Health Sciences Update: New Lecture Honors Deceased U Voice Expert

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The first annual Steven Gray Memorial Distinguished Lecture will take place tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium.

The lecture will coincide with the first annual World Voice Day and will honor Steven Gray, an international voice expert and U professor of surgery, who died of cancer last fall.

Gray was an expert on the human voice box. His research ranged from the problems elementary school teachers face with prolonged use of their voices to the proteins and molecules in the larynx that make voices sound distinct.

He established the U’s Voice Disorders Center in 1990, which is now staffed by a team of professionals Gray recruited.

“Steve Gray was known nationally and internationally as a splendid researcher,” said Harlan Muntz, U professor of surgery.

Diane Bless, a speech scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the inaugural lecture on “Recent Advances in Imaging of the Larynx” this evening.

New Cancer Education Program Designed For Children

More than 90 elementary school teachers from Salt Lake and Granite school districts participated in a five-day program that teaches kids current facts about cancer.

The program was developed by Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Donna Branson, director of patient and public education, with the support of Beneficial Life and Zions Bank.

Packets designed for classroom presentations will teach about sun safety, tobacco warnings and healthy eating.

“I developed this program with children in mind,” Branson said. “It is very important that our young children learn about cancer and start good habits early, such as using sunscreen and eating right.”

Pocket Lights Sold to Benefit Hospitalized Children

Medical students participating in the Douglas Franklin Smith Memorial Foundation are selling pocket lights (similar to those used by physicians to examine the throat) as a fund raiser for sick children.

The proceeds of each $10 light will be used to buy gifts for hospitalized children, particularly those at Primary Children’s Hospital.

The gifts are presented mid-year and at Christmas, said Scott Larson, an organizer for project.

Anyone interested in buying a light can contact Larson at 244-9522 or via e-mail at [email protected]

U Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit Celebrates 35 Years

Established in 1968, the Newborn Intensive Care Center for premature infants was the first in the Intermountain West. Many of the first “graduates,” now 35 years old, and their families gathered with intensive care employees to honor the center’s anniversary.

Compiled by Andrew Kirk