‘Bout Time

A history of UTHealth & the Texas Medical Center

Informatics: From abacus to big data

Posted: March 06, 2015

In April 1901, Greek sponge divers off the small island of Antikythera found pieces of an artifact with a preserved clockwork mechanism composed of at least 30 meshing bronze gears. Dating back to 100 B.C., it even had evidence of a hand crank and was later dubbed the Antikythera mechanism. Some scholars speculated that the advanced, unique abilities of the device for tracking the stars and the moon may qualify this barnacle-encrusted Greek artifact as mankind’s first device for mechanical computation.

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The long reach of Lyndon Baines Johnson

Posted: January 29, 2015

Feb. 16 is President’s Day so it is only fitting that this ‘Bout Time honors a native Texan and U.S. President. Our county affiliate hospital, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hospital is one of the finest public hospitals in the country and a proud part of our institutional family. But who was LBJ and what was his connection to the UT System and UTHealth beyond the hospital that bears his name?

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A bayou runs through it

Posted: December 22, 2014

It snakes through our lives day after day. We pay little notice to it when it’s at peace. We fret over it when it’s full and angry. Sometimes its behavior is over the top and makes for a mess with flooded streets and neighborhoods lined with soggy carpets. It is Brays Bayou.

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An Oslerian minute

Posted: November 25, 2014

Sir William Osler (1849-1919) is considered one of the great physicians in modern times. In this post the author takes you to his home at Oxford University to explore what it was about Osler that set him apart from others. Osler’s connection to UTHealth may be much closer to home than you think. Read more.

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Country breakfast with Red Duke

Posted: October 31, 2014

The UTHealth Constellation Gala on Nov. 14 will honor our own Dr. Red Duke. In this ‘Bout Time the author brings you along for a breakfast with Dr. Duke in College Station. Take a moment to join the breakfast conversation and learn a bit more about Dr. Duke as he reflects on a lifetime of stories from the past.

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Bryant Boutwell

‘Bout Time is about connecting our past to our present. Dr. Bryant Boutwell is the John P. McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of two books on the history of Houston and the Texas Medical Center and writes this column to share the stories of our past—stories that define who we are and how we got here.

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