E-mail not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
Faculty Commons Banner

Faculty Commons, March 29 - April 4, 2018
Please submit items for Faculty Commons to Erin Blair.

Archive / Faculty Affairs / Today at BCM / Employee Discounts

All Faculty

College News



Fresh Air: Colleagues enjoy a lovely spring day in the courtyard, perhaps rewarding themselves for reading the College’s new and significantly revised policies and successfully completing the mandatory Fraud, Waste & Abuse training ahead of the Friday, March 30, deadline.


National Doctors' Day is tomorrow, March 30. To celebrate, we asked Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Dr. Stacey Rose, assistant professor of medicine, to translate some key healthcare terms into lay language. Check it out in this video. Thank you to all our Baylor physicians for your dedication to your patients and to our community.


Women's History Month at Baylor concludes at noon tomorrow, March 30, in Kleberg Auditorium with a talk by Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African American president of an Ivy League institution and current president of Prairie View A&M University, and the recognition of Women of Excellence at the College. Dr. Simmons’ talk is titled “Share the Vision: Facing the Future Together.” The event is open to faculty, trainees, students and staff with a free boxed lunch to the first 75 attendees. See the full list of Women of Excellence honorees.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Christine Beeton, associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics, was awarded a $600,0000 shared instrument grant from the National Institutes of Health to purchase a BioSorter large particle sorter for the Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core. The first instrument of its kind in Texas, the BioSorter will be installed in the next four to six months.


imageDr. Hugo Bellen, professor, March of Dimes Chair in Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the basic sciences faculty as an officer of the Senate.


imageDr. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, the Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, and Dr. Kristin Kostick, a research associate in medical ethics, were awarded a $489,000 grant by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to disseminate and implement a trial-tested decision aid for left ventricular assist device treatment for advanced heart failure.


imageMelanie Jagneaux has joined Baylor as the College’s new ombuds. The Ombuds Office is a confidential place for students, trainees, faculty and staff to express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts and increase communication skills. Ms. Jagneaux previously served in dispute resolution and ombudsman roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Baker Hughes Inc.


imageDr. Richard Lewis, professor of molecular & human genetics, ophthalmology, pediatrics and medicine, was awarded the 2018 Marshall Parks Bronze Medal by the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at its 44th annual meeting earlier this month. The first non-pediatric ophthalmologist to be so honored, Lewis was recognized for applying molecular technologies to inherited ocular disorders afflicting infants, children and adolescents.


imageDr. Lee Lu, associate professor of medicine, and colleagues in the Society of General Internal Medicine, have produced Leading an Academic Medical Practice, a comprehensive guide to managing a medical clinic with learners. SGIM has endorsed the book, which is published by Springer.


imageDr. Siripoom McKay, assistant professor of medicine and medical director of the Young Adult Diabetes Clinic, is featured in Growing Up Baylor on the College blog. She describes how training and working at Baylor has influenced her life and career.


imageDr. Ourania Preventza, associate professor of surgery and faculty senator, has been invited to serve on the planning committees for the 55th Society of Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting in 2019 and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s 65th annual meeting in November 2018.

College Events

McLean Lectures: Dr. Susan Taylor of the University of California, San Diego speaks on “Lessons Learned from PKA: From Molecules to Cells” at 2 p.m. today, March 29, followed by Dr. Tony Hunter of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies on “Protein Phosphorylation: Pancreatic Cancer and New Frontiers in Histidine Phosphorylation” at 3:35 p.m. at the 46th Annual McLean Lectures in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Postdoctoral associate Dr. Muyuan Chen and Dr. Steven Ludtke, Charles C. Bell Jr. Professor in Structural Biology, will be honored with Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Excellence in Research Awards at the event.

Storytelling: The Narrative Medicine Program presents Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine on the theme of "Regeneration/Degeneration." The storytelling hour is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room M112, main Baylor. For more information, please see the website.

