BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 1, 2013

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Awards and Recognitions

Grant funds developmental therapeutics program at BCM

Dr. Stacey BergA five-year, $1.75 million grant was awarded to BCM by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to establish the Developmental Therapeutics Center of Excellence at Texas Children's Cancer Center. The center will be under the direction of Dr. Stacey Berg, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology. This award will further enhance the strong developmental therapeutics program at the Texas Children's Cancer Center with the goal of developing and conducting more clinical trials to improve treatment and find cures for childhood cancer. For additional details about the grant, read the press release online.


Book reading by BCM development officer

BCM development officer Elizabeth "Tiggy" Garrett will read from her recently published novel, "The Drowning House," at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Set in Galveston, this gripping suspense story is her first published novel. She has worked in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs for almost a year and would love to see BCM faces at the reading/book signing. More information is available online.

College News

Trainee grants available

GME residents can apply for the second annual Advancing Clinical Excellence in Health Care Delivery System Trainee Grants. The grants support projects related to patient safety and clinical quality. Ten grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded. The application deadline is March 1. Visit the GME website for more information.

Pediatric oncology grants

Graduate and medical students interested in pediatric oncology research are encouraged to apply for grants through the Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The $6,000 grants support students as they train with a pediatric oncology research mentor, either on a research project already underway in a mentor's lab or an original investigation with the mentor. Check out program eligibility and guidelines online. Applications are due March 4. For more information, contact Kay Schaul at Grants@AlexsLemonade.org or 610-649-3034.

Human resources offers manager training courses

Two manager training courses are being offered by BCM’s human resources department. New Manager Training is for supervisors/managers who are new to their roles or have been in their roles for less than three years. The four-day program will be held Feb. 6, Feb. 11, Feb. 13 and Feb. 15. Managing to the Mission is for those in supervisory roles for more than three years and for those preparing to assume more senior leadership positions. This three day program will be held Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and Feb. 12.

All days are mandatory for both courses, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics will include leadership assessment, teambuilding, communication skills, effective meeting presentations, delegation, time management, best practices at BCM and an overview of key policies. To register for the class, use the Employee Class registration. For more information, contact Bonnie Weisman at 713-798-2153 or bweisman@bcm.edu or Tomeka Stewart at 713-798-4465 or tystewar@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Martin Matzuk's research on male birth control remains a hot media topic. Check out this coverage as well as other BCM faculty featured in the media in this week's Faculty in the News.