Keith Ostfeld aka Mr. O, the resident Mad Scientist at the Children’s Museum of Houston, returns to talk about how they transformed one of the best destinations for families into the Monster Museum of Houston. It’s the best place to celebrate Halloween with kids and you should all wear your costumes when you go. We talk about building great monsters and how it’s the same methodology they use to build great exhibits: with an eye to teaching through fun. And because Keith and I love a lot of the same things (space, computers, techy stuff), we go on a few entertaining tangents, including one to talk about the great new film Gravity.
For all the info you need to plan your trick or treating and monster bashing, go to the Children’s Museum of Houston’s excellent website: www.cmhouston.org
And don’t forget that no matter what time of the year it may be, every Thursday is Free Family Night from 5 - 8 p.m.
Dr. Mark Gilbert is the Deputy Chair for the Department of Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson and one of the founders The Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. He is also their Principal Investigator. With him is Dr. Terri Armstrong, Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Patient Outcomes Research.
The Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) was created in 2003 as a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors. My guests speak of their vocation to dedicate their professional lives to helping people and the incredible advances in technology and methodology which are changing their field on a daily basis – and that is not an exaggeration.
Head to www.bttconline.org to find out more as you listen to the podcast and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or think they can help you.
We also mentioned Head for the Cure, the 5K Run & Walk event which drives awareness and fundraising for brain cancer research. Their website is: www.Headforthecure.org
Dr. Charles Hankins is a neonatologists practicing at Texas Children's Hospital. He is participating in the Bad Pants Open and this year, it’s on October 9 at the Clubs of Kingwood. They have raised over 3.5 million dollars and while this year's event is practically sold out, you can still participate by donating. The event benefits the Texas Children's Newborn Center and that is the focus of this interview. I was particularly interested in hearing Dr. Hankins’ thoughts on his vocation to help families, the new interpersonal methods of treatments doctors are adopting to treat children while also taking care of their parent’s needs and the extraordinary help our hospitals get from our community: they are in big part funded by private donations. I think the medical center is a measure of what a great city Houston is.
Interested in knowing more? Click here: www.BadPantsOpen.com