BCM Family NewsLink, July 13, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Grants support BCM childhood cancer researchers

Three Baylor College of Medicine researchers received support totaling $500,000 from the non-profit organization Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for their work to find more effective treatments for childhood cancer.

Dr. Margaret GoodelDr. Leonid MetelitsaDr. Meenakshi Hegde

Innovation grants were awarded to Dr. Margaret Goodell, professor of pediatrics - hematology/oncology, and Dr. Leonid Metelitsa, associate professor of pediatrics - hematology/oncology, for their research on leukemia and neuroblastoma, respectively. Dr. Meenakshi Hegde, a clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics - hematology/oncology, received a Young Investigator Award for her research on glioma brain tumors.

College News

Blood drive July 17-18

A Commit for Life blood drive will be held at BCM July 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge above Luby's. To schedule an appoint to donate blood, visit www.giveblood.org and log in to Digital Donor using sponsor code 4402. While appointments are encouraged, you do not need one to donate. You can also join the bone marrow registry through the organization Be the Match during the blood drive.

Medically underserved symposium

The 25th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved, and Health Equity was held June 27 – July 1 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston. BCM's Dan L Duncan Cancer Center was one of the partners sponsoring the event, and Dr. James Phillips, senior associate dean at BCM and director of the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, was a co-chair for several of the major planning committees for the symposium. Several members of the BCM faculty contributed to the program as well. The theme of the symposium was "Empowering Communities in the Era of Health Care Reform."

Attention Artists

Those interested in participating in the Graduate Student Art Show can start submitting their work July 30. Artists will be limited to 10 pieces of art (drawings, paintings, photographs) or one table to display smaller items such as jewelry, pottery, etc. The art should be original and appropriate for all audiences. The show will be held Aug. 6-10 and will benefit the Arts in Medicine program at Texas Children's Hospital. For more information and to obtain the art submission form, contact Pooja Mehta at poojam@bcm.edu.


Jonathan JonesEach month a BCM staff member will be featured in a short video segment called I am BCM. These videos will help you get to know your co-workers and the jobs they do to make the College such a great institution. This month, we present Jonathan Jones of the Human Genome Sequencing Center. View his video online.

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.