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Vaccine Update: Biological E. Limited (BE) announced that it has completed the Phase I/II clinical trial of its COVID-19 subunit vaccine candidate in India and received the approval to start the Phase III clinical trial from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization Subject Expert Committee. The candidate includes an antigen developed by the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine and in-licensed to BE by BCM Ventures. The Phase III clinical study will be conducted in 15 sites across India, which is in the midst of a public health crisis (pictured above) as coronavirus cases surge. The trial will evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of the vaccine for protection against COVID-19 disease in 1,268 healthy subjects ages 18 to 80 years old.

COVID-19 vaccines are now available through Baylor for your family and friends. To schedule, have them complete this form. They will receive an email from BCM MyChart to select a date and time for their vaccination. Once they receive their confirmation email for their appointment, your family and friends are strongly encouraged to set up a BCM MyChart account if they don't already have one – this will make it easier to check in and schedule their second dose. Any questions or issues with the scheduling process can be directed to 713-798-6928.

Faculty Kudos

image Institutional Committees Results: The Office of the President and Institutional Committee Guidance have announced the six winners of the spring 2021 Institutional Committee At-Large Faculty Elections. Additional opportunities to apply for membership on important, College-wide committees will be offered this summer. Dr. Uma Ayyala, assistant professor of medicine, and Dr. Megha Kanjia, assistant professor of anesthesiology, will serve on the Faculty Committee on Awards, selecting the best candidates for prestigious prizes.

image Dr. Suman Rajagopalan, associate professor of anesthesiology, and Dr. Jacob Reimer, assistant professor of neuroscience, will serve on Institutional Committee Governance, where they will oversee processes for institutional committees. Dr. Kenneth Barning, assistant professor of family & community medicine, and Dr. Karla Wyatt, assistant professor of anesthesiology, will serve on the Student Services Committee, which advocates for learners across the College.

image Alumni Awards: Baylor honored outstanding faculty and alumni for career accomplishments in patient care, research and teaching at an April 15 virtual ceremony. Dr. Major Bradshaw ‘67 received the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his career in educational leadership at the College. Dr. Eric Silberfein ‘08 (residency), associate professor of surgery, won the Young Alumnus Award. Dr. Michael Belfort ‘93 (residency), professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology, and Dr. David Wesson, professor of pediatric surgery, were honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award. The Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Yvonne Chu ‘99, professor of ophthalmology and medical director for community eye services at Harris Health. See the full list of the winners and watch a video of the ceremony.

College (Virtual) Events

Pathways to Promotion: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development offers its popular career advancement workshop at 4 p.m. Monday, May 3, via Zoom, meeting ID: 948 1342 4748, passcode: 520669. See the complete summer workshop calendar online.

Health Policy: Baylor's Health & Science Policy Research Day looks at how the pandemic has affected healthcare partnerships and what lies ahead. The Tuesday, May 4, event includes a keynote talk with Adm. Brett Giroir, former assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information is available online.

Helis Cancer Lecture: Dr. Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine and genome sciences at University of Washington, delivers the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations 2021 Joint Lecture in Cancer Research on “The Genetics of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, via Zoom.

DocTalk: Dr. Ellen Friedman, director of the Center for Professionalism, discusses emotional intelligence at noon Wednesday, May 5. Register to receive Zoom information. BCM BeWell Vitality points are available.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Senate: Noon Monday, May 3, is the extended deadline to sign up as a candidate for the Faculty Senate. With many senators facing term limits, this is your opportunity to get involved with the Senate and participate in shared governance and strategic planning for the College.

  • You may apply to represent one of the following electoral units with which you are affiliated: Anesthesiology (2 seats), Dermatology, Education Innovation & Technology, Emergency Medicine (2 seats), Huffington Center on Aging, Medicine (2 seats), Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Neurology (2 seats), Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology & Immunology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2 seats), Surgery and Urology.
  • Or consider running for one of nine at-large senator positions. Information about the elections and a link to the application form are online.

Curriculum Committee: The School of Medicine Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations for three faculty member positions. The committee has the integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. It seeks a broad representation of the faculty and encourages interested faculty members from all disciplines to consider applying. See Faculty Opportunities online for more information and apply by Friday, May 7.

Admissions Interviewers: Applications are open for the School of Medicine Admissions Interviewing Subcommittees, charged with interviewing and evaluating applicants with varied backgrounds, values, beliefs, interests, experiences and cultural viewpoints to ensure a diverse student body. Faculty members, fellows, residents and Baylor alumni are eligible to apply. Please see Faculty Opportunities for more information and apply by June 11.

Faculty Resources

Take the Faculty Survey: Please take a few minutes to respond to the AAMC StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey. Your participation helps the College improve its programs and policies and makes Baylor a better place to work. If you don’t recall seeing the survey, please search your email (including junk folders) for the link to it in a message from StandPointSurveys@aamc.org.

Interim Funding: The Interim Funding Program provides short-term relief funding up to $100,000 for established laboratories that have experienced a lapse in federal funding. The College provides awards for up to twelve months' duration. Full eligibility, award and application information for fiscal year 2022 is available online. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 7.

Bridge Funding: Through the Bridge to Independence Program, the College provides bridge funding of up to $100,000 for junior faculty members who have spent down their seed but not yet obtained independent funding. Full eligibility, award and application information for FY 2022 is available online. The application deadline is Friday, May 7.

Autism Webinar: The Spark for Autism program at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital host a webinar at noon Friday, May 14, on "Navigating the Challenges of Puberty and Adolescents for Youth with Autism," with Dr. Holly Harrison, assistant professor of pediatrics. She will discuss preparing families and individuals with autism for adolescence, setting social boundaries, using visual aids/modeling and setting appropriate expectations. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Teaching Symposium: The Texas Educators Academies Collaborative for Health Professions Southeast hosts a symposium on “Educator Identities in the New Healthcare Environment," with Dr. Neil Osheroff, president of International Association of Medical Science Educators, as plenary speaker May 14. Registration information is online.

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.

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