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Awards and Recognitions

Baylor Rankings announced

Baylor College of Medicine has moved up in all U.S. News & World Report rankings, rising to No. 20 among research intensive medical schools, No. 9 in primary care, No. 2 in nurse anesthesia programs and No. 7 in pediatrics programs. Baylor continues to have the top ranked programs in Texas and the Southwest. The U.S. News rankings are based on medical student GPA and MCAT scores, student selectivity, faculty to student ratio, NIH funding for the medical school and grant dollars per investigator, as well as a reputational component from surveys of medical school deans, deans of academic affairs, chairs of internal medicine and directors of admissions.

Jones honored by Tulane University

Dr. James Jones, visiting professor in the Center for Ethics and Health Policy and formerly professor of surgery at Baylor, was named an Outstanding Alumnus of Tulane University in New Orleans for 2016. The award recognizes his passion to service and commitment to excellence. He and the other recipients are being honored at a ceremony at the National WWII Museum.

Garber honored by Columbia University

Susan L. Garber, occupational therapist and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University’s Programs in Occupational Therapy. The award will be presented at the commencement ceremony in May in New York.

Mason receives young professional awards

Dr. LaToya MasonDr. LaToya Mason, associate professor of anesthesiology, has been selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. She will be honored during the National Minority Quality Forum and Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust 2016 Leadership Awards Gala Dinner on April 12 in Washington, DC. The award recognizes the accomplishments of young professionals in the healthcare field and acknowledges their potential to continue impacting minority communities. Mason was also selected for one of Xavier University of Louisiana’s 40 Under 40 Young Alumni Awards in November 2015.


Lecture on physicians in the digital world

Dr. Bryan VartabedianDr. Bryan Vartabedian, assistant professor of pediatrics and an expert on technology and medicine, will present “The Public Physician: Professional Wisdom for a Life in a Connected, Always-On World,” Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in room M112 on the main Baylor campus. He will talk about the professional pitfalls and the opportunities associated with the physician’s digital presence. To attend, RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.

Jimenez-Shahed to talk on deep brain stimulation

Dr. Joohi Jimenez-ShahedDr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, assistant professor of neurology, will speak to the Houston Neurological Society on deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The event is Thursday, March 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trevisio Restaurant and also will include a talk on deep brain stimulation for depression as well as an open discussion period. Free to members of the Houston Neurological Society; $50 for nonmembers; includes dinner and cocktails. For more information or to RSVP, email houston.neurological@yahoo.com.

Chipotle sales to benefit BCM MS 150 team!

The BCM MS 150 team will be hosting a fundraiser at the Chipotle at 3819 Richmond Ave. on March 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. Chipotle will be donating back 50 percent of all sales! Be sure to tell the cashier that you’re supporting the Baylor College of Medicine MS 150 team!

DocTalk March 22

The next DocTalk is Tuesday, March 22, at noon at the Jamail Specialty Care Center, fourth floor conference rooms 120/125, with Dr. Tara Harris, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on gynecological health and wellness. DocTalk is a series of lunchtime talks with Baylor doctors on a variety of health topics, followed by a Q&A. Eligible employees who attend will received BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Nutrition talk March 28

Roberta AndingAs part of Nutrition Month, Roberta Anding, registered dietician at Baylor, will present “Take This, Not That,” a talk on dietary supplements on Monday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium at the main campus. Eligible employees who attend will receive 200 BCM BeWell Vitality Points. For questions, email wellness@bcm.edu.

McNair Symposium on April 5

McNair Scholar logoThe fifth annual McNair Symposium presents Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Nobel Laureate and Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, on April 5, 2-4 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The event includes additional presentations by Baylor McNair Scholars Dr. Russell Ray, assistant professor of neuroscience, Dr. Francois St-Pierre, assistant professor of neuroscience, and Dr. Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of neuroscience.

College News

Team Launch curriculum development

Team Launch curriculum development is underway. Team Launch was selected as the focus of BCM’s Quality Enhancement Plan based on input from a broad swath of the College community. This will be the first time faculty from across the College have the opportunity to collaboratively develop a curriculum for all Baylor students. Learn more about the development of Team Launch.

Volunteers needed for study on depression and gut function

Participants are needed for a study to understand how depression and gut function may be related in youth. Volunteers between the ages of 7 and 17 years who have experienced symptoms of depression and those who have not experienced any such symptoms are both needed for the study. Volunteers must be healthy, not have taken any antibiotics in the past six months and not have taken any psychiatric medications in the past three months. The study visit will involve completing questionnaires, providing a stool sample, taking a sugar solution and collecting urine for 24 hours, a blood draw and bone scan. Volunteers will be compensated for their time and mileage will be reimbursed. Those interested should complete the following online screening form. For more information, call 832-824-5002 or email Calarge_Research@bcm.edu.

You FIRST News

Party on the Plaza April 6

The YouFIRST Program will host a “Party on the Plaza” on Wednesday, April 6, at main Baylor in the courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and mingle with faculty, staff and students. There also will be a lip sync battle during the event. Individual and group lip sync performers of up to 10 BCM faculty, students and staff are invited to participate. Monetary prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. A RSVP is required to attend. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate take-out requests for employees and students who are unavailable to attend the event. Learn more about the contest rules, RSVP and register to participate in the competition The deadline to register is Friday, March 25. Shuttle buses will be available from Greenway Plaza and Kirby to the Party on the Plaza.

Softball tournament April 23

The YouFIRST Program will host a co-ed softball tournament for BCM employees and students on Saturday, April 23, at the Houston Sportsplex, 12631 Main Street, 77085. BCM BeWell Vitality Points will be awarded to eligible employees who participate in the event. Find more details and sign-up to participate. The deadline to register is Friday, March 25.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Adam Kuspa was interviewed for a Houston Business Journal story on Baylor’s research collaboration with Baylor Scott & White. See other Baylor news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News.

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