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COVID-19 Update: With vaccination efforts underway, Baylor College of Medicine wants to gauge how many of its community members have been inoculated. To collect that information for workforce planning, it has updated the COVID-19 Vaccine App. Records of vaccinations received at the College, Harris Health and Texas Children’s Hospital will be uploaded for you. Employees and learners who received the vaccination anywhere else should submit their vaccination record through the app. Lisa Icard, chief quality nurse, is pictured preparing to vaccinate safety officer Susanne Savely.

  • The temporary medical exemption process to request medical accommodation during the pandemic will expire Feb. 2. If you are participating in this process, your unit administrator will contact you about transitioning to Baylor’s standard ADA process for accommodations. More information is available on the ADA intranet page and in the Accommodations for Employees policy.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Sundeep Keswani, professor and chief of the division of pediatric surgery, has been named chief of pediatric surgery in the Department of Surgery at TCH. He brings experience leading surgical and research teams and international professional organizations combined with his enthusiasm for innovative patient care.

Dr. Katherine King, associate professor of pediatrics – infectious diseases, received an Emerging Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. The grant of $600,000 per year for seven years supports her project, "Impact of Infection and Inflammation on Primitive Hematopoiesis."

Dr. David Nelson, professor of molecular & human genetics and investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at TCH, is co-director of the new Center for Collaborative Research on Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual and developmental disability. The center will receive about $9 million in NIH funding over five years. Its co-director is Dr. Peter Todd, associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Dr. Umar Waheed, assistant professor of medicine, has been named executive medical director of Baylor Medicine Hospitalist Services. In this role, he will work with site-specific medical directors to ensure quality patient care and deliver models of efficiency to hospital partners. He has served in key hospitalist roles at Ben Taub Hospital and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.

Dr. Jill Weatherhead, assistant professor in the National School of Tropical Medicine, balances clinical care and infectious diseases research while serving as a voice for the community during the pandemic. Read about her experiences in this month’s BCM Family.

image Dr. Hui Zheng, professor and director of the Huffington Center on Aging, has received a five-year, $8 million NIH grant with co-investigator Dr. Jin Wang, associate professor of pharmacology & chemical biology, to support their work on an Alzheimer's disease therapy that centers on epoxy fatty acids as a protection against the disease.

College Events

HGSC Seminar: See the latest advances in the Pacific Biosciences and Oxford Nanopore Technologies Long Read sequencing platforms available at the Human Genome Sequencing Center, along with research and clinical applications and potential opportunities for collaboration, at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Register online to attend virtually.

Cancer Seminar: “Genetics of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma” is the topic of a Hematology High Risk Conference talk by Dr. Louis Staudt of the NCI Center for Cancer Research at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, via Zoom, meeting ID: 387 923 767, passcode: 831342.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Seema Lalani, professor of molecular & human genetics, and Dr. Christina Miyaki, associate professor of pediatrics-cardiology and molecular physiology & biophysics, discuss “The TANGO2 story: new insights and directions” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, via Zoom, with simultaneous translation to Spanish. Free registration is required.

Education Grand Rounds: Dr. Anita Vyas senior instructional designer, presents “Keeping Students Engaged in the Time of Zoom Fatigue: Instructional Trends, Tips and Takeaways” at noon Thursday, Jan. 14, via Zoom, passcode: 493879.

Faculty Opportunities

Science Fair Judges: Volunteers are needed to judge middle school science fairs Jan. 8-14 at Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan and Jan. 11-15 at Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk. Judges should have first-hand experience in developing and conducting scientific or engineering research. Judging will be conducted entirely online. Please commit to a minimum of one hour or judging about six projects. Sign up online. For questions, email Beatriz Perez-Sweeney at Ryan or Katherine Harris at Rusk.

Women of Excellence: Nominations are being accepted for the Women of Excellence Awards, which will be presented during Women's History Month in March. Nominees can be women and men, faculty, staff and learners who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at Baylor College of Medicine or in the larger community while also exemplifying Baylor values. Learn more online and nominate by Feb. 5.

Equity Trailblazer: The College has established the Equity Trailblazer Award to recognize faculty, staff and learners who have made significant contributions, above and beyond their role, to increase diversity and inclusivity at Baylor. Commitment may be demonstrated through initiatives such as recruitment, retention and advancement efforts, teaching, mentoring, research, multi-cultural programming and community outreach activities. Learn more about the award and make your nominations by Feb. 5.

Professionalism Award: Nominations for the Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism are being accepted through Feb. 12. The prestigious award recognizes a physician for professionalism and humanism, and the ability to model these qualities in the practice of medicine. Additional information is available online.

Faculty Resources

USMLE Seminars: The topic of the IAMSE Winter 2021 Webcast Audio Seminar Series is “USMLE STEP-1 Is Going to Pass/Fail: Now What Do We Do?” Sessions begin at 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4, presented by the International Association of Medical Science Educators. To participate, please email Faculty Development.

New ATC Core: The College is considering the development of a new Advanced Technology Core for Zebrafish and “Protein Molecular Characterization” as a major new service of the current Protein and Monoclonal Antibody Production Core. To gauge the level of interest and need for these technologies as core services available to all Baylor investigators, researchers are asked to complete a survey by Thursday, Jan. 14.

Structural Racisim: You are invited to attend a virtual lecture on "Dismantling Structural Racism" by Dr. Shannon Guillot-Wright and Dr. Premal Patel, both of the University of Texas Medical Branch. The lecture at noon Friday, Jan. 15, is part of UTMB’s Provost's Lecture Series and is open to Baylor through its involvement in the Texas Medical Schools’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

APP Conference: Texas Children’s Hospital hosts the Advanced Practice Provider Virtual Conference, featuring updates on pharmacology, telemedicine, developmental delay screening, dermatology, heart wall deformities, sleep disturbances, palliative care, substance abuse and more topics Jan. 21-23. Register online to attend.

MAT Waivers: Learn the skills needed to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders at the free Medications for Addiction course, 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, for physicians, PAs, APPs and other prescribers. Register for training via Zoom.

LCME Update The School of Medicine's January LCME Newsletter features recent subcommittee work and an overview of Elements 4.4 – Feedback to Faculty, 5.5 – Resources for Clinical Instruction, 5.6 – Clinical Instruction Facilities/Information Resources, and 5.11 – Study/ Lounge/Storage/Call Rooms. The mock site visit is March 1-3.

Stalking: January is Stalking Awareness Month. The College defines stalking as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes that person (or a member of that person's family or household) to fear for their safety or the safety of others. Stalking is unpredictable, dangerous and a crime in all 50 states. If you are being stalked, trust your instincts, take threats seriously, develop a safety plan and tell those around you. Learn more on the Title IX website. Need Help? Contact Baylor's Security Office at 713-798-3000 or the Title IX coordinator, Toni Gray, at 713-798-8137.

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