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NewsLink, June 26, 2020
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Coronavirus Information

At-work guidelines for health and safety

COVID-19 cases are increasing in our area. Please practice the following measures when on the Baylor College of Medicine campus for the health of our community:

  • Maintain social distancing and wear masks in all areas. This includes social distancing in hallways and common areas such as breakrooms and a two-person max on elevators. Cloth masks must be worn in all areas, except for areas and/or situations where PPE is already required.
  • Keep meetings and other gatherings under 25 people. 
  • Practice proper hand hygiene. See hand hygiene guidelines. Departments, offices, etc. can request alcohol-based sanitizing spray bottles by completing this form
  • Stay home if sick! 

Show us how you're masking up!

Mask Up

Wearing a mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19, and at Baylor we're doing our part by always wearing our masks in public and common spaces. Show how you were #CalledToCare to protect the community by sharing a photo of you in your Baylor College of Medicine mask at the grocery store, when you're picking up food like the two BCM employees pictured here, at the park, running errands and at work. Send photos to Anna Kiappes to be shared on Baylor's social media. Also, read this Houston Chronicle op-ed, where Dr. Shubhada Hooli of Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital makes a heartfelt plea for us all to wear our masks!

Awards and Recognitions

Ray earns new investigator award

Dr. Russell RayDr. Russell Ray, assistant professor of neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, received the Respiration Section New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society. The award recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of their career based on their publications, how the publications relate to the respiration section, and other factors. Ray's research focuses on how neurons and glia in the brain may be involved in diseases ranging from SIDS to panic disorders. Learn more about the award.

BCM students and physicians named Schweitzer fellows

Baylor medical students Sarah Heady, Claire Luo, Suruchi Salgar, Rachel Shenoi and Christopher Wong have been selected as Albert Schweitzer Fellows from the Houston-Galveston area for 2020-21. In addition, seven physician fellows have been selected for the program: Sarah Heathcote, Dhvani Shanghvi, Amanda Small, Nawara Alawa, Andria Tatem, Amber Berry and Theodor Uzamere. Schweitzer fellows design and implement yearlong community projects that address unmet health needs in underserved populations. In response to current issues, racism has been identified as a public health issue as a track to pursue through fellow projects. Fellows also are adjusting projects due to COVID-19, including responding to the health needs of their population brought about by the pandemic. Learn more about the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.


Register now: Clinical investigation Zoom courses

Registration is open now through July 9 for the Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation (Aug. 3-20) and Responsible Conflict of Interest for Clinical Investigators (Aug. 24-27) Zoom courses offered by the Clinical Scientist Training Program. These courses are built for physicians interested in pursuing clinical research. Registration forms and more information are available on the CSTP Courses webpage.

July 13: The microbiome and space exploration

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health at Baylor will host a workshop exploring the connection between the microbiome, healthcare and the future of human deep-space exploration, July 13, starting at 10 a.m. via Zoom webinar, featuring Dr. Joseph Petrosino and other speakers from Baylor and beyond. Co-hosted with the California Institute of Technology. Register online.

College News

Celebrate Pride Month!

Baylor is proud to celebrate Pride Month, and reminds all members of the College community who will participating in the Pride Parade tomorrow to wear a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible. To join the student group BCM Pride at the downtown parade, visit its Facebook page for information. Take a look at this video to hear a few members of our community discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ support and visibility.

Congratulations TCH!

Baylor affiliate Texas Children's Hospital ranks No. 4 in the U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 edition of Best Children's Hospitals. TCH is No. 1 on the national Honor Roll for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, while neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, pulmonology and lung surgery, cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and diabetes and endocrinology services all rank in the top 5.

Successful blood drive

Baylor and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center hosted a successful blood drive on campus earlier this week: 32 donors, 40 units collected and 120 lives saved! Thanks to all who participated!

Last days to complete compliance education

Don't forget to take this year's required Annual Compliance Education, which focuses on our Code of Conduct. All BCM employees must complete this requirement by June 30 or they may be subject to disciplinary action. To complete the education, log into SuccessFactors, review the education module and successfully pass the quiz. For all technical questions, please contact the BCM Help Desk at it-helpdesk@bcm.edu or (713) 798-8737. For issues with access or accommodations, please contact your supervisor or email the Compliance Office at smb_ComplianceOffice@bcm.edu.

Independence Day!

Baylor College of Medicine will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day, and NewsLink will not be published next week. Happy Fourth of July to all!

Faculty in the News

Baylor experts continue to lead the way in keeping the public informed about COVID-19 through the media. Read the coverage 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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