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Dr. Mattox standing outside the Kenneth L Mattox, M.D.,  Surgical Suite

Caption: The career of one of Houston's most renowned trauma surgeons and medical educators was honored at an April 7 dedication ceremony of the Kenneth L Mattox, M.D., Surgical Suite at Ben Taub Hospital. Mattox, Distinguished Service Professor at Baylor, served as chief of staff at Ben Taub Hospital, part of Harris Health, for 31 years before stepping down in 2020. Read more in BCM Family.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Philip Lupo, professor of pediatrics - hematology and oncology and director of the Epidemiology and Population Sciences Program at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center, was recently invited to join the Journal of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Spectrum editorial board.

Dr. Daniel Curry, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgeon at Texas Children's Hospital, was named the Karolinska Institutet 2022 Herbert Olivecrona award winner. The Swedish institute gives out this annual award, which is considered by some to be the Nobel Prize of neurosurgery.

Wayne Goodman Dr. Xander WehrensDr. Wayne Goodman, chair and professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Jason Mills, professor of gastroenterology; and Dr. Xander Wehrens, professor of molecular physiology, were inducted into the Association of American Physicians at the AAP/ASCI/APSA joint meeting earlier this month.

Dr. Luisanna Sanchez Ventura, fellow in pediatric hematology and oncology, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology to receive the 2022 ASH Minority Hematology Fellow Award. This award encourages early-career researchers from historically underrepresented minority groups to pursue a career in academic hematology. Each awardee receives $100,000 for clinical or laboratory-based hematology research projects, to develop additional research skills and generate preliminary data.

This Week

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.

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 20 and April 27. Presenters aim to take you on a musical journey of well-being through sessions titled "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.

Celebration of Life: The Department of Molecular and Human Genetics will host a Celebration of Life honoring Dr. C. Thomas Caskey at 3 p.m. May 2 at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, 1250 Moursund St. A reception will follow. Please RSVP to Genetics-RSVP@bcm.edu for in-person attendance. The event will be livestreamed here. Read more about Caskey's remarkable life and career here.

Faculty Opportunities

M.D. Committee for Student Promotion and Academic Achievement: Nominations for membership to the M.D. Committee for Student Promotion and Academic Achievement (also known as the MD Promotions committee) are open. This committee is charged with reviewing the academic and professional progress of each medical student. Committee meetings are held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays at the end of each grading period. At-large members are elected from faculty based on their sustained interest and active participation in undergraduate medical education and should not hold a current School of Medicine senior administrative position. Diversity of faculty educational experiences and backgrounds, representing both clinical and basic science faculty, with special attention to institutional diversity goals, is desired. Members serve a three-year, renewable term. Send a personal statement summarizing your interest in the committee and your CV to Yvette.Pinales@bcm.edu by June 1.  Announcement of the position will be made on or before June 15. The first meeting of the academic year is July 12.

Additional Ventures Expansion Award Program: There are three weeks left to apply for the Additional Ventures Expansion Award Program, which gives $50,000 to teams aiming to add new single ventricle-focused research to their current work. Proposals should expand existing studies in single-ventricle research and/or add to ongoing studies within cardiovascular sciences. Proposals due May 2; award announcement will be June 1. Funding begins July 1. For a full list of criteria and to download the full RFP, create an applicant account here.

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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