BCM Family NewsLink, March 23, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Archer honored by radiation protection council

Dr. Benjamin Archer Dr. Benjamin Archer, professor of radiology, was elected Distinguished Emeritus Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in recognition of his outstanding contributions to NCRP's scientific program. Archer served two consecutive six-year terms on the Council, during which time he authored a NCRP report that serves as the authority for radiation dose assessment and protection in diagnostic imaging.

The NCRP was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964. Its mission is to formulate and disseminate information, guidance and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements that represent the consensus of leading scientific thought.

Singh to take part in CDC workgroup

Dr. Hardeep Singh, chief of the Health Policy and Quality Program, Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, and assistant professor of medicine – health services research at BCM, has been invited to participate in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of Laboratory Science and Standards "Communication and Informatics" workgroup. The group will outline the scope of issues related to communication of laboratory testing information and propose approaches to address these issues. The group will also publish a white paper to raise awareness and inform health care and health IT professionals.

College News

CSM, NSBRI christen facility; Hutchison receives Pioneer Award

NSBRI/CSM grand opening The BCM Center for Space Medicine and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute held an official opening of their consolidated research facility on March 19 in the BioScience Research Collaborative on the Rice University Campus. The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstrations of NSBRI and CSM science, technology and education projects. Among those in attendance were NASA Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was presented the NSBRI Pioneer Award for her contributions to the advancement of human spaceflight, including space biomedical research.

Intramural basketball

As March Madness continues this week, so does the sign up for the BCM intramural basketball tournament. The league is open to all BCM staff, faculty and trainees.

The league begins April 2 and will be held on Monday/Tuesday evenings through April (possibly extending a few weeks depending on participation). The cost will be $60 per team and all money is due at time of registration (deadline is Thursday, March 29). The games will be held in the BCM gym and will consist of two 20-minute halves with a running clock (except for the final two minutes of each half). If you are interested in forming a team or have any questions about the league, contact Brandon Hull, brhull@bcm.edu, or call 832-454-7059.

Faculty in the News

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