BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 19, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

Peacock honored as disability advocate

Dr. Cynthia PeacockDr. Cynthia Peacock, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, received the Mayor's Disability Advocate of the Year award for 2010 at a ceremony at City Hall Nov. 16.

The annual awards given by the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities recognize recipients' work in advocating and increasing disability awareness throughout the Houston community. Peacock was selected as this year's Non-Disabled Advocate for her dedication to her patients.

Peacock is the medical director of the Transitional Medicine Clinic, which serves patients with chronic illnesses and disabilities as they move from pediatric to adult care.

Nelson named new editor of genetics journal

Dr. David NelsonDr. David Nelson, a professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM, will take over as new editor of The American Journal of Human Genetics in mid-2011.

The journal is the scientific journal of the American Society of Human Genetics and the second highest ranked human genetics research journal.

Nelson is co-director of the Interdepartmental Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at BCM. He has previously served as secretary of the American Society of Human Genetics. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and is an active participant in several boards of scientific journals.

Events

DeBakey High School symposium

The Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions Scientific Symposium is Friday, Dec. 17. Presenters from BCM are being sought to describe their work, career pathways and professional experience. Faculty, staff, residents and medical, graduate and allied health students are all invited to participate.

Symposium sessions will run from 8:35 to 10 a.m. and from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. If interested in presenting, e-mail Dr. Bernice Shargey at bshargey@bcm.edu for a participation form.

The DeBakey high school is a joint project of Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Independent School District. The school enables students to obtain the most rigorous education they need to do well as undergraduates and eventually pursue a career in health science.

Sugar, Heart and Life Festival

The Sugar, Heart and Life Festival was held at a Houston area community center Nov. 11. The festival served as an introduction of the Sugar, Heart and Life interactive web program that offers information about diabetes and a guide to living with the disease. Trini Mendenhall Sosa, who developed the idea for the program which was then created at BCM, was honored at a ceremony preceding the festival. Community members enjoyed healthy food samples, a cooking demonstration and other activities.

Photo slideshow of the Sugar, Heart and Life Festival Nov. 11.

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Photo slideshow of the Sugar, Heart and Life Festival Nov. 11.

College News

Thanksgiving holiday

BCM will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 25 and 26. Employees who ordered from Honey-Baked Ham through the BCM intranet can pick up their order on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cullen Circle.

Faculty in the News

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