BCM Family NewsLink, April 20, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Weekend reminders

BCM is hosting an official cheer station for the 2012 Avon Walk. It will be located in front of the Cullen Building on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 6 p.m., with volunteers cheering on walkers as they near the end of the first day of their two-day, 39-mile journey to fight breast cancer.

Alumni Weekend will also be held today through Sunday at BCM and Hotel ZaZa. Find out more about the weekend alumni events at the Office of Alumni Affairs and Student Connections.

Center for Globalization presents global vaccine expert

Internationally recognized vaccine expert Dr. José Esparza, senior advisor of vaccines for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will present the inaugural Distinguished Lecture of the Center for Globalization at 4 p.m., Monday, April 23, in Cullen Auditorium. His talk, "Harnessing Science to Solve Public Health Problems" will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Bobby Kapur, director of the Center for Globalization. For more information, call Sarah Michel at 8-1935 or Robert Trieu at 8-2741.

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.

First Annual McNair Symposium features work of McNair Scholars

The first annual McNair Symposium, featuring the research of the McNair Medical Institute Scholars, will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The five McNair Scholars at Baylor College of Medicine – Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel, Dr. Melissa Bondy, Dr. Malgorzata Borowiak, Dr. Jake Kushner and Dr. Xiang "Shawn" Zhang – will present, along with Dr. Sushovan Guha, a McNair Scholar at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, a M.D./Ph.D. McNair Scholar at BCM, will make a research presentation. For more information, call Sarah Michel at 8-1935 or Robert Trieu at 8-2741.

Recycling contest, and tips too

In celebration of Earth Day, BCM Recycles! will host a recycling contest between faculty, staff and students. Bring your separated bags of paper/cardboard, plastic (one and two only) and aluminum on April 24 – 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the E-hallway near Luby's. Don't forget your BCM ID to ensure that your recycling is properly credited to your "team." The top five recyclers in the winning division will receive a gift card.

Some recycling/energy conservation tips to remember include:

For more information, contact Gabi De la Rosa, 8-1051 or grrosa@bcm.edu, or Winnie Hamilton, 8-1052 or hamilton@bcm.edu.

NSBRI Industry Forum hosting lecture on technology approach to enhance ICU efficiency

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute Industry Forum is hosting a presentation, "Informed Medical Decisions: Harnessing Data to Save Lives (and Dollars) in the ICU and Beyond," April 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. The speaker is Dale Larson, director of the Biomedical Systems Division at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. Larson will discuss a consortium-designed technology approach that can save lives and cut costs in critical care, telemedicine and more. The NSBRI Industry Forum, based at BCM, seeks to enhance and accelerate product development for space- and Earth-based applications of high national and global impact. For more information, please visit NSBRI Forum.

Blood drive May 2-3 at BCM

A Commit for Life blood drive will be held at BCM May 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge in the Cullen Building. All blood donors will receive a free T-shirt and will be automatically entered in a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and a Commit for Life beach pack. In addition, a weekly prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a Commit for Life gift package.

Schedule Your Appointment online at Commit For Life or e-mail knippress@giveblood.org.

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