exercise of individuals with chronic disabilities,
particularly individuals who have had a stroke or Parkinson's disease. Dr. Protas
has amassed an impressive list of manuscripts, book chapters and conference presentations.
To support her research, Dr. Protas has received grant funding from the National
Institute of Health, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research,
the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
The Texas Society of Allied Health Professions and UTMB's School of Health Professions
greatly benefit from her dedication and leadership in education, research, service,
and advocacy of future and current health professionals. Please join the TSAHP membership
in congratulating her on this honor.
Freeman receives lifetime achievement award - It is with great pleasure that
we announce that Dr. Vicki Freeman, Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory
Sciences was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Master Teachers,
University of Texas Medical Branch, at its annual Education Symposium on May 13.
Rahr named Distinguished Teaching Professor - Congratulations to Dr. Richard
R. Rahr, Chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, for being awarded
the honorific title of Distinguished Teaching Professor by the Academy of Master
Teachers. This is a distinction given to recognize faculty members who have made
significant contributions to education.
The Academy was established as a service organization to recognize and honor UTMB's
best teachers, advance innovation and promote educational scholarship, and to serve
the diverse needs of the UTMB community of educators through faculty development,
mentorship, and advocacy.
Making breakfast count - TIME.com, July 18, 2010 - At the annual meeting
of the International Food Technologists, UTMB's Douglas Paddon-Jones presented his
findings on protein and muscle mass. He reported that contrary to conventional wisdom,
which holds that the elderly tend to lose their ability to make muscle from the
protein they eat, rates of muscle building remains the same throughout life as
little as four ounces of lean beef or chicken (which contains about 30 grams of
protein) can boost muscle bulk by 50 percent. However, he did find a difference
between the young and elderly volunteers when they lowered the amount of protein
they ate. When younger subjects halved their intake to 15 grams, they also halved
their muscle building while the elderly experienced a greater than 50 percent decline.
Obesity rise linked to disability increase among elderly in Latin America and the
Caribbean - GALVESTON, Texas As a result of rising obesity rates in Latin
America and the Caribbean, elderly people there are becoming more likely to suffer
from disabilities, according to a paper recently published by University of Texas
Medical Branch at Galveston researchers in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The UTMB study drew on data from a Pan-American Health Organization and National
Institute on Aging survey that covered more than 6,000 people over age 65 in six
cities: Bridgetown, Barbados; Sγo Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Havana, Cuba;
Mexico City, Mexico; and Montevideo, Uruguay. Across the board, the investigators
found that obese seniors were more likely to have significant trouble walking, bathing,
dressing, eating, getting in and out of bed and using the toilet.
In this survey, a subject was defined as obese if he or she had a body mass index
(weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) equal or greater than
"This greater prevalence of obesity is a new thing in Latin America and the Caribbean,
the result of people moving from rural to urban areas and shifting their nutritional
habits and other aspects of their lives to a more Western pattern," said UTMB assistant
professor Soham al Snih, lead author of "Obesity and Disability: Relation Among
Older Adults Living in Latin America and the Caribbean," which appeared in the June
15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. "At the same time, we're seeing
a substantial increase in life expectancy. The close relationship that we found
between obesity and disability in older adults suggests that we really need to work
to prevent these populations from becoming obese."
Without major efforts to promote healthy eating and exercise in Latin American and
Caribbean populations, al Snih said, current trends will produce large numbers of
people who are especially vulnerable to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and arthritis conditions that could increase the degree
of disability among the elderly, and which will severely strain the health care
resources of poorer countries.
"We need to reorient people to better nutrition, we need to screen for these diseases
and do as much as we can to prevent them, and we need to involve these populations
in exercise and increase their activity level," al Snih said. "It's very important,
because otherwise it will cost much more in the long run."
