BCM Family NewsLink, Aug. 26, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Top neuroscience article

The article "Disrupting circadian homeostasis of sympathetic signaling promotes tumor development in mice," co-authored by Drs. Susie Lee, Lawrence A. Donehower, Alan J. Herron, David D. Moore, and Loning Fu, all of BCM, was ranked as one of the top seven in neuroscience by the Faculty of 1000, a resource that offers post-publication peer review of scientific articles. The paper originally appeared in PloS One, in 2010. It was ranked in the top seven for a 30-day period, with rankings computed on Aug. 22.

CRNC facility manager recognized for conservation

Bill Ogden, the facility manager at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM, was spotlighted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service for his energy conservation efforts at the CNRC building.

Ogden retrofitted light fixtures to reduce the number of bulbs per fixture from two to one and installed energy-saving bulbs and ballasts, a device used to limit the amount of current in an electric circuit. In addition, occupancy sensors were installed in the three-level basement parking garage. They monitor pedestrian and traffic activity, with lights coming on as pedestrians and cars pass through the garage and then turning off after 10 minutes. Lighting in the garage has been reduced significantly on weekdays and by even higher levels on weekends.

College News

Kunik named VA research integrity officer

Dr. Mark KunikDr. Mark Kunik, professor of psychiatry research at BCM, was named research integrity officer at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. In this role he will be responsible for overseeing and investigating allegations of research misconduct and serving as a liaison between the DeBakey VA Medical Center and the VA Office of Research Oversight.

Cummings named a director at NRI

Dr. Christopher CummingsDr. Christopher Cummings, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, has been named director of research development at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children's Hospital. The position explores, develops and supports innovation on the NRI campus by identifying new grants at the federal, state and foundation levels. Cummings will use his experience in basic academic research, biotechnology and venture capital to bridge the gap between the various sectors in an effort to help forge new collaborations that fuel progress in research as well as development of new therapeutics.

NSBRI, NASA soliciting research proposals

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute and NASA's Human Research Program are jointly soliciting proposals for NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ11ZSA002N. The NRA, which is titled "Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions," was released Aug. 23, with Step-1 proposals due Sept. 22. For more information, please visit NSBRI.

Faculty in the News

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