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Baylor College of Medicine has sponsored engineering teams at Texas A&M University and Rice University since 2015. Last month, those teams presented their capstone projects at engineering showcases in Bryan-College Station and Houston.

  • Drs. Chester J. Koh, Hannah Bachtel and Soo Kim, pediatric urology; Texas A&M engineering team; Overall Capstone Award for "Reliable Instrument Counter" - $1,500
  • Dr. Kevin Kaplan, pediatric pulmonary/sleep medicine, Rice University engineering team; Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award for "Brainwaves: An Integrated Pediatric Sleep Study Recording Device" - $1,000
  • Dr. R. Brandon Hunter, pediatric critical care, Texas A&M engineering team; first place Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Award for "EndoTrack" - $750
  • Dr. Elton Ashe-Lambert, pediatric otolaryngology; Texas A&M engineering team; second place Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Award for "Electronic Quadroscope" - $500
  • Dr. Julie Hakim, pediatric gynecology, Texas A&M engineering team; third place Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Award for "Hystero-Hero" - $250

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Faith Fletcher, assistant professor at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, co-edited a new special report from the Hastings Center calling on the field of bioethics to take the lead in efforts to remedy racial injustice and health inequities in the U.S. See the full report.

Dr. Titilope Fasipe, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology, was named as the new chair of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology's (ASPHO) Hemoglobinopathies Special Interest Group (SIG). The Hemoglobinopathies SIG promotes collaboration among pediatric hematologists/oncologists who care for children, adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies and serves as a forum for research, advocacy and awareness initiatives.

imageDr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Roanoke College May 6 at its Class of 2022 Commencement in Salem, Virginia. Hotez is being honored for his career spent developing vaccines.

Baylor's Department of Anesthesiology was awarded a designation for the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Center of Excellence to recognize its excellence in obstetric anesthesia care and to set a benchmark of expected care to improve standards nationally and internationally. Award designees will be announced May 12 at the SOAP annual meeting.

This Week

Building Your CV: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will host "Building and Refining Your CV" at 4 p.m. May 9. The workshop will be virtual and will provide an overview of Baylor's CV guidelines and expectations. Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

Bioethics Grand Rounds: At 5 p.m. May 11, Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, will deliver a lecture, "COVID-19 Vaccines: Science vs. Antiscience" at the Bioethics Grand Rounds. Register for the virtual event.

Coming Up

Ion Activation Festival: The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor is participating in the Houston Ion's Activation Festival at 5 p.m. May 12. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by the Ion, 4201 Main Street, for a first look at the new documentary, "Space Health: Surviving in the Final Frontier," followed by an expert panel discussion on the past, present and future of space health research. Attendees also can participate in interactive demos of space health research and technologies led by Space Center Houston. RSVP online.

TEACH-S Educational Symposium: On May 12, the Texas Educator's Academies Collaborative for Health Professions - Southeast will hold its annual Educational Symposium on "Learning Environment of the Future." Dr. Alice Fornari from the Barbara & Donald Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell will deliver the keynote address, "The Power of the Learning Environment: When You Jump from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces." The keynote interactive discussion will be on "Faculty Development 2030: Critical Skills and Tools for Optimal Learner Engagement." Register for the virtual event.

Nephrology Grand Rounds: Dr. Ian H. De Boer, associate director of the Kidney Research Institute at the University of Washington, will deliver a lecture during Nephrology Grand Rounds at 1:30 p.m. May 18 in Cullen Auditorium. De Boer's lecture, "Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes and CKD: The Welcome Problem of Rapid-fire New Data," is part of the Garabed Eknoyan, M.D., endowed lectureship.

Faculty Opportunities

Carl E. Fasser Visionary Leadership Award: This award was established in honor of Carl Fasser for his sustained demonstration of visionary leadership toward the physician assistant profession through education, research, clinical practice and service. The award is given annually to a Baylor physician assistant or program alumnus who demonstrates exceptional leadership in these same domains. Nomination applications are available. Following the nomination deadline, the awards committee will contact the nominee for further information, including a CV and letter of recommendation. Deadline for nominations is July 1.

Breast cancer continuing education: Register for "Updates on Advanced Breast Cancer: Local Management and Other New Perspectives," an educational activity hosted by Baylor and MD Anderson Cancer Center on May 13 and May 14. Dr. Bora Lim, associate professor of medicine – oncology in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, will serve as co-course director. The event is open to physicians, healthcare professionals, trainees and patients. The event will be virtual and in person at the Marriott Medical Center Hotel Houston, 6580 Fannin St. CME credit is available. Learn more and register to attend.

College News

Traffic: Starting at 6 a.m. May 9, through traffic on John Freeman Boulevard will be limited to one lane of traffic westbound and one lane of eastbound traffic. Vehicles and pedestrians should use extra caution in the area and follow on-site traffic control information and pedestrian detour signs. The lane closure supports the construction of Houston Methodist Hospital's new patient care tower. Construction will last approximately five years until summer 2027.

New dean: Dr. Todd Reinhart has been named Dean of the School of Health Professions, effective July 1. Dr. Reinhart holds a doctorate in cancer biology from Harvard University School of Public Health and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. Following a second postdoc at GlaxoWellcome in the United Kingdom, he led an NIH-funded laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years. He transitioned into full-time academic administration in 2015 and has served as dean for the past six years at regional institutions in Minnesota in the sciences and health professions areas.

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