In addition to highlighting the connection between increasing obesity rates and
increasing disability among elders, al Snih noted that the UTMB study provides a
rare look at the prevalence of obesity in various populations of older adults in
Latin America and the Caribbean, where much public health data focuses instead on
childhood through middle age. Current rates of obesity among the elderly ranged
from a low of 13.3 percent in Havana to a high of 37.6 percent in Montevideo. (According
to the National Health and Nutrition Survey of 2007-2008, the U.S. obesity rate
for men over 60 is 37.1 percent; for women over 60 it is 33.6 percent).
Other researchers contributing to this paper include professors Kenneth Ottenbacher,
Kyriakos Markides and Dr. James Goodwin, assistant professor James Graham and associate
professor Young-Fang Kuo. The National Institute on Aging, the National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, and the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health provided
support for this study.
Utsey appointed Winfree Professor - It is our distinct pleasure to announce
that Carolyn Utsey, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical
Therapy, has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Jeanette Winfree Professorship
in Physical Therapy. This endowment was established by UTMB's Advisory Council in
2006 to support the research of a faculty member who will focus time and effort
in the pursuit of excellence in physical therapy. Jeanette Winfree was a Galveston
physical therapist who was one of the first women in the nation to open a private
practice. She was a 1961 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, a leader
in many advances in physical therapy and was the 1982 UTMB School of Health Professions'
Distinguished Alumni recipient.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Utsey on this well-deserved honor.
UTMB clinic offers free therapy to stroke victims - By John Koloen, Special
to The Daily News, Published July 5, 2010 - Stroke is one of the scariest words
in the English language. The event it signifies a sudden interruption of blood
flow to part of the brain is the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Many of the millions who survive a stroke find their lives turned upside down.
"It doesn't mean that stroke patients no longer need therapy," said Barbara Doucet,
assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Professions
at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "It means that, for one reason or another,
they no longer have access to it."
Jill Seale, assistant professor of physical therapy, said, "Stroke is not a one-time
event. You have lifelong disability, lifelong impairment complicated by aging. Aging
Funded by a grant from the UTMB President's Cabinet, Doucet and Seale have organized
a series of free, weeklong therapy sessions held in the School of Health Professions/School
of Nursing building.
Under the supervision of faculty, second-year physical and occupational therapy
students work with stroke victims to help them improve their lives. Physical therapy
focuses on movement and mobility, while occupational therapy focuses on restoring
function lost to the stroke.
As much as stroke victims benefit from participating in the clinic, the students
who provide the therapy view it as "a great opportunity to work with members of
our community and impact them in a very positive way," occupational therapy student
Whitney "Megan" Mullins said. About two dozen students participate during the weeklong
"I really learned how to apply my classroom knowledge to the clinic setting when
working with a client and realized that our program has prepared us well for working
with stroke patients," Mullins said. "I also have learned that there are many people
in the community who are six months post-stroke or not eligible for traditional
therapy and could still benefit from additional services."
In some cases, patients have been referred for additional outpatient therapy services
if there's been a change in status since the stroke.
Freeman and Finley present in Kenya - Vicki Freeman, Clinical Laboratory
Sciences Chair and Jane Finley, CLS Assistant Professor, attended the 29th World
Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and gave
a presentation entitled "Using Learning Objects in Clinical Laboratory Science Course
Material and Presentations." The purpose of this congress is to promote excellence
in biomedical science, enhance professional development, and provide networking
opportunities in research, education and business.
While in Kenya, Vicki and Jane worked with laboratorians at Maua Methodist Hospital
to set up a new Giemsa stain procedure for identifying Malaria. They trained them
on standard operating procedures, and identifying and troubleshooting equipment
issues. There was also an opportunity to collaborate with two visiting UTMB medical
students. Click photo for a larger view.
$800,000 grant supports training for therapists who work with children -
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded an $800,000 training grant to the University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to prepare licensed occupational and physical
therapists to work with infants to school-aged children who have disabilities. The
grant program, Specialized Training of Occupational and Physical Therapists in Early
Intervention and Related Services, is for four years.
