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From the Labs: February’s image of the month shows some of the neuronal subtypes in the mouse olfactory bulb: Olfactory nerve layer (top), granule cells layer (GL) and the external plexiform layer (EPL), revealed when Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel, associate professor of genetics and neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, and his team applied single cell RNA sequencing. Image courtesy of the Arenkiel lab. You can receive a monthly digest of Baylor's research and innovation highlights by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with "Subscribe me to From the Labs" in the subject line.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman gave a six-month update on the fiscal year 2019 institutional goals at the Feb. 11 meeting. The College is on track with four goals: Refine strategy around population health and precision medicine; begin implementation of education mission strategic plan: deliver on Faculty Group Practice brand promise; and advance business transformation initiatives. Additional effort is needed on the fifth goal: Continue implementation of the Baylor 2020 financial improvement plan.

  • Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam, vice president for academic integration, introduced the Cardiovascular Genome Project, an initiative of the Human Genome Sequencing Center, Department of Medicine Section of Cardiovascular Research and Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Using a genetic test that screens for high risk heart disease, the project will pilot routine genomics in the adult clinic to catalyze precision medicine and to expand the number of well-characterized genomes for discovery research.
  • Chief Operations Officer Joe Doty discussed Defining Pathways and Possibilities, a Human Resources project that is standardizing staff job titles and descriptions across the College. The goal is to set clear performance expectations and establish maps for career growth.
  • Jennifer Tessin, assistant vice president for SAP reimplementation, provided an update on the Mosaic Project, which is improving HR processes and tools for recruiting, retaining, developing and managing the workforce in this phase.

Compliance Training: Annual Compliance Education began Monday and will run through March 29. This year's required training for all employees focuses on the important issues of outside interests and disclosures. It emphasizes obligations to disclose financial interests and avoid activities that may adversely impact Baylor’s reputation and its mission. The training is available through the College’s on-line learning system, AMP.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine, and Garrett Lucas, director of dining services at Morrison’s Cafe, are featured in this month’s BCM Family for advancing medical research while reducing food waste. The main campus cafeteria is now donating vegetable and fruit scraps to the center’s environmental enrichment program for the animals.

Susan Kirk, a physician assistant at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Kirk received the certificate in pediatrics by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of 13 certified PAs in Texas to earn a CAQ in Pediatrics since the program's inception in 2014.

Dr. Keila Lopez, assistant professor of pediatrics – cardiology, was named one of Houston’s Top 25 Multicultural Leaders in Healthcare by the National Diversity Council and Healthcare Diversity Council and will be a panelist at the Healthcare Diversity Week event Feb. 28. She also received an Award of Excellence in Teaching for the most outstanding presentation at Baylor Pediatric Grand Rounds by a junior faculty member. She presented “Use the Force: Leveraging Technology to Reduce Health Inequities in Pediatric Chronic Disease.”

Dr. Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, assistant professor of neurology, received the Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society Award and a presidential citation at the NCS Annual Meeting. During the meeting, he presented two posters and moderated a session titled “Build, Launch, Run: How to Successfully Establish a Neurocritical Care Service.” He also organized the Neurocritical Care Research Network Conference, Blue Oceans Strategy.

Dr. Todd Rosengart, DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, recently sat down with Texas Medical Center News to share how he has built a career not only as a cardiothoracic surgeon, but as an inventor and entrepreneur as well. Read the profile online.

College Events

Faculty Senate Roadshow: Find out how the Senate is working for you when the Roadshow comes to Ben Taub Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the fourth floor conference room.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Grand Rounds and the Baylor chapter of the Student National Medical Association present “Microaggressions in Medicine” at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room M112, main Baylor. The objectives of this panel discussion include understanding the common occurrences of microaggressions in academic medicine and science, exploring their outcomes, and responding to microaggressions at the individual and institutional level. Panelists include Provost Alicia Monroe, Dr. Toi Harris, associate provost of institutional diversity, inclusion & equity and student services, Dr. Aimee Gardner, assistant dean of evaluation and research, Dr. Jocelyn Greely, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and faculty senator, Ombudsman Melanie Jagneaux and Dr. Erik Malmberg, director of diversity, inclusion & equity.

