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From the Labs January’s image of the month is a mouse embryo imaged with confocal microscopy in the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core Facility, courtesy of Dr. Annita Achilleos, research associate in molecular physiology & biophysics. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.


Wintry Mix Did you get a message from the College when the ice storm hit Houston? Baylor has an emergency notification system (ENS) to alert you of a crisis or catastrophic event, but first you have to sign up for it. To receive phone, email and text messaging notifications, login to the ENS using your Baylor user name and password. Your information will be used to contact you only during an emergency. For more details, see the ENS FAQ.


Title IX Responsible Employees: A “responsible employee” is a College employee who has the authority to take action to redress an alleged violation of prohibited conduct (as defined in BCM Policy 02.2.26). Responsible employees have a duty to promptly report incidents of sex based discrimination and prohibited conduct directly to the Title IX coordinator. Additionally, responsible employees are not confidential reporting resources. A listing of groups of administrators designated by Baylor College of Medicine as responsible employees is now available on the College’s website.


Rodeo Season: General admission tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, barbecue contest tickets and half-price carnival packs can be purchased through 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Office of Communications, Room 176B, main Baylor. Concert tickets are not available. Please bring cash or a check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information, email Rudy Lopez or call Communications at 713-798-4710.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Lindsay Burrage, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, has been appointed medical director of the Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program in the School of Allied Health Sciences, which will accept its inaugural class in fall 2018. In addition, Salma Nassef, a certified genetic counselor and instructor in molecular & human genetics, has been named assistant program director.


imageDr. Anne Gill, assistant dean for interprofessional education and professor of pediatrics and medical ethics & health policy, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. Gill represents School of Medicine faculty on the Senate.


imageDr. Ourania Preventza, associate professor of surgery and a faculty senator, will be the course director for the TEVAR and Aortic Arch Debranching Procedures for the third consecutive year during the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ 54th annual meeting in Ford Lauderdale later this month.


imageDr. Timothy Stout, the Sid W. Richardson Professor and Margarett Root Brown Chair of Ophthalmology, recently was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus during the Doheny Eye Institute Society of Scholars and UCLA Ophthalmology Clinical Challenges Conference in recognition of his contributions to research, education and patient care.

College Presentations

Doc Talk: Jordan Gardner, nurse practitioner in otolaryngology, will speak on "Allergy Identification, Testing and Management" at noon Wednesday, Jan 24, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Sign in within the first 15 minutes to receive 100 BCM BeWell Vitality points.


Interprofessional Teamwork: The first Team Discovery of 2018, “Interprofessionalism: There is an ‘I’ in Team,” will be held 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, in Room M323, main Baylor. Team Discovery sessions are expert-led panel discussions focused on the skills faculty, students, trainees and staff need to work in teams. A full schedule and more details are available on the Team Launch website. Join the panelists and Team Launch leadership for a light reception following the discussion.


Education Grand Rounds: The School of Allied Health Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development present “Essentials of Effective Assessment & Evaluation” with Dr. Alana Newell, instructor in the Center for Educational Outreach, at noon Jan. 31 in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. For more information, please contact Dr. Aimee K. Gardner, assistant dean.

Faculty Opportunities

Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care: The deadline to submit a portfolio for the Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care is tomorrow, Jan. 19. The award is open to full-time assistant professors, associate professors and professors who are engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of their time and have at least six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member. Candidates may self-nominate. However, all nominations must be approved and submitted to the selection committee by the faculty member's section chief, chair, medical director or center director. For more details, see the website.

Faculty Resources

Leading through Influence: Human Resources offers management training for faculty from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 24, at the Medical Towers, 6624 Fannin. The one-day course teaches techniques on hiring, conflict resolution and employee morale. It next is offered on April 18. Register online.


Back-Up Care: Whether you are experiencing a weather-related breakdown in your child care arrangements, looking for an after school sitter, have adult/elder care responsibilities or need someone to walk the dog - the Bright Horizons Care Advantage Program is ready to help. Learn more about this College benefit online.


2017 W2 Tax Forms: If you have consented via Employee Self Service to receive an electronic W2, it is now available on-line. Just log into ESS , go to Payroll Services> W-2 Copies> Submit for year 2017. You can view, print, or save the W2 from that screen. To consent now, log into ESS, go to Payroll Services> Electronic W-2 Consent> Consent. Once you have given consent you will be able to access your W-2. The W-2 and W-2 Consent are available only from within the Baylor Network.

For a Good Cause

Race for the Cure: Soccer star Carli Lloyd captains the College team for Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Jan. 27, in downtown Houston. If you have been waiting for a personal video invitation to join her in raising funds for breast cancer education, research and advocacy, here it is! Register online.


Houston Premedical Academy: Volunteer as a judge for the HPA Symposium, where Houston Premedical Academy students from the University of Houston and BCM Summer Research students present their research findings, on Jan. 31 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Faculty members are needed to evaluate the morning poster session (anytime between 9 a.m. and noon) and afternoon oral presentations (noon to 2 p.m.). Dr. Rayne Rouce, instructor in the Center for Cell & Gene Therapy and a faculty senator, is the symposium’s keynote speaker. Please contact Laura Perry in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion & Equity to volunteer.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Breast Cancer Update: Learn about the most significant advances in diagnosis and treatment presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium with Dr. Karla Sepulveda and Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, associate professors in the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. CME credit is available for attending the seminar from 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online.


Clinical Ethics Case Consultation: The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy offers a continuing medical education webinar that leads participants through an interactive presentation of a complex ethics consultation case from beginning to end from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan 22. Register online.


INSTINCT ThinkTank: Join the Department of Surgery and Joshua Mecca, president and founder of M&S Biotics, LLC., in a collaborative discussion on “Preventing Surgical Errors” at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Jaworski Classroom, 187A, main Baylor.


Esophageal Diseases: Dr. Stuart Spechler, chief of gastroenterology and co-director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases at Baylor University Medical Center, and Dr. James Luketich, chief of thoracic and foregut surgery at UPMC Pittsburgh, are keynote speakers at “Current Medical and Surgical Management of Esophageal Diseases,” sponsored by the College and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Feb. 22 – 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. CME credit is available. Register online before Feb. 17 for best pricing.

Clinical Event

Find a Physician Happy Hour: Come network with your fellow colleagues and meet the physicians who recently have joined the College at a reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. today, Jan 18, on the 8th Floor of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. With free food, beverages and underground parking, the event is a great way to build meaningful relationships and promote internal referrals. If you have any questions, please email Hannah Munsey.

Call for Nominations

Alpha Omega Alpha: The Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha is pleased to announce a call for nominations for faculty, alumni, resident and fellow inductees into AΩA. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. The nomination period is open through 10 p.m. Feb. 5, with nomination information available online. Please direct any questions to Dr. Daniel Chelius, BCM AΩA chapter councilor and assistant professor of otolaryngology.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Gast Endowed Lecture: Dr. Steve Henikoff, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discusses “Genome-wide Mapping of Protein-DNA Interaction Dynamics” at the Joseph Gast, Ph.D. Endowed Lectureship in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 4 p.m. today, Jan. 18, in Room N315, main Baylor.


Neuroscience Seminar: Dr. Kirill Martemyanov, professor of neuroscience at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, speaks on the “Molecular control of G protein mediated neurotransmission” at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 19, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Research Resources

NCI Transition Award: The College may submit one nomination to the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). More information about the award is available online. To be considered, submit a letter of nomination (self nominations are not permitted), an NIH biosketch and a two-page summary of the proposed research strategy via the limited submission awards portal by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.


Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion & Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for January.

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