BCM Family NewsLink, April 6, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Zechiedrich publishes editorial

Dr. Lynn ZechiedrichDr. Lynn Zechiedrich, professor of molecular virology and microbiology and biochemistry and molecular biology, has an editorial in this month's American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In it, she discusses the importance of those who move research forward but who might not always get the recognition they deserve. Read her full editorial, “Tribute to midlevel scientists,” on ASBMB Today.

Fellow earns Young Investigator Award

Dr. Angshumoy RoyDr. Angshumoy Roy, molecular genetic pathology fellow at BCM, was recently awarded the 2012 Young Investigator Award by the Society for Pediatric Pathology. The SPP research committee unanimously awarded Roy with the $10,000 grant to fund his research in pediatric pathology. Awardees are chosen based on scientific merit, accomplishments and career and research goals. The announcement was made at last month's SPP annual meeting in Vancouver.


Participate in TEDMED 2012 free

Some of the world's most creative minds will talk about the future of health and medicine during sessions that will be simulcast live in HD at BCM. Offered by TEDMED, sessions include 10-15 speakers who will speak for three to five minutes each. Participants include global leaders from science, research, technology, academia, business, government, and the arts. TEDMED talks are short, powerful stories all about a single, counter-intuitive idea.

Session schedule:
Tuesday, April 10, 4-6 p.m., Kleberg Auditorium
Wednesday, April 11, 7:45-9:45 a.m., Kleberg Auditorium
Wednesday, April 11, 1:15-3:15 p.m., McMillian Auditorium
Wednesday, April 11, 4-6 p.m., McMillian Auditorium
Thursday, April 12, 7:45-9:45 a.m., Kleberg Auditorium
Thursday, April 12, 4-6 p.m., McMillian Auditorium
Friday, April 13, 7:45-9:45 a.m., Kleberg Auditorium
Friday, April 13, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Kleberg Auditorium

For more information about the TEDMED broadcast at BCM, please contact Claire Bassett at bassett@bcm.edu.

Menninger Clinic grand opening

The grand opening of the new Menninger Clinic facility will be held Thursday, April 12. The new clinic is located at 12301 Main St., Houston, Texas 77035. The event will include tours of the new facility from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and a grand opening program featuring several speakers from 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Medical Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend for M.D. alumni who graduated in years ending in two and seven will be held April 20 – 22. Alumni Association faculty award recipients are Carl Fasser, P.A., director of the physician assistant program in the School of Allied Health Sciences, and Dr. Salih Wakil, distinguished service professor department of biochemistry. Lifetime achievement recipients are Dr. C. Eugene Carlton Jr., professor and retired chairman, Scott Department of Urology, and Dr. Jimmy F. Howell, professor of surgery. Find more information at Office of Alumni Affairs and Student Connections.

Fourth Annual Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry

Dr. Marsha M. Lineham, an expert at the University of Washington in the treatment of suicidal behaviors, personality disorders and other complex mental disorders, is the recipient of the 2012 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry. She will receive the award and give a lecture on dialectical behavior therapy, a therapy that she developed, on Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The award was established in honor of Dr. Stuart Yudofsky, professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at BCM.

College News

YMCA corporate membership for BCM

BCM employees, residents and students have a new benefit available to them – corporate membership at the YMCA of Greater Houston. Membership benefits include no joining fee and discounts on YMCA programs, including summer camps. Read more about corporate membership online. To take advantage of this new partnership, simply visit any Houston Area Family YMCA and show your BCM ID or business card. If you are already a YMCA member, just show your BCM ID and your membership will be transferred to the corporate membership program.

Win a Lexus, support the Smith Breast Center

As part of the 2012 Pink Ribbon House, the largest fundraiser solely benefitting research and patient care the Smith Breast Center at BCM, a raffle is being held to win a brand new 2013 Lexus GS 350. Tickets are $50 or three for $100. For more information on the contest or to purchase a ticket at the Cullen Building, contact Glenna Picton at 713-798-7973 or picton@bcm.edu, or Chris Horaist at 713-798-1645 or horaist@bcm.edu. To purchase a ticket at the Baylor Clinic, contact Margaret Voorhees at 713-798-1985 or voorhees@bcm.edu. Get a look at the car while it is parked by the fountain in front of the Cullen building starting April 9. The drawing will be held May 6.

Help BCM support the 2012 Avon walkers

Help BCM cheer on the participants in the 2012 Avon Walk as they near the end of the first day of their two-day, 39-mile journey to fight breast cancer. Volunteers are needed to staff a cheer station located in front of the BCM Cullen Building on Saturday, April 21, from noon to about 6 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Glenna Picton at 713-798-7973 or picton@bcm.edu. BCM is also the official medical sponsor of the 2012 Avon Walk. Medically-licensed volunteers are needed to staff the medical tent. To volunteer, contact Lauren Wood at 713-798-4564 or lauren@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.