BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 1, 2010
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Awards and Recognitions
NSBRI's Sutton honored for public service
Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, director of BCM's Center for Space Medicine and professor of medicine, was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor that NASA confers on a non-government individual. The award acknowledges Dr. Sutton's leadership of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to advance biomedical science, technology and education to benefit human space exploration and life on Earth. Dr. Sutton has been president and institute director of NSBRI since 2001.
Saturday Morning Science recognized for innovation
Saturday Morning Science, a program of BCM's Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, received an Innovative Program Model award at the annual meeting of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators held last month. Accepting the award were program leaders Dr. James Phillips, senior associate dean and professor of pediatrics, Dr. Toi Harris, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Kara Green Ihedigbo, project coordinator in the Office of Diversity. Ihedigbo also gave a presentation about how other institutions can implement a similar program in their areas.
The program is aimed at motivating inner city kids from 7th through 12th grade to reach their highest potential. Saturday morning lectures take place on the BCM campus.
BCM Night at Houston Rockets
Discount tickets for faculty and staff are available for several Houston Rockets games this season, including the preseason game Oct. 7 vs. the San Antonio Spurs, opening night Oct. 30 vs. the Denver Nuggets, and the Dec. 1 game vs. the world champion Los Angeles Lakers. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the employee discount section of the BCM intranet.
Upcoming Compassion lectures
Faculty, staff and trainees are invited to attend two upcoming lunchtime talks as part of the Compassion and the Art of Medicine Lecture Series. Both talks will be held at noon in McMillian Auditorium.
- Oct. 1, Drs. Rubina Khan and Fareed Khan, "Helen Keller Revisited: A Journey from Darkness to Light," about their experiences as parents to a deaf-blind child.
- Oct. 8, Houston Playback Theater, a collaborative experience between performers and audience.
Photo slideshow of the Matthew Carter Lecture, held Sept. 24.
Doody to present Alzheimer's lecture
Dr. Rachelle Doody, professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at BCM, will be the featured speaker at this year's "Update on Alzheimer's Disease" lecture. The program will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science IMAX Theater located at One Hermann Circle Drive beginning at 7 p.m. The program is supported in part by the Moselle & Milton Pollack Endowed Fund for Alzheimer's Education in the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center at BCM. It is put on in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter. The program is free and open to the public.
Open Enrollment Oct. 1-31
Open Enrollment for benefits-eligible employees begins today. HR-Benefits mailed the 2011 Open Enrollment brochure to your home address this week. Look for a 9x12 clear plastic envelope containing a brochure and federally required notices. The brochure provides an overview of your 2011 benefit options. Detailed information is available on the 2011 Open Enrollment intranet page under Human Resources beginning Oct. 1. You can speak directly with HR-Benefits staff and vendors at Open Enrollment Meetings and Benefits/Health Fairs.
This year's Open Enrollment has been extended to a full month. If you want to make changes to your benefit plans and/or participate in a Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, you must enroll online between Oct. 1-31. Note: benefits and intranet assistance will not be available after-hours and on weekends, and Employee Self Service (ESS) has scheduled down-time during the month.
Please review your current benefits elections by logging on to ESS on the BCM intranet and clicking on Benefits, then Participation Overview. Your password must be current to access ESS information or to make changes in your benefits during Open Enrollment. For help with ESS or your password, please contact the IT Help Desk at 713-798-8737.
New Faculty Group Practice physicians
New physicians have recently joined the BCM Faculty Group Practice:
- Dr. Julie Rani Nangia, assistant professor, hematology/oncology
- Dr. Ashwin Viswanathan, assistant professor, neurosurgery
- Dr. James Gregg, assistant professor, radiology
- Dr. José Freytes, assistant professor, radiology
- Dr. Joseph Ayoub, assistant professor, radiology
Read more about these new members of the team who are providing care to patients of the Baylor Clinic.
More than 60 Houston-area alumni recently attended a campus reception and dialogue with BCM leaders hosted by the Alumni Association. Dr. James Libby '81, president, moderated a panel on the college's mission and priorities that included Chief Financial Officer Kim David, Dean of Medical Education Dr. Stephen Greenberg '72, BCM Board Vice Chair James T. Hackett, Vice President for Research Adam Kuspa, Ph.D., and Vice President for Primary Care Network Development Stephen J. Spann, M.D. '75. The afternoon event concluded with a self-guided tour of the DeBakey Library and Museum. Additional alumni events will be held in The Woodlands Oct. 3 and Sugar Land Oct. 17. See www.bcm.edu/alumni for more details.
HGSC joins NIH research network
The BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center has received a five-year, $2.3 million grant to join the National Institutes of Health's Pharmacogenomics Research Network, a collaborative project that seeks to advance research on how genes affect people's responses to a wide variety of medicines. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences launched the network in 2000 to study links between genetics and drug responses.
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.