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Faculty Awards Day: Dr. Hugo Bellen, distinguished service professor of molecular genetics, and Dr. Kanta Velamuri, associate professor of medicine, were honored with the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence, while the Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism recognized Dr. Sophia Banu, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, at the virtual 2021 Faculty Awards Day. See the video and website for all the winners of the Master Clinician Award, Clark Faculty Service Award, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Awards and Awards for Excellence in Patient Care.

COVID Update: The Baylor College of Medicine Incident Command Center and leadership are working to update pandemic guidelines, including guidelines for masking requirements, expected to be implemented June 1. Getting vaccinated and submitting record of it through the vaccine app by Monday, May 24, will help Baylor to return to pre-COVID operations and to the sense of normalcy that everyone wants.

Faculty Kudos

image Baylor is the lead site of the new Texas Development Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR), directed by Dr. Thomas Giordano, professor of medicine and section chief of infectious diseases. Funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, D-CFAR is a collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (including McGovern Medical School, School of Public Health and Cizik School of Nursing) and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio to prioritize HIV research. Dr. Andrew Rice, professor of molecular virology and microbiology, is the co-director at Baylor.

Dr. David Graham, professor of medicine – gastroenterology, will receive the William Beaumont Prize from the American Gastroenterological Association during Digestive Disease Week, May 21-23. The prize recognizes his clinical and translational research contributions to understanding Helicobacter pylori as the cause of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer.

A paper by Dr. Tom Kosten, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, and his colleagues, “Mental Health Status of Adolescents after Family Confinement During the COVID-19 Outbreak,” has received considerable media exposure and now has gained traction in the field of sociology. As of last week, the paper is among the top 10 downloads in the field, according to Sociology RN: Sociology of Mental Health

Dr. James McDeavitt has been appointed Baylor's executive vice president. He continues to lead the clinical mission as dean of clinical affairs while adding primary responsibility for affiliate relationships. He will work with Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and SVP of academic and faculty affairs, Dr. Mary Dickinson, SVP and dean of research, and Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam, VP of academic integration and senior associate dean for academic affairs, to expand educational and research programs in the affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Matthew Rasband, professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, was awarded an eight-year, $7.2 million R35 research grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The project, titled “The molecular architecture of axons in health and disease,” will use discovery proteomics and genetically modified mice to uncover the mechanisms regulating the functional organization of axons.

image In collaboration with colleagues from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drs. Eric Storch and Sophie Schneider, psychiatry faculty members, received a five-year, $4.2 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Optimized Affective Computing Measures of Social Processes and Negative Valence in Youth Psychopathology.” This application develops and validates novel facial expression and linguistic measures that can be easily and widely disseminated across research and clinical settings to improve assessment of behavioral health conditions in youth. Other Baylor investigators include Drs. Leandra Berry, Kirti Saxena and Robin Kochel.

College Events

Stop Asian Hate Rally: Stand in solidarity with the Asian and AAPI community at the TMC-wide, in-person Stop Asian Hate Rally at noon Friday, May 21, at the Baylor Jewish Institute for Medical Research entrance lawn (1200 Moursund St.) The event includes a moment of silence, guest speakers and personal testimonies. Masks and proper social distancing are required. In case of rain, the rally will be moved to a virtual event.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: Dr. K. Casey Lion, assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Washington School of Medicine, presents “Talking the Talk: Everyday Equity and the Science of Communications” at noon Tuesday, May 25. Register to attend virtually.

3-Minute Thesis: The Career Development Center and Graduate Student Council host the 3 Minute Thesis Competition at 1 p.m. Wednesday ,May 26. Established by the University of Queensland, the competition challenges 12 Baylor Ph.D. candidate finalists to convey their research to a lay audience in under three minutes. Vote the People's Choice Award for your favorite speaker. This is a virtual event, please register to attend.

Mental Health Training: Join faculty from family & community medicine for a presentation on mental health awareness at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, via Zoom. The training is open to the public; register to learn more about common mental health disorders and ways to address them.

Commencement 2021: The in-person event only for degree candidates and speakers starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, with a live stream for family and mentors. Baylor alumnus Dr. Carl June, the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the commencement address.

Faculty Opportunities

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 online and apply by Friday, May 28.

HIV/AIDS Grants: The newly NIH-funded Texas Developmental Center for AIDS Research invites pilot project grant applications offered through its developmental core. Proposals in all areas of HIV/AIDS basic, clinical, behavioral, substance use, and implementation science research are welcome, especially if they align with the theme, “Ending HIV and Optimizing Health in Texas.” See Faculty Opportunities for more information. Letters of intent are due Monday, June 7.

PA Faculty: Come join the faculty of the #3 Physician Assistant Program in the nation - here at Baylor. 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.

Faculty Resources

Take the Faculty Survey: Please take a few minutes to respond to the AAMC StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey. Your opinions will help shape initiatives throughout the College for years to come. 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.

Blood Drive: Get a free COVID-19 antibody test when you donate blood at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in the Baylor Gym on the 8th floor of Garage 6. Appointments are required and can be made online.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research, in collaboration with the offices of Student and Trainee Services and Title IX and Disability Services, hosts Dr. Lisa Meeks, assistant professor of family medicine at University of Michigan School of Medicine, speaking on “Fostering Full Inclusion for Learners with Disabilities” at noon Wednesday, June 2, via Zoom. Register online to view.

Compassionate Conversation: “Gender Affirming Language and Allyship: Creating Inclusive Environments in Health Care” is the topic for a Compassionate Conversation for Change, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and BCM PRIDE. Register online to join the discussion.

From the Labs: Read the proceedings of last month’s 8th Annual Symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Institute 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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