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College News

Students get their names from the Match Day board.

Caption: The first in-person Match Day in more than two years will be at 10:30 a.m. March 18. We'll be streaming all of the day's events live on our YouTube channel.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Martin M. Matzuk, professor and department chair of pathology and immunology, received the Carl G. Hartman Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction. He will be honored at the society's annual meeting later this year.

Sally Kenworthy, interim program director of orthotics and prosthetics in the School of Health Professions, was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists annual meeting earlier this month.

Baylor's Pediatric Mitochondrial Medicine Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital and Adult Mitochondrial Disorders Clinic at the McNair Campus have been jointly designated as a Mitochondrial Center of Excellence and accepted as part of the national Mitochondrial Care Network. The Pediatric Mitochondrial Medicine Clinic is co-led by Dr. Fernando Scaglia and Dr. Lisa Emrick, with support from Dr. Keren Machol, Dr. Jill Ann Jarrell, nurse coordinator Erika Idlebird, and nurse practitioners Gina Santucci and Melody Hellsten.

This Week

Password standards: Those who have not changed their password since July 16, 2021, in adherence with BCM's new password policy must do so immediately, or the current password will expire beginning March 24. Emails have been sent to this group. See password instructions. No action is needed by those who already have changed their password.

Faculty Opportunities

Apply HEAT SIG: The Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program has started a new special interest group (SIG) to explore multidisciplinary approaches to cancer health equity research. The Apply HEAT SIG is a forum for the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and a broader Houston community to network, learn and explore. Join Apply HEAT SIG's inaugural meeting the last week of April. Please note your preference for dates and times. For more information, email Dr. Montserrat Ayala-Ramirez at Montserrat.Ayala-Ramirez@bcm.edu.

Aging and Cancer RFA: The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, in collaboration with the Intramural Programs of the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Aging, seeks a request for applications (RFA) for collaborative projects to focus on aging and cancer. Projects must include collaborations between an extramural investigator and an intramural investigator from the NIA or NCI. Proposals must justify the partnership through synergistic scientific aims. Awards will provide up to $100,000 per year to each primary investigator for up to two years. If interested, upload a one-page letter of intent and current NIH biosketch to the DLDCCC Proposal Submission Form by April 18. For questions, please contact the DLDCCC grants team at DLDCCCgrants@bcm.edu.

Saturday Morning Science mentors: Baylor's Saturday Morning Science program is in search of mentors for summer 2022. The program is for high school or dual-credit college students who attend Texas Southern University or Prairie View A&M University. SMS provides programming for students primarily from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged groups, as well as historically Black colleges and universities. The Summer Research Program attempts to match students (18-and-older ) with a research mentor for a lab experience. In addition to working in the lab, students participate in robust career development program, as well as a lecture series and small-group discussions. Students can work alongside lab technicians, graduate students or fellows in the lab, and participate in additional activities as the director sees fit. Student applications will be solicited in early May. Participating labs are invited to take part in interviews. For more information, email program leader Dr. Rayne Rouce at rouce@bcm.edu.

Geneticists needed: Geneticists at any level – graduate, medical, postdoc, resident/fellow or faculty – are needed to help middle school students with a science project. Students from sixth through eighth grade at the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at James D. Ryan Middle School will soon enter a contest called Genes in Space. The school needs a genetics enthusiast to help students develop a pseudo-proposal in-person by providing guidance on how to study any gene of interest. Please choose one or more times for availability on March 23 or March 24: 8:45 a.m.; 10:05 a.m.; or 2:35 p.m. The school is located at 2610 Elgin in Houston. For more information, email Rashieda Hatcher at rhatcher@bcm.edu.

Cancer-related research: Baylor is soliciting proposals to conduct collaborative, cancer-related research with the Helis Medical Research Foundations. The primary goal is to foster fundamental, discovery driven biomedical research that may lead to target validation, new target identification and/or drug development. Please submit a completed proposal using the DLDCCC Proposal Submission Form. For more information and criteria, email DLDDCCCgrants@bcm.edu.

Mentors needed: The All of Us Evening with Genetics Research Program, an initiative of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, is seeking faculty members with an interest in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion to mentor underrepresented early career investigators and help advance their research projects using All of Us data. Mentors will begin by guiding multidisciplinary teams of investigators at the Underrepresented Biomedical Researcher Faculty Summit on May 19-21 and are required to participate in the program for one year minimum. Applications are due March 21. Send questions to AllofUsEveningswithGenetics@bcm.edu.

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