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Awards and Recognitions

Anandasabapathy selected for 2017 Class of Women on the Move

Dr. Sharmila AnandasabapathyDr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor of medicine in the section of gastroenterology and director of Baylor Global Initiatives, has been selected for the Texas Executive Women's 2017 Class of Women on the Move. The mission of Texas Executive Women is to support programs that recognize, develop and fund the advancement of women and teenage girls in the community.

Ghebre named Educator of the Year

Dr. Yohannes GhebreDr. Yohannes Ghebre, assistant professor of radiation biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology, was recognized as the 2016-2017 Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology. This award was bestowed for his excellence in teaching and enthusiastic support of residency training. Ghebre is the course director for radiation biology.

Kunik appointed to Alzheimer's Association chapter board

Dr. Mark KunikDr. Mark Kunik, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was appointed to the board of directors of the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Chapters support the Association's mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Find more information online and consider joining the BCM Walk to End Alzheimer's team.

Pietropaolo earns grant for diabetes research

Dr. Massimo PietropaoloDr. Massimo Pietropaolo, McNair Scholar and professor of medicine in the section of endocrinology, received a five-year, $3.4 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for his study on enhancement of biomarkers for type 1 diabetes.


Training workshops offered for faculty research mentors

All faculty research mentors are invited to participate in an upcoming mentor training workshop. The four-hour workshop will focus on skill-building activities in various mentoring competencies, including aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience, and promoting professional development. The workshop curriculum is based on materials generated by the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), but will be tailored to research mentors at Baylor. Workshop dates are Aug. 14, Sept. 1, Nov. 3 or Nov. 21; to attend, choose your preferred date in this Doodle Poll by Aug. 1. For more information, contact Anna Marie Sokac, NRMN master facilitator of mentor training.

College News

Abstract submissions: Showcase of Educational Scholarship

The BCM Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship will be held Sept. 29, and abstracts are being accepted until Aug. 1. The Showcase is the College's premier venue for highlighting scholarship within medical education using a peer-reviewed format, offering the opportunity for conversation and collaboration with colleagues. Find more information online.

Blood drive continues its success

The Baylor St. Luke's blood drive held at Baylor in June was a success with 16 whole blood donors. When those blood units are separated into three different components (red cells, platelets and plasma), it means that 48 patient lives were extended or saved by these generous donors! Mark your calendars for the next blood drive on Aug. 15 at main Baylor!

Grant project to increase physician-scientists

The Burroughs Welcome Fund has launched a $25 million initiative to help institutions address the shortage of physician-scientists and is accepting planning grant proposals from medical schools to create programs that increase opportunities for the physician interested in a research career. Proposals are due by Sept. 28. The planning grant will allow 25 institutions to develop full proposals for the program award, which will go to up to 10 institutions for five-year funding of $2.5 million to create the new initiatives. Materials are now available online.

Family wellness weekly challenges through BeWell

BCM BeWell is celebrating family health in July. Check out resources for places around Houston to enjoy the outdoors, ways to eat healthy and activities to do as a family. Feel free to share tips on how your family is spending the summer in our BCM BeWell Facebook group.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Brendan Lee was quoted in the New York Times about encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Check out this and other media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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