BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 29, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

Hunter honored for Huntington's disease contributions

Christine Hunter, R.N.Christine Hunter, a registered nurse and instructor in neurology, was honored at a gala dinner benefiting the Huntington's Disease Society of America. She was recognized for her many community, patient care and research contributions. She has already received honors from the national HDSA and in January she will be also recognized for her contributions to the Texas Tourette Syndrome Association. In addition, the gala showcased BCM's HDSA Center of Excellence.


Compassion and the Art of Medicine lectures

There are two upcoming lectures as part of the Compassion and the Art of Medicine Series. Both will be held at noon in McMillian Auditorium.

Sugar, Heart, and Life event to take on diabetes but still needs volunteers

BCM's department of family and community medicine is supporting the Sugar, Heart, and Life Festival Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., Houston, 77074. Volunteers are needed for this event that will introduce a new program for people with type 2 diabetes.

The program will bring culturally and linguistically appropriate diabetes management education to Houston's Hispanic community. The festival will include information about the program as well as a cooking demonstration, a live band, and more.

Volunteers are needed for set up and clean up and to work during the event at various booths. They will receive a free T-shirt, snacks and have the chance to win an iPod nano and other prizes. For more information on volunteering contact Lizette Rangel at mlrangel@bcm.edu or 713-798-9052.

College News

Graduate program workshop held

Fifty post-bacs, technicians and undergraduates from Prairie View A&M, Rice, the Universities of Houston, Houston-Downtown and St. Thomas participated in a workshop on applying to graduate programs in the sciences. Those who could not attend the event, can acquire a CD of material presented in Beyond the Beakers: SMART Advice on Entering Graduate Programs in the Sciences and Engineering from N204K or by downloading chapters of the book.

First issue of Journal of Applied Research on Children is live

The first issue of the Journal of Applied Research on Children went live online this fall under editors-in-chief Dr. Robert D. Sanborn, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization Children at Risk, and Dr. Angelo Giardino, clinical professor of pediatrics at BCM and medical director of Texas Children's Health Plan.

The online, peer-reviewed, open access journal is a publication of the Texas Medical Center Library. It is a product of the Children at Risk Institute, an academically oriented policy and research collaborative focused on developing new and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by local children. You can read it in the TMC Library's Digital Commons.

The TMC Library provides assistance creating an online journal, including software, training, publishing and editorial help. The service is free to members of the Texas Medical Center Library. For more information, contact Kate Krause.

Graduate student symposium

Graduate students presented their research at the annual Graduate Student Symposium Oct. 27. Posters were on display at Rayzor Lounge, and short presentations were made by students about their work. First place winners were Vafa Bayat, developmental biology, Johanna Lee, molecular and cellular biology, David Simons, neuroscience, and Amanda Ward, molecular and cellular biology. The Beckman Poster winner was Vafa Bayat and the Beckman student speaker winner was Christopher Bland, molecular and cellular biology.

Photo slideshow of the annual Graduate Student Symposium Oct. 27

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Slideshow of the annual Graduate Student Symposium Oct. 27

Faculty in the News

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