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New Faculty Orientation: New Faculty Orientation will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Cullen Auditorium, with a reception at 4:30 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. This orientation is open to all faculty members interested in learning about new resources to support career advancement as well as tips and strategies from a panel of senior faculty members. Please email your RSVP or call (713) 798-8200. Walk-ins welcome.


Vote on Constitutional Amendments: Faculty members are asked to approve amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution that address reallocating Senate seats in the advent of additional Electoral Units, increase the tenure of Basic and Clinical Science Representatives to two years, and create the office of Past-Chair, among other provisions. A highlighted revision of the Constitution may be found on the Senate's website. Click here to vote now. The ballot is open through Feb. 28.


New Immigration Policy: The College’s executive leadership team is working to fully understand the implications of new restrictions on immigration to the United States by residents of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. If anyone potentially affected by the order is scheduled to leave the country on business, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (713) 798-6392 for guidance.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Mark Adickes, chief of the division of sports medicine and associate professor of orthopedic surgery, had a successful NFL career and won the Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1991 before becoming an orthopedic surgeon. KPRC 2 News tells his story here.


imageDr. Lauren Kane, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, received the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship at the Society of Thoracic Surgery meeting in January. The fellowship, named for the first woman chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, provides travel and living expenses for a woman thoracic surgeon to travel to another institution to learn a new skill or technology and return with innovations and collaborations. Kane is the first congenital heart surgeon to be honored. She also was named secretary and treasurer of Women in Thoracic Surgery at the meeting.


imageDr. Pawel Stankiewicz, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, was honored with the Polish Presidential Scholar Award of Full Professor, the highest scientific title in Poland, celebrating his career as a scientist, educator and scholar. He received his M.D. from the Medical University of Warsaw, his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the Institute of Mother and Child, also in Warsaw, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor.


imageJoshua Utay, assistant professor of allied health sciences and assistant director of didactic education for the M.S. in Orthotics and Prosthetics program, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists at its annual meeting in Chicago in March.


Fifty six Baylor faculty members whose healthy lifestyles and diets have been highlighted in Healthy Habits are sharing in an Award for Excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement. The AAMC will recognize the Baylor blog created by the Office of Communications at its winter meeting. Want to be featured in Healthy Habits? Please contact Nicole Blanton.

College Presentations

Profiles in Professionalism: The Center for Professionalism in Medicine welcomes Dr. Peter Moskowitz, executive director of the Center for Professional and Personal Renewal in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 9, for two talks as part of the Profiles in Professionalism Lecture Series. Dr. Moskowitz, a nationally-recognized radiologist, keynote speaker and certified career transition and life coach, will speak on “Well-Being and the Quest for Balance: Survival Strategies for Physicians and Scientists” at 12:15 p.m. in Room M112 in the DeBakey Building at main Baylor (pizza will be served) and at 4 p.m. in Rooms M321-323 of the DeBakey Building (light reception to follow). Topics will include physician career satisfaction, modern career theory and physician self-renewal. Please RSVP to ellenf@bcm.edu or ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.

College Events

Free Faculty Photo Sessions: The Office of Communications is hosting free faculty photo sessions in various campus locations this week and next:

  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 9-11 a.m. (DeBakey Library and Museum, Main Baylor)
  • Friday, Feb. 3, 1-3 p.m. (DeBakey Library and Museum, Main Baylor)
  • Monday, Feb. 6, 9-11 a.m. (First Floor Lobby, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, McNair Campus)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 1-3 p.m. (First Floor Lobby, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, McNair Campus)
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 9-11 a.m. (Fourth Floor Near Conference Rooms, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women)
  • Friday, Feb. 10. 1-3 p.m. (Fourth Floor Near Conference Rooms, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women)

Go Red Day: On Friday, Feb. 3, Baylor will join institutions across the country in participating in National Wear Red Day in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, a movement to fight heart disease in women. The Baylor community is encouraged to wear red on this day. Want to share your participation? Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing red and send it audrey.marks@bcm.edu by 3 p.m. Friday to be featured on Baylor’s social media channels.


Super Bowl Live: Innovations from Baylor and other Texas Medical Center institutions are featured at Super Bowl Live in downtown Houston. The College’s virtual reality experience highlights the emergency smart pod that can be rapidly deployed for medical response to public health outbreaks or natural disasters. Visit Super Bowl Live in Discovery Green to experience the pod’s deployment to Africa through VR technology. Super Bowl Live runs through Sunday, Feb. 5, and includes performances, interactive exhibits, food and other entertainment.

Faculty Opportunities

Call for Applications: The School of Medicine seeks applicants for three new assistant dean positions (0.4 FTE) in the offices of Student Affairs and Curriculum. Innovative faculty members with experience in medical education and working with students are encouraged to read the job descriptions and apply by Wednesday, Feb. 15.


Master Teachers Fellowship: The Office of Professional Development is accepting applications for the Master Teachers Fellowship Program through April 1. The primary aim of the two-year program is to enhance the educational mission of the College by improving the knowledge, skills and scholarship of faculty members. More information about the program and its application form can be obtained online.

Faculty Resources

Emergency Notification System: Did you get a message from the College when Houston flooded in January? 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.


Pathways to Promotion Workshops: Is your academic career progression on track? Start the new year by participating in a Pathways to Promotion workshop that provides an overview of the Baylor promotions process and standards and a workbook tool to enable you to assess your individual progress. If possible, bring a copy of your CV (paper or electronic) for reference. Workshops currently are scheduled for the following times and locations:

  • Friday, Feb. 3, 4-5:15 pm (Alford Education Center, McNair Campus)
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 12:15-1:30 pm (Room M319.01-M309.03, Main Campus)

RSVP to Remy Elizondo in the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285 to attend.


