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From the Labs: July’s image of the month is from a video showing the calcium “storm” rotavirus triggers in infected cells (pink). Dr. Joseph Hyser, assistant professor of virology & microbiology, is investigating aspects related to the mechanisms of action of pathogens. The video is courtesy of his lab. 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.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman and mission leaders presented the fiscal year 2020 goals. Institutional goals, presented by Chief of Staff Lorie Tabak, include: Integrating strategy around population health and precision medicine; continuing implementation of the education mission strategic plan; optimizing the clinical practice environment; advancing business transformation initiatives; and completing the Baylor 2020 Financial Improvement Plan.

  • Clinical chair goals were presented by Dr. Jim McDeavitt, research chair goals by Dr. Adam Kuspa, faculty and education chair goals by Dr. Alicia Monroe, and administrative and strategic chair goals by COO Joe Doty. All chairs had previously received the goals.
  • Dr. McDeavitt updated the Council on the McNair Campus, noting that the transition of orthopedic surgery and inpatient beds for those surgery patients, as well as rehabilitation beds, was successful. Orthopedics Chair Tom Hunt reported that 33 orthopedic surgeries were performed in the first week. Otolaryngology Chair Don Donovan reported on the successful transition of department clinics to the Jamail Specialty Center.
  • New Faculty Senate Chair Laila Woc-Colburn announced that new officers began their terms July 1. Dr. Jonnae Atkinson is serving as secretary and Dr. Christie Lincoln as chair-elect. They join Dr. Manisha Gandhi, clinical sciences representative, and Dr. Kim Worley, basic science representative. A special election for senators to represent the departments of neurology and surgery will be July 22-29. Application information is available from the departments’ administrators.
  • Brian Jammer, vice president of state government relations, provided an update on the legislative session. It was a successful year for Baylor with the College holding all of its state funding and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas receiving legislative support for another 10 years. The issue will go to voters this fall.

Storm Season: With a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up for the Emergency Notification System to receive important messages from the College. Check out the Weather Safety webpage for hurricane preparation and other important weather information as well as updates on school and road closures if a storm threatens the Houston area.

Shuttle Schedules: The Blue and Purple shuttles change schedules Monday, July 15, to improve the convenience and efficiency of the shuttle service for the Baylor community. View the new schedules online. You can better plan your ride by using the new tracking system, DoubleMap. It provides real-time updates on the location of the Red, Blue and Purple shuttles. DoubleMap can be accessed online or through a free mobile app, available for download on Apple and Android phones. Email shuttleservice@bcm.edu if you have questions.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Olga Dudchenko, postdoctoral associate at the Center for Genome Architecture, has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s 2019 list of Innovators Under 35. Her pioneering genome assembly tools have made it possible to sequence and assemble the genome of any organism or person for less than $1,000. Dr. Erez Lieberman Aiden, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics and center director, is Dudchenko’s mentor.

Dr. Chris Glover, associate professor of pediatrics – anesthesiology, is featured in Growing Up Baylor online. He first learned about Baylor when he attended the Honors Premedical Academy and had the opportunity to shadow medical professionals over a summer. Read about his journey in the Momentum blog post.

image Dr. Aanand Naik, associate professor of medicine – health services research, and Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor of medicine - geriatrics, are part of a local collaborative to be awarded a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to establish the South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project. The project will focus on integrating geriatrics into primary care training.

Dr. Eric Rohren, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology has agreed to take on the additional responsibility of serving as interim chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, effective Sept. 1. Inaugural Chair Mark Bonnen is leaving Baylor for a new opportunity in San Antonio.

Dr. Carolyn Smith, professor of molecular & cellular biology, who has served as senior associate dean of graduate education and academic program development for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for four years, has been named interim dean of GSBS effective immediately. She succeeds Dr. Adam Kuspa, senior vice president and dean of research, who had been the school’s interim dean since 2015.

Faculty Opportunities

Orientation Facilitators: Faculty members and residents are needed to facilitate the program Populations at Risk: Treatment, Advocacy, Knowledge, Experience (PARTAKE) during Orientation Week for first-year medical students. The small group sessions involve case vignettes and community speakers over three afternoons, Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26. To sign up as a facilitator, go to the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Team Launch seeks enthusiastic, committed faculty members to serve as faculty fellows beginning in August 2019. Faculty fellows will have primary instructional and coaching roles in different phases of Team Launch and will be selected each year to work as teacher-learners to develop the course curriculum. Additionally, fellows will receive faculty development in teamwork skills, curriculum development, evaluation and assessment. Both non-tenure and tenure track Baylor faculty members are eligible to serve in this role. Please note that 10% FTE support will be provided for each faculty fellow position. Apply today. Applications are due by Wednesday, July 24.

Patient Safety Course: The Medical School is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small group facilitators for the Patient Safety Course, which meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 30 through Sept. 17. Each facilitator will be trained and then assigned about ten MS2 students to work through a clinical case. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

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 Wednesday, July 31, please see Faculty Opportunities.

