Program Event Announcements

Each year, students participating in the program are required to attend at least 5 events.

April 2014

  • Tuesday, April 1 — The McGovern Center's Program in Interprofessional Ethics will bring Dr. Steven Miles for several lectures, beginning with Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. Dr. Miles will present, "The Role of Physicians in Torture," in MSB 2.103 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Dr. Miles is Professor of Medicine and Bioethics, and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. Flyer.

  • Tuesday, April 1 — Dr. Steven Miles will present, "Gun Morbidity and Mortality from a Public Health Perspective," with the Ethics in Public Health course. The presentation will be from 4:00-5:00 pm in RAS E-101. Flyer

  • Wednesday, April 2 — Dr. Steven Miles will present on the Ethics of Medical Devices and Conflict of Interest with the Hot Topics in Ethics blue book lecture series. The talk will take place from 12:00-1:00 pm in MSB B.605. Hot Topics Schedule

  • Thursday, April 3 — Co-sponsored by the Program in Interprofessional Ethics and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Miles will present, "The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine" at the Methodist Bioethics Grand Rounds. The lecture will be held at the Methodist Research Institute Auditorium (R2-306), located at 6670 Bertner, from 12:00-1:00 pm. CME and CEU credit will be available, and lunch will be served for the first 200 attendees. Flyer.

  • Thursday, April 3 — Memorial Hermann presents its next Schwartz Center Rounds lecture with "Generosity in the Midst of Tragedy." The discussion will focus on the case of a young woman who suffered traumatic injuries in a car accident. Facilitators Matthew Harbison, MD, and Brent Peery, DMin will be joined by Ross Kruger, husband of the former patient and organ donor, and Courtney Arning, BS, a LifeGift Donation Specialist. The event will be held in the Hermann Conference Center from 12:00-1:00 pm, with complimentary lunch at 11:30 am. Flyer

  • Saturday, April 5 — The UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center will host the 19th Annual Public Forum from 10:30 am-12:00 pm at the Cooley University Life Center (7440 Cambridge). The forum will address, "MS Update: Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Multiple Sclerosis." A panel discussion will be co-moderated by Country recording artist, Clay Walker, and Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, the UTHealth Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested through NRC.

  • Tuesday, April 8 — Rice University's Fondren Library presents, "The Books That Shaped My World," with Mary B. McIntire, Dean of Continuing Studies in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm in the Farnsworth Pavilion RMC/Ley Student Center.

  • Thursday, April 10 — The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston presents, "Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution." Guest speaker, Dr. David M. Lubin of Wake Forest University, is a noted scholar of American art and popular culture. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held from 4:00-5:30 pm in room SEC 105. Further details available here.

  • Monday, April 14 — The Religion and Life Program of the Social Science Research Institute at Rice University will present, "A Public Conversation on Religious Understandings of Science," from 7:00-8:00 pm in McMurtry Auditorium. Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Professor Philip Clayton (Claremont School of Theology), and Fr. Donald Nesti (University of St. Thomas). RSVPs are requested through here.

  • Wednesday, April 16 — University of Houston's Ethics in Science series continues with, "The Decision to Put David Vetter in the Bubble," with Dr. James H. Jones. The talk will feature discussion about David Vetter, a 12 year-old boy put into a bubble due to a rare genetic disease. The lecture will take place from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in Room 232 of Philip G. Hoffman Hall. More information about the lecture can be found here.

  • Wednesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 17 — "New Frontiers of Therapeutic Agents-Successes in Drugging the Undruggable" is the topic for the 3rd Annual Conference of the Texas Screening Alliance for Cancer Therapeutics. The conference will be held at Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative, and advance registration is required. Those interested in attending can find the full agenda and registration information through

  • Thursday, April 17 — The Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University will host the next lecture in its Leadership Lecture Series. Deborah Bial, President and Founder of The Posse Foundation, will speak in Room 309 of Sewall Hall from 6:30-7:30 pm. Additional details about the lecture and speaker can be found through the CERCL site.

  • Friday, April 18 — MD Anderson brings the Women Leading the Way Lecture Series, sponsored by Women Faculty Programs. Guest speaker Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, will present "Opportunities to Address Cancer Disparities: Ensuring Access to and Quality of Oncology Care in the Affordable Care Act Landscape." Dr. Baquet is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning, and Director for the Center for Health Disparities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The lecture is scheduled from 12:00-1:30 pm in FCT 3.5001 Pickens Classroom. More information is available through the MD Anderson event page.

  • Monday, April 21 — The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion will be held from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the School of Public Health Auditorium. Dr. Kate Lorig, Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine will present "Chronic Disease Self-Management from Dissertation to Return on Investment," as she receives this award for health promotion.

  • Thursday, April 24 — Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality will present its next Gray/Wawro Lecture from 6:00-7:30 pm in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. Jennifer S. Hirsch, Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, will present "The Inevitability of Infidelity: Gender, Sexuality, and Marriage as a Risk Factor for HIV Infection." More details about the lecture and Dr. Hirsch can be found here.

  • Friday, April 25 - Saturday, April 26 — The Rice Humanities Research Center will host a closing conference for the "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines" series. The conference will be held in the Founders Room at Lovett Hall. Additional details will be made available soon.

May 2014

  • Friday, May 9 - Saturday, May 10 — Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities is the focus of an upcoming conference co-sponsored by the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Honors College at the University of Houston, and the Art & Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Presentations and discussions will address the role of visual images in the medical humanities. The conference will begin on Friday afternoon and conclude on Saturday afternoon at the Open Gates Conference Center, located at 2419 Sealy Ave near 25th and Broadway in Galveston. Online advance and on-site registration is available. More details can be found here as can abstracts of the presentations.

  • Tuesday, May 27 — The Medical Humanities Program will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates of the Class of 2014 at the Annual Medical Humanities Graduation Banquet. The event will be held at Trevisio Restaurant from 6:00-8:00 pm. All current students of the program are invited to attend. Save the Date.

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