McNair Symposia: The 7th Annual McNair Symposium features a keynote lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone, University of California, San Francisco, on “Developing Treg-based therapeutics to suppress pathogenic autoimmune responses” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. A poster session for the McNair Scholar labs will begin at 9 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge.

  • The McNair Medical Institute Mini-Symposium on “Challenges and Hope in Finding a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes” is set for 1 – 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Room M112, main Baylor. It includes presentations from Dr. Kevan Herold of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Bart Roep of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, Dr. Matthias von Herrath of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and Dr. Mark Anderson of University of California, San Francisco.

Second Look Reception: Accepted medical school applicants return to Baylor for a second look before committing to a medical school at 6 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the courtyard. You are welcome to stop by to share your Baylor pride.

Girls Elevated: Teen and preteen girls and their parents are invited to an event focused on living a healthy adolescence. Led by Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, the interactive sessions cover the critical topics girls want and need to know about, such as healthy relationships, the real image of beauty and coping with sexual pressures. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the United Way – Greater Houston. Purchase a ticket online.

Faculty Opportunities

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 8 – 12 in Las Vegas. The scholarship will cover all travel expenses and course registration. More information and the application form are available on the Faculty Opportunities website. Applications are due to Deborah Fernandez by 5 p.m. April 4

Faculty Resources

Mosaic Project: The first priorities in the College’s SAP reimplementation are to simplify the travel and expense reimbursement process and to transform human resources processes, data and systems. More detail about these initiatives, the timeline and other resources are available on the Mosaic Project website. If you have questions or feedback, please email assistant vice president Jennifer Tessin.

For a Good Cause

BP MS 150: Support Team Baylor on its fourth BP MS 150 ride at a silent auction from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 in the E Hallway, main Baylor. Items include personal training packages, massage packages, gift cards and more. All donations will go to the MS 150 campaign on behalf of the team to help combat multiple sclerosis. To donate an auction item, contact wellness@bcm.edu.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Notice

CMS Payments Dispute Window: Physicians have from Sunday, April 1, to May 15 to review and dispute industry payments allegedly made to them in 2017. The payments will be published on June 30. Physicians should review the amounts that have been attributed to them and challenge any that may be misleading or inaccurate. The Office of Compliance has provided a summary of the Physician Sunshine Act to assist physicians in logging in to their account to validate and, if necessary, dispute inaccurate payment attributions. Physicians also may access the full Open Payments User Guide from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Clinical Seminar

TMC Health Policy Course: Dr. Nana Coleman, assistant dean for graduate medical education, is a panelist on “Healthcare Workforce,” 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, on the 6th floor of 6550 Bertner Ave. Attendance is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Nominations

ADA Pathway Awards: The American Diabetes Association’s Pathway to Stop Diabetes program seeks exceptional nominees from a broad range of disciplines including medicine, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. Pathway awards are by institutional nomination only and Baylor may nominate one applicant in one of the three categories of Initiator, Accelerator or Visionary. If you would like to put forward a nomination, please submit online a letter of nomination (indicating the pathway category) from a chair or center director, a research summary and an NIH biosketch by 5 p.m. April 23

Research Seminar

Mentoring Grad Students: Dr. Karen Lawson, assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, presents “Of Mice and Men – tal Health: Strategies to Help Mentors when Graduate Students May Be Struggling” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Room M112, main Baylor, as part of the Molecular & Human Genetics Faculty Development Seminar Series.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Virginia Wotring, associate professor of space medicine, pharmacology and chemical biology, learned from analyzing NASA’s Project Mercury data in this blog post. You can receive weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" 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 Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for April.

Questions or Comments?

Faculty Senate: Please contact your Senator for faculty-related questions or suggestions.

Institutional Policy Committee: Contact the Policy Committee to learn more about College policies and procedures.

Items for Faculty Commons: To submit items for this weekly email update for Baylor College of Medicine faculty, please contact us.

Connect With Baylor

facebook icon facebook icon twitter icon youtube icon linkedin icon google plus icon Instagram icon