Health Equity Scholars: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research is recruiting its 2019-2020 cohort of scholars. The program enhances the training of junior faculty members from populations underrepresented in medicine to increase the number of diverse and highly qualified medical professionals pursuing careers in academic medicine. It includes online activities, ten months of formal face-to-face sessions (August 2019 through May 2020) and a one-day research summit in June. For more information and the application form, visit the website.

Student Success Committees: Nominations are open for faculty representatives to serve in at-large positions on the Student Services Committee and the Student Appeals and Grievances Committee. The Student Services Committee provides a forum to discuss issues related to student learning environments, experience and learning outcomes and to review data on the effectiveness of student support programs and services. The Student Appeals and Grievances Committee provides relevant, program specific expertise for grade appeals, adverse action, academic issues/conduct and non-academic/professionalism grievances. Nominations for either committee may be submitted online by Aug 16. Faculty Opportunities has additional information.

Faculty Resources

Mary Susan Moore Medical Society hosts a happy hour from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Ogun Art+Wine, 920 Studemont St. Dr. Mary Susan Moore was one of the first African American women to practice medicine in Texas. The society named for her promotes medical excellence among African American female physicians and trainees. Faculty, residents, medical students and others are welcome, RSVP online to attend.

Health, Moon & Beyond: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. The event features a panel discussion with Dr. Dorit Donoviel, director of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, Dr. Jeffery Sutton, director of the Center for Space Medicine, Dr. David Hilmers, former NASA astronaut and professor of medicine, and Dr. Robert Satcher, former NASA astronaut and oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Following the panel is a screening of Smithsonian’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.”

Team Learning Workshop: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development host a two-part interactive workshop introducing an evidence-based, collaborative approach to teaching and learning, facilitated by Dr. Pedro Diaz-Marchan, associate professor of radiology, and Dr. Cara Foldes, assistant professor of medicine. Part 1 is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Room 111G, main Baylor. Part 2 is 1 to 4 p.m. the following day, Friday, July 26, in Room 111G. Email Faculty Development to attend.

Call for Abstracts: The Academy of Distinguished Educators invites you to submit an educational research abstract by Friday, Aug. 2, for its Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship. The Showcase, set for Sept. 20, provides a formal mechanism for presenting your educational research projects. This year there are categories for trainees and faculty. The top presentations in each category will be recognized with an Educational Scholarship Recognition Award. To submit an abstract or questions, please email Debbie Fernandez.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminar

Liver Disease: The 20th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease provides a CME-eligible clinical update on treatments for cirrhosis, nonalcoholic and alcoholic liver disease, drug-induced liver injury, viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary malignancy and liver transplantation, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Marriott Marquis, 1777 Walker St. Register online for this seminar sponsored by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Clinical Resourcess

Health Equity Proposals: The American Association of Medical Colleges Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence seeks research proposals that pose cutting-edge questions to facilitate solutions to health and healthcare disparities. Three to five researchers/research teams will receive unrestricted access to the multi-year Consumer Survey data, which provides demographic and contextual health information for a nationally representative sample of over 2,000 respondents. Learn more about the program online. Proposals are due Wednesday, July 24.

Diagnostic Excellence Grants: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is soliciting novel ideas and approaches for developing new clinical measures to improve diagnosis, specifically targeting three major categories of disease: acute vascular events (such as stroke and myocardial infarction), infections (such as sepsis and pneumonia) and cancer (such as lung and colorectal cancer). The application process is multi-phased and competitive. Ultimately, up to six grants will be awarded for $250,000 to $500,000 each for work done over 12-18 months. Applications will be accepted online through Friday, Aug. 2.

The Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health, in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health, identifies and promotes promising initiatives that improve health outcomes. The goal is to discover, support, and showcase the work of an individual, group or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program that has made a measurable difference. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize, and up to two finalists will each receive a $25,000 cash prize. Applications are due Friday, Aug. 9. More information is online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

TMC Alpha provides a pathway for innovators to find support for the development and commercialization of their idea or product, including pitch opportunities and coaching sessions. Register online to find out more about the program at the opening lunch session, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the TMC Innovation Institute, 2450 Holcombe Blvd.

NIH High Risk Seminar: Learn about the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research and Early Independence Awards, when Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao and the Department of Molecular & Human Genetics host a seminar at noon Tuesday, July 30, in Room M112, main Baylor. The NIH Common Fund High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program issues annual funding opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists at all career stages who have highly innovative research ideas.

Research Resources

Environmental Health: The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health has pilot project funding available for projects in genetics/epigenetics, environmental health and data science to understand individual and place-based determinants of disease risk. The pilot projects are for one year and a maximum budget of $40,000. To apply, submit a letter of intent including a cover letter and a one-page summary of the research objectives to Tracie Albritton by 5 p.m. Friday, June 28.

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 online with an internal application deadline of midnight Monday, Aug. 5.

NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program supports clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions. Lasker Scholars are appointed as independent investigators in the NIH Intramural Research Program for five years, followed by three years of funding at an extramural research institution (up to $500,000 direct costs per year) or continued appointment in the intramural program. The application deadline is Aug. 30.

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