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Yoga, anyone?

Yoga in the courtyard

Head out to the courtyard at main Baylor during lunch on Tuesdays for free yoga hosted by the Good Yoga Project in partnership with Doctors for Change.

Awards and Recognitions

Baylor ranks high in U.S. News & World Report

Baylor College of Medicine moved up in both the research and primary care medical school rankings published this week by U.S. News & World Report, securing its position as the No. 1 medical school in Texas and one of the top schools in the nation. Baylor placed No. 16 in research intensive medical schools and No. 5 in primary care medical schools. Read more.

David honored as notable Houston woman

Kimberly DavidKimberly Cotner David, senior vice president and chief business officer at Baylor, was recommended by the Houston Chamber of Commerce to be highlighted by the Houston Chronicle as part of Women's History Month. Read more about her and other successful Houston women.

Nuila earns fellowship for writing project

Dr. Ricardo NuilaDr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine and in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, has received a MacDowell Fellowship to continue his journalistic work on health disparities in Texas. The MacDowell Fellowship program is one of the most competitive artistic residencies in the country. Based in New Hampshire, it provides room and board for up to two months for visual artists, filmmakers, and journalists. Nuila will complete the residency in summer 2018.

Zhang honored for breast cancer research

Dr. Xiang ZhangDr. Xiang Zhang, associate professor and McNair Scholar in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, part of Baylor's Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was named the 2018 recipient of the Sue Eccles Young Investigator Award from the Metastasis Research Society. The award honors excellent metastasis research performed by a member of the society who is 40 years old or under and has established an exceptional record of achievement in metastasis research. Zhang's work is on the interactions between tumors and connective tissue cells in the metastasis of breast cancer.


March 24: Breast Cancer 5K

Baylor College of Medicine donor Harley's Angels will hold the Battle Against Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run on March 24, 2018. The family friendly event takes place at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Sign up today.

March 26: Registration deadline for CVRI Symposium

Register by March 26 for the Cardiovascular Research Institute's Sixth Annual Symposium, which will be April 10 in Cullen Auditorium with scientific lectures, poster presentations, awards and a heart-healthy lunch. Keynote speakers are Dr. Eric Olson from UT Southwestern Medical Center and Dr. John Cooke from Houston Methodist. CME credit available. Register online.

Blue lights and DocTalk for colorectal cancer awareness

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month, and Baylor's Cullen Building will be lighted blue March 26-30 in support. Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of medicine – gastroenterology, will present a DocTalk on colorectal cancer on Wednesday, March 28, at noon in Kleberg Auditorium. DocTalk is an informal series of lunchtime talks with Baylor experts on a variety of health topics. Eligible employees who attend can earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

March 29: 46th annual biochemistry lectures

The 46th annual Verna and Marrs McLean Lectures in Biochemistry are Thursday, March 29. Dr. Susan Taylor of the University of California – San Diego will speak on "Lessons Learned from PKA: From Molecules to Cells" at 2 p.m. in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner, followed by Dr. Tory Hunter of the Salk Institute on "Protein phosphorylation: Pancreatic Cancer and New Frontiers in Histidine Phosphorylation" at 3:35 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

March 29: Storytelling event offers reflections on change

Hear reflections on dealing with career and life changes from students, residents, faculty and others in the Baylor and TMC community at the Off Script storytelling event, Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room M112 at main Baylor. Off Script is part of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy's Narrative Medicine Program.

March 30: Women in leadership focus on talk

Women's History Month at Baylor concludes on March 30 at noon in Kleberg Auditorium with a talk by Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African American president of an Ivy League institution and current president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Simmons' talk is titled "Share the Vision: Facing the Future Together." Open to faculty, trainees, students and staff with a free boxed lunch to the first 75 attendees.

April 2-3: McNair Symposia

The 7th Annual McNair Symposium is Tuesday, April 3, featuring a keynote lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone, University of California, San Francisco, on "Developing Treg-based Therapeutics to Suppress Pathogenic Autoimmune Responses" at 10 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. A poster session for the McNair Scholar labs will begin at 9 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Preceding the annual symposium is the McNair Medical Institute Mini-Symposium on "Challenges and Hope in Finding a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes," April 2 from 1 – 5 p.m. in Room M112, main Baylor. It includes presentations from Dr. Kevan Herold of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Bart Roep of City of Hope's Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, Dr. Matthias von Herrath of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and Dr. Mark Anderson of UCSF.

College News

Last week to complete compliance training

There is only one more week to take this year's required annual compliance training, which covers the important topic of fraud, waste and abuse. All BCM employees, students and trainees must complete this requirement by March 30 or they will be subject to disciplinary action. Awareness of the College’s new and revised policies is a requisite part of the training.

Silent auction to support Baylor's MS 150 team

Team Baylor will ride in the BP MS 150 for a fourth year in a row, with the ride to take place April 28 – 29. Support the team at a silent auction on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at main Baylor in the E Hallway. Items include personal training packages, massage packages, gift cards and more. All donations will go to the MS 150 campaign on behalf of team Baylor to help combat multiple sclerosis. With questions or to donate an auction item, contact wellness@bcm.edu.

Volunteers needed for study on osteoarthritis treatment

Volunteers are being sought for a study led by Dr. Theodore Shybut to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. Participants must be between 21 and 80 years old with osteoarthritis in only one knee. Other qualifications must be met; see more information online or contact Patricia Marino at pmarino@bcm.edu or 713-798-4516.

Faculty in the News

Baylor's U.S. News & World Report ranking was featured in the news this week. Check out Baylor's news media mentions 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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