BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 8, 2013

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Awards and Recognitions

Costa-Mattioli honored for research achievements

Dr. Mauro Costa-MattioliDr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli, assistant professor of neuroscience, was awarded the International Society for Neurochemistry's Young Scientist Lectureship Award. The prestigious honor recognizes research achievements of scientists running independent neurochemical or molecular and cellular neuroscience research programs. Awardees must be nominated by department heads or by a senior scientist. As part of the honor, Costa-Mattioli is an invited guest of the joint meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry and the American Society for Neurochemistry in April where he will present a lecture on his latest research.


Research!America lecture

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America, will present "Advocacy & Action: Stepping Up to Strengthen Career Opportunities in Science" Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at MD Anderson's George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building, 6767 Bertner, BSRB S3.8371. Research!America is an advocacy group that focuses on improving funding for medical and health research. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to attend.

College News

HR offers financial information

Join the What's Your Financial IQ Challenge, brought to you by BCM and TIAA-CREF, by Feb. 13 and be entered for a chance to win a tablet computer. This educational challenge is a fun way to learn important information about financial planning. Each day five new questions are added to the challenge. Every time you play, you are entered for a chance to win. Take the challenge online.

More important financial information is available at a TIAA-CREF Financial Essentials Workshop called "She’s Got It: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing." The interactive 90-minute workshop will offer attendees the chance to share experiences and learn new money and investing skills. It will be held Feb. 13 from 9 to 10: 30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in N311 (Alkek). RSVP by calling 800-732-8353.

Display your research poster at TMC Library

If you presented a poster at a conference and want to share your research with Texas Medical Center colleagues, then you are invited to bring your poster to the TMC Library, where it will be displayed on the first floor. You can also give a brief, informal presentation on your research. For more information, contact Beatriz Varman of the TMC Library at 713-799-7169 or Beatriz.varman@exch.library.tmc.edu.

RecycleMania 2013 has begun!

BCM Recycles! has entered RecycleMania 2013 just in time for spring cleaning. The national recycling event runs through March 30, so start collecting your recyclables, including paper, cardboard, cans and bottles. Each person at BCM only has to recycle one pound per day to help BCM be a top 10 winner in RecycleMania.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Items are collected over an 8-week period and national recognition is provided to the winning school in various categories. For more information, contact Gabi De la Rosa at 713-798-1051 or grrosa@bcm.edu or visit the RecycleMania website.

Do something sweet this Valentine's Day

The Association for Graduate Student Diversity will be selling CandyGrams Feb. 11-13 in front of Luby's at the main BCM building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The CandyGrams will be delivered Feb. 14.

CandyGrams will cost $2 each with delivery to students, faculty and staff at main BCM, the Feigin Center and Texas Children's Hospital. In addition to the traditional CandyGrams, the association will also be selling non-edible CandyGrams that will be distributed to Texas Children’s Hospital patients. These Texas Children's-approved CandyGrams consist of pencils or stickers along with a Valentine's Day card. The non-edible CandyGrams will be $1, or three for $5.

Faculty in the News

Check out this coverage as well as other BCM faculty featured in the media in this week's Faculty in the News.