BCM Family NewsLink, April 13, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Berger to head surgical association

Dr. David Berger, professor of surgery and executive of the Operative Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, was elected as president of the Association of VA Surgeons by the organization’s members. The Association of VA Surgeons, a non-profit, non-political educational organization, was established in 1967 to improve patient care, medical education and research in surgery in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Student global grants awarded

The first round of Student Global Scholarly Activity Grants from the Center for Globalization have been awarded to five BCM students. The grants support students who are interested in pursuing international studies. Provided by a gift from BCM board of Trustees member Mr. Wallace Wilson, they fund travel, immunizations and medications needed for international stays, allowing the students to focus on their scholarly project. Find the list of awardees and a description of their projects on BCM News.

Events

BCM Recycles! will award prizes for recycling

Time to start saving your recyclables. To celebrate Earth Day 2012, BCM Recycles! invites you to participate in the first ever recycling contest between faculty, staff and students. Drop off bags of separated paper/cardboard, plastic (one and two only) and aluminum at BCM Main Campus in the E-Hallway above Luby’s April 24-26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bags will be inspected for contamination, weighed and recorded. The top 5 recyclers in the winning division will receive a $50 gift card.

You can also bring excess computer equipment, consumer electronics, batteries and cell phones to be recycled. All hard drives will be removed and shredded to remove any personal information. This is held in collaboration with TMC’s e-waste collection event. For more information visit BCM Recycles! or e-mail Gabi De la Rosa at grrosa@bcm.edu.

International Conference on Primate Genomics April 17-19 at BCM

The 5th International Conference on Primate Genomics will be held at the BCM Cullen Building April 17-19. This conference will bring together experts in genome technology, comparative and evolutionary genomics, computational biology, genetic analysis of primate models of disease and other related fields. The meeting will include a series of presentations from internationally recognized invited speakers, poster sessions and oral presentations selected by the Scientific Program Committee from submitted abstracts.

All interested researchers are welcome. For more information or to register, visit Primate Genomics.

College News

BCM part of Shape Up Houston kickoff

BCM and other TMC member institutions are coming together to kick off Shape Up Houston, a year-long initiative to promote good health. The event is Thursday, April 19, from 11:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Commons located at 6550 Bertner. There will be BCM representative there to share information about the wellness programs and opportunities available to BCM employees, students and faculty. There will also be group exercises, Veggie Pals Farmers Market and special giveaways.

Shape Up Houston is a community education campaign to increase in the awareness about health and wellness, focusing on overall lifestyle rather than a short-term diet. If you plan to attend, a free Shape Up Houston T-shirt will be available in the Office of Communications April 18 after 2 p.m. in the Cullen Building, 176B. Supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis; only one per person.

Faculty in the News

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