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Group photo of the 2021 President's Scholar Awardees. (Photo by Jacob Power Photography)

2021 President’s Scholar Awards: Four receive UTHealth Houston’s most distinguished award

Three faculty members who have demonstrated longstanding excellence in areas of teaching, research, and clinical care, and another recognized for overall exemplary dedication and service, received top honors from UTHealth Houston President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair, during a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Photo of Ryan Suk, PhD, who led research revealing racial and regional disparities in incidences of Koposi's scarcoma. (Photo by Nathan Jeter/UTHealth Houston)

UTHealth Houston researchers analyze cancer discrepancies among young Black men in the South

Research shows that incidences of Kaposi’s sarcoma among people living with HIV have fallen significantly over the past two decades, but a new evaluation of data led by researchers at UTHealth Houston highlights a significant disparity among one particular demographic – young Black men in the American South.

Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

$5.9 million awarded to adapt elder abuse screening tool for home-based primary care

A five-year, $5.9 million grant will allow researchers at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to address the need for effective and efficient elder mistreatment screening in primary care – particularly for older adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related

Portraits of the two 2022 Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award Recipients. (Graphic by UTHealth Houston)

Hanneman, Springer recognized as preeminent educators by UT System Board of Regents

Andrew Springer, DrPH, and Sandra K. Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN, were among the 14 recipients of the esteemed award for 2022.

Kymberle Sterling’s research aims to reverse decades of tobacco marketing aimed at minorities, youth

Photo of Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH

February 22, 2022

Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH, has spent her career combating the tobacco industry’s efforts to attract new smokers.

Sterling is something of an anti-marketer, looking for ways to fight tobacco’s marketing efforts to make their products attractive to teens as well as its targeted efforts to sell certain products within minority communities, including African American, Hispanic, and LGTBQ+.


Mena to serve on World Triathlon Sustainability Commission

Photo of Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH.

February 18, 2022

Kristina Mena, PhD, MSPH, regional dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health El Paso campus has been appointed to the World Triathlon Sustainability Commission. Mena will serve as a representative of the United States and work in conjunction with USA Triathlon, the national governing body for several multisport events in the U.S. Mena is tasked with the responsibility to develop a plan and creative solutions for the environmental considerations in all policy making and events with key stakeholders and local event organizers.






Fernandez receives ASPPH Research Excellence Award

Maria E. Fernandez. PhD

December 20, 2021

 Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine, and professor of health promotion and behavioral science at UTHealth School of Public Health is the recipient of the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) Research Excellence Award. This distinguished award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. 


5K raises funds for COVID-19 research, honors lost loved one

Krista and Scott Patlovich at the Papou 5K event, which honored Krista's late father, Nick Georgas, and raised money to support COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by Meredith Raine/UTHealth Houston)

December 17, 2021

Krista Patlovich organized “Papou’s 5K” on Dec. 11 to honor her beloved father Nick Georgas, who died in December 2020 from COVID-19-related complications. The event raised more than $10,000 for COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston.


Bridging the health care communications gap for transgender men

Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, and graduate student Lou Weaver are launching a pilot project aimed at facilitating conversations about HIV prevention between trans men and their health care providers. (Photo courtesy of UTHealth School of Public Health)

December 16, 2021

Transgender men face significant health and social disparities, including barriers to health care, research, and essential HIV-related conversations with their health care providers. That is why Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health, and graduate student Lou Weaver of The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health are launching a pilot project to examine and develop communication materials for trans men and their health care providers regarding HIV prevention.




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