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Ask Me About My Research: Talking about the great work going on at Baylor not only informs the public but also might inspire the next generation of scientists. Dr. Russell Ray, assistant professor of neuroscience, McNair Scholar and a faculty senator, and special guest Gia Murillo show just how easy it is to start a conversation about your research in this video. You can pick up an “Ask Me About My Research” button in the Office of Communications and Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor

Academic Council:

  • Chairs and center directors voted to approve the awarding of degrees to 158 M.D. students and 44 Ph.D. students at the May 13 meeting. Graduation starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Jones Hall.
  • Medical School Dean Jennifer Christner presented the results of the annual Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire and Medical School Year 2 Questionnaire. Medical students at both stages of their education continue to report some experiences of public embarrassment and public humiliation from physicians and residents in the learning environment. However, the College has seen improvements in these scores since 2014 and outperforms its cohort. Department-specific data will be circulated to chairs and educational leaders.
  • President Paul Klotman reported good attendance at faculty and staff town halls to discuss the AAMC engagement surveys. His expectation is that all chairs and center directors will share their unit's results with faculty and staff and then develop action plans by July 1 to improve the three lowest scoring domains. Action plan performance will be part of the chair’s goals.
  • Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye announced that Faculty Senate leaders met with Provost Alicia Monroe and TMC Library staff to investigate resource access issues reported by faculty and trainees. The College now is receiving regular updates on access disruptions and resolutions and posting the details on a dedicated page on the intranet, along with help desk contact information.
  • Chief of Staff Lorie Tabak requested and received approval from Academic Council to move forward with the College’s Strategic Plan. A final draft will go to the council in September.
  • Dr. Klotman appointed Dr. Roger Zoorob, chair of family & community medicine, as chair of the Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee.

Faculty Senate Elections: The first round of elections for the Faculty Senate continues through Monday, May 20. Look for an email from the Senate with your link to the ballot. In this round, faculty in the following units vote for representatives: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Center for Space Medicine, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Family & Community Medicine, Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, Medicine, Molecular & Human Genetics, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, School of Health Professions and School of Medicine. Read about the candidates and the elections process online.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Clay Goodman, professor of pathology & immunology and neurology and associate dean for undergraduate medical education, recently was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. He also chairs the Neurology Council and six ABPN committees. The ABPN serves the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and continuing certification processes.

Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, associate professor of neurosurgery, recently was elected chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' Young Neurosurgeons Committee. The committee provides representatives to the AANS leadership, develops future leaders of neurosurgery and provides a channel for young neurosurgeons to influence the direction of the specialty.

Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder, professor of ophthalmology, delivered the Binkhorst Lecture and received the Binkhorst Medal at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators this month in San Diego. This honor is conferred on the world's most prominent ophthalmologists and recognizes Pflugfelder for his significant contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology. His talk was on "The Quest for Tear Stability."

Dr. Ted Rosen, professor of dermatology, recently was an invited plenary presenter at the annual Chinese Society of Dermatology meeting in Zhuhai, People’s Republic of China. He delivered an address entitled “Global Trends in Cutaneous Infectious Diseases.”

College Events

End Bladder Cancer: Help raise awareness of bladder cancer by wearing orange on Friday, May 17, and then join team Baylor for the Walk to End Bladder Cancer, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Terry Hershey Park. Kids and dogs welcome! The Cullen Building is lit orange for the cause.

Blood Drive: The College and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. Free t-shirts, drinks and snacks are available for donors.

DocTalk: Dr. Bella Schanzer, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, discusses “Schizophrenia” at noon Wednesday, May 22, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Faculty Opportunity

Curriculum Committee: The Medical School Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations for three faculty positions. Interested faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to consider applying for this important leadership role by close of business Friday, May 24. The Curriculum Committee has the integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities page.

For a Good Cause

Pediatric AIDS: Support the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Axelrad Beer Garden, 1517 Alabama St. Learn more about BIPAI global youth programs, shop at a craft market and order refreshments. Proceeds benefit BIPAI camps and adolescent programs.

Charity Bowl: The College’s annual Charity Bowling Ball benefitting the student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic for homeless patients starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the University of Houston Games Room. Register your team online.

Run for Research Awareness with Baylor's Team Beastmode. Its Virtual 5K helps support Homes for Animal Heroes, a program of the National Animal Interest Alliance that places retired research dogs in permanent, loving homes. You also can participate in the fun run at 8:30 a.m. June 15 in Hermann Park.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Cardiology: The Baylor College of Medicine Igor F. Palacios, M.D., Distinguished Lectureship and Texas Heart Institute Honors Summit in Cardiology is Friday, May 17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Denton A. Cooley Building Auditorium. This symposium covers the history and future of cardiac surgery, current strategies in advanced heart failure, different approaches to peripheral interventions, debate between medical management and coronary intervention, and the optimal management of adult congenital heart disease. CME credit available. Register online.

Surgery Grand Rounds: This week’s Chief Resident Presentations feature Dr. Genna Lubrano and Dr. Nestor Arita at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Room N315, main Baylor or via Zoom, meeting ID: 517 471 817

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Journal Editor: Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief of the journal Cell Reports, speaks on “Behind the scenes at Cell Reports” at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Room N315, main Baylor, sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience.

Early Clinical Research: Mike DiSpirito, director of clinical pharmacology and pharmacometrics at Celerion, discusses the “Nuts and Bolts of Early Clinical Research,” including study designs, trial protocols, data analysis and reporting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at JLABS @ TMC, 2450 Holcombe Blvd. Tickets available online.

Children's Nutrition: Dr. Robert Reiher, founder and president of FutureWise, Inc., presents “New Strategies for Enhancing Health Behavior Changes” in a Children’s Nutrition Research Center webinar, 3 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Texas Biomaterials Day: Rice University and the Society for Biomaterials host a daylong symposium on biomaterials research with Dr. Adam Feinberg, associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Billy Cohn, associate professor of surgery and executive director of the TMC Center for Device Innovation, and engineers, physicians and scientists from academia and industry. The event starts at 8 a.m. Friday, May 31, on the Rice campus. Register to attend.

Research Resources

Controlled Substances: The Office of Environmental Safety and Sharps Compliance, Inc., will collect DEA controlled substances for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 in the ABBR Access Hallway, main Baylor. Information on how to participate in the event and answers to frequently asked questions are available online.

Advanced Core Labs: Whole genome bisulfite sequencing is now available at the Genomic and RNA Profiling Core. Profile DNA methylation in the entire methylome or at targets of interest at competitive pricing. The lab workflow includes DNA shearing, bisulfite conversion, library prep and sequencing. Please email the GARP core to find out more or request a quote.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Seth Lerner, professor of urology and Beth and Dave Swalm Chair in Urologic Oncology, is using genomics profiling to help identify the best treatment for bladder cancer in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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