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Be a Voice for Faculty: Nominations are now open for Faculty Senate seats representing Family & Community Medicine, Medicine, Molecular & Human Genetics, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Pathology & Immunology, Pediatrics (2 positions), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiology, Surgery, Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, Center for Cell & Gene Therapy, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Menninger Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital and TIRR, plus 12 at-large and two officer positions. The deadline for nominations is May 11, with elections starting May 18. Information about the Senate and a link to the nomination form are online. Pictured above: Senators at the conclusion of their Leadership Training Course, a benefit of service on the Faculty Senate.

Alumni Reunion: Baylor faculty made a strong showing at the Alumni Awards Ceremony April 27. Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of the College, and alumni association president Dr. Dennis O’Brien '06 presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to Dr. Janet Butel '66, distinguished service professor, Joseph L. Melnick Professor and Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology. Dr. Brendan Lee '95, professor and Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair of molecular and human genetics, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award - School of Medicine. Dr. Susan Blaney, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, and Dr. James Walker '92, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Program, won Distinguished Faculty Awards. Dr. Barry Goodfriend '65, a volunteer associate professor of internal medicine, received a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Mary Brandt '83, professor of pediatric surgery, was honored with the Humanitarian Award. Dr. Carol Baker '68, professor of pediatrics - infectious diseases, and Dr. Charles McCollum '66, professor of surgery and director of surgery alumni affairs, were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston event.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Ruth Bush, professor of medicine – health services research and surgery and deputy director of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the DeBakey VA Medical Center, was elected a Fellow of the American Surgical Association at its annual meeting in Philadelphia in April.


imageDr. Sridevi Devaraj, professor of pathology, has been named a RIITE Role Model for Excellence at the College for her management, innovation and teamwork skills in the clinical laboratory at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sanjiv Harpavat, assistant professor of pediatrics – gastroenterology, nominated her for the honor.


imageDr. Ronald Lepow, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Shital Patel, assistant professor of medicine – infectious diseases, Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor of gastroenterology, Ross Tonini, otolaryngology audiologist, and Dr. Larisa Grigoryan, assistant professor of family and community medicine, volunteered their time to present a series of well-received health information sessions to members of the Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center earlier this spring. See the Community Learning webpage for more faculty-led public events.


imageDr. Robert McLaughlin, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, has been elected an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers. The “Southern Deans” is an association of allied health executive officers that addresses matters uniquely affecting health professions education in the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico.


imageDr. Christian Schaaf, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation in April. The College now has 34 physician-scientists who are ASCI members.


imageDr. Eric T. Warwick, assistant professor of family and community medicine, has been named a RIITE Role Model for Leadership at the College for his expertise as an educator, F&CM residency program director and family physician in the Harris Health System. Dr. Fareed Khan, associate professor of family and community medicine and a faculty senator, nominated him for the honor.

College Events

McNair Symposium: Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and chief executive officer of the Wellcome Genome Campus, will present the McNair Medical Institute Distinguished Lecture on “Signatures of Mutational Process” at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The sixth annual McNair Symposium also includes a poster session for the McNair Scholar labs beginning at 10 a.m. and a reception following the lecture. Both events are in Rayzor Lounge.

Compassionate Conversations: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Medicine's Internal Medicine Diversity Council invite you to attend a "Compassionate Conversation" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in N315, main Baylor. We will be screening Ava DuVernay's documentary "13th" followed by a panel discussion on the current state of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States and a Q&A session. Dinner will be provided. Please email InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu to RSVP.

DeBakey Excellence in Research Awards: This year’s honorees, Dr. Benjamin R. Arenkiel, associate professor of genetics and neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, professor of surgery and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, Dr. Mary K. Estes, distinguished professor of virology and Cullen Endowed Chair, Dr. Bert W. O’Malley, distinguished leadership and distinguished service professor and Thomas C. Thompson Chair in Cell Biology, and Dr. Jordan Orange, professor of pediatrics - immunology, allergy and rheumatology, will present their research at the symposium and ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, in DeBakey Auditorium, M112, main Baylor. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Dr. Stephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, speaks on “The Role of DNA Damage Response in Tumor Suppression and Aging” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. His lecture is sponsored by the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations and Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. A reception follows in Rayzor Lounge.

