BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 4, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Brandt named to pediatrics academy

Dr. Mary L. BrandtDr. Mary L. Brandt, professor of pediatrics, surgery and associate dean of student affairs, has been named the new chair of the Section on Surgery for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Brandt's year-long term as chair began Nov. 1. She has been on the executive committee of the section on surgery for the AAP for the past 5 years.

Wang receives new scholar award

Dr. Meng WangDr. Meng Wang, assistant professor with the Huffington Center on Aging at BCM, is one of the recipients of the 2011 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging.

New Scholar awards provide support for newly independent investigators beginning in the first three years after their postdoctoral training, when they are establishing their own labs. These awards contribute to a safety net that allows bright young scientists to staff their laboratories, collect preliminary data, and organize research programs of sufficient momentum to obtain ongoing support from other sources. Beginning with the class of 2008 New Scholars, the awards provide funding up to $100,000 per year for a four year period.

Presidential appointments

Two members of the BCM family have been appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Herminia Palacio is an adjunct faculty member at BCM and the executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. Dr. Dean Ornish, a 1980 BCM alumnus, is founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Goss featured in photography exhibit

Dr. John A. Goss, professor of surgery and chief of the abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery division, is among the Houstonians featured in the exhibit "Houston 175 People: Contemporary Photographers Looking At Houston." In recognition of Houston's 175th birthday, photographers focused on the cultures, sub-cultures, interest groups and leaders that make up the city. The exhibit is on display at One and Two Allen Center, located at 1200 Smith Street in Downtown Houston from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 2.


Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture

The next Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture is Nov. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, featuring Canadian journalist and author Ian Brown. His talk is titled "The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son," which is also the title of one of his books.

The lecture is sponsored by the department of family and community medicine and co-sponsored by the department of molecular genetics.

Library seeks input at focus groups

The Texas Medical Center Library will be conducting focus group to discover what faculty, students, residents and staff would like to see the library become in the future, including its physical space. They will be conducting the following focus groups and need BCM volunteers to attend. Light refreshments will be served. The library is located at 1133 John Freeman Blvd.

Plastic surgery interest group to meet

BCM's Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG) welcomes Dr. Chuma Chike-Obi and his colleagues from Baylor Plastic Surgery, who will be speaking to medical students about their chosen specialty. These BCM residents will share their insights on how to best prepare for residency applications, how to fully utilize time and resources as a medical student and, most importantly, why they think plastic and reconstructive surgery is so exciting. The presentation and discussion will be held Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in room M323. Refreshments will be provided.

College News

Ob/gyn moving Nov. 7

Obstetrics and gynecology is moving to the new Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, across Main Street from Baylor Clinic, Nov. 7. Questions? Read the FAQs.

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.