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Awards and Recognitions

Postdoc Alaimo spotlighted by ASHG

Dr. Joseph AlaimoDr. Joseph Alaimo, postdoctoral associate in molecular and human genetics, was chosen by the American Society of Human Genetics for the ASHG Trainee Paper Spotlight, a feature that highlights outstanding papers written by trainee members. His paper identifies the need for functional identification of chromosomal structural abnormalities. Specifically, this paper uses a case study to make this argument and uses ENCODE data integration as an example of the utility and importance of this goal. Alaimo was mentored by Dr. Sarah Elsea, associate professor of molecular and human genetics. Read the paper online.


Doctors for Change forum on wellness Sept. 13

Students, trainees and providers from all health fields are invited to join Doctors For Change for a presentation Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Houston College of Optometry, 4901 Calhoun Road, on the many factors impacting the mental health and well-being of healthcare providers, as well as resources and support available to support nurses, physicians and medical students. Speakers include Dr. Glen Gabbard, clinical professor of psychiatry at Baylor. Registration is $10 for general admission, $5 for students. The forum is free for dues-paying members of DFC. Register online.

Surgery Grand Rounds start Sept. 14

Dr. Ken MattoxDepartment of Surgery Grand Rounds will resume Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 a.m. in room N315 on the main Baylor campus, with Dr. Kenneth Mattox, professor of surgery and chief of staff at Ben Taub Hospital, on "Surgery: The Baylor Brand." Grand Rounds are scheduled Wednesdays through November. See the full schedule online. All talks are open to the Baylor community.

Compassion and the Art of Medicine Sept. 16

The next Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture is Friday, Sept. 16, at 12:10 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Dr. Fareed Khan and Dr. Rubina Khan will discuss their experiences as parents of Tania, a child who is deaf-blind, and the nonprofit organization they established, the Touch Base Center for the Deafblind. Dr. Fareed Khan is a family medicine physician at St. Joseph's Hospital and Dr. Rubina Khan, who completed her pediatric residency training at Baylor, is in private practice in Houston. Compassion and the Art of Medicine talks are open to the Baylor community.

Ergonomics of pipetting seminar Sept. 20

Sycamore Life Sciences will host a free educational seminar and lunch on Pipetting, Ergonomics and You on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in room N317 on the main Baylor campus. Pipetting is the No. 1 cause of fatigue and pain in laboratory work. Key topics will include ergonomically correct posture and positioning, reducing soreness and preventing injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis and 10 tips for accurate and consistent pipetting results. Preregister online.

Support prostate cancer programs at Blue Cure Night Run

During the month of September, Baylor is supporting the Blue Cure Foundation by lighting our building in blue. To support Blue Cure's mission in a larger way, sign up for its Night Run 5K on Sept. 24, which raises funds and awareness for cancer prevention awareness and youth programs. Blue Cure's mission is to prevent prostate cancer and improve outcomes for those with cancer by funding and advocating cancer research in integrative and preventive medicine, and educating young men and boys about dietary and lifestyle habits which can greatly reduce the risk of cancer. Find race details online.

College News

Diversity Week videos

Diversity and Inclusion Week at Baylor College of Medicine will be celebrated Oct. 3 -7, and Baylor trainees, faculty and staff are invited to be interactive participants in the week’s events by showcasing these important Baylor values in two separate video projects.
- Beginning Sept. 6, members of the Baylor community can submit a video that illustrates "Inclusion in Action" at the College. Four videos will be selected for awards that will be presented at the Diversity and Inclusion Showcase on Friday, Oct. 7.
- In how many languages can we say "Welcome to Baylor College of Medicine"? Let’s find out! Submit a video clip of yourself or you and your peers saying "Welcome to Baylor College of Medicine" in your native language. A collage of video clips will be shown during Diversity and Inclusion Week.
Videos are due by Sept. 23. See the complete video guidelines and submission instructions online.

2017 Open Enrollment

The 2017 Open Enrollment period is Oct. 10 - 24. Here are a few important things to think about to make sure you are ready and able to make benefit decisions during the Open Enrollment period.
- Do you know your password?
- Has your home address changed?
- Do you need to add dependents to any of the healthcare plans?
- Do you know your current elections?
Read more information online about open enrollment. For questions, please email ask-insurance@bcm.edu or call 713-798-1500.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Stephanie Morain was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about privacy issues surrounding employer wellness programs. Read this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read about a newly identified genetic disorder associated with lung disease in From the Labs.

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