BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 4, 2011

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Toastmasters anniversary

Toastmasters InternationalMembers of the Texas Medical Center Chapter of Toastmasters International will celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary Feb. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. in room N311 of the Alkek Building.

Since its inception, the club has added approximately 165 new members. Currently, there are 17 active members attending weekly meetings. One of the original charter members is still an active member of the club – Diane Nino, research associate in the department of virology and microbiology.

Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Learn more about Medically Speaking Toastmasters. Guests are always welcome at meetings to visit, observe and give feedback.

BCM medical, cheer volunteers needed for Avon Walk April 16 – 17

Avon Walk 2011For the fourth year in a row, BCM will serve as the official medical sponsor for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston April 16 – 17. As the more than 1,000 walkers complete the two-day, 39-mile journey, BCM medical staff, led by Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, will be on-site to care for their medical needs, which can include protection from blisters, dehydration and other special circumstances.

Nangia is compiling a team to assist her in the official medical tent. You must be a licensed health care professional to serve as a medical volunteer. If you are interested in joining the BCM medical team, please contact Lauren Wood at 713-798-4564 or lauren@bcm.edu. There are a variety of different requirements needed, at different times, during the two-day event.

Funds raised during the Avon Walk go to support breast cancer awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services and scientific research. Improving care for the medically underserved is a major priority for the Avon organization.

For more information please visit the Avon Walk.

College News

Neuroscience department presents annual award

Dr. Joshua R. SanesThe Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Award for 2011 will be presented to Dr. Joshua R. Sanes at the 21st Annual Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Forum later this month. The award is presented annually by faculty of BCM’s department of neuroscience.

Sanes, director of the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University and a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to neuroscience. He will deliver a keynote lecture at the forum titled "Visualizing Circuits in the Visual System."

The Rush and Helen Record Neuroscience Award and Forum was established in 1990 by generous gifts from friends of Rush and Helen Record in recognition of the significant contributions of the Record Family in supporting neuroscience research and education.

New Faculty Group Practice physicians

New physicians have recently joined the BCM Faculty Group Practice:

Read more about these new members of the team who are providing care to patients of the Baylor Clinic.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.