President's Cabinet Award Winner
Oct 15, 2010
Congratualtions to PMCH Graduate Student, Ann Charness, who was one of the ten UTMB faculty, staff and students who received a President’s Cabinet Award for innovative programs that will help advance the university’s patient care, educational and biomedical research missions.
Ann's project is titled "Providing Exercise Programs for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Across the Spectrum of Disease Severity." The goal of this project is to provide community-based therapeutic exercise groups for persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) living in Galveston County. Currently there are no exercise groups for persons with PD in Galveston County. This project begins with a train the trainer opportunity for UTMB physical therapy students and local clinicians to become experts in prescribing exercise for persons with PD so that they can translate evidence in the literature into practice in the community. We hope to start an exercise class for those newly diagnosed with PD, where the animal models suggest that intense complex continuous exercise is neuroprotective, slowing down or even reversing disease progression. Additionally we propose an exercise group for those with mild to moderate disease severity, who are beginning to experience difficulty in walking balancing and transfers, placing them at risk for falls which can result in head injury or hip fracture. The goal of this exercise group is to train the client in strategies to improve their walking, functional mobility, and balance in order to reduce the risk for falls. This project supports the goal of UTMB's Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases to become a center excellence for PD with comprehensive services for those with this disease living in Galveston County.
Congratulations Naiomi Jamal!!
Please join me in congratulating Naiomi Jamal on her 2016 President's Cabinet Award! She received this for her program focused on Parent Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention. This is a very prestigious award - Congratulations Naiomi!
Congratulations LJ Panas on your new job at Kansas Health Institute!!
Lawrence John Panas, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, joined KHI in 2016 after earning a doctorate degree in population health sciences and a master's degree in public Health from UTMB. His work at UTMB focused on community health improvement and also on public health systems and services. Prior to joining KHI, he was a graduate/research assistant at the UTMB. During that time, Lawrence was also involved in a wide range of work related to issues such as aging, disability, mortality, minority health and health disparities.
Congratulations to Zakkoyya Lewis on your new job at Beachbody, LLC.
Zakkoyya (Koyya) Lewis accepted a position at Beachbody, LLC as their Fitness Research Manager in their Fitness and Nutrition Results department. This position is the first of its kind. As the Fitness Research Manager, Koyya is responsible for standardizing the measurement protocols for test groups on new products sponsored by Beachbody. She is responsible for the collection and evaluation of all test group data. It is also her responsibility to ensure that claims on new fitness programs meet scientific standards. In addition to running test groups, Koyya works directly with UTMB alum Erin Glynn, PhD and Research & Development as well as Digital Productions. She works as a liaison between departments to identify ways to improve programs and motivate customers.
Congratulations Dr. Arcari and Dr. Rudkin!!
Please join me in congratulating SOM Year 2 student Lynda Chowdhury and Drs. Arcari and Rudkin on their 2016 President's Cabinet Award! They received this for their application titled Health Fair Kits To Go: Turning Service into Service Learning. This is another very prestigious award for our department - Congratulations Lynda, Dr. Arcari, and Dr. Rudkin!
Please join us in wishing Joseph Saenz, PhD a farewell as he embarks on a new adventure.
Joseph Saenz obtained his PhD and is going to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, working with Dr. Eileen Crimmins and colleagues.
During his PhD stay at UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SCOA, he published several papers on aging among U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans. He consistently made presentations in local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, winning several honors and awards.
At SCOA, he also coordinated the MHAS research work group.
We will miss him for his great scholarship, extraordinary citizenship, and personal disposition!