BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 9, 2011

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Reminder: Tour de Pink cycling event Sept. 18

The Pink Ribbons Project's annual cycling event is next weekend at Prairie View A&M. If you are interested in signing up for the BCM team, visit Tour de Pink. Click on "Join an existing team" and search for "Baylor College of Medicine."

BCM has had one of the largest cycling teams in recent years. Routes are available for all levels: 12, 23, 34, 47, 63, 80 and 100 miles.

Early/online registration is $30 and will close Sept. 11. Late registration is $40 when you register in person at packet pick-up on Sept. 17 and 18 and day-of registration is $50 on Sept. 18. For questions on signing up for the team, please contact one of our team co-captains, Dr. Julie Nangia (nangia@bcm.edu) or Ruth SoRelle (dsorelle@bcm.edu).

BCM Appreciation Day in Kemah Sept. 17

BCM employees and students can purchase an all day ride pass at the Kemah Boardwalk for only $15 (regularly $20) on Sept. 17. The pass includes unlimited access to the carousel, ferris wheel, CP Huntington Train, Pharaoh's Fury, Wipeout, Boardwalk Tower, Inverter, Aviator, Balloon Wheel, Red Baron, Boardwalk Bouncer and The Drop Zone. The pass does not include Boardwalk Beast, Stingray Reef, midway games or arcade. Employees and students must present their BCM badge and valid ID at the time of ticket purchase. No limit to number of discounted tickets purchased.

College News

Wildfire collection efforts

The Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Student Association is collecting clothing, toys and toiletries, as well as other items, for victims of the wildfires in Texas. Collection boxes are located at the main entrance of the Cullen building, by Luby's and in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, M220. Students will collect the items and transfer them to American Red Cross stations in Magnolia, Bastrop and Austin. Checks made out to the American Red Cross also will be accepted and can be dropped off in M220 (DeBakey). For more information contact Tiffany Molina at rubinste@bcm.edu.

Bondy named McNair Scholar

Dr. Melissa BondyDr. Melissa Bondy, renowned researcher in the field of cancer epidemiology, has been named a BCM McNair Scholar in breast cancer and will serve as the associate director for prevention and population science in the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Cancer Center.

Prior to serving in her new roles Bondy had dual appointments at BCM and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She will join BCM full time as a professor in the department of pediatrics hematology and oncology division with joint appointments in the Duncan Cancer Center and Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. She also will receive a Duncan Chair.

NSBRI highlights technology development; next demo set for Sept. 22

iRevive/LTM system demonstrationThe National Space Biomedical Research Institute hosted a technology demonstration on Wednesday in its new research facility, shared with BCM's Center for Space Medicine. The demonstration, sponsored by NSBRI's Industry Forum, featured the iRevive/LTM system that provides an accurate patient history, assists in treatment and helps caregivers be more efficient when providing medical care. The system is being developed for NSBRI by 10Blade, Inc., Impact Instrumentation and Sparx Engineering and can be used in harsh medical environments such as the battlefield and space.

The next NSBRI Technology Demonstration is slated for Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. in the BioScience Research Collaborative at 6500 Main St., Suite 910. It will feature a real-time microdosimeter, which is being developed at the U.S. Naval Academy, for use by astronauts during spaceflight and has potential benefits for health care on Earth and homeland security. The demonstration is open to the public. For more information, please contact NSBRI at 713-798-7412 or info@nsbri.org.

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