Faculty Career Coaching: Faculty Development now offers one-on-one sessions with experienced senior faculty coaches. These sessions are designed to provide guidance on career progression, readiness for academic promotion, development of award portfolios, academic writing and educational research and evaluation. Contact the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285 for scheduling.


Baylor CHI St. Luke’s Custom Network: During the annual open enrollment period, Human Resources introduced a new custom network that offers lower copays for employees who visit a physician or provider within the Baylor CHI St. Luke’s custom network. The custom network includes more than 70 facilities and 5,000 providers and physicians. A list of the participating facilities, providers and physicians is now available.


2016 W-2 Forms: If you have given consent to receive an electronic W-2, the 2016 form is now available online by logging into ESS, clicking on “Payroll Services,” selecting “W-2 Copies,” and clicking “Submit for year 2016.” You can view, print or save the form from that screen. To give consent, log into ESS, go to “Payroll Services” and select “Electronic W-2 Consent.”


Vacation Vesting: Are you a faculty member with questions about your allotment of vacation days? The Faculty Senate is facilitating individual reviews of the service-year data that determine your vesting for benefits. To request a review, please compete the online form.


Retirement Catch-Up Contributions: A new year presents new opportunities to take advantage of special rules to save more for retirement. Participants in the Baylor 403(b) Tax Deferred Savings Plan may be able to take advantage of two special provisions in the tax code that allow for additional contributions over the usual annual limits – the 15-year catch-up for long-term employees regardless of age, and the age 50+ catch-up for those nearing retirement. Click here for a more in-depth explanation of the two contributions. Letters will be sent out in February to notify those individuals who qualify for the 15-year catch-up. Those who reach age 50 in 2017 are automatically eligible to increase their contribution to take advantage of the special contributions. For additional questions, please contact ask-retirement@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-1500.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Call for Nominations

Excellence in Patient Care: The Selection Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care. Faculty members involved in the direct care of patients and in clinical areas such as clinical or translational research, patient safety and quality, clinical diagnostics and healthcare leadership are eligible, with three categories of awards available: Early Career (2-5 years of service), Star (at least 6 years) and Master Clinician (15 or more years). For more information, please see the website. The deadline for Early Career and Star nominations is Friday, Feb. 10, and March 1 for Master Clinician.

Clinical Symposia

Shearer Symposium on Immunodeficiency: Registration is open for “Innovations in Primary Immunodeficiency and Clinical Immunology” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. The symposium honors Dr. William T. Shearer, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, who has been a leader in the area of immunological disorders, including HIV/AIDS. Register online.


Tourette Symposium: Review the latest research advances and diagnostic and treatment options for Tourette syndrome and associated conditions at this annual symposium Friday, Feb. 24, at the United Way of Greater Houston. The program includes a track for educators and families that will cover medical, behavioral, and classroom strategies for recognizing and managing symptoms. CME credits are available. Register online by Feb. 19.


Anesthesia Conference: Registration is open for the Texas Anesthesia Conference of Obstetric and Regional Anesthesia, set for March 2-4 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. The conference will feature faculty lecturers from Baylor and The University of Texas Medical Branch as well as other nationally recognized experts in the field of anesthesia. CME credits are available. Find more information and register online.


GI and Liver Course: Get an update on current and emerging medical therapies for the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal and liver diseases including IBD, Crohn’s and hepatitis at the 17th annual course March 4-5, at Onstead Auditorium in the MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building. CME credits are available. Register online by Feb. 26


Intensive Bioethics: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital will host a course April 18-21 for individuals who encounter complex ethical challenges in the healthcare setting and wish to receive advanced bioethics training. Register online. CME credits will be offered.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Nominations

DeBakey Excellence in Research Awards: The Selection Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards, sponsored by the DeBakey Medical Foundation. Full-time faculty members who have made a significant published scientific contribution to clinical or basic biomedical research during the past three years are eligible for nomination. Additional information can be found online. The submission deadline is Feb. 28.

Research News

Export Control Caution: U.S. Trade Controls regulate the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology or services and restrict the release of certain information to foreign nationals in the United States. Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual and the College, as well as the loss of research contracts, governmental funding and the ability to export items. Traveling, importing or exporting any items to or through any U.S. sanctioned country, such as Syria, Sudan, Iran and North Korea can trigger violations. The OOR Export Control site can help personnel comply with these regulations, which are complex and change depending on the needs of national security. Contact Research Compliance Services for more information.

Research Resources

Antibody-Based Proteomics Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab provides highly customized services for targeted proteomics platforms that are valuable as tools for both validation and protein biomarker discovery, particularly for low abundance regulatory proteins and activation states of proteins with phosphorylated antibodies. Services provided include reverse phase protein arrays (RPPA) with more than 210 antibodies for total proteins and phosphoproteins of major cell signaling pathways, Luminex bead technology for multiplex quantitative analyses of intracellular and extracellular signaling proteins, and antibody arrays. This core is complementary to the Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Core. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC website.


Discounted Software Licenses: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center purchases in bulk and offers substantially discounted licenses for research software including Qiagen Ingenuity Pathway Analysis, Thermo Fisher Oncomine RPE, SAS Institute SAS 9.4 and IBM SPSS Statistics 24. Licenses run annually, with starting dates in July (IPA), August (SPSS) and September (SAS). For more information, see the description and pricing list or contact licensing@breastcenter.tmc.edu.


From the Labs: Receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted on 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.


Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Research’s list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for February.

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