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Open House Part II: Sixth graders from Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk visited campus for the first time on Valentine’s Day to explore research and health professions with the Center for Educational Outreach. The morning included student panels, Anatomage demonstrations and hands-on experiments from the BCM Simulation Core. Pictured is Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, conducting a question-and-answer session on setting goals. Photo courtesy of Travis Kelleher.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Changyi Chen, professor of surgery, has been elected to the inaugural class of National Academy of Inventors Senior Members. Senior members are faculty and administrators at NAI member institutions who are successful with patents, licensing and commercialization and have produced technologies that benefit society.

Dr. Nadia Ismail, associate professor and associate dean for curriculum, has been elected to the national Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Council of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. The group represents faculty and staff dedicated to undergraduate medical education.

Dr. Dick Kuo has been named chair of the Henry J.N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine, by the Baylor Board of Trustees. A professor of emergency medicine, he has served as interim chair since the department was established two years ago.

Dr. Cheryl Walker, director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health, has been honored with the Society of Toxicology's Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award, for her substantial scientific contributions to the science of toxicology. She will receive the award on March 10 during the SOT 58th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium and the College have awarded seed grants to four projects led by Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital faculty. Awardees include:

  • Dr. Kwon Soo Chun, instructor in pediatrics, with Dr. Henri Justino, associate professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Daniel Harrington for PolyVascular, novel transcatheter polymeric pulmonary valves for children.
  • Dr. Julie Hakim, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, with Dr. Ashok Gowda of BioTex for novel vaginal stents for use in pediatric gynecology patients with congenital abnormalities that require surgical reconstruction.
  • Dr. Christopher Rhee, assistant professor of pediatrics, with Graham Randall and Dr. Donald Prough for Noninvasix, which uses patented optoacoustic technology to non-invasively monitor cerebral oxygenation in at-risk babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Dr. Leonard Weisman, professor of pediatrics, for Vax-immune Diagnostics, unique platform technologies that improve diagnoses by moving the laboratory to the patient for the diagnosis of perinatal infections in pregnant women and children.

The Physician Assistant Program was well represented by faculty members and students at the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference in Houston Feb. 8 - 10. Recent graduates Nicole Gourmelon, Alyssa Hoover and Anisha Kalavar were poster gallery winners for their master’s research posters, while assistant professors Kathleen Thompson, PA-C, and Stephanie Desandro, PA-C, and Elizabeth Elliot, PA-C, associate professor and faculty senator, presented at the conference.

College Events

Rodeo Roundup: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off Friday, Feb. 22, with Go Texan Day. Based on department dress codes, you may wear western apparel. Take a photo of you and your colleagues in rodeo gear and send it to Anna Kiappes by 2 p.m. Friday to be featured on Baylor's social media channels. Don't forget to include names and department information with your photo.

  • Friday is also the deadline to buy general admission tickets, season passes and carnival packs for the rodeo. Bring cash or a check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to the Office of Communications, Room 176B, main Baylor, before 5 p.m.
  • Enter online for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the rodeo, thanks to Baylor's sponsorship of the Chuck Wagon Races. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email. Snap a photo while at the rodeo and share on social media using the hashtag #BCMRodeo or tag @BCMHouston on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Get in on even more rodeo fun by joining the Baylor team for the 2019 Rodeo Run, Saturday, Feb. 23, in downtown Houston, sponsored in part by the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register online to run.

Black History in Science: The Association for Graduate Student Diversity presents “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Room M112, main Baylor. The film series depicts the contributions of African Americans to scientific research.

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 events feature 35 rare disease organizations and seminars by local physicians, including Dr. Michael Wangler, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics. Admission is free but registration is required. Information and resources also will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Auxiliary Bridge, TCH.

Girls Elevated: Teen and preteen girls and their parents are invited to an event focused on living a healthy adolescence. Hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the interactive sessions cover the critical topics girls want and need to know about, such as healthy relationships, contraceptives and personal safety. The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the United Way – Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr. Purchase tickets online.

Faculty Opportunities

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.

ESME Scholarships: The Office of Faculty Development and Academy of Distinguished Educators are pleased to announce the availability of two faculty scholarships to attend the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course conducted at the annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators June 7 – 11 in Roanoke, Va. The scholarship will cover all travel expenses and course registration. More information and the application form are available on the Faculty Opportunities webpage. Applications are due to Deborah Fernandez by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1.

AAMC Leadership Development: The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity seek to collaborate with department chairs/center directors to identify and encourage Baylor faculty to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar (June 27-30 in Atlanta) and the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar (July 27-30 in St. Louis). Please read additional information online. Applications are due by Monday, March 4.

