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Coronavirus Information

Vaccine Clinic site visit

The Baylor Medicine Vaccine Clinic underwent a COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Site Visit on Nov. 18, meeting all CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations and requirements for a COVID-19 vaccine provider. The clinic was recognized for having an inventory system with checks and balances that ensure no errors and for its knowledgeable staff. The clinic is led by Lisa Icard, director of nursing, and run by quality nurses Angela Sterling and Tera Skeen and clinic nurse Jennifer Johnson.

College News

Happy Hanukkah!

For the fifth year, the Aishel House in the Texas Medical Center has placed a Menorah in front of Baylor's Jewish Institute for Medical Research, and Rabbi Eliezer Lazaroff and his staff light the Menorah each night of Hanukkah. Thank you to the Aishel House, and Happy Hanukkah!

A Menorah in front of Baylor's Jewish Institute for Medical Research

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Baylor College of Medicine has updated and posted its Notice of Nondiscrimination, which outlines the College's commitment to a safe and supportive learning and working environment and provides information on reporting discrimination or harassment. See the full Notice of Nondiscrimination on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website or on the BCM intranet.

HR news: end of the year work-life resources

Are you ready for the holiday hustle and bustle? Bright Horizons can make it all more manageable for your family. When you can't take a break, count on your benefits to assist. Take advantage of your Bright Horizons resources today. Email ask-worklife@bcm.edu with questions.

Veggie study participants needed

Adults in good health, age 18 to 65 years, are needed for a study to see if a rapid, optical skin test can measure how many servings of fruits and vegetables participants consume. Participants will consume 6 or 12 ounces of a provided juice daily for 6 weeks and must commit to three 90-minute visits for height, weight, body fat, and optical skin measurements, blood draw and food surveys. Compensation provided. If interested, call 713-798-0517 or e-mail VeggieMeterStudy@bcm.edu.


Health Professions events

Join the School of Health Professions virtually for two upcoming events. The school's Awards Ceremony is today at 12:30 and its 2021 Commencement is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. Watch both by livestream. Congratulations to the School of Health Professions 2021 graduates!

Docappella performance

The Baylor community is invited to a performance by Docappella, BCM's student a cappella group, today, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The event is free; masks are required.

Quality improvement course

Applications are open through Dec. 5 for the spring 2022 Leading Healthcare Improvement Course. This advanced-level quality improvement training course for clinicians and health professionals is eligible for CME credit, and it is offered at no cost, although space is limited. See more details and register on the course webpage.

Blood drive

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in main Baylor's Rayzor Lounge. Donors get a COVID antibody test and a T-shirt. Schedule online.

CVRI talk on heart failure

The Cardiovascular Research Institute presents a talk in its Fall Seminar Series on "Cardiac Maturation: Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications in Heart Failure," by Dr. Yibin Wang, a BCM alumnus now with the University of California, Dec. 8, at noon. Register online.

BCM merchandise sale

Just in time for the holidays, stock up on BCM apparel and other merchandise at the on-campus sale Dec. 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in main Baylor's Rayzor Lounge.

Autism webinar: sleep strategies

The SPARK for Autism program at Baylor and Texas Children's will host "Sleepy Kids and Parents: Behavioral Strategies to Help Everyone Catch More ZZZs!" Dec. 10 from noon – 1:30 p.m., presented by Dr. Jennifer Kazmerski, assistant professor of pediatrics – psychology. Register here.

Awards and Recognitions

Bozkurt named as journal editor

Dr. Biykem BozkurtDr. Biykem Bozkurt, professor of medicine, has been named the next editor-in-chief of JACC: Heart Failure. Bozkurt, an advanced heart failure specialist, previously served as one of the heart failure section editors for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is a past chair of the American College of Cardiology's Heart Failure and Transplant Member Section and Leadership Council.

Chumpitazi to help build pediatric pandemic network

Dr. Corrie ChumpitaziDr. Corrie Chumpitazi, associate professor of pediatrics – emergency medicine, serves as site PI for a $48 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to establish a Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network that will support the planning and preparation of child healthcare facilities to respond to global health threats, including pandemics, and support communities in everyday pediatric readiness. BCM's Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Fordis, hosts the web-based platform for this network. Chumpitazi will co-lead the Knowledge Education and Communication efforts and Dr. Brent Kaziny, assistant professor of pediatrics, will co-lead the Capacity & Capability and Reunification areas. Learn more.

Davis named ASN fellow

Dr. Teresa DavisDr. Teresa Davis, professor of pediatrics – nutrition, was recognized as an American Society for Nutrition Fellow at the society's annual meeting. The Fellow award is the highest honor that the society bestows and recognizes scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. Davis is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nutrition and a past-president of ASN.

BCM honored by Alzheimer's association

Baylor was awarded the 2021 Leadership Award from the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, accepted by Dr. Mark Kunik and colleagues. This year, the College registered the largest Walk to End Alzheimer's group with 28 teams and 385 walkers, raising more than $81,000 for the organization. BCM and the Houston Alzheimer's Association are partnering in the US POINTER study, as the sole Texas research site. BCM has received nearly $5 million in Alzheimer's and dementia research grants from the Alzheimer's Association since 1996.

Dr. Mark Kunik accepting award


Faculty in the News

What do our experts have to say about omicron? Plenty. Check it out, along with Baylor’s other news media mentions, in this week's Faculty in the News, and follow BCMHouston_News on Twitter to keep up with our experts in the media. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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