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Awards and Recognitions

Asojo selected for mentoring, fellowship projects

Dr. Oluwatoyin AsojoDr. Oluwatoyin Asojo, associate professor and director of graduate and undergraduate education in the National School of Tropical Medicine, was selected as a mentor in the Society for Science and the Public’s Advocate Grant Program. She will serve as mentor to underrepresented students who are conducting a scientific research project and completing applications for research competitions. In addition, she was selected as a fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora Program that sends African-born scholars to the continent to conduct academic projects with peers at host universities. The program is designed to avert Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions and develop collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. Her project, “Health and the Built Environment: A Research Collaboration and Curriculum Development Project at the Interface of Biomedical Science‚ Architecture and Sustainable Development,” will be conducted at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

Dreyer’s paper included in pediatric board certification program

Dr. ZoAnn DreyerEach year the American Board of Pediatrics chooses 10 important pediatric hematology/oncology articles for its Maintenance of Certification credit to help pediatricians assess and enhance their clinical knowledge and practice skills. This year, a manuscript co-authored by Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer was chosen. The paper reports the results of the largest group of infants less than one year of age with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated to date with chemotherapy alone without stem cell transplant. The pilot study for this trial was led by Dreyer at Texas Children’s Cancer Center prior to it becoming a national trial.

Gill named to AAMC committee

Dr. Anne GillDr. Anne Gill, associate professor of pediatrics, was named by the Association of American Medical Colleges to chair the Student Surveys Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for the annual administration of the Graduation Questionnaire, Matriculating Student Questionnaire, Post-MCAT Questionnaire and the Year Two Questionnaires. She will serve a three-year term.


Next Master Class Nov. 28

Dr. Laura Petersen, director of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and chief of the Section of Health Services Research at Baylor, will discuss quality improvement in healthcare on Monday, Nov. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium at main Baylor. Her talk is part of the Master Class series, an element of the College’s Team Launch program. There will be a reception with Dr. Petersen and the Team Launch leadership at 4:30 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Register to attend.

Faculty town hall Nov. 30

A faculty town hall will be held Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The meeting will focus on results of the Faculty Satisfaction Survey that more than 50 percent of faculty participated in earlier this year.

College News

Shuttle and food services this week

- Due to low ridership on the day before and the day after Thanksgiving, the BCM Shuttle Service will be operating on an abbreviated schedule. Only the Red Shuttle Route will be in operation. It will begin at Main Baylor at 6:45 a.m. and make its final stop by Main Baylor at 4 p.m. Please allow 30 to 35 minutes per round trip. The Red Shuttle route will be Main Baylor – Baylor Clinic – Jamail Specialty Care Center – Baylor Medical Center – VA – McGovern.
- Food services also will have an altered schedule. On Friday, Nov. 25, Morrison Café at the main Baylor campus will have limited offerings and will close at 1 p.m., one hour early. The Coffee Corner also will close at 1 p.m. Mary O’s at Jamail will close at 2 p.m. today and will be closed Friday.
- Baylor is closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Deadline to provide flu shot verification

A reminder to employees and trainees that the deadline to provide online verification of flu vaccination is Nov. 30. You must complete the online form regardless of where you received your flu shot. If you do not get a flu shot, you must still complete the online form and indicate the reason you have not received it. Access the form.

Donate a toy this holiday season

In partnership with Marine Toys for Tots, Baylor is collecting new, unwrapped toys to spread holiday cheer to children in need. When you donate a toy, you earn a chance to win 25,000 RIITE Rewards points! Drop off locations, dates and times are:
- Main Baylor, Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rayzor Lounge
- Greenway, Monday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., room 822
- McGovern, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., room OS186
- Baylor Clinic, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., room 11D.02
- McNair, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., conference room C
- CNRC, Friday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., first floor lobby

BCM BeWell department presentations

Want to learn more about the award-winning BCM BeWell program and its activities and benefits available to eligible employees? BCM BeWell offers department presentations on a variety of educational and health topics. These presentations can range from 10 minutes to an hour depending on your needs. Some topics include:
- Maximizing Your BCM BeWell Vitality Points
- BCM BeWell Overview with Wellness Portal Demonstration
- Easy tips for Fitness, Nutrition, and Stress Management
To schedule a personalized department presentation, email wellness@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Read Baylor's 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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