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Awards and Honors
M. Terese Verklan, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Late Preterm Infant Research-based Practice (RBP) Project science team of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The team is tasked with developing and evaluating evidence-based guidelines for late preterm infant care. Verklan, an associate professor and neonatal clinical nurse specialist with The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, will join nine other nurses and health care professionals from around the United States and Canada in a three-year, research-based project to establish recommendations for the care of this at-risk population of infants. Launched in 2005, the Late Preterm Infant Initiative is a multi-year education and awareness project focused on issues related to nursing care of this special population.
Jon R. Wiener, Ph.D., assistant dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), presented, "Bioethics and Rapid Technological Advancements," during the Advances in Oncology Institutional Grand Rounds at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on Jan. 11.
An abstract by Dan Yang Lui, M.D., senior research assistance in the Division of Immunology and Organ Transplantation at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MS), "Modulation of Levels of Cytochrome P450 CYP 3A 2 in Murine Intestine by Dietary Nucleotide," was ranked 20 out of 482 abstracts and was accepted for oral presentation at the 2007 congress of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, better known as ESPEN. The event was held in Prague in September 2007.
Samuel Kaplan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, (MS), and GSBS faculty, was invited to the University of California, Berkeley to present at the Microbial Seminar Series in October 2007. His topic was "Metabolic Choices in the Life of Rhodobacter sphaeroides." This versatile, photosynthetic bacterium has been the subject of study "involving structure, function and biophysical activities associated with the capture of light energy and its transformation to chemical energy." Its ability to transition between alternative growth modes has brought attention to the presence of several unique regulatory elements common to other microbial systems.
Danielle Garsin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MS and GSBS faculty, was invited to participate at the sixth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, in September. She presented "The Role of Insulin Signaling in C. elegans Innate Immune Response." The meeting focused on interdisciplinary approaches to study infectious disease in animal and plant hosts, integrating the disciplines of molecular microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genomics.
Gary C. Rosenfeld, Ph.D., assistant dean of education programs, MS, faculty GSBS, coauthored "Advancing Educators and Education by Defining the Components and Evidence Associated with Educational Scholarship" in the October 2007 issue of Medical Education. This paper summarized the outcomes from the 2006 Consensus Conference on Educational Scholarship convened by the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs that Rosenfeld helped to organize.
"An altered FtsA can compensate for the loss of essential cell division protein FtsN in Escherichia coli" was published in the June issue of Molecular Microbiology by William Margolin, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MS and GSBS faculty, and other authors.
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