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Rodeo Round Up: Friday, March 3, is Go Texan Day. Western attire is encouraged, within department guidelines. Want to share your Go Texan style? Take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Western gear and send it to social media manager Audrey Marks by 4 p.m. Friday to be featured on Baylor's social media channels. Don't forget to include your names and departments.

  • Based on the success of the College’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sponsorship in 2016, we made the decision last year to again serve as a sponsor in 2017. Our Chuck Wagon Race sponsorship, featuring a Baylor Chuck Wagon, allows us to provide tickets and parking passes to members of the Baylor community for Rodeo performances March 7-26. Baylor faculty, staff and trainees are invited to register for a chance to win these tickets at www.BCMprint.org.
  • Baylor also is a sponsor of the Rodeo Run on Saturday, March 4. Online registration available.
  • Admission and Bar-B-Que Contest tickets and half-price carnival packs to the Rodeo can be purchased in the Office of Communications, Room 176B main Baylor, until 4 p.m. Friday. View pricing information. Bring cash or a check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information contact coordinator Rudy Lopez or call the Office of Communications at (713) 798-4710.
  • Rodeo Show and Concert tickets may be purchased online.

Human Genome Sequencing Center Grant: The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine program has named the Human Genome Sequencing Center as a participant in a groundbreaking half-billion dollar program to bring whole genome sequencing and other
–omic technologies that monitor the expression of the genome in response to the environment, to the forefront of clinical research. The initial award from NHLBI supports the whole genome sequencing of 20,000 samples at the HGSC in the first year of the program.

Commencement 2017: The ceremony for our graduating M.D. and Ph.D. students will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Jones Hall. Please note this is 30 minutes earlier than in previous years. The speaker is Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. You are encouraged to attend and support our students. Please complete the form to RSVP as well as to reserve regalia, if needed. The form should be submitted by April 3.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Jennifer Christner, dean of the School of Medicine, will serve on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, beginning June 2017. The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association and is the accrediting body for programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. In this role she will participate in site visits and accreditation decision making and attend LCME meetings that focus on updating standards and modifying accreditation procedures.


imageDr. William Mitch, professor of medicine – nephrology, is a recipient of a 2017 Medal of Excellence Award from the American Association of Kidney Patients. He will be honored March 17 at the Renal Physicians Association meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The award honors healthcare professionals who are at the forefront of scientific advances in kidney care and are strong patient advocates.


imageDr. Stephanie Morain assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and her colleagues have received a $168,885 grant from the Texas Medical Center to develop coordinated public health policies and practice guidelines for management of the Zika virus. The resulting toolkit and policies will be disseminated throughout the TMC and through partners at the University of Miami.


imageDr. Todd Rosengart, the DeBakey-Bard Chair and professor of surgery, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Society of Surgical Chairs, a program of the American College of Surgeons. This position will matriculate to president in two years. Society membership includes chairs of all of the U.S. academic departments of surgery and has a membership of approximately 160.


imageDr. Binoy Shivanna, assistant professor of pediatrics - neonatal-perinatal medicine, was elected president-elect of the Southern Society for Pediatric Research at the society's recent meeting in New Orleans. In this role, he will support the society's mission of furthering pediatric investigation and research by providing a forum for its members to meet and present their data for critical review.


College Events

Free Faculty Photos: The Office of Communications is continuing its free faculty and staff photo sessions. Participants will receive one digital headshot (a $40 value) that works well for website bios and other professional uses.

  • 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, in Room 0100, McGovern Campus
  • 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 6, at the DeBakey Museum, main Baylor
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the DeBakey Museum, main Baylor
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Children's Nutrition Research Center Lobby
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus Lobby
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus Lobby

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, University Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Senior Investigator, delivers the Issam M. Fares Family Lecture on "The Biology of Memory and Age-Related Memory Loss" at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. A reception will follow in Rayzor Lounge. Kandel shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system.

Taub & Alexander Research Symposium: The Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, with poster presentations in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Dr. Huda Zoghbi, the Ralph D. Feigin, M.D. Endowed Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics, HHMI investigator and director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, will give the keynote address, “From Genes to Neural Networks and Disorders of the Nervous System” at 12:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium in conjunction with Medicine Grand Rounds.

