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Awards and Recognitions

Blaney honored by Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation

Dr. Susan BlaneyDr. Susan Blaney, professor of pediatrics and deputy director of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center, has received the Pioneer Award for Pediatric Neuro-Oncology from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation in recognition of her 25 years of dedication to the search for new and better treatments for children with brain and spinal cord tumors. Blaney also is co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She is one of the nation’s leaders in the development of new agent clinical trials in the field of pediatric oncology.


Registration open for medical mission conference; Hotez to speak

The Mobilizing Medical Mission Conference 2016 will be held Feb. 19 - 20 at Lakewood Church, with Dr. Peter Hotez as one of the featured speakers. The conference brings together healthcare professionals and other experts to discuss their experience and important issues related to providing healthcare in resource-poor settings. Hotez, dean of Baylor’s National School of Tropical Medicine, will speak on Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Most Common Afflictions of the World’s Poor. Use code BAYLORM3 for 50 percent off registration.

DocTalk Feb. 24

The next DocTalk is Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon at the McNair Campus, conference room B, with Dr. Ajith Nair, assistant professor of medicine – cardiology, on recurrent or unexplained heart palpitations – what you should know. DocTalk is an informal series of lunchtime talks with Baylor doctors on a variety of health topics, followed by a Q&A. Eligible employees who attend will receive BCM BeWell Vitality points. February DocTalks focus on heart health in recognition of Heart Month.

Go Texan Day and rodeo ticket sales

Go Texan Day is Friday, Feb. 26. Western attire is encouraged, within department guidelines. Want to share your Go Texan Day wear? Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Western gear and send it to Andy Phifer at phifer@bcm.edu by 4 p.m. on Friday to be featured on Baylor’s social media channels. Don't forget to include your names and departments. Tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are on sale in the Office of Communications, main Baylor, Suite 176B, until Friday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. Available to purchase are general admission tickets (does not include concert admission), barbecue cook-off admission tickets and discounted carnival packets.

Ultrasound course for healthcare professionals

Date correction! An Ultrasound Odyssey: Integrating Bedside Ultrasound into Patient Care is Feb. 27. The point-of-care ultrasound course is geared toward physicians and healthcare professionals in critical care, surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, family practice, ob/gyn, pediatrics and anesthesia. Find more information and register online or contact Marshe Harrell at 713-873-7336 or marshep@bcm.edu. CME credits available.

Breast Cancer Symposium Feb. 27

The Baylor Breast Cancer Symposium 2016, Controversies in the Detection and Management of Early-Stage Breast Cancer, will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Bobby R. Alford Education Center on the McNair Campus. The symposium is for oncology physicians and other healthcare professionals who participate in the care of patients with breast cancer. Register online. CME credits available.

Professionalism lectures on perception March 3

Professionalism Matters Month at Baylor will be held in March, with several activities planned. Events will start with two talks by Amy Herman, J.D., a former professor, law enforcement consultant and author of “Artful Perception.” Her talks include:
- “The Art of Perception: Rethinking Professional Acuity,” 12:15 p.m., 111A in the Cullen Building at main Baylor, for faculty and students in conjunction with department of medicine grand rounds. Pizza will be served.
- “The Art of Perception: Practice and Professionalism Reconsidered,” Alkek N315 at main Baylor, for all faculty, CME credit available, reception to follow.
To attend, RSVP to professionalismmatters@bcm.edu. See other events for Professionalism Matters Month.

Help Baylor win recycling contest

RecycleMania has officially begun! Help Baylor win this annual contest by:
- Requesting recycling bins or sustainability training for your office, department or lab.
- Ensuring aluminum, plastics (No. 1 and 2 only), pipette tip boxes/other accepted lab materials (plastic No. 5 only) and paper/cardboard are recycled into the correct bins.
- Keeping recycling bins free of contamination – do not throw straws, bags, gloves and batteries into the bins.
- Becoming a volunteer (earn extra vitality points!).
For more information, contact recycling coordinator Ashley Ugarte.

College News

Zika virus CME activity

A presentation by Dr. Peter Hotez on the Zika virus is now available online as a Baylor CME activity. It covers the current evidence for what is known about the virus, its symptoms and the possible associations with microcephaly and other complications. Suitable for clinicians, staff and others.

Call for abstracts: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

Abstracts are being accepted for Baylor’s Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, set for Thursday, April 28, from 4 - 7:30 p.m. Submissions are encouraged from faculty, fellows, residents and students involving quality and safety, which may include quality improvement projects, patient safety initiatives, educational innovations or similar topics. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected abstracts will be part of an interactive forum and poster presentation at the conference, with 10-minute oral presentations for the top two abstracts. Submission deadline is Friday, March 11, by 5 p.m. Submit online.

Applications being accepted for Clinical Science Training Program

The Clinical Scientist Training Program is accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year. The program trains junior faculty, senior residents and sub-specialty fellows for careers in academic research. It awards Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in clinical research through the Baylor Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a one-year Certificate of Added Qualification in clinical investigation. Find more information and submit online. The application deadline has been extended to March 15.

Volunteer Time Off policy

A Volunteer Time Off policy was approved for faculty and staff in support and recognition of the contributions that Baylor employees make in the community. The policy allows benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take the equivalent of one regular scheduled workday per fiscal year to volunteer with organizations that are in alignment with Baylor’s mission, vision and values. The Volunteer Community Service Request Form must be completed and submitted 30 days in advance for approval by the immediate supervisor. Please review the policy for additional details on the approval process. All those who participate in the program will receive a Baylor T-shirt at the end of the fiscal year.

Financial workshops offered during America Saves Week

America Saves Week is Feb. 22 – 27 and Baylor’s human resources encourages employees to consider key financial questions: Do you have a savings strategy? Do you have a savings cushion? Do you have enough for the retirement you envision? To address these important financial issues, sign up for America Saves Week financial workshops. For additional questions, contact ask-retirement@bcm.edu or call 713-798-1500 for assistance.

You FIRST News

Register for management class

Enrollment is open for “Managing to the Mission,” a two-day program for employees who are in a management role or on track to become a manager. Topics include leadership assessment, teambuilding, communication skills, effective meeting presentations, delegation, best practices at BCM and an overview of key policies. Register online. For more information, contact Tomeka Stewart.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Peter Hotez was quoted in the New York Times about Zika, amid concerns about President Obama's possible visit to Cuba. See this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News.

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