BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 18, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Achievement by partner high schools

Two BCM partner high schools have been recognized as exemplary for their work with minority students in the AP program. The recognition was made by the College Board, which administers the program, for assisting significant numbers of black and Hispanic students to exceed in particular AP subjects.

DeBakey High School for Health Professions, an HISD magnet school, leads the nation for a third year in a row in assisting black/African American students in Calculus AB, and The Science Academy of South Texas was recognized for Hispanic/Latino students in Physics B.

The full College Board report can be read online.


Women's Health Network annual leadership luncheon and conference is Feb. 28

Dr. Vivian HoDr. Vivian Ho, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and professor of health economics at Rice University, is a featured speaker at the annual health leadership luncheon and conference sponsored by the Texas Medical Center Women's Health Network. The event is Feb. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Room at the Methodist Hospital.

Ho and other conference participants will discuss various areas of health care in the program entitled "Making Sense Out of Chaos. "Individual tickets are $50 and include lunch. Attendees can earn 3.5 contact hours by attending the entire conference and completing the evaluation tool.

To register for the conference please go to Texas Medical Center Women's Health Network. The Texas Medical Center Women's Health Network is a nonprofit organization of health professionals dedicated to advancing women's health through collaborations in education, research and advocacy.

Duncan Cancer Center to present outreach plays

The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities in the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at BCM will host several upcoming performances of its community plays. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-798-2338.

Service awards to recognize employees

The service awards commemorating employees' years of service to Baylor College of Medicine will be held in April. Invitations to those employees being recognized will be mailed in early March.

The ceremonies include:

College News

Important retirement plan investment redesign

As a result of new regulations, an ongoing investment review by the Benefits Administrative Committee and an independent investment consultant review, changes are being made to the investment line-up offered under the BCM Retirement Plans and the 457(b) plan.

The Compensation and Benefit Committee of the Board of Trustees has approved the changes that will be made during 2011 to the BCM Retirement Plans and 457(b) plans. This change will consist of the redesign of the investment structure offered for these three plans. The investment line-up change will happen in two phases. Phase 1 will be July 1, 2011, and Phase 2 will occur on or about Dec. 30, 2011.

Employees should have received a letter at their home address explaining this investment line-up change in more detail. Please take the time to read the material. Investment workshops for all employees will be available in March and April 2011. Detailed information relating to this change is available on the BCM Intranet under Human Resources/Benefits/Retirement.

Faculty in the News

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