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Thanksgiving week updates

The College will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22. Due to expected low ridership, the BCM Shuttle Service will operate on an abbreviated scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 23. Only the Red Shuttle Route will be in operation, from 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the following route: Main Baylor – Baylor Clinic – Jamail Specialty Care Center – BCM Medical Center – VA Hospital – McGovern Campus. Questions? Call Jemi Purcell at 713-798-5747. In addition, Newslink will not be published next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Award and Recognitions

Harris to serve on AAMC group

Dr. Toi HarrisDr. Toi Harris, associate provost of institutional diversity and inclusion and student services, was named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Women in Medicine and Science at the AAMC annual meeting in Austin earlier this month. The group advances the participation and inclusion of women in academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement. The Group on Women in Medicine and Science and Group on Faculty Affairs Joint Professional Development Conference will be held in July 2019; submissions are open for breakout sessions and poster presentations.

Lalani earns PCORI funding

Dr. Seema LalaniDr. Seema Lalani, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, received funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project to engage patients in outcomes research in TANGO2-related disorder, a genetic disorder that affects multiple organ systems in children. With the support, a family conference will be held in Houston in summer 2019 at which goals will include engaging parents and researchers in developing a patient-centered model for clinical research and creating educational and awareness materials.

Spitz named to advisory role

Dr. Margaret SpitzDr. Margaret Spitz, professor of medicine – epidemiology and population sciences, has been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Group for the Sherlock Lung Study, a four-year, $16 million NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics research project investigating the genomic and exposure-related underpinnings of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked.

Triggs honored for leadership in nursing

Nicole TriggsNicole Triggs, an instructor and nurse practitioner in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, received the inaugural Houston Area Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Leadership and Service Award. The award recognizes a Houston chapter member who has made extraordinary contributions to pediatric nurse practitioner education and to the community.


November is Eye Donation Month

Stop by the E hallway at main Baylor today to learn more about eye donation. Staff from the Lions Eye Bank of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine will be there to provide information on the importance of eye donation and how you can register. For more information on eye donation, email Halle Ohlmeier.

Nov. 26: Lessons in resiliency from Holocaust survivors

Psychiatry Wellness Grand Rounds will welcome Holocaust survivors Dr. Bernard Schanzer and Mr. Henry Schanzer for a talk on "Resilience, Courage and Humanity in Unspeakable Times," Monday, Nov. 26, from noon – 1:30 p.m. in room M112 at main Baylor. Brothers Bernard and Henry are the father and uncle of Dr. Bella Schanzer, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. They will share their experience in Nazi-occupied France, where they survived the war in hiding through the help of others who put their own lives at risk.

Nov. 28: DocTalk on glaucoma

Attend DocTalk on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon in Cullen Auditorium for a presentation on glaucoma by Dr. Lauren Blieden, assistant professor of ophthalmology. DocTalk is an informal series of health talks by Baylor experts; eligible employees who attend can earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Nov. 29: Learning Health System Lecture Series

The Developing the Learning Health System Lecture Series continues with "Population Health: The Space between Inertia and Audacity," by Dr. Chris Callahan, professor of medicine and founding director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Nov. 29, 4 – 5 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. This lecture series supports the College's strategic plan to build capacity and expertise in precision medicine and population health to develop Baylor into a learning health system. Join remotely from your computer or personal device, or call in to 713-798-9666, meeting ID 233 977 520.

Nov. 30: Pediatric hearing loss conference

The Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) annual scientific meeting is Nov. 3 – Dec. 2 in the Texas Medical Center. The conference will bring together otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists and ENT specialists from Baylor, Texas Children's and other national institutions to lectures, discussions and postgraduate courses. See agenda and register online.

College News

Take the faculty or staff engagement survey today!

Please complete the faculty or staff engagement survey so that your input can help to shape initiatives throughout the College for years to come. Results of previous faculty engagement surveys have been shared with all faculty and used to inform decisions that impact nearly every aspect of the workplace for faculty at BCM. The goals are the same with this year’s faculty survey and the first-ever staff engagement survey. Search your inbox and other mail folders for a message from StandPointSurveys@aamc.org to complete the survey. For more information, visit the engagement survey websites for faculty and staff.

Quality improvement coaches needed

The Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety seeks qualified faculty members to coach and mentor faculty and trainees involved in quality improvement education, innovation or research activities at BCM-affiliated institutions and to serve as workshop faculty for the QI Jumpstart Intermediate Training Course, which begins Dec. 6. See the website for eligibility requirements.

Thankful for next generation!


Middle school students at the Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk were presented with blue coats at a ceremony at their school last week. The coats signify their commitment to science-based education and were presented by Dr. Nancy Moreno, associate provost and director of the center for Educational Outreach; Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor and associate dean of research; and trainees from Baylor. Dickinson also gave a talk about how science and research is positively impact society. As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, lets give thanks to our next generation of healthcare professionals and researchers!

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