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Hermann Park volunteer day

A group of Baylor employees and students working outside at Hermann Park to clear a wooded section of the park.

Baylor employees and students volunteered at Hermann Park on Friday, Nov. 18, helping to clear and improve wooded portions of the park. Look for more volunteer opportunities for the Baylor community coming in 2023, offering benefits-eligible employees the chance to use their Volunteer Time Off.

Toy and gift drive

Baylor is hosting a holiday toy and gift drive through Dec. 14 benefiting BEAR Houston, a nonprofit organization that supports abused and neglected children. New, unwrapped toys and gifts for children and adolescents, newborn to age 17, will be accepted. For a list of acceptable toy and gift suggestions, please visit the BEAR Houston website. Drop-offs can be made at the following locations. Questions? Email Alex Alanis, communications community outreach associate. 

Main Baylor – Office of Communications & Community Outreach, suite 176B Children's Nutrition Research Center – first floor lobby 

McNair – first floor employee elevators 

Jamail – first floor employee elevators 

Greenway – Phoenix Tower 11th floor, suite 1180    

TMC parking rate increase

The Texas Medical Center has announced parking rate increases, effective Jan. 1. Baylor provides subsidies for commuting options, including Metro, vanpools and remote-lot parking. See the parking rates and options available on the Parking and Commuter Services InTouch page.  

Holiday giving

When planning your holiday gift-giving, consider donating to Baylor in honor of a friend or loved one. This unique, meaningful holiday gift will support College initiatives in education, discovery and patient care, and when you give, you'll receive a package of holiday inserts that you can include along with your own holiday cards to let your friends and family know a gift was made on their behalf.

Support Baylor at participating Chevrons

Baylor is partnering with select Chevron stations in Texas to support pediatric/adolescent brain cancer research. Now through the middle of December, when you use Baylor-branded gas pumps at participating Chevron stations, 5 cents of every gallon purchased benefits Baylor's research that leads to better patient care. It's a fast and easy way to help our young patients with brain cancer put the disease in their rearview mirrors. Find more information here, including a list of participating locations.

HR news

2023 Premium Reduction Deadline: Employees who are enrolled in individual only coverage will need to earn 10,000 BCM BeWell points by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 15 to receive 20% off their employee only medical premiums in 2023. Employees who have a spouse or domestic partner enrolled in a BCM medical plan option will need to earn 15,000 BCM BeWell points by 11:59 p.m., Dec. 15 to receive 10% off their employee plus spouse or domestic partner medical premiums in 2023. For more information click here. Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

Getaway to Good Health celebration and prize pickup: For employees and students participating in the wellness challenge, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Dec. 7, Children's Nutrition Research Center; Dec. 8, Ben Taub A/B CR 517/518, noon – 1 p.m.; Dec. 13 - Main Baylor/Rayzor Lounge; Dec. 14 - McNair CR B. Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

Nominations open: Clark Faculty Service Award

Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 19 for the 2022-2023 Clark Faculty Service Award. This prestigious, College-wide award recognizes Baylor faculty members whose exemplary service contributions have not been recognized previously through an institution-level award. Recipients represent their professions and the College's mission, vision and values at the highest level. See award and nomination guidelines here. Questions? Email Deborah Fernandez or call 713-798-7285.


Blood drive

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Donors will receive a blood center item of their choice and can earn BCM BeWell points. Sign up here.

Cardiovascular research lecture and reception

The Dr. Mark Entman Distinguished Lecture in Cardiovascular Research is Dec. 7 at noon with Dr. Stanley Nattel of the University of Montreal. He will speak on "Inflammatory Signaling in Atrial Cells: A Unifying Concept and Novel Therapeutic Target in Atrial Fibrillation?”. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. CME credit is available to eligible attendees. RSVP by emailing cvri@bcm.edu.

Professionalism talk

The Center for Professionalism presents Dr. Fred Hafferty, a medical educator and professionalism expert with the Mayo Clinic, Dec. 8, 5 p.m., on "Recalibrating Professionalism: Re-imagining Medicine's Identity as a Profession – The Baylor Experience." Attend via Zoom (password 005837). CME credit available.

Expert sessions on data analytics resources

Information and tutorial sessions on the SlicerDicer and i2b2 data analytic tools will be held via Zoom in December. Register here for the Dec. 9 SlicerDicer, and register here for the Dec. 16 i2b2, both from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CME credit available.

Long COVID forum

Baylor will host its Long COVID Syndrome Forum, a free virtual event featuring faculty involved in the Post-COVID Care Clinic and long COVID research, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. - noon. They will speak about their experiences and lessons learned during the pandemic. Topics will include strategies for identifying and managing post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS), defining care models for long COVID patients and research on understanding the mechanisms of long COVID. CME credit available. Register online.

Update on Alzheimer's talk

The 2022 Update on Alzheimer’s Disease lecture will be held Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. as a virtual presentation co-hosted by Baylor and the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Melissa Yu, professor and director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Baylor, will discuss the basics of Alzheimer's disease, including symptoms, diagnosis and current and promising new treatments. Dr. Chi-Ying (Roy) Lin, assistant professor of neurology, will discuss how to navigate the holidays as you live with or care for someone with dementia. To register, click here.

Register for Clinical Research Methods course

The Department of Family and Community Medicine will offer the Clinical Research Methods beginner's course in January, aiming to train health professionals how to analyze data using SAS. All courses will be offered through Zoom. See the course website for more details.

Awards and Recognitions

Medical student accolades

Christopher WongRebecca ChenSarah HeadyEditorial fellowship: M.D./M.P.H. student Christopher Wong was selected as an editorial fellow for the AMA Journal of Ethics. Fellows work with editorial staff to develop and synthesize one issue of the journal, generating case narratives and questions to help readers examine ethical, clinical, social, cultural, historical and educational features of a selected theme. Wong's guest issue on the intersection of epidemiology and medicine will be published in the 2024-2025 production cycle. 

Family medicine scholarship: Rebecca Chen was selected as a 2023 STFM Foundation Student Scholarship recipient from the Medical Student Education Scholarship Review Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The honor provides support to attend the 2023 Conference on Medical Student Education in January in New Orleans where she will share a poster presentation. In addition, Chen and fellow Baylor medical student Sarah Heady were two of 10 students selected as 2022 scholars by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation. These scholarships are awarded to medical students who demonstrate strong commitment to the specialty of family medicine.

Faculty in the News

Illness caused by new COVID variants may be on the horizon. Dr. Robert Atmar explains in this Houston Chronicle article. See this and Baylor's other news media mentions in  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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