Alford Lecture: Dr. Joy Wu of Stanford University School of Medicine presents “Interactions Between Bone and Blood in Health and Disease” as the 5th Annual Bobby R. Alford, M.D. Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room M112, main Baylor. The lecture is endowed by Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

DocTalk: Dr. Vijay Nambi, associate professor of medicine – cardiology, discusses heart health at noon Thursday, Feb. 21, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: Dr. Claire Horner, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, presents “Million Dollar Baby: Surrogacy Contracts, Reproductive Technologies and the Changing Face of Parenthood” as part of the Center’s Conversation Series. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Damian’s Cucina Italiana, 3011 Smith St. Register online to attend.

Faculty Opportunities

CTAPS Positions: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting applications for faculty members to support the active learning course Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTAPS). CTAPS is required for all first-year medical students and directed by Dr. Sarah Bezek. In this course, medical students will acquire skills of critical thinking, which involve purposeful, self-regulatory judgment based on evidence and experience, through a variety of teaching methods. The school is looking for innovative faculty members to serve as an associate director, session designer and TBL facilitators. Administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See Faculty Opportunities for complete job descriptions and apply by Thursday, Feb. 28.

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 trainees, who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at the College or in the larger community while also exemplifying Baylor values. Learn more and nominate online by Monday, Feb. 25.

Faculty Resources

Black History in Science: The Association for Graduate Student Diversity presents “Miss Evers’ Boys,” a film about the Tuskegee syphilis study, at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Room M112, main Baylor. The series features films that depict the contributions of African Americans to scientific research.

History of Medicine: Dr. Eugene Boisaubin, professor of medicine at McGovern Medical School, speaks on “Advances in medicine during the American Civil War” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, as part of the elective course sponsored by the College, McGovern Medical School and TMC Library.

Feedback Workshop: Feedback is a pivotal component for growth and progress throughout one’s career. In "The Gentle Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback," participants will reflect on barriers and discuss best practices surrounding feedback from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room M319, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

Education Grand Rounds: : "The Social Side of Leadership: Developing Meaningful Relationships to Foster Community and Improve Performance” is the topic of Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester’s presentation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. She is an assistant professor of management at University of Houston.

Career Advancement Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers classes to get you on the right track for promotion. To reserve your seat, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

  • Current assistant professors are the focus of the Pathways to Promotion Workshop, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Room N317, main Baylor.
  • Get an overview of promotion guidelines at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Room N112, main Baylor or via Zoom.

For a Good Cause

BP MS 150: Join Team BCM for the 2019 BP MS 150, April 27-28. To support the team in a volunteer capacity, sign up online. To donate items or services for the silent auction or to get more information, email wellness@bcm.edu.

HLS&R Tickets: General Admission tickets and season passes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, barbecue contest tickets and half-price carnival packs can be purchased through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 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 the Office of Communications at (713) 798-4710.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Bioethics Course: Registration is open for the Intensive Bioethics course, to be held April 29 – May 3. Sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital, the course is geared toward professionals who encounter complex ethical challenges in the healthcare setting and want advanced training. Register by Friday, Feb. 15, to receive the early bird special tuition discount. CME credits will be offered. Learn more and register online.

Rare Disease Day: The College and Texas Children’s Hospital mark Rare Disease Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Health Museum of Houston. Geared to patients and families, the event features 35 rare disease organizations and provides seminars (in English and Spanish) by local physicians, including Dr. Michael Wangler, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics. Admission is free but registration is required.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Bench to Bedside: Dr. Daniel S. Ory, professor at Washington University School of Medicine and senior vice president, translational medicine at Casma Therapeutics, speaks on “Niemann-Pick C – addressing unmet clinical needs for a rare neurodegenerative disorder” at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Room M112, main Baylor. His presentation is part of the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Bench to Bedside series.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Thomas Hund, professor of biomedical engineering at Ohio State University, speaks on "Novel Pathways for Regulation of Cardiac Electrical and Mechanical Function" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 301A, main Baylor.

Digestive Diseases Symposium: "Infection and Injury as a Precursor to GI and Liver Cancer" is the topic of the 10th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium set for March 2 in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. It includes presentations from Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, professor and chair of medicine, Dr. David Graham, professor of medicine - gastroenterology, Dr. Timothy Wang, Columbia University, and Dr. Barbara Rehermann, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Register online.

Research Resources

Cancer Funding: The Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy is accepting applications for its 2019 Investigator’s Award in Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer. The focus for this year is tenure-track or tenured scientists centering their work on solid, metastatic and childhood cancers. Grants of up to $500,000 for one to three years are available. Abstracts are due by 11 a.m. March 12 through ProposalCentral.

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