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Dr. Paul Klotman with a non-fungible token

Caption: The Translational Research Institute for Space Health recently gifted Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean, a non-fungible token (NFT) art piece by artist Refik Anadol. The image was produced from the biometric data collected by TRISH from the crew of the Inspiration4, the first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth. TRISH partnered with the Inspiration4 crew and SpaceX to study health science and technology research before, during and after the flight that will benefit the collective understanding of the human body.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Mitchell Weikert, professor of ophthalmology, will be honored with the ASCRS Educator Award later this month at the opening general session of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting. Weikert was nominated by his peers for this recognition, being described as a "selfless teacher and mentor" who has helped develop more than 130 residents, dozens of clinical and research fellows and more than 150 medical students during his career.

Drs. Eberlin, Zhang, Camp andSreekumar

Collaborative seed grants awarded: On March 1, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery announced the recipients of the 2022-23 Collaborative Seed Grants. Two projects were awarded $20,000 each: Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, senior faculty in oncology, and Dr. Xiang Zhang, professor of molecular and cellular biology, were awarded funding for their project on therapy resistance in triple negative breast cancer. Dr. E. Ramsay Camp, professor and chief of surgical oncology, and Dr. Arun Sreekumar, professor of molecular and cellular biology, received funding to investigate immunosuppression in African American colorectal cancer patients.

Dr. Aimee K. Gardner, associate dean of the School of Health Professions and associate professor of health professions, psychiatry, surgery and education, innovation and technology, has been inducted as a fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), the world's largest health professions education society. Fellowship is the highest honor of the society and recognizes members of AMEE who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to excellence in health professional education through scholarly contributions to the field over at least five years.

This Week

Blood drive: Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 in Rayzor Lounge. Those who donate will receive a free T-shirt. Reserve your spot by signing up online. Earn 50 Vitality Points each time you give blood. BCM BeWell participants can earn points for donating blood up to four times per year.

Sound of Well-Being: BCM BeWell and BCM LIFE will collaborate with the Center of Professionalism and the Texas Medical Center Orchestra to bring a series of musically inspired presentations on April 13, April 20 and April 27. Each week, presenters aim to take you on a musical journey of well-being through sessions titled "This is Your Family on Music: The Positive Impact of Music on Family Life," "This is Your Brain on Music," and "Peter and the Winds." Register for more details. Email wellness@bcm.edu for more information.

Earth Day: From April 4-22, recycle your non-soiled scrubs, lab coats, clothes and shoes on campus. Trade your car for walking shoes for short trips around your neighborhood and see the many environmental benefits. Check out how to recycle on campus. Find more from BCM BeWell.

Coming Up

Alumni reunion: The 2022 Baylor College of Medicine Virtual Alumni Reunion will be April 21-22. The theme for the reunion and awards ceremony will be "What a Journey!" to reflect Baylor's 120-year history. The virtual event enables alumni to reconnect safely with each other and share exciting developments in the mission areas of healthcare, research, education and community. Register online to gain access to 20 live sessions, including many that offer complimentary CME and MOC credits.

Pathways to Promotion: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will host "Pathways to Promotion" at 4 p.m. April 18. The workshop will be virtual and will provide an overview of Baylor's promotion guidelines. Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

Faculty Opportunities

V Scholar Award: The V Scholar Award, which includes a $200,000 grant from the V Foundation, supports young tenure-track faculty early in their cancer research career by funding projects that are either laboratory-based fundamental or translational research. Any area of adult cancer research that increases understanding of cancer biology or translational research that improves cancer detection, prevention, treatment, and survivorship is eligible. Developing better methods for earlier detection of cancers is a focus of fundraising for 2022, and applicants are encouraged to include these methods.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. EST April 28. Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST May 16. For more information and how to apply, visit the V Foundation.

AΩA nominations: The Baylor College of Medicine Beta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is soliciting nominations of residents, fellows, faculty and alumni for induction in the 2021-2022 AΩA class. Regardless of other advanced degrees, any M.D. or D.O. member of the Baylor community is eligible for consideration if never previously elected.

Submit nomination packets to Yvette Pinales at yvette.pinales@bcm.edu by 11:59 p.m. April 15. Email Pinales for a full list of criteria. If a nominee could be considered in multiple categories, please provide their current Baylor affiliation before choosing alumni status. Please email Dr. Amy Schutt with questions at amy.schutt@bcm.edu.

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