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From the Labs: May’s image of the month uses confocal microscopy to show the striatum in the brain of a mouse model of Huntington’s disease. The astrocytes are visualized in green, cell nuclei in blue. Image courtesy of Dr. Juan Botas, professor of molecular & human genetics and molecular & cellular biology at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, and eLife, 2021.

Faculty Senate Elections begin Monday, May 10, and continue through May 17. All full- and part-time faculty members in the following departments are eligible to vote and will receive a link to the SharePoint ballot via email:

  • Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Education Innovation & Technology, Emergency Medicine, Huffington Center on Aging, Medicine, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology & Immunology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Surgery and Urology. Read about the candidates online.
  • This first round of senate elections is to select electoral unit representatives. Elections for at-large senators are June 1-8. All faculty members may participate in at-large voting.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Ashley Butler, associate professor of pediatrics – psychology, received the 2021 Diversity Service Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was recognized for being “a trailblazer in not only conducting the highest quality research in pediatric psychology health disparities, but in facilitating a culture of justice, diversity, and inclusiveness throughout her professional life."

Dr. Traber Giardina, assistant professor of medicine – health services research with the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has been selected as one of 10 scholars for the National Academy of Medicine Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. She will work to reduce misdiagnosis in healthcare.

Dr. Christopher Greeley, professor of pediatrics – public health, has been elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Council on Community Pediatrics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. The council promotes health equity by supporting pediatricians in evidence-based clinical care, advocacy, education and collaboration with families and communities.

Dr. Charles H. McCollum, professor of surgery, was honored with the DeBakey Award in recognition of his significant contributions in the field of surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society award ceremony this week.

Dr. Ted Rosen, professor of dermatology, received the Texas Dermatological Society Robert G Freeman Mentoring and Leadership Award at the group’s virtual spring meeting this week. His peers honored him for outstanding service to patients, the specialty and his colleagues.

Dr. Roy Sillitoe, associate professor of pathology & immunology and neuroscience, has been named co-editor-in-chief of newly launched Dystonia, a Gold Open Access medical journal focused on bringing visibility to the growing dystonia field and highlighting advancements in science and clinical practice.

College (Virtual) Events

Building & Refining Your CV: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development offers its popular career advancement workshop at 4 p.m. Monday, May 10, via Zoom, meeting ID: 948 1342 4748, passcode: 520669. See the summer workshop calendar online

Cancer Lecture: “Race and the molecular biology of breast cancer: A pathologists view from the bench to the bedside” is the topic of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Kevin Gardner, professor of pathology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, at noon Tuesday, May 11, via Zoom, meeting ID: 987 5148 6091, passcode: gardner.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Reza Bekheirnia, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, Dr. Ali Gharavi of New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center, and a patient advocate discuss “Genetic Renal Disease” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. Registration is required for this free, public event.

Education Symposium: Dr. Neil Osheroff, president of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, presents “Integration Across the Medical Curriculum: How Clinicians and Scientists Can Work Together to Educate the Next Generation of Professionals” at 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 14. His talk opens the Texas Educators Academies Collaborative for Health Professions Southeast symposium. Registration information is online.

Austism 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.

Cancer Symposium: Dr. Matthew Ellis, professor and director of the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, is the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Research Symposium for the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, via Zoom, passcode: 831342.

Faculty Opportunities

PA Faculty: Come join the faculty of the #3 Physician Assistant Program in the nation - here at Baylor College of Medicine. The School for Health Professions is looking for a PA interested in expanding their skills in education and student advising, as well as working with a team of other PA educators to ensure delivery of the curriculum. Faculty Opportunities has additional information on applying for the position.

PPS I/II Associate Director: The School of Medicine seeks an innovative clinical faculty member to serve as associate course director for the Patient, Physician and Society I/II course for first-year students. This is a year-long, required course focused on introductory history gathering, physical exam and communication skills in ambulatory care patient encounters and non-pathological physical exam findings. The position comes with 10% FTE support. See Faculty Opportunities and apply by May 28.

Faculty Resources

Faculty Awards Day: Cheer for your peers at the virtual awards ceremony encompassing the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism, Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Awards, Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care, Clark Faculty Service Award and John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award. The award video, webpages and commemorative program will be online starting Wednesday, May 19.

COVID Symposium: The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health and Baylor host the COVID-19 Disaster Research and Prevention Symposium, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19. The virtual event features speakers from Houston and France for an international perspective on the pandemic crisis. Register for the event and see the full program online.

Alzheimer's Support: Two opportunities in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research are now open with a June 11 application deadline:

  • Baylor’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases Scholars Program seeks talented BCM postdoctoral trainees who are engaged in AD and AD-related dementias research and committed to research careers in the field. The selected scholars will receive partial salary support along with funds to support travel, research and educational expenses. Application instructions are available online.
  • The Houston Methodist / Baylor College of Medicine Collaborative Pilot Grants in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias fund proposals to kick-start or expand cross-institutional research that has a high likelihood of receiving external funding. Up to three awards of a maximum $80,000 each are available for a 12-month period of support. See the application instructions for more information.

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