BCM Family NewsLink, Dec. 10, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

BIPAI recognized for teen program

BIPAIThe Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) Teen Club program has been cited as a best practice for the provision of "psychosocial and community-based support" in Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010, a report released on the eve of World AIDS Day by UNICEF, UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA and UNESCO.

The report recognized the Teen Club program at BIPAI clinics in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda and called for such programs to be scaled up to achieve a greater impact. BIPAI includes a broad network of clinics and satellite centers that blanket southern and east Africa and treat approximately 90,000 children.

College News

The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute opens in medical center

Dr. Huda Y. ZoghbiThe Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI), the world’s first basic research institute dedicated to childhood neurological diseases, opened this week in the Texas Medical Center.

The Texas Children’s Hospital facility is a 13-floor research tower where Baylor College of Medicine scientists, led by Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi, will pioneer a multidisciplinary approach to the complex challenge of understanding brain development and function. NRI investigators will work across a spectrum of diseases including autism, epilepsy, Rett syndrome, cerebral palsy, ataxias and Batten disease.

Zoghbi, director of the institute, is a BCM professor in the departments of pediatrics, neuroscience and molecular and human genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Joining her are 15 BCM colleagues and their research teams of 130 scientists in diverse disciplines such as genetics, neurobiology, physics, mathematics, bioinformatics and behavioral psychology. Read more about the NRI.

Houston Food Bank collection Dec. 13-17

BCM will be collecting donations for the Houston Food Bank Dec. 13-17. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at boxes in the Cullen building at the main entrance and in the E hallway, near Luby's. In addition, boxes will be located at the McGovern campus, the Baylor Clinic, the Medical Office Building, Greenway and the Family Medicine Kirby location.

Members of the BCM management team will be at each location throughout the week to accept donations. Those making food donations can enter their name into a drawing to win restaurant gift cards and movie tickets.

This year, it's especially important to contribute. The Houston Food Bank reports that in its near three-decade history, it has never seen this many people asking for help. The organization expects to distribute 70 million pounds of food to the greater Houston area this year.

Excellence in Education Awards

Nominations for the 2011 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education are now being accepted. This prestigious award is offered for active faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of the college.

The Robertson Award website contains details of eligibility, required components of nomination letters and support materials and additional information about the current nomination and selection process.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Jan. 10, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Fitzgerald at 713-798-7703 or wmfitzge@bcm.edu.

BCM researcher publishes iPad-only book

Dr. EaglemanDr. David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience, has published his latest book, "Why the Net Matters," but don't run to the book store just yet. It is an iPad-only application. This type of publication is a new kind of way to navigate a non-fiction book. It allows the reader to zoom in and out on 3D interactive figures and to navigate with random-access chapters. A hard copy of the book will be published in 2011. The book proposes that the invention of the Internet will prevent the downfall of modern and future civilizations by averting the major threats that brought down those before us. See a video on the new app:

Holiday offers

There are plenty of holiday-themed and fun family discounts available on the employee discounts section of the BCM Intranet. Some of these include Honey-Baked Ham discounts and special offers to the Houston Ballet's Nutcracker, holiday events at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Moody Gardens and more.

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.