BCM Family NewsLink, June 10, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Shine honored in Panama

Dr. H. David ShineDr. H. David Shine, associate professor in the departments of neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology and a member of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, was presented the National Honor Plaque of Panamá from the First Lady, Marta Martinelli, and Dr. Ruben Berrocal, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Panamá, at the International Conference on New Discoveries of the Brain on May 30. The honor was presented in recognition of Shine's contributions to neuroscience in Panamá and Latin America.


Library events

BCM staff and faculty are invited to two upcoming events at the Texas Medical Center Library as part of the current exhibit, "The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Yellow Wall-Paper."

"Victorian Madness and Women," a lecture by Rice University's Dr. Helena Michie, will be held June 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd.

"Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library," a class geared toward librarians and health professionals taught by Karen Vargas of the National Network of Libraries, will be held June 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

More information is available at the Texas Medical Center Library.

College News

New BCM, TCH program major step in development of vaccines for world's poor

Dr. Peter HotezLeaders of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital this week announced an agreement to move Sabin's vaccine development program to Texas Children's and BCM as part of the recruitment of world renowned neglected diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez.

The comprehensive initiative will include the establishment of the first national school of tropical medicine in the United States at BCM. Hotez will serve as the founding dean.

Read more about this online.

Give your old cell phones for soldiers

BCM Information Technology will be collecting old cell phones and iPods for the non-profit project Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization whose goal is to provide 750,000 free calling cards to all branches of the U.S. Military in 2011. Just one old phone can generate two calling cards, or an hour of talk time, for soldiers abroad. Cash donations are also being accepted.

Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Astros tickets or a $25 MasterCard gift card. Donations are being accepted via interoffice mail to the attention of Lisa Ward, BCM MS: 135, NABSOW223. Be sure to include your first name, BCM extension number, and e-mail address. A follow up e-mail will acknowledge the receipt of the item and your raffle ticket number. Winners will be announced July 6.

Donations can also be dropped off June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge or the third floor of the Alkek building. Collection boxes will also be located at:

Foster parenting opportunity

Members of the Baylor family are often looking for ways to positively contribute to the local community. One way to do this is through foster parenting. Child Advocates Inc. encourages anyone interested in serving as a foster parent to attend a one-hour orientation session for information. Find out how to get involved in this opportunity through Child Advocates at www.childadvocates.org/volunteer/court.htm.

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.