BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 19, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Rainosek honored in management role

Perry Rainosek, administrative officer of the ARS/USDA Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, received a 2012 Administrative and Financial Management Support Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Research Service. Rainosek earned the Gold Medal Honor in recognition of outstanding achievements that have increased efficiency in the areas of administrative and financial management.

Nichols earns honorary degree

Dr. Buford Nichols, professor emeritus of pediatrics – nutrition at the Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, will receive an honorary doctorate in science from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Mexico at a special event Oct. 25. The award is the highest honor given by the institution and recognizes Nichols' career achievements.

Recycling award

BCM Recycles! has been awarded the Mayor's Proud Partner Award from Mayor Annise Parker and Keep Houston Beautiful. Selection was based on outstanding leadership and dedication to the environment and the Houston community. The award will be presented to BCM Recycles! at a luncheon Oct. 29.


Shred Fest

Shred Fest will be held Oct. 22 – 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Taub Building Sub-basement (elevators next to Ben Taub Tunnel). Staff and volunteers from BCM's recycling program will be on hand to shred in accordance with HIPPA and BCM policies for sensitive documents. Bring at least 10 pounds and enter to win a $50 gift card donated by Iron Mountain. Please note the following guidelines:

For more information, contact Gabi De la Rosa at 713-798-1051 or grrosa@bcm.edu.

ADA grant information meeting

The Houston Chapter of the American Diabetes Association has created an experienced Research Advisory Committee and a group of local voluntary Ad Hoc Reviewers to help increase the funding success of research proposals submitted to the American Diabetes Association. A grant information meeting will be held Oct. 23 at 4 p.m., in the Jaworski Classroom (187A) of BCM's Cullen building. More information is available online or by calling Ralston Creswell, executive director, at 713-977-7706 ext. 6083.

Faculty meeting Oct. 24

There will be an all-faculty meeting with Dr. Paul Klotman Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m., in Cullen Auditorium. The meeting will include the results of the first Annual BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey and a discussion of next steps in this process.

Annual Alzheimer's update

Dr. Rachelle DoodyDr. Rachelle Doody, director of BCM's Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, will present the annual Update on Alzheimer's Disease lecture Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive. Doody, who is also the Effie Marie Cain Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research at BCM, will provide current information about research on the disease followed by a question-and-answer session. Registration is at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. RSVP to 800-271-3900.

Creative writing workshop

Get it Write, a creative writing workshop for children with genetic diagnoses, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Barnes and Noble, 3003 West Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77025. Children with genetic diagnoses and their siblings and caregivers, along with writers, medical students and faculty and staff from BCM's department of molecular and human genetics, will write about themselves and their lives. Children who prefer to draw are welcome to participate. Writing supplies and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, contact medical student Chaya Murali at 281-989-5926 or murali@bcm.edu.

College News

Diversity association newsletter online

The latest issue of the Association of Graduate Student Diversity newsletter is available online. The association strives to increase diversity, promote retention and graduation of students in the biomedical sciences, and foster professional and career development. It includes technicians, graduate students and postdocs of all cultural, ethnic and educational backgrounds. The newsletter offers a variety of information about the association and its activities.

Dermatology/plastic surgery recognized for design

Dermatology and plastic surgeryThe Baylor College of Medicine dermatology and plastic surgery clinical practice at the Jamail Specialty Care Center on the McNair Campus earned the 2012 American Society of Interior Designers – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter design award for the category of "Commercial-Healthcare/Institutional." The center was designed by Kirksey Architecture.


Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members were interviewed about Fearless Felix Baumgartner's leap from the edge of space. See the coverage and other BCM faculty members who were featured or cited in the media in this week’s Faculty in the News.