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Go Texan Day

On Feb. 25, Baylor will celebrate Go Texan Day. Based on department dress codes, you are welcome to wear blue jeans and other western apparel. Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing western gear (masks on for group photos) and send it to Dana Benson by 2 p.m. Feb. 25, to be featured on Baylor’s social media channels. Be sure to include names and department information with your photo.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Bruno Di Stefano Dr. Danitza NeborDr. Madhavi LakkarajaThree members of the Baylor community are recipients of the American Society of Hematology’s 2022 Scholar Awards, which support fellows and junior faculty dedicated to careers in hematology research. Dr. Bruno Di Stefano, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, was awarded $150,000 in the Basic/Translational Junior Faculty category. Dr. Danitza Nebor, instructor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology, was awarded $125,000 in the Basic/Translational Fellow to Faculty category. Dr. Madhavi Lakkaraja, fellow in pediatrics – hematology and oncology was awarded $100,000 in the Clinical Fellow category.

This Week

Title IX Awareness Week: Baylor’s Title IX Office presents Awareness Week, designed to educate the community on gender- and sex-based discrimination and provide resources and information on preventing and reporting it. At noon Feb. 24, the Title IX office will hold an awareness talk and Q&A session for the Baylor community on Microsoft Teams. At 10 a.m. Feb. 25, an informational meeting will be held for department leaders, faculty and staff to learn more about the Title IX office.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: General admission tickets and season passes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, barbecue contest tickets and half-price carnival packs can be purchased in the Office of Communications, located in main Baylor, room 176B, from Feb. 14-25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Concert tickets are not available. Cash or check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information, email communicationsadmin@bcm.edu or call the Office of Communications at (713)798-4710.

Rodeo Sponsorship: Baylor is again serving as a sponsor for the rodeo. Our Chuck Wagon Race sponsorship, featuring a Baylor Medicine Chuck Wagon, allows us to provide tickets and parking passes to members of the Baylor community for rodeo performances Feb. 28 to March 19. Baylor faculty, staff and trainees are invited to enter for a chance to win rodeo concert tickets.

Texas Life Science Forum: On Feb. 24, the Rice Alliance and BioHouston will host an all-day, in-person Texas Life Science Forum in McNair Hall at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Thirty-six speakers from across science, technology, medicine and innovation will deliver presentations. Online registration is closed, but walkup registration will be available.

Show Your Stripes: Feb. 28 is International Rare Diseases Day, and zebras have come to symbolize rare diseases in the U.S. In honor of International Rare Disease Day, please wear striped clothing and accessories to show your support of those lives impacted by a rare disease and to make some noise for our herd.

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.

Women of Excellence Awards: Nominations are open for the Women of Excellence Awards, which recognize members of the Baylor community who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to issues that affect women. The awards are open to faculty, staff, trainees and students and will be presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a virtual ceremony during Women’s History Month in March. Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

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 

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The School of Health Professions seeks a visionary and inspirational leader to serve as its inaugural director of diversity, equity and inclusion. This role is ideal for a faculty member or senior staff member with experience in diversity and inclusion, as well as a passion for ensuring equity for all faculty, staff and learners. The role is expected to support .20 FTE initially, with the goal of continued support and growth as the job duties expand. While initial priorities and projects will be determined based on director experience and input, potential responsibilities include oversight of data monitoring, training and education, recruitment and admissions, as well as community outreach. For more information, inquiries or to submit a CV and letter of interest, please email Dr. Aimee Gardner, associate dean, at aimee.gardner@bcm.edu.

Associate Course Director for FBSM: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for an associate course director for Foundations Basic to the Science of Medicine course. The course is in Terms 1 and 2, August through mid-December. The course is approximately 19 weeks in length with approximately 17 hours of scheduled learning time a week. The goal is to increase the student’s knowledge of basic biomedical sciences and ability to integrate and apply these foundational sciences to the practice of medicine. Learn more about the course objectives and nomination criteria. Complete the SOM Education Leadership Role Application. For more information on the application process, email Traneshia Parker at traneshp@bcm.edu. For questions regarding this leadership role, email Dr. Stacey Rose at srrose@bcm.edu. Applications due Feb. 28.

Associate Course Director Hematology/Oncology: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for an associate course director for the MS2 Hematology/Oncology course. The course is scheduled in Term 1, typically occurring in August. The course is approximately four weeks in length with 35 didactic sessions and five hematology clinical group learning sessions. Learn more about the hematology/oncology course objectives and nomination criteria. Complete the SOM Education Leadership Role Application. For more information on the application process, email Traneshia Parker at traneshp@bcm.edu. For questions regarding this leadership role, email Dr. Stacey Rose at srrose@bcm.edu. Applications due Feb. 28.

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