Defining Death: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy presents Dr. Savitri Fedson, associate professor in the Center, discussing “Beats, Breaths and Brainwaves: Defining Death,” at noon Thursday, March 9, at Grappino di Nino. For more information about the "Decisions, Issues and Values Affecting You" luncheon speaker series, or to register, please see the webpage.

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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register here. For more information, contact partnership@bcm.edu or (713) 798-5460.

Gala for Clinical Trials Unit: The annual Partnership Gala, slated for April 7 at the Briar Club, benefits the adult Phase 1 Clinical Trials Unit at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Chaired by Cora Sue and Harry Mach, the “Café Society Soiree” features dinner, dancing and entertainment with a Jazz Age twist. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Abby Platt at (713) 798-3808.

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.

Mid-Career Faculty at the associate professor level are invited to apply to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar June 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The Provost's Office will nominate one BCM faculty member to attend. The internal application process requires a CV (no more than five pages) 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 Friday, March 17. Your department chair or center director will need to support your nomination if you are selected.

Women Instructors and Assistant Professors are invited to apply to attend the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar July 15-18 in Stevenson, Wash. The Provost's Office will nominate one BCM faculty member to attend. 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

Biometric Screening: Registration for the 2017 BCM BeWell Biometric Screening is now open. To view the schedule and instructions on how to register, please visit the BCM BeWell Biometric Screening page. Benefit-eligible employees who complete a biometric screening and their 2017 Vitality Health Review by Nov. 25 will receive an automatic 2,000 BCM BeWell Vitality Points the month after successful completion. The biometric screening can be completed through BCM BeWell or by the participant’s primary care physician to qualify for the incentive. Email wellness@bcm.edu with any questions.

Tax Form: If you have given consent to receive an electronic W-2, the 2016 form is now available online by logging into ESS, clicking on “Payroll Services,” selecting “W-2 Copies,” and clicking “Submit for year 2016.” You can view, print or save the form from that screen. To give consent, log into ESS, go to “Payroll Services” and select “Electronic W-2 Consent.”

Online Civility Politics and campus climate incidents can spark heated conversations online. Be sure to check out Social Media Resources for tips on communicating and responding with respect, integrity and excellence.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

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

Venom Conference: Join the National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Houston Zoo for the fifth annual Houston Venom Conference, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 11 in Cullen Auditorium. Led by Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology and assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics, the course features medical toxicologists and wilderness medicine experts from around the country and is designed to teach providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and EMS providers how to manage common envenomations like snakebites, spider bites and jellyfish stings. CME credits are available. Register online.

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.

Clinical Resources

Life Support Certification: The Department of Emergency Medicine's advanced ACLS-BLS Program offers semi-monthly cardiac life support, basic live support and combined re-certification in-person courses. The program is American Heart Association-certified and offered for $135 for ACLS or $175 for ACLS and BLS combined. This month’s courses start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 11 and 25, on the main Baylor campus. Register online. Email Whitney Grant for more information.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Abstracts

CVRI Symposium: The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2017 Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium is 6 p.m. Monday, March 6. The symposium, set for April 4 in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge, features keynote speakers Dr. Christin Seidman, co-director of the Seidman Lab in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Richard Gibbs, Wofford Cain Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics and director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor. Submit your abstract and register online.

Research Resources

Genialis Platform: The Office of Research is pleased to announce a new software license available to faculty. Genialis Platform is an NGS data analytics solution that facilitates data and metadata management; bioinformatics pipeline development and automation; data visualization and exploration; and collaboration and dissemination. The software has been deployed on a computer cluster at the OIT Nabisco facility and is currently in beta test phase. If your lab generates NGS data, however big or small, and you would like to learn more about the available Genialis Platform tools, please contact: bcm@genialis.com.

Genomic and RNA Profiling Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab provides researchers access to state-of-the-art molecular profiling technology and services, including next generation sequencing on the Illumina platform (MiSeq desktop sequencer and HiSeq 2500) and microarrays on Agilent’s SurePrint Technology. GARP also offers array card-based qPCR services using TaqMan Low Density Array cards and Qiagen PCR Arrays, plate-based qPCR services for gene expression, microRNA, and genotyping, and NanoString nCounter technology. Additionally, the core can perform automated DNA size selection on the Pippin HT and sample shearing on the Covaris LE220 Ultrasonicator. GARP also serves as a source for sample quality control, experimental design and comprehensive data analysis. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Read Dr. Peter Hotez's article on Autism spectrum disorder: if not vaccines, then what? 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 March.

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