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Awards and Recognitions

Brenner honored as cell therapy leader

Dr. Malcolm BrennerDr. Malcolm Brenner, founding director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, received the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Outstanding Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to the field. He was honored at the society's 25th annual congress in Berlin, Oct. 17 - 20, where he delivered a talk at the Presidential Symposium on "T cell immunotherapy: Practice makes perfect?"

Idicula to participate in Obama Foundation Summit

Dr. Sindhu IdiculaDr. Sindhu Idicula, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been invited to join the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit Oct 31 - Nov. 1 in Chicago, where hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems and experience civic art, technology and music from around the world.

Smith received Congressional recognition

Dr. Peggy SmithDr. Peggy Smith, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was honored with a Congressional proclamation recognizing her positive impact on Houston teens and young adults as longtime director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic. She was presented the proclamation by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Oct. 17 at the annual Foundation for Teen Health Luncheon, which this year raised money for the Teen Health Clinic's Project Bootstrap, which assists young parents with healthcare, education and employment.


Oct. 30: Documentary and discussion for LGBT+ History Month

The Postdoc Association, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Title IX and Gender Equity Programs at Baylor will show the documentary "The Lavender Scare" about the firing of homosexual federal employees, winner of five film festival awards for best documentary, Monday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in N315 of the Alkek Building at main Baylor. The film will be followed by a discussion on "Building Your 'Multi-denity' in the Workplace" led by Kanithea Powell, artistic director for the Qwest Films Network. The event is being held during LGBT+ History Month. All are welcome to join; RSVP to Leslie Coward. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 31: Deadline to submit artwork for annual show

Calling all artists! The Graduate Student Council's 16th Annual Art Show benefiting Texas Children's Hospital's Arts in Medicine Program is Nov. 13 - 17. All artists are encouraged to submit their art. Email Reem Abo-Zahrah with the number of pieces you want to put in the show. Artists outside BCM will need to provide a BCM contact for registration. Submission deadline is Oct. 31.

Nov. 3: Conference on social determinants of health

A conference on social determinants of health will be held Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pavilion for Women, sponsored by Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor and Rice University. "Policy to Practice: The Future of Social Determinants of Health Screening," will bring together public health and research experts on this topic, including Dr. Jean Raphael, associate professor of pediatrics and founding director, Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Texas Children's, who will serve as a moderator. Register online.

Nov. 4 and Nov. 18: Life-saving courses offered on campus

Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Basic Life Support certification is being offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine on Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at main Baylor. Courses are AHA certified, and are $135 for ACLS and $175 for ACLS/BLS combined. Find more details online or contact program coordinator Whitney Grant.

Nov. 5: Deadline for women's health and fetal medicine conference

A conference on "The Future of Women's Health and Fetal Medicine: Contemporary Updates, Controversies and Collaborations," sponsored by Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, is Nov. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria. Baylor and invited faculty will address important topics geared toward obstetricians and gynecologists, advanced nurse practitioners and other clinical professionals who provide women's health care; CME credits available. Register online by Nov. 5.

Nov. 7: Reproductive Medicine Day

The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital presents Reproductive Health Research Day 2017 on Nov. 7. The day will include keynote talks and presentations by top local and national reproductive researchers on topics such as genome editing, endometriosis, uterine function, men's and women's fertility preservation, pediatric cancer, precision reproductive medicine, men's health and more, along with an abstract and poster competition, networking opportunities and a reception. See the full schedule and register online.

Nov. 10: Storytelling submissions due

Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 10 for Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine, a program of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy's Narrative Medicine Program and the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. The theme is "After the Flood," focused on the impact of the recent flooding, and submissions are welcome from all members of the Baylor and TMC communities. Select stories will be presented at an event Dec. 7. All stories must comply with HIPAA; read more guidelines and submit online. Questions? Email Andrew Childress.

College News

Wear your Astros shirts, send photos!

Friday, Oct. 27, will be Houston Astros Day at Baylor College of Medicine in support of the Astros as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 3 of the World Series. Based on dress codes within departments, you are welcome to wear Houston Astros apparel to show your support of the team. Want to share? Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Astros gear and send it to Nicole Blanton by 4 p.m. on Friday to be featured on Baylor's social media channels. Don't forget to include your names and departments.

Network with your PEEPSS

Professionalism and Engagement Elevating Physician and Scientist Satisfaction, or PEEPSS, is a new program at the College – part of a broader faculty engagement initiative – aimed at increasing collegiality and engagement across the campus. It will start with a pilot phase targeting the Faculty Group Practice, and participants are being sought for the program. Six groups of 12 members of the Baylor FGP will be assembled into PEEPSS groups who will meet once a month off campus for six months to build a network of colleagues and socialize. Interested? Learn more and sign up online.

Faculty in the News

We can't all be Justin Verlander. Dr. Bruce Moseley talked to local Fox news about why pitch counts are important for Little Leaguers. Check out this 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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