BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 27, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Angelaki receives National Academy of Sciences award

Dr. Dora Angelaki Dr. Dora Angelaki, professor and chair of the department of neuroscience at BCM, has been awarded the inaugural Pradel Research Award in Neuroscience by the National Academy of Sciences.

The $50,000 award is being given to Angelaki in recognition of her discoveries on mechanisms of representation of vestibular sensory stimuli within the mammalian brain. Her work has important implications in the design of more effective therapies to treat disorders of balance and movement.

BCM faculty part of Dunn Foundation grants

From left:Dr. Mary Estes and Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich Four BCM faculty members are part of grants from the John S. Dunn Foundation to scientists at Rice University's Bio Science Research Collaborative. They include Dr. Mary Estes, Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich and Dr. Anthony Maresso, all with the department of molecular virology and microbiology, and Dr. Waleed Gaber, department of pediatrics.

The awards support projects that foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research at the BRC.

CMMR grants

Top from left: Dr. Anthony Maresso and Dr. Mohan Pammi Bottom from left:Dr. Margaret Conner, Melissa Ramocki  Awardees for the pilot project grant program from the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research have been announced. Six researchers were chosen for the Microbiota Association Discovery award of $20,000 and the Host-Commensal Interaction Study award of $50,000. The grants were created to support faculty who are beginning or pursuing deeper exploration into microbiome associations within their own area of research or clinical interest.

The awardees are Dr. Melissa Ramocki, assistant professor in pediatrics – neurology; Dr. Radhika Ganu, postdoctoral associate in Dr. Kjersti Aagaard's lab in the department of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Mohan Pammi, assistant professor in pediatrics; Dr. Anthony Maresso, assistant professor in molecular virology and microbiology; Dr. Mary Estes, professor in molecular virology and microbiology; and Dr. Margaret Conner, associate professor in molecular virology and microbiology.

Events

Charity Ball tickets

BCM's 17th annual Charity Ball, "A Night of Enchantment," will be held Friday, Feb. 24 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rice Hotel's Crystal Ballroom. Purchase tickets at Charity Ball or in the Student Affairs Office, Room M220. Tickets are $35 for students and $60 for non-students. For more information, call 713-798-4602.

The black-tie affair with dinner, dancing, casino games, silent auction, and a little magic will benefit Star of Hope, HOMES Clinic and Shoulder to Shoulder.

Faculty in the News

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