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A mother cow and baby calf standing on dirt.

Caption: Army veteran Roy Cadwalder recently stunned his Houston VA physician Dr. Barbara Trautner, also a professor in the departments of medicine and surgery at Baylor, with a very special, but unique, honor. Cadwalder, a farmer from Cleveland, Texas – the home of Sam Houston National Forest – named his newly born calf after his doctor to thank her for the excellent care she has provided to him for more than 20 years. Read more here.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Mimi Tan, assistant professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, received a National Institutes of Health K23 award for her work, "Development and Validation of an Automated Algorithm for Real-time Detection of Neoplasia in Barrett's Esophagus using a Low-cost, Portable Microendoscope." The funding will be $993,595 for a five-year period.

Dr. Monisha Arya, assistant professor of infectious disease, published a guidebook to help trainees succeed in academic publishing and poster presentations. "The Must-Have Guidebook for Writing, Publishing, Presenting" contains 150 tips based on the "wins" her own mentees had over the years. It's available for purchase on Amazon.

Dr. Nick Ettinger, assistant professor in pediatrics-critical care and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is the lead author on a new national policy statement released earlier this month called "Guidance for Structuring a Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit." The statement is a revision of a 2004 clinical report on intermediate care.

imageDr. Hardeep Singh, professor of medicine at Baylor and chief of the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been recognized with the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in the individual achievement category. The award, presented annually by the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF), recognized Singh for demonstrating exceptional leadership and scholarship in patient safety and healthcare quality through a substantive lifetime body of work.

Coming Up

HemHub Conference Series: At noon May 2, Dr. Kikkeri N. Naresh, professor of pathology in the clinical research division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, will virtually deliver a presentation, "Revisiting Recognition and Enumeration of Blasts in Diagnosis and Classification of Myeloid Neoplasm." Log on to the virtual event here and use passcode 831342.

Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Research Symposium: Dr. Katherine King, associate professor of pediatrics and infectious disease at Baylor and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be the featured speaker for the fifth annual Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Research Symposium at 12:30 p.m. May 13. The in-person event will be in room M-112 in main Baylor. The symposium will celebrate the work of research fellows Drs. Anaum Maqsood, Alejandro Marinos Velarde, Haotong Wang and Katherine Sanchez.

Walk to Cure Arthritis: Join the Baylor team for the Walk to Cure Arthritis at 9 a.m. May 14 at Buffalo Bayou Trail. Baylor's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team is a sponsor of this year's event. You can donate to the team if you are unable to join.

Navigating Challenging Mentoring Moments: On May 24, join members of the Ombuds Office and our faculty mentor training facilitators to develop positive approaches to engaging with your mentees in difficult moments. The virtual event will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register here.

Community engagement and research series: The first of three lectures on effective strategies to enhance community engagement in biomedical research will be at noon May 18. The featured speaker will be Dr. Ashley M. Butler, associate professor of pediatrics-psychology and chair of the Collaborative on Racial Equity and Inclusion for Black Youth. Butler will deliver "What is Community Engagement in Research?" The next two sessions will be in June and July. Register here.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Senate Elections: Baylor's Faculty Senate is the primary venue for faculty participation in shared governance and planning at the College. Education, faculty affairs and benefits, strategic planning, communications and public affairs, and administrative operations are the subjects of the senate's standing committees. The 2022 Faculty Senate Elections are approaching. Faculty must self-nominate to run for a senate seat. Please refer to the Faculty Senate Elections page for process and eligibility.

M.D. Promotions Committee: Nominations are open for membership on the M.D. Committee for Student Promotion and Academic Achievement (also known as the M.D. Promotions committee). This peer-review committee is charged with reviewing the academic and professional progress of each medical student. Committee meetings are held 10 times each year on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at the end of each grading period. Occasional ad hoc work is requested. 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 SOM senior administrative position. Nominations should include a brief personal statement summarizing your interest in the committee and your CV; send these materials to Yvette.Pinales@bcm.edu no later than June 1. Position will be announced on or before June 15, and the first meeting will be July 12.

2023 O'Donnell Awards: The Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards annually recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society. For the 2023 O'Donnell Awards, the program has expanded to create a secondary science award and recognize recipients in medicine, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences and technology innovation categories. Each award includes a $25,000 honorarium and an invitation to present at the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas annual conference. Nomination applications and letters of support are due May 31. For questions, please email Stephanie Shaw at stephanie.shaw@austin.utexas.edu or call 512-232-8495.

College News

Research Support Office: The recently created office is part of an initiative in the Sponsored Programs Office to better serve and assist research-active departments. The office has been set up to provide high level oversight of pre-award and post-award support and guidance and training to departmental staff who are engaged in research administration activities. Working in partnership with departments, the Research Support Office will also help departments bridge resource "gaps" they may encounter due to a high volume of grant submissions and/or periodic staff resource limitations. Services include pre-award research proposal building and budgetary considerations, assistance with sponsor guidance and documentation, post-award requests such as sub-award administration and re-budgeting, and sponsor-specific training where appropriate. Victoria Leyton, director of research administration, leads the office. Email her at researchsupport@bcm.edu for further information, feedback or a discussion on specific needs.

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