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Awards and Recognitions

Butler earns faculty development grant

Dr. Ashley ButlerDr. Ashley Butler, assistant professor of pediatrics - psychology, was awarded a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases R25 grant for a mentoring and leadership development program for underrepresented-in-medicine early career faculty, postdocs and clinical fellows. Scholars in the program will strengthen skills in leadership and grant writing, expand their professional networks and discuss common challenges faced by underrepresented groups and potential strategies to address them.

Nuila's narrative medicine program earns grant

Dr. Ricardo NuilaThe Program in Narrative Medicine, led by Dr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Harris County Hospital District Foundation to hold two creative writing workshops at Ben Taub Hospital. This wellness initiative will allow Harris Health employees and medical staff at Ben Taub to participate in a 10-week creative writing workshop led by a Rice University faculty member. Apply online for the fall workshop. The Program in Narrative Medicine, part of BCM's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, partnered with the literary arts organization Inprint to offer these workshops.

Stolar elected to specialty board

Dr. Andrea StolarDr. Andrea Stolar, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and assistant dean for student affairs, was elected as a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Her four-year term will begin January 2019.


July 31: Early bird registration for breast cancer walk

Register to join the Baylor team at the Komen Race for the Cure by July 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston, raising money for important breast cancer research and patient care. Register online.

Aug. 1: Recycling event and Market Days

A recycling collection event and Market Days will be held Aug. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Items being accepted for recycling include lab coats, computers, printers, cell phones and other electronic devices and accessories, batteries and more. Market Days features vendors selling items such as coffee, jellies and jams and more. For more information, email Amanda Clark or call 713-798-1044.

Research mentor training workshop

Faculty who serve in research mentor roles who want to participate in the four-hour training based on curriculum from the NIH National Research Mentoring Network should complete this Doodle poll by Aug. 1 to select preferred training dates. For more information, contact Anna Marie Sokac, NRMN Master Facilitator of Mentor Training, or Sandra Haudek, director of peer coaching for the Office of Faculty Development.

Call for abstracts

-Abstracts are being accepted from physicians, researchers, trainees and students for the South Regional American Physician-Scientists Association Meeting. The meeting offers the opportunity to present research, network with colleagues, hear from keynote speakers and learn more about M.D./Ph.D. programs and medical scientist training programs from current students and faculty. It will be held Sept. 29 in MD Anderson's Onstead Auditorium; hosted by the Baylor Medical Scientist Training Program. Submit online by Aug. 18.
-Abstracts are open for the first annual Baylor St. Luke's and Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Hematologic Malignancies Symposium, focusing on acute myelogenous leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. The symposium will be held Nov. 3 in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge. Submit abstracts online by Oct. 1.

Student News

Welcome, medical students!


The medical school Class of 2022 has joined Baylor College of Medicine this week, after participating in a two-day off campus teambuilding orientation (pictured above). The class includes 186 students representing 19 states and 59 undergraduate institutions. They majored in 30 different areas. Welcome to all!

Med student Solomon earns DeBakey Scholar Award

Zachary SolomonFourth-year medical student Zachary Solomon is the 2018 recipient of the DeBakey Scholar Award for his demonstrated excellence in scholarship, integrity, leadership and community service. He was top-ranked in his class for the first three years and has a strong background in teaching, research, community service interactions and extracurricular activities. The award includes a commemorative plaque and funds to be used for to further the recipient's education. Award committee members are Drs. Bert O'Malley (chair), Joseph Kass, Tom Wheeler, Ted Wensel, Ashok Balasubramanyam and Jeff Rosen.

College News

School of Medicine news: Wellness activity


Faculty and staff in the School of Medicine have made wellness and teambuilding a priority by organizing quarterly activities that focus on these areas. Their most recent activity was a painting project where everyone completed wellness-themed artwork and enjoyed a potluck lunch and music. It was organized by Traneshia Parker, director of administrative operations in the School of Medicine's curriculum office.

Complete Title IX training

Training is now required to help faculty, staff and trainees understand, identify and report gender- and sex-based discrimination. Employees recently received an email from the LawRoom system with a link to the training, titled "Bridges: Building a Supportive Community." The training is an important part of Baylor's commitment to a safe and supportive working and learning environment for all; please complete it by Nov. 30, 2018. If you are designated as a Responsible Employee based on your role at the College and have already completed the training, or if you have completed the training as part of the new employee onboarding process, then you do not need to complete it again at this time. Questions? Email Mikiba Morehead.

BeWell news: Onsite biometric screenings

Biometric health screenings through the BCM BeWell program will return to main Baylor Sept. 4-6, from 7 -11 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Benefits-eligible employees who complete their screening and their 2018 Vitality Health Review will receive 2,000 BeWell Vitality points. Registration for the onsite screenings begins Aug. 1. Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

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