BCM Family NewsLink, Dec. 7, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Shah to lend expertise in Pakistan

Dr. Asim ShahDr. Asim Shah, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the recipient of a scholarship award through the President's Program for the Care of Highly Qualified Professionals of the government of Pakistan. The program selects scholars and leaders of Pakistani descent from all over the world to visit the country to provide expertise in their areas of specialty.

Wolf named VP of dermatology association

Dr. John WolfDr. John Wolf, professor and chair of dermatology, has been elected vice president of the American Dermatological Association, the oldest (since 1876) and most prestigious dermatological society in the world. Previously, Wolf served as historian of the ADA for seven years, the third longest tenure in the history of the association.

Street honored for research

Dr. Richard L. Street Jr., assistant professor of medicine in the section of health services research at BCM, received the 17th annual George Engel Award for Outstanding Research Contributing to the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effectiveness Healthcare Communication and Related Skills.


Book fair Dec. 10 – 11

Take care of some holiday shopping at the Books Are Fun book fair Dec. 10 – 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Products will include children's books, cookbooks, New York Times best sellers, stationery and scrapbooking items, music collections, children's educational products and more.

College News

New grant opportunities for nutrition education projects

The USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM (CNRC WIC Center) announces the availability of funds for research that demonstrates creative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The grants will be funded for up to two years and require a partnership between a university-based researcher and a state or local WIC program. Find more information on the CNRC WIC center website.

Psychiatry outreach group to host free forum

BCM's Psychiatry Residents Outreach to the Public Sector will hold its 5th Annual Building Bridges Forum on Spirituality & Mental Health Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center, 1977 Butler Blvd., 4th floor. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary dinner will be offered with the discussion forum to follow. This year's theme is "Healing in Times of Grief: A Spirituality and Mental Health Forum."

This event is a community-wide panel discussion designed for mental health providers, religious leaders and laypersons to explore the challenges members of community face with regards to their spiritual and mental health. To attend, RSVP to props@bcm.edu.

Presidential Award nomination deadline approaching

The deadline to nominate faculty for the 2013 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education is Dec. 15. This prestigious, college-wide award for faculty educational service is offered for active faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of the College. For more information, view the award website.

New chief residents named at VA

Dr. Jennifer Cowart, a clinical fellow in pharmacology at BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Dr. Molly Hortsman, currently chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, will lead the VA's Chief Resident Quality and Safety Program for academic year 2013-14. The goal of the program is to improve care for veterans by redesigning medical education and patient care to include the areas of quality and patient safety.

Faculty in the News

Follow news from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, co-sponsored by BCM, and other news stories featuring our faculty in this week's Faculty in the News.