"The STAIRS program is designed to develop online courses to enhance the professional
expertise of licensed occupational and physical therapists working in pediatric
settings," said Christine P. Baker, associate professor in the UTMB School of Health
Professions. Those who complete the program receive a transitional profession doctoral
degree, DPT for physical therapists. The OTD program for occupational therapists
is pending. Stipends of $6,500 are available. "We are particularly interested in
training therapists who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
and those who have disabilities," Baker said. For more information, visit
http://shp.utmb.edu/STAIRS/ or e-mail Baker at
Ostir appointed Lorenz Distinguished Professor - Glenn V. Ostir, PhD, Associate
Professor and Associate Director of Research in the Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Geriatrics, has been appointed inaugural holder of the Sheridan Lorenz
Distinguished Professorship in Aging and Health. The endowment was established in
2008 through the generous support of George P. Mitchell to benefit the Sealy Center
on Aging. Dr. Ostir also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Rehabilitation
Sciences in the School of Health Professions and Senior Fellow in the Sealy Center
Dr. Ostir has made important contributions to healthy aging research. His investigations
focus on how positive
psychological well-being varies by age, gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnic/minority
status as well as by the experiences, challenges, and transitions individuals confront
as they age. Dr. Ostir's studies include the role of activity and emotional health
in recovery from acute illness. His most recent research explores factors associated
with quality of life including patient satisfaction and satisfaction with community
activities in persons with stroke or orthopedic impairment discharged from the hospital.
Dr. Ostir's appointment to this endowed position is fitting recognition of his substantial
contributions to geriatrics and gerontology.
CLS students shine at TACLS poster presentation - Clinical Laboratory Sciences
students Meagan McDowell, John Samson, and Kara Wells won 2nd place on their poster
presentation at the Texas Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The 2010
TACLS Annual Meeting was held in El Paso April 7-10. The name of their poster was
"The Influence of Vitamin C on Immune Cell Activity".
Milam receives GCRBC scholarship - CLS student Lydia Milam was presented
a scholarship by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at the 2010 Bill T. Teague
Lecture in Austin on May 20. Milam's project, "Comparison of high protein and
monoclonal anti-D reagents", was submitted by her professors for consideration
of the award. Each year, scholarships are awarded to an outstanding medical technology
student ($750), a blood bank technology student ($1,000) and a pathology resident/fellow
($1,000) based on scholarship as exhibited through a research project or critical
and evaluative paper in the field of immunohematology.
Lambda Tau Beach Adoption - SHP Dean Elizabeth Protas and John Samson, Secretary
of the Lambda Tau CLS Honor Society appear with a certification of appreciation
for their participation in the Adopt-a-Beach Program. Lambda Tau is the official
beach guardians for one mile of beach at Stewart Beach.
New UTMB residency program recognized - A residency program in neurologic
physical therapy, started in July last year by the UTMB's School of Health Professions
and two partners, has been credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
The 12-month program the first in the Southwest and one of only seven in the United
States offers classroom instruction at both the medical branch and Texas Woman's
University for neurologic physical therapists, who work with people who are recovering
from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries and such neurological diseases as multiple
sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. (Galveston County Daily News, June 3, 2010)
Green assumes SHP Administrator role
- We are pleased to announce that Sheryl Green is our new Administrator of UTMB's
School of Health Professions. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare
industry. Sheryl comes to us from UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she worked
for 10 years as an Administrator for the Departments of Experimental Therapeutics
(6.5 yrs.) and Surgical Oncology (3.5 yrs.). Prior to her role as an Administrator,
she completed the Executive Development Program at The Methodist Hospital System
in Houston, TX. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives
and The Women's Fund for Health, Education & Research. Please welcome Sheryl
CLS Re-accreditation - Congratulations to Dr. Freeman and the CLS faculty
and staff on a very successful re-accreditation site visit from NAACLS. We all recognize
the amount of work that goes into a self-study, preparation for the site visit,
and conducting a successful visit. The summation report from the on-site review
team was stellar. The CLS faculty, staff, students, alums, and Advisory Committee
have much to be proud of in their outstanding academic program. Their programmatic
excellence reflects well on all of us.
