BCM Family NewsLink, June 24, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Zoghbi honored with lectureship

Dr. Huda ZoghbiDr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of neurology, neuroscience, pediatrics and molecular and human genetics, is the 2011 recipient of the Cartwright Lectureship sponsored by the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. The lectureship consists of a lecture, which she delivered June 16, a crystal award and a monetary prize.

Zoghbi, also director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, lectured on "Rett Syndrome and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Linking Epigenetics to Neuronal Plasticity?"

The Cartwright lecture series, established in the late 1870s, features the exchange of noteworthy information concerning current medical knowledge and research endeavors.

College News

Butrum joins BCM

Herbert L. ButrumCommunity leader and communications strategist Herbert L. Butrum has joined BCM as senior director of community and state relations. He will assist in fundraising efforts for the college, as well as local and state government relations.

Butrum founded Butrum & Associates, a consulting company providing public affairs and fundraising strategies, in 1993. He has worked with non-profit organizations, corporations and political campaigns. He also has held a variety of administrative positions in business, political and educational arenas.

Partner high schools recognized for excellence

BCM's partner high schools are once again well represented in Newsweek's annual list of America's Best High Schools. Three BCM partner schools achieved top 100 status in the newly-released 2011 rankings: the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston (No. 30); the South Texas High School for Health Professions in Mercedes (No. 68); and the South Texas Academy of Medical Technology in San Benito (No. 81).

Criteria for the Newsweek rankings changed this year, with scoring now based on the following factors at each school: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered (5 percent).

See the Newsweek web site for more information.

Cyclists, volunteers needed for BCM's Tour de Pink 2011 team

Tour de Pink logoBCM is forming its cycling and volunteer team for Tour de Pink 2011 – the seventh annual ride sponsored by the Pink Ribbons Project. The bike ride will be held Sept. 18 at Prairie View A&M University.

BCM has had one of the largest cycling teams in recent years. Routes are available for all levels: 12, 23, 34, 47, 63, 80 and 100 miles! To sign up for the BCM cycling team, visit the Tour de Pink web site. Click on "Join an existing team" and search for "Baylor College of Medicine."

Additionally, the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center will be sponsoring an official pit stop to support all cyclists. To volunteer, please contact Glenna Picton at 713-798-7973 or picton@bcm.edu. All funds raised go to support the Pink Ribbons Project to fight breast cancer through awareness and education programs and the support of proper screening for the medically underserved funding and outreach initiatives.

You First voting

You FIRST Faculty and Staff of the Year polls are now open. The following categories are up for grabs: physician of the year, leader of the year, administrative employee of the year and clinical employee of the year. Visit the web site to vote for your favorites. Polls close July 6.

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.