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NewsLink, Dec. 15, 2017
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Happy Chanukah!

Menorah in front of JIMR

Thank you to Rabbi Eliezer Lazaroff and his staff at the Aishel House for placing the Menorah in front of Baylor's Jewish Institute for Medical Research and lighting it each of the eight nights of Chanukah. The Aishel House provides visiting patients to the Texas Medical Center and their families with caring support services.

Awards and Recognitions

Orange honored by Texas medical academy

Dr. Jordan OrangeDr. Jordan Orange, professor of pediatrics and chief of the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, is a recipient of the 2018 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Medicine from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He is being recognized for his work in defining a new class of diseases, natural killer cell deficiencies. He and two other recipients, both from The University of Texas at Austin, will be honored at the O'Donnell Awards dinner and reception Jan. 11 at the TAMEST 2018 annual conference. Learn more in this video about his work.

Rosen recognized at breast cancer symposium

Dr. Jeffrey RosenDr. Jeffrey Rosen, professor and the Charles C. Bell Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, was awarded the American Association for Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research last week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The award, given annually, recognizes outstanding science that has inspired or has the potential to inspire new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment or prevention of breast cancer.

Zechiedrich named fellow in inventors' academy

Dr. Lynn ZechiedrichDr. Lynn Zechiedrich, the Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an honor bestowed on academic and other inventors who have positively impacted society through their inventions. Her work includes development of supercoiled minivectors for gene therapy applications.


Dec. 21: Aesthetics Studio appreciation event

The Aesthetics Studio, located on the first floor of the Jamail Building on the McNair Campus, is having an appreciation event Thursday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. When you purchase any two products from Neocutis, you receive a free hydrating serum ($70 value). Light refreshments will be served.

Save the date: AAMC chief diversity officer

Dr. David Acosta, chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present the inaugural Health Equity Grand Rounds of Baylor's Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium. His talk is titled, "Bridge over Troubled Waters: Crossing the Cultural Divide to Talk about Race & Racism in Academic Medicine and Scientific Institutions." A family medicine physician, Acosta served in diversity leadership roles at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine before joining the AAMC. The event is open to all Baylor faculty, staff, students and trainees.

College News

Send your holiday photos!

We want to see how Baylor College of Medicine is getting in to the holiday spirit! Snap a photo of your office, lab or clinic decorated for or celebrating Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa and email it to pa-webteam@bcm.edu by Wednesday, Dec. 20. Don't forget to include your names and departments. Photos will be shared on Baylor's social media accounts on Dec. 21. Not connected to Baylor on social media? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Holiday toy drive

Baylor is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need through Monday, Dec. 18. Drop-off donations at the following BCM locations:
-Main Baylor: Office of Communications Suite 176B
-Baylor Clinic: Guest Services Desk – 1st Floor
-Jamail and McNair: Jamail Suite E5.179D or contact Kelvin Willis
-O'Quinn: Suite 1847 or contact Helen Dailey
-McGovern: NABS-OW203 or contact Patricia Guajardo
-Greenway: Suite 800.05 or contact Michele Washington
-Kirby: Suite 600 or contact Hilary Walker
If you have any questions, email Katie Holtman.

BCM holiday shuttle schedule

Due to expected low ridership on Friday, Dec. 22, the BCM Shuttle Service will operate on an abbreviated schedule. Only the Red Shuttle Route will be in operation, from 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The route is as follows: Main Baylor – Baylor Clinic – Jamail Specialty Care Center – BCM Medical Center – VA Hospital – McGovern Campus. Questions? Call Jemi Purcell at 713-798-5747.

Holiday party safety tips

The Title IX office at Baylor has provided a list of holiday safety tips to keep the College community safe this season. Need help? Contact the BCM Security Office at (713) 798-3000 or the BCM Title IX coordinator at (713) 798-8137 or mikiba.morehead@bcm.edu.

Volunteers needed for chikungunya vaccine study

Researchers at the BCM Vaccine Research Center are looking for volunteers to participate in a study evaluating a chikungunya vaccine. Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 45 who are in good general health are needed for this study. Your time will be compensated for participating. For more information, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form, call (713) 798-4912, or email Chikvstudy@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Check out 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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