UTMB School of Health Professions awards over $212,000 in scholarships in 2009 -
SHP recently hosted a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize our generous donors and
recipients. This year scholarship awards topped $212,000 with 180 worthy students
benefiting from this pool of funds. We continue to seek ways to grow our endowments
and provide much needed assistance to SHP students each year.
Baker honored by APTA - Dr. Christine Baker received the APTA Section on
Education Distinguished Educator Award. She was recognized for this award at APTA's
Combined Sections Meeting held in San Diego, CA, in February.
Rasmussen appointed Hill Professor - Sealy Center on Aging recently appointed
Dr. Blake Rasmussen, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, as the inaugural
holder of the Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Professorship in Healthy Aging to support translational
and/or clinical aging research, including, one or more of the following areas of
interest: muscle biology, muscle function, exercise, nutrition, metabolism, rehabilitation,
integrative physiology, biomechanics, obesity and cardiovascular health.
Blake is vital member of the Sealy Center on Aging, the Claude Pepper Older American
Independence Center serving as Core Leader for the Pepper Center Pilot/Exploratory
Studies Core. His R01 NIH grant, renewed in 2008 for five years, examines the molecular
basis for the muscle response to exercise and nutrition in an effort to develop
evidence-based rehabilitation strategies to promote muscle growth in various clinical
conditions associated with significant muscle loss.
Dr. Rasmussen's research accomplishments and collaborative contributions to the
Sealy Center on Aging and UTMB are certainly evident. Please join me in congratulating
him on this well-deserved honor.
Winter Commencement promises to be a large celebration with 126 graduates
anticipated from the Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Clinical Laboratory
Sciences and Respiratory Care programs. SHP is honored to welcome UT System Regent
Janiece Longoria to confer the degrees at the ceremony in Levin Hall Auditorium
on Friday, December 18th at 4pm. Dean of the UT Southwestern School
of Health Professions, Dr. Raul Caetano, will serve as speaker, and Dr. Karen
Chapman, Director of UTMB Rehabilitation Services, is SHP's 2009 Distinguished
Alumna. Leading the way as Grand Marshal is Dr. Kurt Mossberg, Professor
in the Department of Physical Therapy.
Baker appointed Ruby Decker Professor - It is with great pleasure that we
announce the selection of Dr. Christine Baker as the newest holder of the Ruby Decker
Professorship. Dr. Baker has been a vital member of the faculty in the Department
of Physical Therapy for 23 years and clearly exemplifies the qualities and captures
the spirit of the founding leader of the School of Health Professions Department
of Physical Therapy.
Ruby Decker was the first Director of the School of Physical Therapy at UTMB, and
is still honored by the physical therapy faculty and students for her contributions
to physical therapy and to the foundations of the department.
Artificial gravity can prevent muscle loss in space - In a new paper published
in the Journal of Applied Physiology, a UTMB team led by associate professor Douglas
Paddon-Jones describes their success using a NASA human centrifuge to fight
the muscle-wasting effects of weightlessness. Working with volunteers kept in bed
for three weeks to simulate zero-gravity conditions, they found that just one hour
a day on the centrifuge was sufficient to restore normal muscle protein synthesis.
Mossberg receives Walker Award - Kurt Mossberg, PT, PhD a faculty member
in both the SHP Physical Therapy Department and Rehab Sciences program received
the 2009 Jack Walker Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. This
award recognizes a research article that makes "an important contribution to the
understanding of clinical practice and patient care".
Whitlock receives Sealy Center award - Dr. Greg Whitlock, a member of the
Clinical Laboratory Sciences faculty, was selected to receive the Sealy Center for
Vaccine Development Graduate Student Award.
Freeman awarded Logan Professorship - Clinical Laboratory Sciences Chair,
Dr. Vicki Freeman, was awarded the Suzanne Logan Endowed Professorship for her application
"Building and Maintaining Relationships across Professions", which was recently
approved by the selection panel of the Academy of Master Teachers.