BCM Family NewsLink, April 27, 2012
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Awards and Recognitions
Dr. Margaret Ann Goldstein, professor emeritus of medicine in the section of cardiovascular research, was elected as a Fellow to the Microscopy Society of America last month. Election to MSA Fellow is highly selective and is intended to recognize senior distinguished members of the society who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of microscopy imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques.
Dr. Douglas D. Koch, professor and the Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair of Ophthalmology, received the Innovator's Medal from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for his contributions to ophthalmology patient care and research. He presented the Innovator's Lecture, “Corneal Optics for IOL Selection-Cracking the Code,” at the 2012 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery-American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Symposium and Congress in Chicago April 23. Dr. Koch is an internationally recognized expert in developing methods to determine the type and power of intraocular lenses in eyes with complex corneal and astigmatic abnormalities. He is past president of ASCRS.
Dr. Dan B. Jones, professor and chair of ophthalmology, accepted a $34,721 check to BCM's Department of Ophthalmology at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the William C. Conner Foundation at the M. J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. William C. Conner, co-founder of Alcon Laboratories, established the TCU Educational Investment Fund in 1973, and each year the foundation distributes 6 percent of its net asset value as of year end to BCM ophthalmology and to TCU. Since the establishment of the fund, $1,333,898 has been contributed to BCM. The contribution is used to support the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program.
Financial Fitness Week
BCM Human Resources - Benefits is hosting the first annual Financial Fitness Week May 1-4. The week will include a financial fair Tuesday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Vendors will be available to discuss various aspects of your finances, including purchasing a home, saving for retirement and creating a budget.
Financial workshops will also be held throughout the week on topics such as home buying and refinancing, estate planning, debt management and Medicare and Social Security. View the complete workshop schedule. For more information contact the BCM HR - Benefits Office at 713-798-1500 or email@example.com.
You may have noticed the new flat-screen TVs that have been installed around campus. These are the result of the Staff Advisory Committee launched by Dr. Paul Klotman. The TVs will feature important BCM news, including upcoming events, HR initiatives and more. Keep your eyes out for the BCM programming to start on the TVs within the next month.
Shop to support BCM research
Roshar Jewels is supporting BCM research by donating 3 percent of all purchases made at the store through June 30 to skeletal medicine research and patient care initiatives of Dr. Brendan Lee, professor of molecular and human genetics. The store is located at 12645-D Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas, 77024 and can be reached by calling 713-492-0196.
The I Am BCM Campaign is going strong, having so far raised more than $120,000 for the BCM Fund supporting college priorities. Thanks to our Board of Trustees matching all campaign gifts, every donation made to I Am BCM is twice as valuable. The campaign concludes May 31, so make your gift today. Just $10 makes a difference and earns you a new BCM badge holder. You can make a credit card gift or an easy payroll deduction. Thank you for your support!
Health, Humanism and Society Scholars program
The second year of the Rice/BCM Health, Humanism and Society Scholars program is drawing to a close. Rice students majoring in humanities or social sciences work with BCM faculty investigators to conduct formal research projects with a health-services, ethics or medical education research focus. Students recently presented formal research abstracts and a select number have been co-authors on manuscripts. The program is under the direction of Dr. Baruch Brody, director of BCM's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Dr. Aanand Naik, assistant professor of medicine – health services research.
Charity Ball results
The 17th annual Charity Ball, organized by medical students at BCM, took place this February at the Rice Hotel's Crystal Ballroom. The event included dancing, casino games, magic, a silent auction, raffle and music by a string quartet of BCM students in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra. Organizations that benefitted from the event include the HOMES Clinic, Shoulder to Shoulder and Star of Hope. This year's proceeds made it possible to give $6,000 to each charity. The Charity Ball committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the event a success.
Faculty in the News
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