BCM Family NewsLink, July 21, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Hartley honored for work in continuing medical education

Dr. Theresa M. HartleyDr. Theresa M. Hartley, CCMEP, associate director in the Office of Continuing Medical Education, received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education at the 2011 Texas CME Conference, held in Houston July 9-10.  The annual award recognizes achievements in the profession of continuing medical education, individual members of TACME for their contributions to continuing medical education, and the CME community as demonstrated by their collegial spirit, exemplary performance, commitment to excellence, generosity and dedication to the profession.

Over the past years, Hartley has been a very active part of the Texas CME.  She served seven years on the TACME board, including two years as the Southeast Region representative and five years as treasurer. 

Penny awarded Vietnam's highest health honor

Dr. Daniel PennyDr. Daniel Penny, section head of pediatrics – cardiology at BCM and chief of cardiology at Texas Children's Hospital has received Vietnam’s “For the People’s Health” award, which recognizes individuals who have made great contributions to the health sector and cause of caring for Vietnamese people’s health. Penny helped develop an Institute for the Treatment of Heart Disease in Huế City. Prior to the institute’s opening in 2007, the city had very limited access to life-saving procedures such as heart surgery. He received the award in Vietnam June 30.

BCM PA named president of Texas Academy of Physician Assistants

Trisha Harris-Odimgbe, M.S., PA-C, was elected president of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants for the 2011-2012 leadership year. She is a PA with the department of medicine – section of emergency medicine – practicing at Ben Taub General Hospital. The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants represents physician assistants and is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

College News

Estes leads board of new virology journal

Mary EstesMary Estes, professor of molecular virology and microbiology, is leading the editorial board of a new publication, Current Opinion in Virology. The journal was launched to help busy specialists keep up with the latest trends and topics in virology research. The journal publishes invited review papers only and is divided into 12 annual sections, including viral genomics, antivirals and resistance, emerging viruses and virus evolution.

All articles in the first issue are freely available online. More information on the journal can be found on the Current Opinion web site. The new journal is published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information, products and services.

NSBRI recognizes summer education program participants

Twenty-six students from U.S. colleges and universitiesTwenty-six students from U.S. colleges and universities were honored at a banquet July 14 for their participation in the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s summer education programs, which include the Summer Internship Program, the Graduate Training Program in Space Life Sciences and the Space Biomedical Engineering Apprenticeship Program.

The Summer Internship Program places college students in laboratories at NASA Johnson Space Center, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The Graduate Training Program takes place at Texas A&M and MIT and allows students to work toward a certificate in space life sciences while working on their doctorate. SBEAP provides hands-on opportunities for young scientists and engineers to access careers in human spaceflight and biomedical engineering through industry experience.

BCM’s Center for Education Outreach manages the NSBRI Summer Internship and Graduate Training Programs. SBEAP is a collaborative program administered through the NSBRI Industry Forum. Funded by NASA in collaboration with BCM, the NSBRI is a consortium of institutions studying and solving the health risks and problems related to long-duration spaceflight.

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