Faculty Resources

Education Abstracts Call: Abstracts describing educational projects are being accepted for the Texas Educator’s Academies Collaborative for Health Professions Symposium, set for May 3 at Galveston Convention Center. The symposium provides a forum for showcasing the scholarly innovations of the regional community of educators. Submission of work previously presented at national or regional meetings is encouraged. More information is available online. The deadline for abstract proposals is Friday, March 1.

Physician Wellness: The Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange brings together medical students, residents and faculty members to collaborate on ideas and best practices for wellness and resilience in academic medical centers. The CME-eligible seminar begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online for the seminar.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: You have two opportunities to hear Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, assistant professor of family medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation and director of medical student programs in the Office for Health Equity & Inclusion at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, speak on health equity topics during his campus visit:

  • “Linguistic and Cultural Competency in a Primary Care Setting: Needs, Barriers, Solutions” is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, Suite 600, 3701 Kirby Drive. The lecture is eligible for CME and ethics credit.
  • "Disabusing Disabilities" is at noon Wednesday, March 6, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgical Research: Dr. Lillian Kao, professor and division chief of acute care surgery at UTHealth McGovern Medical School, presents “Center for Surgical Trials and Evidence-based Practice: Building a Clinical Research Program Step by Step” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at IQuest, 2450 Holcombe Blvd.

Ethics Grand Rounds: “Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration” is the topic of an interfaith panel discussion at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Avenue. Panelists include representatives from the Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Hindu and Jewish faiths, moderated by Claire Horner, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The event is available on Zoom; to register, call (281) 824-3734, ID: 65109.

Clinical Notes

Marfan Walk: Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, invites you to join Coselli's Crusaders at noon Saturday, March 2, at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., for the 2019 Annual Walk for Victory benefitting The Marfan Foundation. To help raise awareness for Marfan syndrome, see the website.

Surgery Training Program: The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery is accepting applications for its T32 Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Surgery. This training program is led by Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair, with co-directors Dr. Scott LeMaire and Dr. Barbara Trautner. The program offers two years of mentored training via bioengineering and biodesign, basic and translational research or clinical and outcomes research tracks, with funding support for two trainees to begin in July. Eligible applicants must be postdoctoral candidates who are M.D.s in their second year of surgical residency or Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows. For more information see the website.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Tissue Clearing: The Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core hosts the 2019 Tissue Clearing Workshop Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25 - 26. This program illustrates the latest advancements in tissue clearing technology and demonstrates the X-Clarity protocol followed by the imaging of cleared specimens on a variety of advanced fluorescence microscopes. The workshop is free, but space is limited. For details and to register, see the webpage.

Microscopy Conference: The Texas Screening Alliance for Cancer Therapeutics hosts “Imaging-based Single Cell Analytics: Applications for Cancer Cell Biology and Therapeutics” Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 25 - 27, at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street. The conference focuses on academic and industrial cell microscopy imaging approaches to basic and applied biological and cancer research and includes a workshop on quantitative microscopy. Register online to attend.

DLDCCC Symposium: Dr. Shunichi Takeda, professor and chair of radiation genetics at Kyoto University Medical School, is the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Online registration is available.

Life Science Entrepreneurship: Rice University’s Dr. Jack Gill and Dr. Paul Cherukuri and Baylor alumnus Dr. Will Clifton lead this interdisciplinary, interinstitutional course that discusses the major roles of scientists, engineers, M.D.s, and MBAs in high tech startups. Live, ongoing case studies are presented by guest entrepreneurs of biotech, medical device and healthcare informatics companies. The course is 4 - 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 11 - April 17, at the BioScience Research Collaborative. More information can be found on the course website.

Research Resources

DeBakey Research Awards: Nominate a colleague for a Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award, given annually to Baylor faculty who have made the most significant published scientific contribution to clinical or basic biomedical research during the past three years. Awardees receive a commemorative medallion and $5,000 to support their research at a ceremony in May. The awards are funded by the DeBakey Medical Foundation. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Computational Biology: The Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation, a French non-profit organization, has launched the I2CELL Seed Award to support an experimental research project exploring the algorithmic processing of information in biological systems and proposing an experimental validation. The I2CELL Seed Award provides a fixed funding grant equal to €250,000. It is intended for senior/established scientists and encourages a collaboration with computer scientists. Find more information and the guidelines online.

IACUC Office Hours: The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee now offers assistance with animal protocol, the protocol review process and other IACUC-related issues at monthly office hours, noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning March 5 in Room 069E, next to the BCM Credit Union, main Baylor.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Jeffrey Rogers, associate professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, is using baboon genome sequencing to gain insights into human evolution in this blog post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email adderess in the box at the end of any article and clicking the subscribe button.

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