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From the Labs: The image of the month is a molecular model based on cryo-electron microscopy of the Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus at 4.4 Å resolution. Photo courtesy of Dr. Wah Chiu, adjunct professor of biochemistry. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez, with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.


Faculty Appointments and Promotions: The Faculty Senate voted to fully endorse the Ad Hoc Committee on FAP Standards' recommendations for guidelines related to faculty appointments and promotions, after thorough review and endorsement by the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate. The Ad Hoc Committee addressed the following areas: Guidelines within existing non-tenure and tenure tracks for quality and safety, academic leadership, and innovation and business development; explicit inclusion of faculty with degrees other than M.D. or Ph.D.; guidelines for a new patient care mission pathway on the non-tenure track; and new standards for voluntary clinical faculty. Dr. Nancy Moreno, assistant provost for faculty development and institutional research, presents the guidelines to Academic Council next week.

Faculty Senate Officers: Congratulations to Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, professor of surgery, who assumed the chair of the Faculty Senate on July 1, Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, associate professor in the National School of Tropical Medicine, elected to the officer position of chair-elect and Dr. LeChauncy Woodard, assistant professor of medicine, elected secretary by fellow senators. They join basic sciences representative Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor and March of Dimes Chair in Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, clinical sciences representative Dr. Jeffrey Starke, professor of pediatrics, and past-chair Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor and Kyle and Josephine Morrow Endowed Chair in molecular physiology, on the Senate’s leadership team.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor of medicine and director of Baylor Global Initiatives, has been selected for the Texas Executive Women’s 2017 Class of Women on the Move. Texas Executive Women supports programs that recognize, develop and fund the advancement of women and teenage girls in the community.


imageDr. Patricia Daza, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been appointed program director of the Compass Program for Young Adults at Menninger Clinic. She succeeds Dr. Flynn O’Malley, who has been with Menninger since 1981 and is pursuing a clinical and teaching role there. Read more clinic news in the Menninger Update.


imageDr. Ravi Ghanta, associate professor of surgery, received the Ethicon Surgical Investigator Award from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation for his research proposal "Understanding the Role of Mechanical Microenvironment in Stem Cell Survival in Ischemic Myocardium." His colleague Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, professor and chief of the cardiothoracic transplantation and circulatory support division and Lester and Sue Smith Endowed Chair of Surgery, was appointed to the AATS Education Committee.


imageDr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean, and Dr. Mary Klotman, dean of Duke University School of Medicine and vice chancellor for health affairs at Duke, are featured in the Association of American Medical College's Medical Marriages video. The Klotmans share their advice for physicians navigating careers and relationships.


imageDr. Mark Kunik, professor of psychiatry and staff psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, was appointed to the board of directors of the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


imageDr. Jim Walker, associate professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia Program, has been elected to serve as chair of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Faculty Opportunities

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to attend a four-hour workshop focused on skill-building activities in the mentoring competencies of aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience and promoting professional development. The workshop curriculum is based on materials generated by the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network but will be tailored to research mentors at the College. Four workshop dates are offered; to attend, please select your preferred date on this Doodle poll by Aug. 1. For more information, contact Anna Marie Sokac, NRMN master facilitator of mentor training.

Leading through Influence: The You FIRST program will offer a management training class for faculty from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, on the McGovern (Nabisco) Campus. Topics will include hiring, conflict resolution and employee morale. An additional class will be held Oct. 11. Register online.

Faculty Resources

Technology Commercialization: The College has three dedicated technology commercialization teams to catalyze the application of science and discoveries to develop new healthcare solutions. The Baylor Licensing Group (BLG) is the “Agreements Team,” BCM Innovation Development Center is the “Asset Development Team” and BCM Technologies, Inc. is the “Start-Up and Venture Development Team.” To learn more about how the commercialization process works at Baylor and how to disclose your invention to BLG, visit the website.

Nondiscrimination Notice: As part of the Living Our Values initiative, the College has posted a notice of nondiscrimination and a list of reporting options and support services for any members of the BCM community experiencing discrimination or harassment.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Opportunities

H&P Preceptor for MS1: Clinical faculty members are invited to participate as preceptors for the Undergraduate Medical Education Clinical Course Patient, Physician and Society 1 and 2 (PPS1 and PPS2). These courses help prepare first-year medical students to function effectively in a clinical setting by improving their patient history and physical (H&P) exam skills, as well as their communication skills. In the courses students practice these skills with outpatient patients. Thirteen preceptor sessions (six in the fall semester for PPS1 and seven in the spring semester for PPS2) are scheduled from late August through early May. Read the Faculty Opportunities listing for more details. Please let course coordinator Bridget Angel know of your interest.

Clinical Resources

Life Support Certification: The Department of Emergency Medicine's advanced ACLS-BLS Program offers semi-monthly cardiac life support, basic live support and combined re-certification in-person courses. The program is American Heart Association-certified and offered for $135 for ACLS or $175 for ACLS and BLS combined. This month’s courses start at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15 and 29, on the main Baylor campus. Email Whitney Grant or visit the website for more information.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Genialis Platform: The Office of Research is pleased to announce a new software license available to faculty. Genialis Platform is an NGS data analytics solution that facilitates data and metadata management; bioinformatics pipeline development and automation; data visualization and exploration; and collaboration and dissemination. The software has been deployed on a computer cluster at the OIT Nabisco facility and is currently in beta test phase. If your lab generates NGS data, however big or small, and you would like to learn more about the available Genialis Platform tools, please contact us.

Genomic and RNA Profiling Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab provides researchers access to state-of-the-art molecular profiling technology and services, including next generation sequencing on the Illumina platform (MiSeq desktop sequencer and HiSeq 2500) and microarrays on Agilent’s SurePrint Technology. GARP also offers array card-based qPCR services using TaqMan Low Density Array cards and Qiagen PCR Arrays, plate-based qPCR services for gene expression, microRNA, and genotyping, and NanoString nCounter technology. Additionally, the core can perform automated DNA size selection on the Pippin HT and sample shearing on the Covaris LE220 Ultrasonicator. GARP also serves as a source for sample quality control, experimental design and comprehensive data analysis. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website or download the catalog.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Research's list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for July.

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