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BCM Academy at Ryan: More than 350 sixth graders, their teachers and parent chaperones attended an open house at the College Monday and learned what it takes to become a physician, scientist or allied health professional. Led by Dr. Bill Thomson, associate provost of faculty affairs, the Center for Educational Outreach team ran the Ryan students through fast-paced sessions featuring presentations by Dr. Tyson Pillow, Fanny Schultea, Dr. Gayle Slaughter, Barbara Tharp, Dr. Greg Vogt and Dr. Ming Zhang. DeBakey High School for Health Professions students served as docents in the DeBakey Library and Museum. This is the fourth year the College has hosted an open house for the HISD STEM magnet school.


Vote on Constitutional Amendments: Tuesday, Feb. 28, is the deadline for faculty members to vote to approve amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution. Amendments 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.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Carolyn Altman, professor of pediatrics-cardiology,
Dr. Tom Baranowski, professor of pediatrics-nutrition,
Dr. Antonio Cabrera, assistant professor of pediatrics-cardiology, Dr. Jeffrey Kaiser, professor of pediatrics-neonatology, Dr. Jeffrey Kim, associate professor of pediatrics-cardiology, Dr. Douglas Moodie, professor of pediatrics-cardiology, and Dr. Benjamin Shneider, professor of pediatrics-gastroenterology and George Peterkin Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, have been elected to new membership in the American Pediatric Society for 2017. For the second year in a row, the College and Texas Children’s Hospital have had more new members in this prestigious national organization than any other institution.


imageDr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, was selected as a 2017-18 Public Engagement Fellow of the AAAS Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. She is one of 15 infectious disease researchers selected for demonstrating leadership and excellence in their research careers and interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. Fellows will spend a week in Washington, D.C., in June for intensive science communication training and networking, with the goal of increasing public engagement opportunities.


imageDr. Janet Butel's retirement as chair of molecular virology and microbiology is one of the feature stories in the February issue of BCM Family. You also can read about how family and community medicine’s Dr. Irvin Sulapas had a full workout running and volunteering at the Chevron Houston Marathon and why Dr. Jose Suarez’s neurocritical care outreach is improving lives internationally in this month’s issue.


imageSusan Garber, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been named one of the 100 Influential People in occupational therapy by the American Occupational Therapy Association in honor of its centennial. She is a pioneer in the study of pressure sore prevention, for which she developed solutions that she introduced into occupational therapy’s body of knowledge and practice. Garber also represented AOTA on the committee that developed clinical practice guidelines for the prevention of pressure sores for what is now the Agency for Health Research and Quality.


imageDr. Amy Hair, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the neonatal nutrition program at Texas Children's Hospital, was selected by the American Society for Nutrition to receive the 2017 Samuel J. Fomon Young Physician Award. This award is given to a physician within 10 years of completion of medical postdoctoral training for outstanding work in the general area of pediatric nutrition, infant growth or body composition. Hair is nationally known for her leadership in advocating for human milk feeding for very low birth weight infants.


imageDr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology and Distinguished Chair in Movement Disorders, presided over the TOXINS2017 Congress in Madrid, Spain, which included participants from more than 55 countries. Sponsored by the International Neurotoxin Association, the congress is an umbrella organization for all therapeutic and cosmetic uses of botulinum toxin. The conference included presentations and workshops on the latest developments in the science and therapeutic practice of neurotoxins.

College Events

Rare Disease Day: This second annual event to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives is Saturday, Feb. 25, at the United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Drive. Sponsored by Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, along with the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the event will include an introduction by Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics, and an information session in English and Spanish on patient transition from pediatric to adult care. Local and national rare disease organizations will host booths and present short seminars. Find more event information and register online or call (832) 822-4182. This event is free and open to the community.

New Diabetes Program: A new program called E3: diaBEATes launches Wednesday, March 1, at noon in conference room B at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus. The program is open to all benefits-eligible employees who are currently diagnosed with diabetes, at risk for diabetes or seeking to learn more about healthy nutrition and lifestyle changes. Join Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine, and registered dietitian Roberta Anding as they lead weekly seminars to engage, educate and empower you. Receive free giveaways, complimentary Bod Pod testing and other health screenings and BCM BeWell Vitality points for participation. Please email diaBEATes@bcm.edu with any questions.

Rodeo Tickets: General Admission/Bar-B-Que Contest tickets and half price carnival packs to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo can be purchased in the Office of Communications, Room 176B Main Baylor, through noon Friday, March 3. Rodeo Shows/Concert tickets are not available. View pricing information. Bring cash or a check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information contact Rudy Lopez or call the Office of Communications at (713) 798-4710.

Millennium Kirby Event: The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine presents a free student and faculty event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at The Millennium Kirby, 7600 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77030. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register here. For more information, contact partnership@bcm.edu or (713) 798-5460.

