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Awards and Recognitions

Koh earns grant for development of medical devices

Dr. Chester KohThe Southwest Pediatric Device Consortium at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, led by Dr. Chester Koh, associate professor of urology and director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program at Baylor and a pediatric urologist at Texas Children's, has received a $6.75 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The five-year grant will support the consortium's goal to expand development of much-needed medical devices for children.

Kunik to receive psychiatric excellence award

Dr. Mark KunikDr. Mark E. Kunik, professor of psychiatry research, was selected as a recipient of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Psychiatric Excellence Award. The award recognizes TSPP members who have demonstrated a sustained and unusual degree of excellence in psychiatric endeavors.

Lupo to serve as journal editor

Dr. Philip LupoDr. Philip Lupo, associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer Center and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was invited to be an associate editor for Birth Defects Research. Lupo conducts research on the intersection of birth defects and childhood cancer.


Sept. 22: Chinese-American biomedical conference

Dr. Tom Kosten, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be a featured speaker at the Chinese-American Biomedical Association's 2018 Houston Bioforum: Disrupting the Status Quo, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hilton Houston Plaza, 6633 Travis St. Kosten will discuss innovative vaccines, including those being developed to treat addiction. Other topics at the conference include healthcare innovations in cancer and genomics, medical device development, intellectual property laws and more. Learn more and register online.

Help the community through Baylor service project

Donations and volunteers are needed for a College-wide service project to provide snack packs to the homeless in the Houston area. Items needed are: ready-to-eat tuna pouches (not cans), small boxes of raisins, granola bars, juice boxes and zippered gallon plastic bags. Drop them off at locations around campus from Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, then come to Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor on Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to assemble the packs, which will be distributed through Houston nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless. This service project is open to all and is being held as part of Diversity Week, Oct. 1 – 5. Questions? Email Katie Holtman.

Sept. 27: Hurricane Harvey's Lessons for Leaders

Dr. David E. Persse, city of Houston emergency medical services director and professor of emergency medicine at Baylor, will share insights on Hurricane Harvey's emergency response, ongoing health issues, preparedness for the next crisis and leadership strategies at "Hurricane Harvey: In the Eye of the Storm," Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 – 8 p.m., Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute, John Bookout Auditorium, followed by a reception. Space is limited; RSVP online.

Sept. 28: Sign up for Harvey wristband study

The second round of the Harvey wristband study being conducted by the Center for Precision Environmental Health and the Department of Medicine epidemiology section is underway. Researchers are looking for new participants as well as those who took part in the study last year. If you currently live in a home that was flooded or rebuilt or volunteered in a home that was flooded by Harvey, you are eligible to take part. To sign up, visit Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Can't attend? Email Harveystudy@bcm.edu or call 713-798-2951 for more information.

Sept. 28: Perspective on science from NPR reporter

Richard Harris, a journalist covering science, medicine and the environment for 30 years for National Public Radio and three-time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award, will discuss "Science Friction: What's Slowing Progress in Biomedicine," Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m., Cullen Auditorium. Presented by the Department of Neuroscience, the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and the Center for Professionalism.

College News

Alumni award nominations: Submit by Sept. 28

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Alumni Awards that recognize Baylor faculty and alumni for excellence in career achievement and service. Anyone can nominate alumni or faculty for awards; nominations are due Sept. 28. See guidelines and nomination categories.

Complete Title IX training

Training is now required to help faculty, staff and trainees understand, identify and report gender- and sex-based discrimination. The training course, called "Bridges: Building a Supportive Community," is an important part of Baylor's commitment to a safe and supportive working and learning environment for all; please complete the course online by Nov. 30, 2018. Questions? Email Mikiba Morehead.

Management certificate

Baylor and Rice University offer the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, a CME credit-eligible program designed for physician- and nurse-executives, medical directors and senior administrators to develop their leadership and management skills. The six-weekend course begins Nov. 9 and runs through May 4, 2019. You can read more about the program and apply online.

Latest issue of BCM Family

Check out the latest issue of BCM Family, the College's monthly online newsletter, featuring stories about the 30th anniversary of the SMART Program, a Q&A with new ombuds Melanie Jagneaux, a recap of IT Innovation Day and more.

Simulation on display at open house

Simulation tech Lisa Moore uses a laptop to control the functions of the SimMan, a teaching tool used in the Simulation Center and Standardized Patient Program. SimMan and the other tools and techniques used to educate, train and assess students were on display to the College community at two open houses held this week.




Faculty in the News

Dr. Winnie Hamilton was interviewed by CNN about the health hazards of the flooding in North Carolina. Read this week's Baylor 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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