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Awards and Recognitions

Baker delivers endowed lectureship at immunization conference

Dr. Carol Baker>Dr. Carol Baker, professor of pediatrics and of molecular virology and microbiology, presented the 2016 Jeryl Lynn Hilleman Endowed Lecture "Vaccines for Pregnant Women: A Long Time Coming" at the National Immunization Conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 13. This endowed lectureship, the first permanent endowment of the CDC Foundation, was presented by the Merck Co. Foundation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the 25th anniversary of the first combination vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. The lecture has become an important and popular component of the CDC's annual National Immunization Conference.

Kass named associate dean for student affairs

Dr. Joseph KassDr. Joseph Kass was named associate dean for student affairs for the School of Medicine. Kass has served as assistant dean for student affairs since April 2015 and, most recently, served as the interim associate dean for student affairs. Kass is associate professor of neurology and also serves the department as the vice-chair of education. He is also interim director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center.

Flu Update

Upcoming Occupational Health flu shot schedule

Flu shots are being offered by the Occupational Health Program across the Baylor campus. View the full OHP calendar. Upcoming dates include:
- Monday, Oct. 3, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., McGovern Campus, room OS-100
- Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Greenway Plaza, room 924
- Wednesday, Oct. 12, Ben Taub Hospital, fourth floor conference room


Compliance office seminar Sept. 27

The compliance office is offering a seminar for healthcare providers and clinical employees on co-surgery and assist surgery billing documentation on Sept. 27 from 7 to 8 a.m. at the McNair conference room A. No registration required. For more information, contact Christina.Olson@bcm.edu.

Market Days Sept. 28

Market Days will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Visit the vendors to shop artisanal coffee, Asian style cakes and custards, Texas Hill Country olive oil, nuts, prepared foods, beef jerky, skin care and more. For questions, vendor suggestions or more information, contact Gabi De la Rosa at 713-798-1051 or grrosa@bcm.edu.

Professionalism talk Sept. 29

The Center for Professionalism in conjunction with the Department of Medicine presents Profiles in Professionalism with Dr. Eduardo Salas on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 12:15 p.m., room M112 at main Baylor. Salas, an internationally recognized expert in team building, will discuss the science behind teamwork and its importance in medical care. The talk will highlight his years of research about teamwork and how to create and participate in supportive, highly productive teams in the medical and research environment. The event is open to the Baylor community.

Early bird registration for MS 150

Join Team Baylor College of Medicine for the BP MS 150, April 29-30, 2017! This year, Team Baylor hopes to recruit more than 100 cyclists. Participants will receive a place to sleep in La Grange, catered lunches, massages and more. The team is also looking for volunteers to assist in La Grange and Houston. Riders should complete the internal cycling team registration and register for the BP MS 150 using the password: BAYLOR. Register between Sept. 26 - 30 to receive a discounted entry fee of only $75. For more information, email wellness@bcm.edu.

Reproductive Health Research Day Oct. 5

Registration is open for Reproductive Health Research Day Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge. The event will focus on the latest research in male and female reproductive health. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Baylor's National School of Tropical Medicine, will give a lecture about neglected tropical diseases and their impact on women's reproductive health. The event is free to members of the Center for Reproductive Medicine, $75 for professionals and $25 for students; breakfast, boxed lunch and a reception provided. For more information, call 713-798-4388 or email jyotip@bcm.edu. Visit the Center for Reproductive Medicine to apply for free membership.

Diversity and Inclusion events

National Diversity and Inclusion week will be celebrated at Baylor Oct. 3 – 7. The week's events include a disability history exhibit, a community service project, lectures and more – all capped off with the Diversity Showcase Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. The Baylor community can be interactive participants as well by submitting videos highlighting diversity at Baylor and helping to complete a map that shows all the birthplaces of the Baylor community. Drop by the area outside the DeBakey Library and Museum Sept. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. to say "Welcome to Baylor" in your native language for a Diversity and Inclusion Week video! See the full schedule of events.

Evenings with Genetics Oct. 4 on myotonic dystrophy type 1

Evenings with Genetics will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Children's Museum of Houston on Myotonic Dystrophy-One: Signs and Symptoms, presented by Dr. Lorraine Potocki, professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Tetsuo Ashizawa, director of neuroscience research at the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. The event is free but registration is required online or by calling 832-822-4280.

Virtual education fair Oct. 6

Baylor offers a tuition reimbursement program for benefits-eligible employees. For those who are considering advancing their education or gaining specific career skills, an EdAssist Virtual Education Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is geared toward working adults and will include more than 40 educational institutions, the opportunity to chat live with advisors, a search function to find schools that fit your needs and more. For more information, email ask-tuitionassistance@bcm.edu.

Join the student-organized Wellness 5K Oct. 22

The 2016 BCM Wellness 5K and Kids 1K event will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m. This student-organized event benefits the Student Wellness Program and other healthy initiatives. Check-in is at the TMC Commons and the race starts in front of Baylor's Cullen Building. This is a timed event, and runners can join as individuals or teams. There are lots of fun race-day activities, and there is even child care for participants who want to bring their youngsters. Register online.

College News

Book drive success!

Thanks to all that participated in the Houston Bar Association's Book Drive in August. With the support of all Baylor College of Medicine locations, we collected more than 1,300 books! Your generosity will be benefitting over 30 literacy programs across Houston.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Peter Hotez was quoted in the New York Times on Zika, while Dr. Robert Britton spoke to Houston Matters about bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance. Read these and Baylor's other news 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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