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Awards and Recognitions

Coselli and Morris honored by Marfan Foundation

Dr. Joseph CoselliDr. Shaine MorrisDr. Joseph Coselli, professor and vice chair of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Shaine Morris, assistant professor of pediatrics - cardiology at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, received the Leader of Distinction Award from the Marfan Foundation at its 35th annual conference, held in Houston last month. In addition, Alan Stolz and Dr. Irina Volguina of the Department of Surgery both earned the foundation's Heart of the Matter Award.

Anesthesiologists designated as fellows

Dr. Jaime OrtizDr. Rahel SelassieDr. Connie TranDr. Jaime Ortiz, associate professor, Dr. Rahel Selassie, assistant professor, and Dr. Connie Tran, associate professor, all in the Department of Anesthesiology, recently have received the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. This designation identifies and promotes those society members exhibiting the highest standard in professionalism and leadership, advocacy for the profession and patient safety, and education.

Baylor faculty contribute to cancer initiative planning

Dr. Sharon PlonDr. Will ParsonsDr. Michael ScheurerDr. Philip LupoDrs. Sharon Plon, Donald W. (Will) Parsons, Michael Scheurer and Philip Lupo, of Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer Center, were invited to participate in the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative symposium at the National Cancer Institute July 29-31, along with other scientific stakeholders and leaders. This symposium was the scientific planning session for the proposed initiative, announced during the State of the Union address in February, to spend $500 million on childhood cancer research over the next 10 years, including efforts to collect, analyze and share data to make it easier for researchers and oncology care teams to learn from every child, adolescent and young adult with cancer.


Aug. 21: Investment basics

Learn about investment basics at MoneyTalk, Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon in Cullen Auditorium at main Baylor, led by a member of the Houston Chapter of the Society for Financial Awareness. Eligible employees can earn BCM BeWell Vitality points. Questions? Email ask-retirement@bcm.edu.

Aug. 22: Hurricane Harvey research update

Get an update on the state of environmental research and community disaster response activities two years after Hurricane Harvey at a symposium Aug. 22 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. See details.

Aug. 23: Compassion and the Art of Medicine starts

The annual Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture series starts Friday, Aug. 23, at noon in Cullen Auditorium with "Eyes – Windows to the Soul," presented by Dr. Linda Chiou Epner, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Baylor. The series continues throughout the fall – see the full schedule.

Sept. 6: Book and author dinner with Dr. Peter Hotez

Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library hosts its annual book and author fundraiser Friday, Sept. 6, in the Fayez Sarofim Research Building, 1825 Pressler St. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and author of "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad," is the guest speaker, with State Rep. Sarah Davis as a special guest. Proceeds benefit the Friends Fund for Staff Development. For details call 713-799-7108 or email Sarah Keith.

College News

Office of Research updates

Dr. Mary DickinsonDr. Adam KuspaDr. Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics and molecular and human genetics, has been named vice president and dean of research, effective Sept. 13. The associate dean of research for two years, she will succeed Dr. Adam Kuspa, dean of research since 2010. Kuspa, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biochemistry in 1993, has accepted the position of president of the Welch Foundation, one of the nation's largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Shawn Davis will continue to lead commercialization operations as vice president and deputy chief ventures officer.

Resources for SuccessFactors

SuccessFactors, the new application for the College's human resources functions, including time management and employee self-service updates, and part of the broader Mosaic project, is now available. Here are some helpful resources:
-The SuccessFactors login, training resources, multi-factor authentication (MFA) security information and other helpful resources for employees can be found on the Mosaic HR website.
-Department sponsors are your first point of contact for help. They are a liaison with the Mosaic HR project team and are equipped with key information and tools.
-If you have a technical issue with SuccessFactors, email details to sf-support@bcm.edu. For other general questions, email sap-mosaic@bcm.edu.

New podcast episodes

In the latest episode of the College's podcast, Dr. Peter Hotez, pediatrician and founding dean of Baylor's National School of Tropical Medicine, offers his expertise on vaccines – how they work to protect the individual and the community, how they have changed healthcare national and globally and why outbreaks of nearly eradicated diseases are occurring today. Listen – and subscribe – to Body of Work. Also check out Resonance, the student-run podcast that launched this week showcasing science at Baylor from the perspective of health science trainees.

Welcome new students and trainees!

Welcome new students

New medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows and have joined the Baylor family. Be sure to welcome our new trainees to campus, and read more about them in these graphics.

Welcome new trainees

Faculty in the News

Dr. Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin was quoted in a New York Times article on racism in health. See this and Baylor's other 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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