BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 5, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Eagleman honored with educator award

Dr. David EaglemanDr. David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience, is being awarded the 2012 Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience. The award honors an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions to educating the public about neuroscience. It includes a $5,000 honorarium and the opportunity to write a feature commentary on science education in The Journal of Neuroscience. Eagleman will receive the award at the society's annual meeting Oct. 13.

Emergency medicine news

Dr. Angela FisherDr. Shkelzen HoxhajDr. Angela Siler Fisher, assistant professor of medicine – emergency medicine and medical director at the Ben Taub Emergency Center, received the 2012 Teamwork Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians Council. The award recognizes her contributions to the council, including developing the EM Futures Program that has increased membership in the Texas College of Emergency Physicians by more than 50 percent over the past five years. She also was recognized by the American Medical Association's Women Physicians Congress Physician Mentor Recognition Program for making a difference in the professional life of a physician in training. This program honors physicians who have contributed to the achievements of women in the medical profession.

Dr. Shkelzen Hoxhaj, BCM’s chief of emergency medicine, was appointed chief medical advisor to Greater Houston Health Connect, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the sharing of health information in the region to reduce the cost of health care and improve the quality of care.

Book success

"Success on the Wards: 250 Rules for Clerkship Success," by Dr. Samir Desai, assistant professor of medicine, and Dr. Rajani Katta, associate professor of dermatology, was favorably reviewed in the September 2012 issue of New Physician. Published in May 2011, the book is available in bookstores and at online retailers. New Physician is the official journal of the American Medical Student Association.


Book drive

BCM is teaming up with Reach Out and Read to collect books for children in underserved areas. New and gently used books can be dropped off in bins located at the Cullen, Alkek and Smith entrances at main Baylor. All books will be donated to Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate. The event is being organized by BCM physician assistant students. Reach out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

BCM Wellness Walk

The BCM Wellness 5k Race/Walk is next Saturday, Oct. 13. The fun starts at 8 a.m. near BCM's main campus, One Baylor Plaza, and will be followed by post-race entertainment and awards at McGovern Commons. Get all the information online.

College News

Lab gets new name

The Human Neuroimaging Lab at Baylor College of Medicine has a new name – the Center for Advanced MR Imaging (CAMRI). The center houses four 3-tesla Siemens MRI scanners and is the research neuroimaging center within the department of neuroscience at BCM, located in the main campus. Research projects carried out at the CAMRI cover a wide variety of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, orthopedics, sensory integration, political science and economics. It was established through a generous gift from the Brown Foundation, Inc.

Anthrax study

BCM is conducting a study looking at different schedules of shots to an approved anthrax vaccine. To be eligible you must be a healthy male or non-pregnant female 18 to 65 years of age. The study involves 16 scheduled visits and total study time is about 8 months. Compensation will be provided for completing study procedures and parking will be validated. For more information, call the Baylor Vaccine Research Center at 713-798-4912.

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.