BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 14, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Rosenberg named 2010 AAAS fellow

Dr. Rosenberg

Dr. Susan Rosenberg, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Named by their peers, AAAS fellows are recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. She is being honored by the AAAS for distinguished contributions in the area of genetics and mutagenesis.

Starke to chair award panel

Dr. Starke

Dr. Jeffrey Starke, professor of pediatrics, was named the chair of the Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award Review Panel. He has served on the F & J Review Panel since the inception of the award in 2001. Starke follows the five year service in this position of Dr. Nancy Weigel, department of molecular and cellular biology.

The Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award provides an opportunity for Baylor faculty who meet designated standards of quality, quantity, and breadth to receive recognition for their sustained (at least three to five years), exemplary educational contributions to the College. More information about the program can be found at Baylor's Excellance Awards.


2011 Whitmore Presidential Lecturer announced

Dr. Kendall Ho

The 2002 Whitmore President Lecture is Wednesday, Jan. 19, at noon in the Cullen Auditorium featuring Dr. Kendall Ho, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. He will speak on “eHealth and Telemedicine: Opportunities for Global Collaboration.”

Ho's research interests are in technology-enabled knowledge translation, or the use of information technologies to speed up the incorporation of the latest health evidence into routine practice. This includes telehealth, patient safety, public engagement and evidence-based policy translation in eHealth.

The John E. Whitmore Endowed Lectureship was established by the late Mrs. Clara Whitmore in 1987 as a perpetual tribute to the lifetime accomplishments of her husband, John E. Whitmore, a trustee of BCM.

Marchetti to host seminar introducing new cell-analysis technology

Dr. Dario Marchetti, professor in the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at BCM, will host a special seminar on Thursday, Jan. 20, introducing novel DEPArray technology to isolate, grow, and characterize rare-blood cells. The seminar will feature Dr. Nicolo Manaresi, chief technology officer of Silicon Biosystems, Inc.

It will be held in Cullen Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Hopkins at 713-798-4590.

First diabetes symposium set

The First Annual DERC Diabetes Symposium will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Houston Marriott Medical Center. A number of internationally known diabetes investigators will be speaking at the symposium, which is organized by the Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center (DERC) at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Complete registration and program information is available at Texas Heart Institute Continuing Medical Education.

College News

Elevator pitch winners

The winner of the 2010 Rice Alliance-Brown School of Engineering elevator pitch competition was the ClimaTears team that designed climate controlled goggles that will create a desiccating environment around the eyes and will be used to improve the accuracy of dry eye testing conditions for clinical trials. The team is working in collaboration with Drs. Stephen Pflugfelder, Cintia de Paiva and Emmanuel Chang at the Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine.

In this competition, Rice undergraduate engineering teams compete to convince judges of the commercialization potential of their projects during elevator pitch presentations, which simulate meeting investors on an elevator and having only 90 seconds to convince them to invest in their product.

This year 29 teams competed for more than $5,000 in prizes in front of some 80 judges and other attendees. The winning team consists of Anastasia Alex, Austin Edwards, Daniel Hays, Amanda Shih, and Michelle Kerkstra.

Faculty in the News

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