BCM Family NewsLink, Aug. 17, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Graduate student receives HHMI award

Deric Griffin, a graduate student in the translational biology and molecular medicine program, was one of nine recipients nationally of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Gilliam Fellowships aim to stimulate the scientific curiosity and imagination of students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

Griffin was a SMART PREP student in the laboratory of Dr. John Wilson, Distinguished Service Professor of Biochemistry, in 2010-2011 and is currently in the laboratory of Dr. Robia Pautler, associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM.

Teen health leaders recognized for poster

Dr. Peggy SmithDr. Ruth BuziDrs. Peggy Smith and Ruth Buzi of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic received the Outstanding Poster Award at the National Reproductive Health Conference, held in New Orleans Aug. 5-7, for their poster presentation, "Workforce Development as a Promising Approach to Pregnancy Prevention." Smith is the director of the Teen Health Clinic and Buzi is director of social services.

Mims honored by San Antonio school district

Dr. Martha MimsDr. Martha Mims, associate professor of medicine – hematology/oncology, is being honored with the 2012 Pillar of Citizenship award from Northside Independent School District in San Antonio. The school district, where she graduated from Holmes High School, recognized her for her professional achievements as well as her community service, including assisting Hurricane Katrina evacuees at the Houston Astrodome, serving as an elder at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church and volunteering for Women of Vision, a charity dedicated to raising money for women and children in underdeveloped countries.

Events

Compassion and the Art of Medicine

The next Compassion and the Art of Medicine Lecture is Friday, Aug. 24, at 12:10 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium featuring Mary Jo May speaking on "Community Driven Health Care." May is the founder and executive director of El Centro de Corazon, a nonprofit social services agency in the east end of Houston. Much of her work focuses on bringing attention to poor maternal and child outcomes in the Houston area and the lack of accessible health care for people with mental illness. Her talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

College News

Online faculty survey ongoing

Faculty members are encouraged to fill out the BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey. The survey can be found online and will be open through Aug. 31. The BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey is an opportunity for faculty to anonymously express their opinions regarding their work environment.

Flu study

BCM is looking for participants for a study of reactions and protection responses to an investigational flu vaccine. To be eligible you must be a healthy male or nonpregnant female 18 to 70 years of age. It involves six to seven scheduled study visits with blood draws, two scheduled phone calls, two to three shots and a diary of symptoms and signs you keep for one week after each shot. The total study time is 40 to 70 weeks depending on which group you are in.

The study is sponsored by the NIH. Compensation will be provided for completing study procedures and parking will be validated. For more information call the Baylor Vaccine Research Center at 713-798-4912.

Faculty in the News

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