BCM Family NewsLink, July 29, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Davis named vice president of nutrition society

Dr. Teresa DavisDr. Teresa Davis, professor of pediatrics-nutrition at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM, was elected vice president of the American Society for Nutrition last month. The ASN is the world's premiere nutrition organization dedicated to bringing together outstanding researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. She will serve as president in 2012-2013. Davis has worked with ASN to advance the careers of young nutrition scientists throughout the world. ASN provides numerous career activities for graduate students and postdocs including leadership opportunities, career resources, awards and travel grants and networking opportunities.

College News

Kosten named head of research at VA

Dr. Thomas R. KostenDr. Thomas R. Kosten, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at BCM, was selected as the associate chief of staff for research at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. In his new post, Kosten is charged with management of one of the largest research programs in the VA health care system.

He joined the VA in 2006, serving as the research director of the VA National Substance Use Disorders Quality Enhancement Research Initiative based in Houston. He established the Division of Addictions Psychiatry at BCM and Yale, and directs their National Institutes of Health Medications Development Center for Substance Abuse.

CSM strengthens links to BCM clinical departments and NASA

Dr. David HilmersThe Center for Space Medicine (CSM) has added two new BCM faculty members with ties to NASA's human spaceflight program. Dr. Jonathan Clark, a former NASA flight surgeon and a space medicine advisor for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and the Center for Space Medicine. Dr. David Hilmers, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, has also received a secondary academic appointment in the Center for Space Medicine. Hilmers is a veteran astronaut of four space shuttle missions and is one of a growing number of physician astronauts joining CSM.

Eagleman on Colbert Report

Dr. David EaglemanDr. David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience at BCM, was interviewed on the Colbert Report last week about his latest book, "Incognito." In case you didn't catch it, click here to watch the full interview.

Take time to complete staff survey

Dr. Paul Klotman, BCM president and CEO, created the Staff Employee Advisory Council, made up of employees from all areas of the college. This team was asked to create and implement a staff reward and recognition program for BCM. The Staff Employee Advisory Council would like your feedback to determine rewards and ways of recognition that are valuable to staff employees. All survey responses will remain confidential.

If you have not already done so, please take time to complete the survey online. Please complete the survey and submit your response by Aug. 3. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Bonnie Weisman at 713-798-2153 or bweisman@bcm.edu.

Medical school orientation

Medical school orientation for first-year students was held Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26. The new students – 186 of them! – headed to the Retreat at Artesian Lakes in the Piney Woods of East Texas for team-building exercises and other fun activities. Check out a slideshow of this year’s retreat 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.