Faculty Opportunities

New Faculty Service Award: The Clark Faculty Service Award was established in 2017 to honor faculty members for exemplary service to the College with professionalism. Up to five awards are granted each year, accompanied by a cash honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate. Any Baylor faculty member may nominate a fellow faculty member for a Clark Faculty Service Award by submitting (1) a completed nomination form, (2) a letter of support (maximum of two pages) and (3) a two-page biosketch from the nominee (preferably NIH or NSF format). Additional information will be requested of nominees who are selected as finalists. Nomination letters must be submitted to Maria Lopez in the Office of Faculty Development by March 17. Additional details and the nomination form may be found online.

Women Instructors and Assistant Professors are invited to apply to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar July 15-18 in Stevenson, Wash. The internal application process requires a CV and statement of interest (less than 500 words) that includes your goals for attending the conference and how it will benefit your career and the College’s mission and vision. Please submit that information to InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu by Sunday, March 5. Your department chair or center director will need to support your nomination if you are selected.

Herbert W. Nickens Award: The Provost’s Office seeks to nominate a BCM faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and healthcare equity for the AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Award. Nominees from a wide range of fields are encouraged to apply. The internal nomination process requires a CV and a statement of interest (less than 500 words) that highlights your work to address health inequities in the United States. The deadline to submit that information to InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu is Sunday, March 5. If you are selected, your department chair or center director will need to support your nomination and provide a statement about your contributions.

Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award: The Provost’s Office also seeks to nominate a BCM assistant professor (appointed no earlier than July 1, 2014) who demonstrates leadership potential in addressing inequity in medical education and healthcare, has made contributions to the educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, and is committed to a career in academic medicine, for the AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award. The internal nomination process requires a CV and statement of interest (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) discussing your motivations and objectives for a career in academic medicine. Please submit that information to InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu by Sunday, March 5. Your department chair or center director will need to support your nomination if you are selected.

Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award: The Office of the Provost is seeking a BCM faculty member (assistant professor or higher rank) who has made outstanding contributions to medical education as a teacher to nominate for the AAMC Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award. The internal nomination process requires a CV and a description (not to exceed one single-spaced page) of your principal involvement in medical school education, including innovative work, publications and materials and previous recognition at a college, state, regional or national level. The deadline to submit nomination materials to Maria Lopez is Sunday, March 5. The nominee will be selected by a committee of the Academy of Distinguished Educators and representatives from the School of Medicine. If you are selected, your department chair or center director will be asked to support your nomination.

Faculty Resources

Emergency Notification System: Did you get a message from the College on Tuesday when an active shooter incident was reported? 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. The next workshop is 12:15-1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Room M319.01-M309.03, Main Baylor. RSVP to Remy Elizondo in the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285 to attend.

The Center for Professionalism seeks to create, support and sustain a culture of professionalism and integrity among all members of the College's community. Lapses in professionalism that are reported to the Center are handled through a variety of interventions. View a summary of reports made to the Center through Dec. 30, 2016.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Events

Find a Physician Networking Event: Formerly known as Breakfast with the Docs, this mixer is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Conference Room A, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus. Baylor physicians are encouraged to attend to meet colleagues, build relationships and get referrals. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.

Call for Nominations

Vote on Hospital Rankings: U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings voting is now available on the Doximity app. Login to your Doximity profile and vote for Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and our affiliates in your area of specialization. If you are not a Doximity member, look for a ballot in the mail. Voting ends Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Master Clinician Award The Selection Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care at the Master Clinician (15 or more years) level. 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. For more information, please see the website. The deadline for Master Clinician nominations is Wednesday, March 1.

Call for Abstracts

Quality and Safety Conference: Friday, March 3, is the deadline for submitting an abstract for the 4th Annual Baylor College of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, 4-8 p.m. April 26, in Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building. Abstracts should focus on quality and safety, including quality improvement projects, patient safety initiatives, educational innovations and similar topics, and can be submitted by students, faculty and healthcare providers. Learn more online.

Clinical Symposia

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 in Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building. CME credits are available. Register online by Sunday, 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 Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Research Forum

Bugs, Drugs and Beyond: Targeting the Microbiome to Transform Healthcare, a forum to explore the ways in which innovators from Houston and beyond are harnessing the human microbiome and advancing novel therapeutics, diagnostics and other health products, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at TMCx on the McGovern (Nabisco) Campus. The program includes interactive sessions, talks by leaders and a QuickFire Challenge where innovators can pitch promising ideas or research. Register online by Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Research Resources

Gene Vector Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab provides viral vector packaging and cloning/plasmid preparation services. Of the available gene delivery systems, virus-derived vectors are among the most efficacious, as they retain the native features tested in evolutionary pressure. The lab offers production and purification of popular viral vectors including adenovirus, adeno-associated virus, lentivirus and retrovirus at very competitive prices. The Gene Vector Core team incorporates cutting edge technologies while ensuring high quality control in working with investigators. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Read about Dr. David Moore’s and Dr. Loning Fu’s research linking social jet-lag to liver cancer in mice. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to https://fromthelabs.bcm.edu/ 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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