BCM Family NewsLink, Aug. 24, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

PA student's article published

BCM second-year physician assistant student Albert Balesh had an article, "Spring Chicken or Goose Cooking," published in PA Professional, a publication of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read Balesh's article online.

Mitch lecture

Dr. William MitchThe William E. Mitch Lecture in Nephrology will be given by Dr. Mark Knepper of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute on Sept. 4 at the Emory University School of Medicine. The lectureship is presented annually to honor Dr. Mitch, professor of medicine – nephrology at BCM, who served as director of the renal division at Emory University School of Medicine from 1987 to 2002.

Academic leadership in pathology

Dr. Jun TeruyaDr. Jim VersalovicThe new academic year brings changes in leadership in the department of pathology. Dr. Jun Teruya will serve as vice chair for education. All department educational programs (medical student undergraduate, residency/fellowship and graduate student program directors) will report to the new position. Dr. Jim Versalovic will serve as vice chair for clinical and molecular pathology and will oversee laboratory medicine and emerging molecular and genomic medicine programs.


Join BCM Wellness Walk

The BCM Wellness 5k Race/Walk, a family-friendly event promoting physical activity and healthy eating as integral elements of individual health, will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by post-race entertainment and awards at the McGovern Commons with food, music and prizes.

Race proceeds will benefit Recipe for Success, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that educates children on nutrition and healthy eating, and BCM and its Wellness Education Fund, which will support BCM-initiated community service and in-house projects promoting wellness. Visit the race web page for details and to register or become a sponsor.

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.

Houston Math Circle

A unique and free program will start at Rice University for mathematically gifted high school students. The program will develop problem-solving skills and cover topics in number theory, combinatorics, geometry and complex numbers.

The first meeting will be held Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Rice campus in Herman Brown Hall, room 227. Students on the American Mathematics Competition Honor Roll should receive invitations from their teachers. Other interested students may attend but should contact Dr. Zachary Franco, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pathology at BCM, at zfranco@bcm.edu for more information.

Art show raises almost $5,000

The Graduate Student Art Show that was held recently at BCM raised nearly $5,000 for the Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children's Cancer Center. The program gives young patients and their siblings the opportunity to express themselves through art, creative writing and music during their treatment. The art show was sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and chaired by Pooja Mehta, Karlie Jones, Michael Fountain and Sam Regenbogen. Thanks to those who supported the art show and the Arts in Medicine Program by purchasing artwork.

Enter the BCM Recycles! name change contest

Your help is needed to rename the BCM Recycles! program to better reflect the scope of the program. Enter your suggestions for a new name/slogan and you could win naming rights to the Recycling Room (527D), restaurant gift certificates valued at $50 and $150 (donated by Waste Management and Hotel Zaza) and an overnight stay at Hotel Zaza.

Complete the suggestion form to enter. All entries must be received by noon, Aug. 27, 2012. Winners will be announced via e-mail.

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.