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Ask Me About My Research: Dr. Melissa Bondy, professor of medicine – epidemiology & population sciences, Dan L Duncan Chair and McNair Scholar, joins special guest Benjamin Armstrong to show the importance of talking with laypeople about your work in this episode of Ask Me About My Research. You can pick up your own “Ask Me” button in the Office of Communications & Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor.

Faculty Senate Elections: The second round of Senate elections continues through Monday, June 10, for all faculty members to vote for at-large representatives. Look for an email from the Senate with your link to the ballot. Information about the candidates and the process, plus results from the first round of elections, are available online.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Rikhia Chakraborty, assistant professor of pediatrics - oncology, has received a Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Career Development Award, part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs that foster novel approaches to biomedical research. The award provides support for her research on "Cancer immunotherapy as treatment option for Langerhans cell histiocytosis."

Dr. Xin Ma, adjunct assistant professor of pathology & immunology and director of the Houston Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, was elected as research co-chair and a board member of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine at its third annual conference, held last month in Korea. The society's mission is to promote health and reform healthcare in Asia through education, training and clinical service.

Dr. Kenneth McClain, professor of pediatrics - oncology, received the 2019 George R. Buchanan Lectureship Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in recognition of his work as an international expert in the field and for his service as an accomplished educator, researcher and clinician, committed mentor and effective speaker. It was presented at the 2019 ASPHO Conference.

Dr. Amy McGuire, Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, discusses at-home genetic testing and its implications for your health and privacy in “Spit It Out,” the first episode of Body of Work, the podcast where Baylor scientists, physicians and specialists explore the impact of hot button issues on healthcare, research, community and education.

Dr. Peter Nielsen, professor of obstetrics & gynecology and obstetrician-in-chief at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, received a San Antonio Business Journal Health Care Hero Award for Outstanding Hospital-based Physician. He specializes in maternal-fetal medicine.

Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, recently accepted the 2019 Norman J. Siegal New Member Outstanding Science Award from the American Pediatrics Society. Selected for her considerable contributions to the advancement of pediatric science, she was inducted into APS this year along with Baylor pediatrics faculty members Drs. Carla Davis, Gautham Suresh, Geeta Singhal, Heidi Schwarzwald, Jesus Vallejo and Kristy Murray.

College Events

Wylie Vale Lecture: Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker, professor, Alkek Presidential Chair in Environmental Health and director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health, presents the Wylie W. Vale, Jr., Ph.D. 2019 Memorial Lecture on “How Our Early Life Environment Determines Our Metabolic Health as Adults” at 3 p.m. today, June 6, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. The lecture is made possible by a gift from the Clayton Foundation for Research.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Banu Arun, medical oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses “Personalized therapy for breast cancer with BRCA germline mutations” at noon Monday, June 10, at the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. CME credit is available.

Mosaic HR Fairs: Learn about SuccessFactors, the new application for human resource management, at information fairs scheduled for seven locations, starting with Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. Unlike the current Employee Self Service (ESS) tool, SuccessFactors will require Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) if accessed outside the BCM network. This includes users accessing SuccessFactors from affiliate locations and from home. Get ready for this transition now by ensuring that you have completed MFA registration and activation. You also can get MFA help from an IT representative, learn more about Mosaic HR and SuccessFactors and get giveaway items at the fairs. See the full schedule.

Faculty Opportunities

Inclusion & Excellence: Staff and faculty positions are open on the College’s Inclusion and Excellence Council. This group provides a forum for engaging trainees, faculty and staff and supporting the diversity and inclusion goals of Baylor College of Medicine. The Council meets quarterly and subcommittee meetings are held monthly. Learn more about the Council and apply online by Friday, June 21.

Fasser PA Award: Nominations are sought for the Carl E. Fasser Visionary Leadership Award, established in honor of Carl Fasser, professor and founding director of the Physician Assistant Program, for his sustained demonstration of visionary leadership. PA program alumni and Baylor physician assistants who demonstrate leadership in one or more of the following domains: research, education, clinical practice, administrative and service are eligible. For more information or to submit a nomination by July 31, please see Faculty Opportunities.

