Alumni: Past News

GSBS alumnus Dr. Thomas George recently received an unexpected 80th birthday gift. Dr. George’s daughter, Caroline George Schaefer, and her husband David made a gift to American University Washington College of Law to create the Thomas W. George Courtroom in honor of Dr. George who is a 1970 an alumnus of American University Washington College of Law and a graduate from the UTMB Medical Humanities Graduate Program. This gift was made to celebrate her father’s eightieth birthday, his esteemed legal and academic career, and his passion for and commitment to AUWCL. Click here to read more.

Jesse Erasmus, PhD, a 2016 Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine program graduate, was featured this week in Newsweek. He is currently the director of Virology at HDT Bio, and acting assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Read more ...

Donna Herrera Bell, a graduate student in the GSBS Graduate Nursing Program, recently gave an oral presentation on Eliminating Barriers to Fertility Discussions at the 47th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Anaheim, CA. Her work was highlighted at: https://bit.ly/3yXDJem. Congratulations, Donna!

Congratulations to Michelle Nighswander, GSBS Graduate Nursing Program student, on her recently accepted publication, entitled “From Institutions to Inclusion: How Children with Disabilities gained Educational Rights in the U.S.,” in the Journal of School Nursing. The online version will be available by July 2022, and the print version is slated to be published February 2023.

On Wednesday April 27, mission commander and UTMB alumnus Kjell Lindgren (GSBS/MPH Program), pilot Bob Hines, mission specialist Jessica Watkins of Lafayette, Colorado, and mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency successfully launched to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. https://youtu.be/TSHGHIXzxEM
Read more at https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2022/04/27/nasas-spacex-crew-4-underway-as-freedom-journeys-to-station/

GSBS alumnus Dr. Thomas Marshburn will be making his third trip to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on October 31, 2021. To read more, visit https://utmb.us/66a.

Congratulations to GSBS graduate Dr. Julia Bohannon for receiving the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Dr. Bohannon is a graduate of the UTMB Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program and conducted research in the lab of Dr. Tracy Toliver-Kinsky. Dr. Bohannon is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her first R01 grant in 2017. Click here to read more.

GSBS alumnus Dr. Thomas George recently received an unexpected 80th birthday gift. Dr. George’s daughter, Caroline George Schaefer, and her husband David made a gift to American University Washington College of Law to create the Thomas W. George Courtroom in honor of Dr. George who is a 1970 an alumnus of American University Washington College of Law and a graduate from the UTMB Medical Humanities Graduate Program. This gift was made to celebrate her father’s eightieth birthday, his esteemed legal and academic career, and his passion for and commitment to AUWCL. Click here to read more.

Jesse Erasmus, PhD, a 2016 Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine program graduate, was featured this week in Newsweek. He is currently the director of Virology at HDT Bio, and acting assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Read more ...

Dr. Eric Carlsen (GSBS/SOM ‘16) recently joined the Duke Department of Pathology in the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. #utmbalumni Read more ...

GSBS Alumnus Dr. Peter Nguyen (GSBS ’00 -PMCH) received a direct commission as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve at Post Acute Medical (PAM) Rehabilitation Hospital to give back to the service that saved him and his family’s life. Read more ...

Check out this great interview with UTMB Aerospace Medicine residency graduate Dr. Moriah Thompson (GSBS – MPH ’18), a flight surgeon with the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

UTMB alumna, Dr. Kanika Bowen-Jallow (SOM ’05 and GSBS/MMS ’09) makes history as the 9th Black female pediatric surgeon in the United States. Click here to view story on Good Morning America.

Dr. Carlos Orihuela (GSBS ’02 – M&I) has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

February 11 was International Day of Women in Science and the International Labor Organization honored all the outstanding women and girls they encountered through their Dignity at Work Initiative. GSBS alumna Dr. Joan Nichols (’00 – M&I) and student Megan Mears were among some of the amazing women featured. View on Twitter

Alumni Faces in Outer Space Places ...
Meet Dr. Kjell Lindgren (GSBS '07 - MPH), a member of NASA's Artemis team.
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GSBS alumnus Dr. Bernard Harris (Master of Medical Science Program) was the first African American to walk in space! Check out clips from his historic mission. #utmbalumni Watch on YouTube

Four outstanding UTMB scientists have been named among Cell Mentor’s “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.” Congratulations to Dr. Donald Bouyer, Dr. Monique Ferguson (GSBS – M&I ’98), Dr. Brionna Davis-Reyes (GSBS – HPTM ’20), and Dr. Clifford Houston. #WeAreUTMB #utmbalumni Click here for the story

Dr. Heather Green Wooten (GSBS ’06 – Medical Humanities) will take over the role of Texas State Historical Association Interim Executive Director starting on January 18, 2021 and has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the TSHA Board of Directors. Click here for the story

GSBS alumnus, Dr. Tom Marshburn (MMS ’97), has been chosen to fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship this fall.
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Dr. Natasha Brooks , BMB graduate, was featured in the November 2020 edition of ASBMB Today. Click here for the story, starting on page 42.

Dr. Mary Guinan, GSBS alumna, professor emeritus and founding dean of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Public Health, was honored with the naming of the Mary Guinan Room in the newly opened building to house the UNLV School of Public Health. Read more.

Dr. Anita C. Randolph, GSBS alumna from the Neuroscience Graduate Program, has been named the director of Community Engagement and Education for the newly established Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) at the University of Minnesota. Click here for the story.

NASA astronaut and UTMB alumnus, Serena Aunon-Chancellor (GSBS ’06 – MPH program) has been recognized as a Hispanic pioneer in medicine by the Association of American Medical Colleges during National Hispanic Heritage Month.