BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 17, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Todd elected to APM board

Dr. Robert Todd Dr. Robert Todd, chair of internal medicine, was elected as a board member at large to the Association of Professors of Medicine. His four-year term begins July 1. APM is the organization of departments of internal medicine represented by chairs and appointed leaders at medical schools and affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada.

Events

Marfan syndrome topic of February genetics series

Pictured: Dr. Lewis, left, and Dr. NagamaniBCM genetics experts Dr. Sandesh Sreenath Nagamani and Dr. Richard Lewis will lead a discussion on Marfan syndrome and issues related to care for adults Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Children's Museum of Houston (1500 Binz, 77004) as part of the monthly "Evening with Genetics" series. The seminar is free and open to the public. To register, visit Evening with Genetics or call Donna Page at 832-822-4261.

Talk on national science and innovation

Mary WoolleyMary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America will present "World Class to Second Class: Acting Now to Rescue U.S. Science and Innovation" Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium. She will discuss strategies for increasing NIH funding for medical research and action needed to sustain America's position of world leadership in research and innovation. The event is hosted by Dr. Bill Brinkley, dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Research!America is the country's largest advocacy group supporting biomedical research.

TMC Orchestra to present Latin Fusion

The TMC Orchestra will present Latin Fusion, an exciting concert of Hispanic music, Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. The program will include works by major 20th century Mexican and Argentinean composers as well as by Gershwin and Chabrier, who derived their inspiration from Caribbean and Spanish rhythms. The second half will be devoted to works for mariachi band and classical symphony orchestra; for these, the TMCO will be joined by Los Gallitos, Houston's preeminent Mexican folkloric group. Tickets can be purchased at TMC Orchestra or by calling Wortham Theater Box Office at 713-222-5400.

Bald is beautiful on March 3

Dr. Rishikesh Chavan, clinical postdoc fellow in pediatrics – hematology/oncology, is leading a BCM team in a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser. He and his teammates will shave their heads in support of childhood cancer research and treatment at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub in Rice Village on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.. St. Baldrick's is a volunteer-driven charity that supports childhood cancer research grants. To donate, visit St. Baldrick's.

College News

Medical volunteers wanted for Avon Walk

Medical volunteers are needed for the Avon Walk, April 21 and 22. BCM is serving as the official medical sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. The medical team, led by Dr. Polly Niravath, will provide a variety of medical services to the walkers over the course of the weekend. Medically licensed individuals (MD, RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, etc.) who can support the walkers as they complete this two-day journey are needed on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 at the Wellness Village at Rice University and on April 22 at Stude Park. To volunteer, contact Lauren Wood at lauren@bcm.edu or 713-798-4564.

Faculty in the News

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