Brody Bioethics Award: Nominate a junior or mid-career scholar who has made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics for the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics, an international award and lectureship named for the late founder of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. This annual award honors an individual who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody's scholarly life as well as to his work at the Center, Houston Methodist and Rice University. For more information or to submit a nomination by Sept. 15, see the webpage.

Faculty Resources

2020 Vision on Healthcare: Dr. Vivian Ho, professor of medicine – health services research, explores how the government’s role in healthcare could be expanded under a Democratic president and the potential costs for consumers and taxpayers at noon Friday, June 7, at Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy. Purchase tickets online to attend.

Health Equity Research Summit: Healthcare providers, biomedical scientists, staff, trainees and students are invited to attend the 2019 Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Summer Research Summit on June 18 at main Baylor. The summit explores current topics in health equity research, education, clinical care and outreach and features Dr. Patrice A. Harris, president of the American Medical Association, as the keynote speaker. The event also includes a health equity research showcase. Register online. CME credit will be offered.

Educator Workshop: Learn new techniques for engaging and inspiring learners in “Leading Small Groups,” 3:30 - 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, in Room N311, main Baylor. To attend, RSVP to the Office of Faculty Development.

For a Good Cause

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. Saturday, June 15, in Hermann Park.

Pride Festival: Baylor will be well-represented at the Houston Pride Festival with a booth co-sponsored by Pediatrics Diversity Council, Medicine Diversity Council, BCM Pride and BCM Spectrum. Come out and show support from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in downtown Houston.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Arrhythmias: Dr. Jose Jalife, professor and director of the Center for Arrhythmia Research at the University of Michigan Medical School, presents grand rounds at noon Friday, June 14, at Texas Heart Institute or via webcast.

Rare Disorders: The National Organization for Rare Disorders hosts for the first time in Houston the Living Rare, Living Stronger NORD Patient & Family Forum starting Friday, June 21, at Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St. The forum brings the rare disorders community together with physicians, medical students and allied health professionals for a program of learning, sharing and connection in an atmosphere of support and understanding. Register online to attend.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

TBMM Symposium: Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine hosts its Alumni and Student Mini Symposium at 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Cullen Auditorium. Alumni Dr. Donald Shaffer, head of discovery at Jounce Therapeutics, Dr. Ryan Hartmaier, associate director at AstraZeneca, Dr. Kyle Covington, senior scientist at Castle Biosciences, and Dr. Phoebe Lewis, medical science liaison at Mayne Pharma, will present at the event.

Forensic Science: The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences hosts a two-day conference on “Forensic Biology & DNA – Current Trends and Emerging Practices” Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 - 13, at the Institute, 1861 Old Spanish Trail. Highlights include “Cold Case Solved: Identification of a Suspect for the Golden State Killer Using Investigative Genealogy” with Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter. More information and registration are online.

Stem Cells: Dr. Yun “Nancy” Huang, assistant professor and CPRIT Scholar in molecular & cellular medicine at Texas A&M University, presents “Role of TET-mediated DNA methylcytosine oxidation in development,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Third Coast Restaurant, sponsored by the Center for Cell & Gene Therapy.

Drug Discovery: The Gulf Coast Consortia kicks off its Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Round Table Series with a discussion of the Target Product Profile with Brett Cornwell, Texas A&M Technology Commercialization, and Philip Jones, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Institute for Applied Cancer Science, 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative. Register online to attend.

Drug Development: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center host the Drug Development Joint Symposium, 8 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology and associate director for translational research at Yale Cancer Center, is the keynote speaker. Submit abstracts to Amy Craft by Monday, June 10.

Research Resources

Flow Cytometry: The Cytometry and Cell Sorting Advanced Technology Core hosts a technical seminar, “Advancing the Boundaries of High Parameter Flow Cytometry,” 2 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in Room N315, main Baylor.

NIH Director's Grant: The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Baylor may submit two nominations for this five-year grant valued at up to $250,000 per year. Qualifications and details are listed online with an internal application deadline of midnight Monday, Aug. 5.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Christie Ballantyne, professor of medicine and chief of cardiology, and his lab are studying novel biomarkers, in combination with other factors, to see if they can be used to identify individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease 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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