BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 12, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

BCM-influenced state program receives award

The statewide Joint Admission Medical Program, which was modeled on BCM's Premedical Honors College partnership with the University of Texas Pan American, received the Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at an event in Austin Nov. 9.

JAMP was created by the Texas Legislature in 2002 to increase access to medical education and enable careers as physicians for economically disadvantaged Texas students through a college-to-medical school-to-professional practice educational model. There are currently 19 students enrolled at BCM through JAMP.

BCM nominated JAMP for the state award, which recognizes public and private institutions, organizations and individuals in Texas for exceptional contributions toward achieving one or more goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas Higher Education Plan. The Premedical Honors College received the Star Award in 2002.


Emeriti Health Program workshops

Information sessions on the Emeriti Health Program will be offered Nov. 15 and 16 at both the main Baylor and McGovern campuses.

The Emeriti Health Program was introduced as a BCM benefit in January 2009. It is designed to help pay for medical costs after retirement through three core components – health accounts to which BCM will make automatic contributions for qualifying employees; a health insurance plan available in retirement; and reimbursement benefits similar to a flexible spending account.

Sessions include:

Descriptions of the workshops and registration are available online.

TMC Library fund-raising event

cover of Murder Past DueMurder Past Due: Up Close With the Author, a fundraiser for the TMC Library, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. The event will include a talk and book signing with Dean James, who writes mystery novels under the name Miranda James, as well as a journey through "The Magic and Mystery of Wine" with wine connoisseur Dr. Maximilian Buga.

Proceeds benefit the Mary and Ben Anderson Fund, which is a key source for library staff professional development. More information is available. RSVP online at rsvp@exch.library.tmc.edu or by phone at 713-799-7154.

College News

CPRIT grants support BCM researchers

Dan L Duncan Cancer Center logoResearchers from the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at BCM have been awarded 11 new research projects totaling more than $8 million in the fourth round of recently awarded Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas grants.

To date, Duncan Cancer Center researchers have been awarded more than $38 million in CPRIT funding. More information on BCM projects awarded this round is available.

Duncan Cancer Center symposium

The eighth annual Dan L Duncan Cancer Center symposium was held Thursday. Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of the center, offered an overview and discussed future goals for the cancer center, including increased clinical trial participation in adult malignancies and broadening the Cancer Center's current NCI-designation to become a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Poster sessions and scientific lectures were presented throughout the day. Dr. Jeffrey Trent, president and research director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, gave the keynote address.

Photo slideshow of the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center symposium Nov. 11

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Slideshow of the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center symposium Nov. 11

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