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A history of UTHealth & the Texas Medical Center

Edgar Odell Lovett and Rice University

Posted: July 15, 2015

Rice University and the Texas Medical Center (TMC) have a long history as neighbors and collaborators. UTHealth and TMC-wide faculty collaborations with Rice provide much to be proud of for the benefit of student learning and medical research. But how did Rice University come to be our neighbor in the first place and where does the name “Rice” come from? The story behind the creation of Rice University rivals even the best detective novels to be found in your corner bookstore.

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Hermann Professional Building and Parking Garage

Posted: May 19, 2015

When George Hermann died in 1914, Houston lost a most beloved citizen. Hermann, a lifelong bachelor who said he could not afford a wife, left part of his fortune for his city to have a charity hospital in his name. But what about the Hermann Professional Building across the street from the hospital at 6410 Fannin with matching red tiled roof that was purchased by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 2004 and renamed the UTHealth Professional Building?

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Ernst Bertner: Father of the Texas Medical Center

Posted: April 10, 2015

For decades, he’s been called the “father of the Texas Medical Center.” Take a look at the streets through the Texas Medical Center bearing the names of many of our community’s forefathers. Bertner Avenue stands out above all others as the main artery running through the very heart of the medical center, a 1 ½ mile-stretch connecting the Jesse H. Jones Library Building to the north and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) South Campus to the south.

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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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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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