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A collection of I Voted stickers on a table.

Caption: In-person early voting is available in the Texas Medical Center JP McGovern Commons, 6550 Bertner Avenue. Early voting hours:

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb 17-19
  • Noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 20
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23
  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 24
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25

Election day voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 1. Bring an approved form of identification and wear a mask.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Peter HotezDr. Peter Hotez, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor, earned the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association. The award recognizes his work promoting vaccines and combating vaccine disinformation.

This Week

Literary Discussion: Dr. Andreas Tolias, professor of neuroscience, will host a virtual discussion with author Dr. Karl Deisseroth at 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Deisseroth is professor of bioengineering and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. Deisseroth's book, "Projections," is a work of literary nonfiction that links stories from psychiatry to discoveries of modern neuroscience — drawing on literature and the scope of human history. To join the Zoom event, use meeting ID 953 4426 7620. To phone in, dial 713-798-9666.

Norton Rose Fulbright Workshop: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will host a Norton Rose Fulbright portfolio preparation workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. The workshop will provide an overview of this award, deadlines and strategies to complete a successful educational portfolio. Please RSVP to faced@bcm.edu. For more information, contact Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu or call 713-798-7285.

Texas Life Science Forum: Dr. Chester Koh, professor of urology, will take part in the Pediatric Device Innovation panel at the annual Texas Life Science Forum at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at Rice University. Koh is director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program and director of the Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium.

Faculty Opportunities

Self-Service Data Query and Analytics Tools: Starting in March, CME Sessions - SlicerDicer/i2b2 Self Service Data Query and Analytics Tools will be available college-wide. At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to use SlicerDicer, i2b2 systems and a database to generate predictive, prescriptive data and research cohorts; improve core data sets with derived and additional data to gain insight; and identify strategies from SlicerDicer/i2b2 workshops and SlicerDicer/i2b2 Self-Service Data Analytics Tool to refine searches, examine trends, drill down to line-level details quickly to find related records.

Off-Script Storytelling Event: Submit a story, painting, drawing, song or other art for the Texas Medical Center's storytelling hour on the theme of "Lost or Found." Sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy's Narrative Medicine Program, the event will be inspired by the experiences of loss, recovery, serendipity or discovery. All members of the Houston and TMC communities are invited to submit. Entries are due by March 6; storytelling event is April 6.

Patient safety education: Facilitators are needed for the 2022 Patient Safety Interprofessional Education Event, which will be held from 3 to 4:50 p.m. Feb. 24. The virtual event brings together medical, nursing and pharmacy students from Baylor, Texas Woman's University and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy to work through a near-miss patient safety case in a small-group format. Faculty, senior trainees and advanced practice providers may serve as facilitators; a 30-minute optional facilitator orientation will be held Feb. 17. To participate, email Dr. Sara Andrabi at sandrabi@bcm.edu.

Evenings with Genetics: The All of Us Evenings with Genetics Research Program will host the 2022 Underrepresented Biomedical Researcher Faculty Summit from May 19-21. The summit will provide underrepresented biomedical researchers who are early-career faculty and senior post-doctoral fellows with training in data science and how to use the All of Us research dataset to establish or compliment their research programs. Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 14. Learn more about the summit here and submit an application here. Email any questions to allofuseveningswithgenetics@bcm.edu.

Hackathon: On March 2, join the Department of Education, Innovation and Technology for a high-energy Shark-tank style pitch competition to hear how educators and innovators across Baylor plan to revolutionize the future of health sciences education. Both judges and audience members will vote for the team who could win up to $25,000 to support their innovative project. The virtual event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 2. Use Zoom attendance code: 747 005 5696 and passcode: 8675309 to sign into the meeting. By phone, dial 713-798-9666.

Open Positions

Curriculum Committee At-Large Faculty Member: The School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for At-Large members from current faculty members. These faculty members will join the chair, vice-chair, past-chair, and subcommittee chairs as part of 18 faculty members of the Curriculum Committee. We are seeking candidates from a broad representation of the faculty and encourage people from all disciplines to consider applying. Curriculum Committee meetings are held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on every first and third Monday. The committee has the responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. Terms last three years, and each faculty member will serve on at least one subcommittee. Learn more about nomination criteria and application process. Send an email and attach the required materials to Traneshia Parker at traneshp@bcm.edu by the close of business March 14. For questions, email Curriculum Committee chair Dr. Karen Schneider at kmschnei@bcm.edu or vice-chair Dr. Sandra Haudek at shaudek@bcm.edu.

Infection and Immunity T32 Training Program: Applications are open for the Infection and Immunity T32 Training Program for the 2022-23 academic year. Deadline to apply is March 4. The program is for post-doctoral trainees with either an M.D. or Ph.D. degree. Successful applicants will conduct research on infectious diseases or immunology related to infectious diseases. Training tracks include laboratory-based research, patient-based research, and global and public health research. Support for selected graduate coursework and Masters degrees is available. Eligibility criteria and more information about the research opportunities and programs can be found here. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. Please submit application materials to Dr. Thomas Giordano at tpg@bcm.edu and Catherine Sheppard at Catherine.Sheppard@bcm.edu by March 4.


Disability services: Are you curious to know how to support learners who disclose that they have a disability? Are you unsure of your responsibility in ensuring learners have equitable access to the BCM learner experience? Visit Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty and Administrators for Supporting Learners with Disabilities, found in In Touch- Faculty-At-A-Glance under "Education and Teaching Support." For questions or suggestions on expanding this list, please contact Student and Trainee Disability Services at STDServices@bcm.edu.

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