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Awards and Recognitions

Ben Taub reverified as Level 1

Ben Taub Hospital has received a three-year reverification of the Ben Taub Level 1 Trauma Center from the Verification, Review and Consultation Program for Hospitals of the American College of Surgeons. This recognition is a testament to the dedication to excellence of the faculty and staff involved in providing vital trauma care for the community.

Deneen named member of Center for Scientific Review

Dr. Benjamin DeneenDr. Benjamin Deneen, associate professor in the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review for a four-year term. Members are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Putluri receives NIH grant

Dr. Nagireddy PutluriDr. Nagireddy Putluri, associate professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of the Metabolomics Core, was awarded a five-year, $1.98 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project titled, “Identifying the DNA Adduct and Associated Metabolic Alterations in Bladder Cancer of Smokers.”

Altman elected to American Academy of Otolaryngology

Dr. Kenneth AltmanDr. Kenneth Altman, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in otolaryngology, was elected secretary/treasurer-elect of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, the preeminent organization of 12,000 otolaryngologists. This follows his year as president of the American Laryngological Association.


March 16: Match Day!

Match Day is tomorrow, March 16, in the Baylor courtyard on the main campus. The program will start at 10:30 a.m., and fourth-year medical students will open their envelopes notifying them of their residency match promptly at 11 a.m. More than 180 fourth-year medical students at Baylor are participating in Match Day, the national program that pairs fourth-year medical students with residency programs throughout the nation. Faculty, staff and trainees are encouraged to drop in on the exciting festivities! Can’t attend? Join in on the fun through the live stream.

March 20: Evenings with Genetics

Evenings with Genetics on March 20 will focus on Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability. Speakers are Dr. Jimmy Holder Jr., assistant professor of pediatrics, and parent advocates of the disease. The seminar will be held at the Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., 77004, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

March 21: Alford Distinguished Lecture

The Bobby R. Alford, M.D. Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture will be held March 21 at 4 p.m. in room M112 of the DeBakey Building on the main BCM campus. The guest speaker is Dr. Daniel Kastner, NIH Distinguished Investigator and scientific director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

March 22: Team Discovery - Enhance Your Teamwork Skills

The next Team Discovery will be held March 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Alkek N311. The focus of this session will be "Initiating and Maintaining Productive Team Collaborations." More information and a list of speakers is available on the Team Discovery page of the Team Launch website.

March 24: Student-organized fundraiser for childhood cancer

Baylor and UT Houston students are hosting a fundraising event for childhood cancer research on Saturday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Baker Street Pub and Grill in Sugar Land. Money raised will support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which awards research grants to Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and other institutions. Attend in person or support online.

March 24: Reason2Race

Join BCM BeWell for the upcoming Reason2Race Charity Challenge event on Saturday, March 24 at Minute Maid Park. Participants can register for a 10k or 5K and choose a favorite charity to support. Participants can also earn 250 BCM BeWell Vitality points for completing the 5K, and 350 points for completing the 10K. For questions, email wellness@bcm.edu.

March 24 – 25: GI & Liver Course

The 18th Annual GI & Liver Course, honoring Dr. Frank L. Lanza for more than 45 years of service and teaching, is scheduled for March 24 – 25 in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Dr. Manreet Kaur, assistant professor of medicine – gastroenterology, is the course director, with Dr. David Katzka of Mayo Clinic and Dr. Brennan Spiegel of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as guest faculty. CME credit is available. Register online.

College News

Grants available for professionalism projects

The Center for Professionalism in Medicine at Baylor offers mini grants of between $300 and $1,000 to support innovative and unique small programs focused on professionalism. Find more information online or contact the Center for Professionalism at ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu or 713-798-4553.

Two weeks to complete compliance training

There are only two more weeks to take this year’s required compliance training, which covers the important topic of fraud, waste and abuse. If you are a Baylor employee or trainee, please complete the training by March 30 or be subject to disciplinary actions. Awareness of the College’s new and significantly revised policies is a requisite part of the training. See the new or revised policies approved in 2017.

American College of Cardiology

American College of Cardiology Baylor’s cardiology section will have a strong showing at the American College of Cardiology Meeting this weekend in Orlando, with more than 40 presentations and abstracts being presented at the largest and most important cardiology meeting held in the United States.

First breathing lung transplant in Texas

Congratulations to the Baylor St. Luke’s lung transplant team for successfully and seamlessly completing the first breathing lung transplant in Texas and first entry into the EXPANDII Trial in the country.

Digan joins Baylor

Jim Digan has been named senior vice president for institutional advancement, following a national search. Digan has 25 years of experience in academic and hospital fundraising, most recently as director of the Zweig Foundation, a private family foundation. Prior to that he was president of Nationwide Children’s Foundation and vice president of international outreach for Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also served in leadership roles at Rochester General Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Digan will join the College in mid-April..

Faculty in the News

TMC Pulse, the newspaper for the Texas Medical Center, highlighted six of our female faculty who are leading progress across the TMC. Check out this and Baylor's other 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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