PMCH Seminar Series

Dec 06, 2011

Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Reports from the Environmental Health and Toxicology Class


Thursday, December 8
12:00 - 1:00pm
1.104 Ewing Hall

"Persistent Drought in Texas: Management Plan to Reduce Future Adverse Health Outcomes"

Presented by Group 1:
David Darrow
Phillip Hoverstadt
Amol Karmarkar
Melissa Y. Morales

Characterization of Drought in the Context of a Changing Climate
Texas Water Distribution and Policy
Adverse Health Outcomes
Risk Assessment of Drought in Texas
Development of the Management Plan

"Anthrax: An Assessment of Risk and Preparedness"

Presented by Group 2:
Becky Blue
Ashley Grant
James Cushman
James Pattarini

The possibility of anthrax to be used as a biological weapon is a reality, as terrorist organizations continue to find means of circumventing law enforcement. The event of a bioterrorist attack is likely to impact poorly prepared emergency response services, with delayed recognition and response from the local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. It is difficult to evaluate approaches to preparation; while it is possible to propose examinations for emergency personnel and health providers, and table-top drills for potential responders, the reality of the matter is that examinations and drills are difficult to require and enforce, and may not target those who will actually be called upon in the event of a bioterrorist attack. Oversight agencies should continue to encourage the education, laboratory capabilities, government cooperation, public education, and other preparation plans. Unfortunately, the reality is that, as a nation, the United States will likely continue to be unprepared for the event of a disaster involving widespread release of biological weapons. It is only by a continual reexamination of this particular environmental health threat, from the point of recognition to the management of contagion, that we can hope to respond and neutralize such a threat when it occurs. This lecture will examine the current state of readiness, opportunities for improved response, and limitations to management of anthrax as a bioterrorist weapon.

***Lunch will be provided***

Congratulations to the 20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session winners!!

Student Poster Award Winners
Neuroscience – Kara Barber & Claudia Marino
Basic Science – Danelo Cortez
Rehabilitation – Kay Kulkarni
Health Disparities – Jaqueline Contrera Avila & Mary Margaret King
Medical Effectiveness – Keli Perino
Clinical Trials & Implementation – Leyla Akhverdiyeva

Congratulations to the 20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session winners!!





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Congratulations Naiomi Jamal!!

Jamal, Naiomi

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!! 

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH

Rudkin, Laura

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 Farwell Party_USC

 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!

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