Faculty Awards Day: Cheer for your peers at this omnibus awards ceremony encompassing the Clark Faculty Service Award, Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care, and Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism. The event is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, with a reception to follow.

Faculty Opportunities

Medical Director for PA Program: The Physician Assistant Program seeks a licensed physician to provide guidance about the content of the clinical components of the curriculum, assist core faculty to develop and maintain high quality clinical training experience and advance understanding of the PA profession within the medical community. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information. Applications are due by May 15.

IMSD-PREP Program Director Position: The Graduate School seeks a director for graduate and post-baccalaureate student development to provide leadership and oversight for the IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) program, which supports Ph.D. students from under-represented populations, and PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program), which supports talented post-baccalaureate students seeking to enhance their preparedness for subsequent Ph.D. training in the biomedical sciences. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information. The deadline to apply is May 12.

SMART Program Director Position: The Graduate School seeks a director to provide leadership and oversight for the SMART (Summer Medical and Research Training) program, which supports undergraduate students seeking to enhance their preparedness for subsequent Ph.D. and M.D. training following completion of their bachelor degrees. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information. May 12 is the application deadline.

The Student Disability Committee is seeking nominations to fill an open School of Medicine faculty member seat. Committee members participate in the review of requests for accommodation from students with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal law. More information is available online. Nominations and self-nominations should include a personal statement of interest or a nomination letter as well as a current CV, emailed to committee vice chair Dr. Daryl Shorter no later than midnight Friday, May 19. 

For a Good Cause

NAMI Walk: The Menninger Clinic team is taking part in the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Sam Houston Park downtown. See the website to register and donate. For more news about the clinic, read the May Menninger Update.

Bike to Work: Join a Texas Medical Center ride train and bike into the TMC for coffee and breakfast at McGovern Commons in celebration of National Bike Month. Escorted ride trains depart from four locations at 7 a.m. Friday, May 12. View the route map and register online.

Great Strides 5K: The Baylor Adult CF Center team is walking in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Houston Zoo. Make a gift or join the walk.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Addressing Physician Stress: Dr. Eugene Boisaubin, professor of medicine at McGovern Medical School and director of the Ethics and Advocacy Core of the NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at UTHealth, speaks on “The Epidemic Within: Addressing Physician Stress” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in Room 201A, main Baylor. The American Medical Professionals Foundation is sponsoring the talk. RSVP by May 9 to rsvp@tapro.org.

Clinician-Patient Communication: The Center for Professionalism hosts two presentations by Dr. Richard Frankel, professor of medicine and geriatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, on Thursday, May 11, at main Baylor. He speaks on “Empathy? Really? Who Cares When I Only Have Eight Minutes to See My Patients” at noon in Kleberg Auditorium, and on “We Are What We Repeatedly Do: Four Communication Habits of Highly Effective Physicians” at 4 p.m. in McMillian Auditorium. Ethics CME credit is available and a reception will follow the 4 p.m. session. RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.

Clinical Reminder

Physician Sunshine Act: Since 2013, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act has required applicable manufacturers to report certain payments made to physicians (including fellows). Physicians have until Monday, May 15, to review and dispute industry payments that will be publically available on the Open Payments Database on June 30. Compliance encourages Baylor physicians to review the payments reported under their name for calendar year 2016 to verify that it is accurate. For information on how to view and dispute records, see the Physician Sunshine Act intranet page.

Call for Applications

The Clinical Scientist Training Program offers academic clinicians an in-depth introduction to clinical research and grant writing in a one-year program leading to a Certificate of Added Qualification in clinical investigation. More information is available on the CSTP website. The deadline for applications to the program is Monday, May 15.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

GSBS Helpline: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences now has a general email box that faculty and students can contact with any questions related to the grad school. It is Gsbs-Help@bcm.edu.

From the Labs: Find out why you cannot tickle yourself in an piece on the research of Dr. Javier Medina, associate professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, in this issue of In the Labs. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to https://fromthelabs.bcm.edu/ and entering your email address in the 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 Research's list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for May.

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