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BCM Family NewsLink, April 18, 2014
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Awards and Recognitions

Watters to head spine society

Dr. William WattersDr. William Watters III, clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery, was named president of the North American Spine Society. The world’s largest multispecialty spinal society, NASS is dedicated to fostering the highest quality, evidenced-based and ethical spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy. It is comprised of more than 9,000 members from several disciplines, including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research and physical therapy.

Med students present at genetics conference

Three fourth-year medical students in Baylor’s genetics track recently presented their scholarly projects at the annual meeting of the American College of Medical Genetics in Nashville, Tenn. Kaitlin Williamson delivered a presentation titled “Four Hours with Patrick: What My Preceptor Didn’t Teach Me in Clinic,” which focused on the Parents’ Night Out community service program for parents of children with genetic disorders. Chaya Murali and Arindam Sarkar presented posters describing their research with Baylor genetics faculty Dr. Brendan Lee and Dr. Seema Lalani, respectively.

Bomben earns epilepsy fellowship

Dr. Valerie BombenDr. Valerie Bomben, a postdoctoral associate in neurology, is one of 15 recipients of an early-career fellowship award from the American Epilepsy Society. The winners were selected from a competitive pool of applicants based on their their novel approaches to epilepsy care and research innovations that can help lead to new therapies and increase the understanding of epilepsy. Bomben’s research project is titled “Genetic Dissection of Descending Corticothalamic Input in Absence Epilepsy.”

Chiao testifies before Senate

Dr. Leroy ChiaoDr. Leroy Chiao, assistant professor in the Center for Space Medicine and former astronaut, testified last week before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space. He presented his views on the future of U.S. human spaceflight. In his testimony, he discusses the contributions of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Baylor's Center for Space Medicine. Read his testimony online.


Education symposium and awards

The Academy of Distinguished Educators Education Day Symposium on Educational Innovation at Baylor College of Medicine followed by the annual Medical Education Awards Ceremony will be held April 30 in Cullen Auditorium. The event will include:


8:30 to 11:50 a.m. – Faculty presentations on education innovations


Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony honoring the 2014 recipients of the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Award, the Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP Faculty Excellence Award and the Graduating Class Outstanding Faculty Award


12:30 to 1 p.m. – “Leading Change Through Educational Innovation,” a special presentation by Dr. Alicia Monroe, senior dean of education and senior vice president of academic affairs and faculty development

Wellness program information sessions

Save the date! Information sessions on Baylor’s new partnership with Vitality, an online wellness portal, will be held May 8 at main Baylor (M112) at 8 a.m.; McGovern (room NAB0283) at 10 a.m.; and at the Baylor Clinic (room 11D) at 1 p.m. Vitality will launch in May and will provide tools and motivation for you to make positive health decisions. At the information sessions, you will learn how to access the portal, take your Vitality Health Review, learn your Vitality Age and see how you can earn points and get rewarded. You will also have the chance to win a Fitbit, gift cards and other prizes. Contact wellness@bcm.edu with questions.

College News

Keck Foundation research funding available

Baylor is conducting an internal selection process for applications to the W.M. Keck Foundation's Research Program for Medical Research. The program supports projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Baylor investigators interested in submitting an application to the Keck Foundation must first submit their concept paper for internal review. Learn more on the ICTR website.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Hardeep Singh was interviewed for an NBC Nightly News story on medical misdiagnoses. Read this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News.

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