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Class Photo: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences welcomed the first class of students to matriculate in the transformed GSBS programs of Cancer & Cell Biology; Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology; Development, Disease Models & Therapeutics; Genetics & Genomics; Immunology & Microbiology; Neuroscience and Quantitative & Computational Biosciences. Pictured are the 97 students who started coursework last week.

DLDCCC Update: As of Sept. 1, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center will provide clinical services through the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center on the 7th floor of the medical center building on the McNair Campus. Service areas include bone and soft tissue sarcomas, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecological and pancreatic cancers, blood disorders, leukemia and lymphoma, melanoma, infusion and mammography imaging. This transition is part of long-range plans and an ongoing commitment to expand clinical services and patient access in cancer care. The physicians, clinical staff and location will remain the same.

Faculty Kudos

The Menninger Clinic has named Armando Colombo its new president and CEO. He has 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and previously was executive vice president and COO at Sheppard Pratt Health System, the nation’s largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability and social services. He joins the Baylor affiliate hospital Sept. 16.

image image Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology & biophysics and molecular & human genetics, has been named vice president and dean of research, effective Sept. 13. The associate dean of research for two years, she will succeed Dr. Adam Kuspa, dean of research since 2010. Kuspa, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biochemistry in 1993, has accepted the position of president of the Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Shawn Davis will continue to lead commercialization operations as vice president and deputy chief ventures officer.

David Gillum joins the Office of the Provost as executive director of financial planning and accounting on Monday, Aug. 12. He will support the educational mission, schools and programs and report to Lily Shih, associate provost of academic affairs. Previously Gillum was director of BCM Compliance and Audit Services.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, explains how vaccines work and why nearly eradicated diseases are re-emerging in “Outbreak,” the latest episode of Body of Work, the podcast where Baylor scientists and physicians explore the impact of hot button issues on healthcare, research, community and education.

College Events

M.D. White Coats: The Medical School class of 2023 has its White Coat Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Bayou City Event Center. Family Day follows on Saturday, Aug. 10, giving parents an overview of what their students will be learning, 8 a.m. to noon in the Cullen Building.

Moore Reception: Dr. David Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology, medicine and molecular and human genetics and a faculty senator, will be honored for his election to the National Academy of Sciences at a reception at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the DeBakey Library. His research focuses on nuclear hormone receptors that regulate metabolism and cancer.

Quality & Safety: The 20th Annual VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13-14, at the Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, 6767 Bertner Ave. It begins with a poster session with participation by the 2019 class of Baylor’s Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, 3:45-5 p.m. Aug. 13, followed on Aug. 14 by a scholarly writing workshop, a keynote speech on “Co-Production of Care” by Dr. Paul Batalden, emeritus professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and a closing reception. The conference is free but onsite registration is required.

Faculty Opportunities

TRAP Facilitators: The School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for facilitators to support the active learning course Translation Research and Population Health (TRAP). As part of this course, first-year medical students will acquire skills the fundamental skills needed to evaluate and apply research data to clinical practice. Innovative faculty members with experience or a strong interest in translational research, population health concepts and problem-based learning or team-based learning are encouraged to apply. Facilitators' administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See the full description online and apply by Thursday, Aug. 15.

CREW Committee: The School of Medicine Office of Curriculum is seeking innovative and committed faculty members to join the Curriculum Renewal (CREW) Ad Hoc Committee. This workgroup is tasked with redesigning the four-year medical school curriculum. The current call is for educators to redesign the foundational or first 18 months of the curriculum. The clinical curriculum revision will follow. Committee members' administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See the Faculty Opportunities page for more information and apply by Thursday, Aug. 15.

Student Services & Appeals: 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 Friday, Aug. 16. Faculty Opportunities has additional information

Faculty Resources

Poll Everywhere: Learn how to use this classroom audience response tool to transform your teaching in an interactive workshop led by Dr. Sandra Haudek. To attend, RSVP and bring your computer to the session, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in N311, main Baylor.

Career Advancement Series: Professional development tracks for instructors, assistant professors, women assistant professors and associate professors across the campus are available this fall and winter from the offices of Faculty Development and Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. The Career Advancement Series includes sessions on mentorship and sponsorship, building your brand, networking, pathways to promotion and conflict resolution. If interested, please complete the online application and submit it by Friday, Aug. 9.

Promotion Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers a trio of professional development courses to kick off the new season; RSVP to attend.

  • Find out what it takes to advance your career as a faculty member with Pathways to Promotion, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in Room N311, main Baylor.
  • Get an introduction to building your portfolio for academic promotion and awards with The Educational Portfolio, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Room M423, main Baylor.
  • Develop and strengthen your Curriculum Vitae with Building and Refining Your CV, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Room M423, main Baylor.

For a Good Cause

Book & Author Dinner: Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library hosts its annual book and author fundraiser Friday, Sept. 6, in the Fayez Sarofim Research Building, 1825 Pressler St. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and author of “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad,” is the featured author. For details, call (713) 799-7108 or email Sarah Keith.

Komen Race: Join the Baylor team at the Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Houston. The Susan G. Komen organization supports breast cancer research and care, including at Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register now for a team T-shirt.

Vaccine Study: Volunteers are needed for a study through BCM's Vaccine Research Center to evaluate an experimental adjuvant with an avian flu vaccine to see if it improves the response to the vaccine. You may be eligible if you are between the ages of 18 and 45, in good general health and able to participate for 12 months. Participants will be compensated up to $600 and will receive the 2019/2020 seasonal flu vaccine. For more information, please submit a Volunteer Interest Form, call (713)798-4912 or email.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Stress to Strength: The College and Texas Children’s Hospital sponsor a two-part program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities on Sept. 7 and 14 at Avondale House. Offered in English and Spanish, the program trains parents in simple techniques that reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Childcare and family scholarships are available. Register online to attend.

Evenings with Genetics: “OI Can: Current Management, Research and Resources for Osteogenesis Imperfecta” is the topic of a discussion with Dr. Reid Sutton, professor of molecular & human genetics, Dr. Venitha Shenava, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, and a guest parent speaker. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Register to attend.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Cancer Workshops: The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer hosts two immuno-oncology workshops at the Royal Sonesta Houston. Receive a 30% discount when registering for both:

  • Cancer Immune Responsiveness, organized by Dr. Alessandra Cesano, ESSA Pharma Inc., and Dr. Francesco Marincola, Refuge Biotechnologies, Inc., is Sept. 4-5.
  • Adoptive Cellular Therapies, organized by Cesano and Dr. Katayoun Rezvani, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, is Sept. 5-6.

Research Resources

Gut Grants: The Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center is accepting applications to support pilot/feasibility projects in the area of gastrointestinal infection and injury. Awards range from $25,000 to $40,000 for a period of one year. The Notice of Intent deadline is Friday, Aug. 16. Visit the DDC site for more information and to submit your application.

The 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 Friday, Aug. 30.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Li Jiao, associate professor of medicine – gastroenterology, found an association between diet quality and microbiome composition in human colonic mucosa 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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