BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 21, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Gibbs elected into Institute of Medicine

Dr. Richard GibbsDr. Richard Gibbs, director of the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and Wofford Cain Professor of molecular and human genetics, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.

He was one of 65 American and five foreign associates named to the prestigious institute on Oct. 17 and the only BCM faculty member. Gibbs is a national and international leader in sequencing efforts. He led the BCM efforts at finishing the human genome sequence and in the time since, has diversified the Center's efforts and focused on human genetics.

Lamb president of reproductive society

Dr. Dolores LambDr. Dolores Lamb, professor of urology, assumed the presidency of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine at the society's 67th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week. She is the first basic scientist to head the society and hopes to highlight the critical importance of basic and translational research as well as clinical research in reproductive medicine.

Lamb is director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and is the Lester and Sue Smith Chair in Basic Urologic Research.

Events

Med-Peds sponsored health fair Oct. 29

The Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program at BCM is sponsoring a free health fair Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center, 3550 Swingle Road near the Almeda-Genoa exit on 288 South.

The event will include free flu vaccines, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, the opportunity to talk with physicians about health concerns and a free bike helmet giveaway. This is a convenient location for people in the Pearland area, so faculty and staff living in that area can help spread the word to friends and neighbors about this free event!

TMC Library open house

The TMC Library will celebrate National Medical Librarians Month with an open house Monday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature demonstrations of TMC ProSearch, information on mobile resources, electronic journals and e-books, a gift card drawing and Halloween treats. The TMC Library is located at 1133 John Freeman Blvd., across the street from the Cullen Building.

College News

Dependent verification forms due Nov. 11

If you added dependent(s) to any health plan during 2012 Benefits Open Enrollment, you must complete a dependent eligibility form and provide documentation that they are an eligible dependent.

Please complete the Dependent Eligibility Verification form and submit it to the Human Resources - Benefits Office along with the required documents as indicated for each dependent you added to a benefit plan for 2012. The deadline to submit verification is Nov. 11. Otherwise, the dependents for which the required documents are not received will not be covered as of Jan. 1, 2012.

Faculty in the News

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