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Caption: Dr. Huda Zoghbi, neurologist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Kavli Prize in the field of neuroscience. She is being recognized for two discoveries – first, of the gene responsible for spinocerebellar ataxia 1 (SCA1), a progressive and often deadly disease in which neurons in the cerebellum and brain stem degenerate, causing loss of balance and coordination as well as swallowing difficulties. Second, for her discovery of the MECP2 gene responsible for Rett syndrome, a developmental disorder that strikes children, mostly girls, causing regression and disability. She is the first Kavli prize winner for Baylor and Texas Children's. Read more.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive vice chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, received the "Health & Medicine Award" May 14 from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association at its 30th annual gala. Each year, APAHA recognizes outstanding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and those who have made significant contributions to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Coming Up

Faculty Senate Elections: The Faculty Senate 2022 At-Large Elections are now open. All faculty members are encouraged to vote on this ballot for at-large representatives. This year's ballot is part of the Microsoft PowerApps platform and can be accessed on your mobile device, as well. Information about the candidates is available on the Faculty Senate intranet site. Please vote before 11:59 p.m. June 8 to participate in the success of shared governance at Baylor College of Medicine. Baylor's Faculty Senate is the primary venue for faculty participation in shared governance and planning at the College. Education, faculty affairs and benefits, strategic planning, communications and public affairs, and administrative operations are the subjects of the senate's standing committees.

Building Your CV: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will host "Building and Refining Your CV" at 4 p.m. June 13. 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. For questions, contact Fernandez by email or by calling 713-798-7285.

Title IX session: At noon June 9, Baylor's Title IX Office will host a question-and-answer session for community members to ask questions related to Title IX protocol. June's topic will be bystander intervention. Join the meeting.

Faculty Opportunities

Leadership Development Program: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development encourages faculty to apply for TRANSFORM, a National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded leadership development program designed by and for those underrepresented in medicine. The yearlong program for associate-level faculty, who have been appointed for two or more years, is focused on building skills and experiences that will support promotion to senior faculty and leadership ranks in academic medicine. Plan to register for the Association of American Colleges' Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar, which will take place in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13-15. Submit your application for TRANSFORM by June 30.

POCUS Curriculum Faculty Instructors: The School of Medicine is instituting a longitudinal, competency-based point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum, which will be incorporated into the foundational sciences and clinical years by completion of AY 2024. The goals of faculty instructors are to facilitate a student's POCUS knowledge and psychomotor skills through blended curriculum, asynchronous didactics and standardized patient workshops and to foster a learner-centric POCUS curriculum to create synergy between gross anatomy and PPS courses. Faculty instructors are supported by 2.5% FTE. Read the full job description. Please send an electronic version of materials to Richelle Lopez at richelle.lopez@bcm.edu by June 15. For questions, email Dr. Alan Riley at afriley@bcm.edu.

M.D. Promotions Committee: Nominations are open for membership on the M.D. Committee for Student Promotion and Academic Achievement (also known as the M.D. Promotions committee). This peer-review committee is charged with reviewing the academic and professional progress of each medical student. Committee meetings are held 10 times each year on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at the end of each grading period. Occasional ad hoc work is requested. At-large members are elected based on their sustained interest and active participation in undergraduate medical education and should not hold a current SOM senior administrative position. Nominations should include a brief personal statement summarizing your interest in the committee and your CV; send these materials to Yvette.Pinales@bcm.edu no later than June 15. Positions will be announced on or before June 15, and the first meeting will be July 12.

Chao Physician-Scientist Awards: The purpose of the Chao Physician-Scientist award is to provide funding for young investigators at the start of their independent research careers. The award will support promising junior faculty members who are in the process of securing K08 or K23 grants, or an equivalent, but need interim funding. Applicants must be physicians who hold a primary full-time appointment in a department at Baylor College of Medicine. There are no restrictions on research focus — basic, clinical and translational research projects will all be considered. Awards will be provided for one year (up to $100,000). Submission deadline is 5 p.m. June 17. Full award and submission details are available. For questions, email awards@bcm.edu. For technical issues, email researchIT@bcm.edu.

Coach Training for Healthcare Leaders: Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health System will partner to provide the Coach Training for Healthcare Leaders Program for faculty. Selected participants will learn how to coach others in areas related to professional effectiveness and career advancement. Participants must be able to attend the four, 4-hour workshops held at Baylor's main campus in the Texas Medical Center on the following dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 14, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. For more information and the application form, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs. Applications due by June 20.

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