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Commencement 2018


Baylor's Commencement for the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was held Tuesday, May 29. Congratulations to graduates and to honorary degree and award recipients. Visit Baylor's news page for a recap, including photos and videos.

Awards and Recognitions

Katta publishes book on healthy skin

Dr. Rajani KattaDr. Rajani Katta, clinical assistant professor of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, has published a new book, "The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet." The book emphasizes the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Petersen appointed to ACP committee

Dr. Laura PetersenDr. Laura Petersen, professor of medicine – health services research, was appointed to a one-year term on the Performance Measurement Committee of the American College of Physicians. The committee develops and disseminates policies and strategies to encourage the use of high-quality, evidence-based performance measures to improve internal medicine patient care and practice.

Rosen honored for work as oncology professional

Allison RosenAllison Rosen, project coordinator in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be honored as one of the nation's most promising young oncology professionals at the inaugural 40 Under 40 in Cancer Awards event, June 2 in Chicago. The recognition, which was created by the Lynx Group and McGivney Global Advisors, celebrates the contributions that individuals under the age of 40 are making to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Rosen works in the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities, where she works to educate the minority community and younger people about various cancers.

Strax elected to ACR board

Dr. Richard StraxDr. Richard Strax, associate professor of radiology, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology at the ACR annual meeting last week in Washington, D.C. The board is the executive body of the ACR, implementing programs and activities to fulfill the goals of the organization.


June 2: Walk for OCD

Join Baylor's OCD Program team in raising OCD awareness at the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on Saturday, June 2 at Stude Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the International OCD Foundation. Donate or register online.

June 6: Controlled substance disposal event

The Office of Environmental Safety will host the next DEA controlled substances collection/disposal event on Wednesday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor ABBR hallway between the Jones and Jewish Institute buildings. Activities at Baylor where controlled substances may be used include animal research, human clinical research and patient healthcare. Learn more.

Register now: Geriatrics conference

Geriatrics for Primary Care Providers will be held Saturday, June 23, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Offered by the Department of Medicine, this conference provides practical review of common topics encountered in primary care of the elderly. CME credit available; registration closes June 19. Register online.

College News

HR news

-Employees classified as staff must complete a self-evaluation form as part of the FY18 Staff Performance Appraisal process. The form will be sent via email by HR today and must be completed by June 15. The manager review will follow the self-evaluation. More resources are available online, or email performancemanagement@bcm.edu.
-HR-Benefits would like your feedback on Financial Wellness Week. Even if you were unable to attend a workshop or presentation in April, please take a moment to complete the Financial Wellness Week Feedback Survey by Friday, June 15, to help the HR team plan next year’s schedule of financial workshops and activities. Questions? Email ask-retirement@bcm.edu.

Faculty opportunity: Admission Interviewing Subcommittee

The School of Medicine Office of Admissions is seeking nominations of faculty, fellows or residents for its Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee, charged with interviewing and evaluating applicants from varied backgrounds to ensure a diverse medical student body. Nominations due by June 8. Learn more online or email Shannon Mendoza.

Funding opportunity: space health research

Baylor's Transitional Research Institute for Space Health, TRISH, is seeking applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship focused on finding solutions to space health issues defined by NASA's Human Research Program. Applications are encouraged from those performing research on terrestrial human health and performance research, which may be adapted for use in space, and research that involves bioinformatics, big data analysis, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, image processing, etc. Learn more online.

Volunteer research opportunity: osteoarthritis treatment

Volunteers are being sought for a study led by Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, 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. See more information online or contact Patricia Marino at prmarino@bcm.edu or 713-798-4516.

Faculty in the News

Did you hear that J.J. Watt received an honorary degree from Baylor? Check out the nationwide coverage as well as 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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