The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
cordially invites you to the

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Symposium

50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Symposium

Friday, October 18, 2019

3 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Registration & Packet Pickup

UTMB Campus – William C. Levin Hall Foyer, 2nd Floor
1006 Market Street, Galveston, Texas

4 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Alumni Symposium Keynote Speaker, Reception, and Alumni Showcase

UTMB Campus – William C. Levin Hall Main Auditorium and Foyer, 2nd Floor
1006 Market Street, Galveston, Texas

Alumni, faculty, students, and guests are invited to a special keynote presentation
featuring 1969 GSBS graduate Dr. Mary Guinan. A reception and opportunity to
network with alumni will follow in the Levin Hall Foyer.

4 pm - 5:30 pm – Keynote Address

Mary Guinan, MD, PhD

Founding Dean Emerita
School of Public Health
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Topic: Strengthening Science for a New Age


5:30 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Dean’s Reception & Alumni Showcase

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm – GSBS Alumni Symposium

UTMB Campus – Health Education Center
301 11th Street, Galveston, Texas

Alumni, faculty, students, and guests are invited to a series of panels, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities featuring alumni from all five decades of the GSBS and representing diverse career fields including biotech, government, education, and more.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

6:30 pm - 10 pm – 50th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration

Please join alumni, faculty, student leaders, and special guests for a
celebration of fifty years of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The Tremont House
2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, Galveston, Texas

6:30 pm – Reception - Davidson Annex
7 pm – Dinner & Program - Tremont Ballroom

Cocktail attire. Valet and street parking available.
Celebration continues until 10 pm

8:30 am Breakfast, Welcome, Instructions and Introductions
8:45 am Panel Session: Biotech/Pharma Careers - Similarities & Differences?
9:30 am Panel Session: Government Careers - Research, Regulatory, Policy and Beyond
10:15 am Coffee & Networking
10:45 am Breakout Sessions: Careers in ...
  Commercial NGO/Non-Profit Entrepreneurship/Business
11:30 am Lunch & Address
1:15 am Panel Session: University - A Spectrum of Careers
2:15 am Snacks, Networking & Salons
3:15 am Closing
Dr. Andrew Russo Dr. Karen Alexander
Dr. Ashley Grant Dr. KarryAnne Belanger
Dr. Carla Kantara Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan
Dr. Christine Livingston Dr. Marty Wasserman
Dr. Christof Straub Dr. Mary Guinan
Dr. Efrain Siller Dr. Paul Laurienti
Dr. Elizabeth Jaworski Dr. Payal Sheth
Geraldine Schott* Dr. Robert Patrick Clayton
Dr. Heather Stevenson-Lerner Dr. Rumolo de Castro
Dr. J. Michelle Edwards Dr. Samantha Nava
Dr. Jeremy Bechelli Dr. Sarah Woodson
Dr. Joseph (Russ) Carmical Dr. Shannon Langford
Dr. Julianna Dean Dr. Vicente Santa Cruz
Dr. Julie Kutac Dr. Wesley Scott Long

*PhD candidate

Online registration is available at Please register by October 1, 2019.

For specific dietary needs, accommodations for visitors with disabilities, or questions, please contact Claiborne Fant at (409) 772-8145 or Denise Reed at (409) 772-5840.

UTMB campus parking will be available for GSBS alumni and guests in Parking Garage #3 located at 1015 Market Street. The garage gate will be open starting at 2:00pm on Friday, October 18th until 6:00pm on Saturday, October 19th.

The UTMB Campus Map may be accessed at

Saturday evening’s 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held in the Davidson Building across the street from the Tremont House. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Davidson Annex on the first floor. Dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Tremont Ballroom on the second floor.

Valet parking is available at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row. Street parking is also available. For more information, please visit

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