BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 22, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

Med student receives research fellowship

BCM medical student Sherry Yao is the recipient of a 2010 Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in substance abuse and addiction for minority medical students from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She will present her research along with other fellows at the AAACAP's annual meeting next week.

The summer fellowships of up to $3,500 encourage outstanding minority students to pursue careers in drug abuse and addiction research in child and adolescent psychiatry. The fellowships provide exposure to the state-of-the-art treatment and consultation services of child and adolescent mental disorders and drug abuse and addiction. They are supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Worley awarded for human microbiome work

Dr. Kim C. WorleyDr. Kim C. Worley, associate professor of in the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center, received a 2010 IBM Faculty Award to help foster her work with the National Institute of Health's Human Microbiome Project.

The award of nearly $29,000 will enable Worley and her BCM colleagues to make use of supercomputing resources that are part of a project called IBM BlueBioU at Rice University. The award funds the work of a graduate student for a year.

Worley works with genome assembly software tools that enable scientists to put together whole genome shotgun sequences from the microbiome project. Using the IBM BlueBioU resource at Rice will allow quicker and more accurate assembly of the large and complicated sets of data that are accumulated as part of the Human Microbiome Project.


Graduate Student Symposium

The Graduate Student Symposium will be held Thursday Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Stop by to hear students from departments throughout BCM present their research. Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM, will deliver a talk, "How Science Shaped My Career," at 1 p.m. For more information contact Ashley Ramirez-Herrick at ashleyr@bcm.edu.

College News

Open Enrollment ends Oct. 31

Remember, if you want to make changes to your benefits programs, add or drop dependents and/or participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts in 2011, you must make your elections online through Employee Self Service by Oct. 31.

To learn about the benefits changes for 2011, visit the 2011 Benefits Open Enrollment web page.

Faculty in the News

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