BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 16, 2011

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Reception for Brinkley

Dr. William BrinkleyA reception honoring Dr. William Brinkley for his service as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will be held Monday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Alkek Lobby. Faculty, staff and trainees are all invited to the reception.

Weight Watchers at BCM

Lose weight by participating in Weight Watchers – now available to BCM employees at a 50 percent discount. Programs include Weight Watchers Community Meetings, Weight Watchers At-Work or Weight Watchers On-Line. Spouses and domestic partners are eligible for the special rates too. More information and complete details will be discussed at the scheduled Weight Watchers Open House meetings listed below:

In order to continue At-Work meetings at BCM there must be at least 20 BCM members enrolled at each location. To receive discounted rates for all venues, you must call and sign-up through the BCM-Weight Watchers toll-free number, 866-557-6186 no later than Friday, Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please e-mail weightwatchers@bcm.edu.

College News

Express Care Center for employees expands hours

The Express Care Center at Baylor Clinic has extended its hours and now offers appointments throughout the day, five days a week. The new hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Express Care Center is a quick and convenient service for BCM employees. For more information about the clinic and services offered, visit Express Care or to make an appointment, call 713-798-9355.

Plants in Space

Teachers and students can participate in a science investigation taking place in space and on Earth starting Sept. 19. The Plants in Space project, supported by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, will examine plant root growth in microgravity. Teachers and students can grow ground-based control plants in the classroom, download hourly photographs from the International Space Station, and design experiments using the data from space. Find out more and register for the free teacher guide on BioEd Online and K8 Science.

The project is a cooperative effort by NSBRI, BioServe Space Technologies, Center for Educational Outreach at BCM and NASA. Additional support comes from Houston Endowment Inc. and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Two new BCM faculty join TCH cardiac care unit

Two new BCM faculty members have joined the cardiac intensivists team at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ron Bronicki, associate professor of pediatrics at BCM, is the new associate medical director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit. He was previously associate professor of pediatric critical care medicine at Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and the medical director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Bronicki is an expert in the field of cardiac critical care, with more than a decade of experience in the care of critically ill children with heart disease.

Dr. Patricia Bastero, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM, is a new attending in CVICU. She has had international experience in cardiac critical care and speaks four languages. She was most recently a locum attending in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Photography installation at Parkinson's clinic

The Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at BCM is now home to an art installation featuring the photography of Robert Flatt. Flatt's interest in photography began after his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease. As a patient of the PDMDC, Flatt hopes his work will create an interesting, natural and pleasing setting for others dealing with neurological illnesses. His work also speaks of the healing nature of art and how his diagnosis was the start of a new career as an artist. Flatt's photographs are of the Houston area, specifically his own neighborhood, West University. The art installation will be on permanent display in the PDMDC, located on the 18th floor of Smith Tower, 6550 Fannin St.

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