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Special News

Honorary degrees to be awarded at Commencement

Commencement Honorees

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and Houston Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. David Persse will receive honorary degrees from Baylor at Commencement for the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, set for May 29 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. Both played major roles in serving the community after Hurricane Harvey. Also receiving honorary degrees will be the College's commencement speaker, Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, and Dr. Alice McPherson, professor of ophthalmology at Baylor and one of the foremost retina specialists in the world. Read more.

Awards and Recognitions

Coselli honored by Texas Heart Institute

Dr. Joseph CoselliDr. Joseph Coselli, professor of surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, received the annual Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement from the Texas Heart Institute, presented by THI President Emeritus Dr. James Willerson during the 17th annual Texas Updates in Cardiovascular Advancements Symposium. The award recognizes Coselli's significant contributions to cardiovascular medicine and surgery.

Vierling recognized for gastroenterology accomplishments

Dr. John VierlingDr. John Vierling, professor of medicine - gastroenterology and hepatology, was elected to fellowship in the American Gastroenterological Association, which recognizes his accomplishments that contribute to the field. He also was invited to present the 24th Annual Leon Schiff Lecture on Feb. 7 at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.


Feb. 21: DocTalk on injury prevention

Are you channeling your inner Olympian? Well then head to DocTalk on Feb. 21 at noon in Cullen Auditorium, where Dr. Irvin Sulapas, assistant professor of family and community medicine and a sports medicine expert, will discuss common exercise-related injuries and how to prevent them. DocTalk is an informal series of lunchtime talks on a variety of health topics led by Baylor experts. Eligible employees may earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Feb. 22: Workshop on teambuilding skills

The next Team Discovery teamwork workshop will be held Feb. 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 323 of the DeBakey Building at main Baylor. The focus of this session will be "Innovation: Getting Your Team Out of the Box." Learn more about Team Discovery and Team Launch.

Feb. 23: Go Texan Day

Baylor will celebrate Go Texan Day on Friday, Feb. 23. Employees may wear western attire, including jeans, within department guidelines. Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing western gear and send it to Anna Kiappes by 2 p.m. on Friday to be featured on Baylor's social media channels. Don't forget to include names and department information with your photo. Also, general admission tickets (does not include concert admission), barbecue cook-off admission tickets and discounted carnival packets are on sale in the Office of Communications, main Baylor, Suite 176B, until Friday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m.

Feb. 23: Black History Month event

In celebration of Black History Month, a panel discussion on the "African American Journey in Science: Accomplishments, Struggles and Perseverance" will held Friday, Feb. 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in room M323 in the DeBakey Building at main Baylor. Led by Baylor's first African American Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Bettie Graham, now director of extramural operations at the National Human Genome Research Institute, the panel also will include Dr. Kathryn Jones, assistant professor of pediatrics – tropical medicine at Baylor, Dr. Julianne Pollard-Larkin, assistant professor of radiation physics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Antentor Hinton Jr., postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa. A reception will follow the discussion.

Feb. 24: Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day for patients, parents and caregivers is Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. Sponsored by Baylor's Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Genetics Service at Texas Children's Hospital, in the partnership with the museum, the event will include more than 30 rare disease organizations that will provide information and resources and a talk at 10:30 a.m. by Maria Town, director of the Houston Office for People with Disabilities. Find more information and register for the free event.

Feb. 26: Press Ganey chief to speak on burnout and resilience

Dr. Tom Lee, chief medical officer for Press Ganey Associates and professor at Harvard Medical School, will speak on "Burnout, Resilience and Grit: A Positive Path Forward," on Monday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 in Cullen Auditorium. Lee is the former network president of Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The event is sponsored by the Baylor Quality Program and the Center for Professionalism in Medicine.

College News

Check out February BCM Family newsletter

The February issue of BCM Family is online, featuring articles on Dr. Sophia Banu's international work with refugees, an update on Baylor Global Initiative's Smart Pod, an overview of BCM BeWell's programs for 2018, a look at a student program that provides menstrual products to women in need, and more.

Nominations open for DeBakey Research Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards recognizing Baylor faculty who have made the most significant published scientific contribution to clinical or basic biomedical research during the past three years. Awardees receive a commemorative medallion and $5,000 to support their research. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Find nomination guidelines online.

Applications open for Health Equity Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Scholars Program 2018-2019 cohort of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, clinical fellows and junior faculty. The center seeks scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting social justice, health equities and leadership in addressing educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. The deadline to apply is March 2. Learn more.

Faculty in the News

Check out Baylor's 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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