BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 24, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Wheeler to receive pathology society award

Dr. Thomas Wheeler Dr. Thomas Wheeler, professor and chair of pathology & immunology, will receive the Harlan Spjut Award from the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists in recognition of his scholarly activities, teaching, leadership, patient care and service to pathology. The award is named for Dr. Harlan Spjut, who was a faculty member of the department of pathology for more than 40 years and was interim chairman on two separate occasions.

Kreisle appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Claudia Kreisle, director of development programs and events at BCM, to the Governor's Commission for Women. The 12-member commission addresses issues affecting Texas women through outreach, education, research and referral services.

Levesque honored by rodeo

Jacqueline Levesque, assistant dean for graduate medical education, was recognized for her involvement with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She received the Chairman's Award for her service on the Gatekeepers Committee, which provides hospitality and access at rodeo entry gates. She has served on the committee for six years and is assistant captain of a committee team responsible for recruitment and processing new volunteers.


Charity Ball tickets

BCM's 17th Annual Charity Ball is tonight, Feb. 24, from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Rice Hotel's Crystal Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from Pat Myint in M220 or at Night of Enchantment. The black-tie charity ball will feature hors d'oeuvres and drinks, dancing, casino games, silent auction and magic, and music by a string quartet of BCM students in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra. A raffle will also be held, and tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Organizations that will benefit from this event include HOMES Clinic, Shoulder to Shoulder and Star of Hope.

Neurodevelopment conference

The Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab at BCM is hosting The Attachment, Neurodevelopment, and Psychopathology conference April 11-14. The three-day course will explore development and psychopathology through the lifespan. It will be facilitated by human development expert Dr. Patricia Crittenden. Participants are invited to attend a free community lecture April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion for Women on the neurobiology of attachment given by Dr. Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM. Early bird registration ends Feb. 28, and group discounts are available. Registration includes complimentary attendance to the National Mental Health Symposium. Visit course registration site for more information.

Inaugural NRI symposium

The first biennial Neurological Research Institute symposium and workshop, "Disorders of Synaptic Dysfunction," will be held April 12-13 in Cullen Auditorium. Registration is required for the free symposium, and seating is limited. Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience and director of the NRI, serves as one of the organizers of the seminar. To learn more and to register online, go to NRI.

College News

BCM among 'Best Places to Work'

BCM was ranked No. 19 on the list of Best Places to Work in Academia in 2011 by The Scientist magazine. Rankings were compiled based on surveys of researchers at the institutions. BCM was commended by its researchers for its job satisfaction and the quality of peers.

Faculty in the News

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