BCM Family NewsLink, June 3, 2011

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DeBakey Research Awards ceremony and symposium June 7

Dr. Malcolm BrennerDr. Margaret GoodellDr. Gad ShaulskyDr. Adam KuspaDr. Jade Wang

The Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards ceremony and symposium will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Alkek N315.

The awards are given annually to Baylor College of Medicine faculty who have made the most significant published scientific contribution to clinical or basic biomedical research during the past three years. Awardees receive a commemorative medallion and funds to support their research, along with a celebration dinner for their laboratory. The awards are funded by the DeBakey Medical Foundation. The 2010 awardees are Dr. Malcolm Brenner, Dr. Margaret Goodell, Dr. Gad Shaulsky, Dr. Adam Kuspa and Dr. Jade Wang.

College News

NSBRI, Center for Space Medicine moving to new facility

National Space Biomedical Research InstituteThe National Space Biomedical Research Institute's headquarters and BCM's Center for Space Medicine are relocating. They are now housed in Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative building, just across the street from the Texas Medical Center at 6500 Main St.

The 16,000-square-foot consolidated research facility is located on the ninth floor of BRC and features multiple reconfigurable laboratories, meeting rooms and office space for NSBRI Headquarters and BCM personnel, as well as space for visiting NSBRI researchers from leading institutions from across the country. In addition to the ninth-floor facility, NSBRI and CSM have access to BRC classrooms and a 280-seat auditorium.

Read more about the new space online.

Time to update emergency contact info

Hurricane season started this week. Please take a moment to update your emergency contact info on the Communications site. BCM will notify you of critical information through the emergency notification system.

Spideys in space

Spiders in SpaceThe spiders sent into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor and now living on the International Space Station have been very busy. In three recent videos, Esmerelda the spider can be seen building a web, capturing flies and tearing down her web.

The "Spiders in Space" program is part of BCM's Center for Educational Outreach in association with BioServe Space Technologies in Colorado. Students are invited to conduct their own investigations at home or in the classroom comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravity. To facilitate classroom experiments, BCM's Center for Educational Outreach is offering a free "Spiders in Space" guide on its BioEd Online website. The guide provides information on the orb weaver spider, instructions for housing and caring for a spider, and directions for setting up a classroom-based investigation.

To see videos of spiders in space, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kL6FASgQLU&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sizghm4mSmo&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZOPnfLdJI&feature=digest

Faculty in the News

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