BCM Family
for Faculty, Staff and Trainees
Volume 7, Issue 7
July 2010

News Briefs

Kline nationally recognized for humanitarian efforts

Dr. Mark Kline, chair of pediatrics at BCM and physician-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital, has received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for "Outstanding Community Service Benefiting Local Communities."

The award, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize for public service," was presented June 22 at the 38th Annual Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C.

Kline, founder of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, received the award for his dedication to treating children affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.

The Jefferson Awards were co-founded in 1973 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. Past recipients of the award include Lance Armstrong, Hubert Humphrey, Dr. C. Everett Koop, General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

BCM Neuroscientist awarded McKnight Scholar Award

Dr. Andreas S. Tolias, assistant professor in the department of neuroscience, was honored with the 2010 McKnight Scholar Award from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

The award, $75,000 per year for three years, will help Tolias study the functional organization of the cortical microcolum. He is one of five scientists chosen for the award.

The endowment seeks to support innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain and behavior can be accurately diagnosed, prevented and treated. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, established in 1986, is an independent organization funded solely by The McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, and led by a board of prominent neuroscientists from around the country.

Archer to be honored by physicists in medicine association

Dr. Benjamin Archer, professor of radiologic science in the department of radiology, will receive the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Award for Achievement in Medical Physics at its annual meeting in Philadelphia this month.

There are more than 5,000 members of the AAPM, and Archer will be only the 22nd recipient of the Achievement Award. His analytical approach to computation of protective radiation shielding has been adopted by all medical physicists. This work resulted in a seminal National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) report and his election to an executive board of the NCRP.

Anderson wins basic science award of Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

Dr. Matthew Anderson, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, won the basic science award for a presentation at the 41st Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. The award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists honors his presentation on the identification of a micro-RNA called miR-31 as a tumor suppressor in papillary serous ovarian cancer. He and his colleagues used high tech and high throughput sequencing techniques to determine patterns of microRNA expression in ovarian cancers as well as other tissues. He will receive his award at the Society's next annual meeting in 2011.

ACMP honors Grant through award

Dr. Walter H. Grant III, associate professor, department of radiology, received the Marvin M. D. Williams Award from the American College of Medical Physics (ACMP) at its annual meeting in San Antonio. The Williams Award is the highest award given by the ACMP and represents a singular achievement in the practice of medical physics.

The award recognizes Grant's pioneering work with an inverse radiation treatment planning system that developed into the "Peacock System" for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). The first ever IMRT treatment was delivered at BCM in March 1994 and is now the world standard for conformal radiation delivery.

Hall to receive Puck Award

Dr. Rebecca M. Hall, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, received the fifth Theodore T. Puck Award, which honors a pioneer in cancer cell biology.

Hall, who received her Ph.D. in immunology from BCM, is working on developing new methods of detecting cancer – and in particular, prostate cancer – based on variants of an enzyme called Aurora B. Her work is supported by the Huffington Foundation.

Michael, BCM lauded for work on laboratory animal care

The Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) has commended Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Lloyd H. Michael for Michael's contributions to the organization.

He has served as a member of the organization's Council on Accreditation since 2004 and has played a critical role in advancing AAALAC's mission of promoting the humane treatment of animals in science.

Individuals selected to serve on the 51-member AAALAC Council are among the world's most respected and highly regarded laboratory animal specialists and scientists. They make presentations at scientific conferences and contribute to the body of knowledge that continues to shape laboratory animal care and use practices around the globe.

"Dr. Michael has not only accepted these challenges, but has performed them with dedication and distinction with your generous support, benefiting the scientific community and reflecting favorably on your institution," said a statement from the AAALAC.

Tony Garcia-Prats named 2010 Strake Jesuit Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Garcia-Prats, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and a member of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Pediatrics AIDS Corps, has been named the 2010 Strake Jesuit Alumnus of the Year.

The award recognizes Strake Jesuit alumni who exemplify the academic, religious, and social values of the Jesuit tradition; outstanding generosity to the community; and professional achievement contributing to the advancement of his area of expertise.

Garcia-Prats graduated from Strake Jesuit in 1994. Currently, he is stationed in Mbeya, Tanzania where he is leading the scale-up of a new BIPAI facility.