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Rite of Passage: The class of 2022 has its White Coat Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Bayou City Event Center. Parents and others get a peek at what their students will be learning when the School of Medicine hosts Family Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Cullen Building, main Baylor. Pictured are Mary Robichaux, Victoria Xie, Alexander Lu and Chris Wong trying on their new coats.


Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Kevin Erickson, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded the Southeast Texas Young Investigator Research Grant from the National Kidney Foundation for the second time. The grant will continue his study on whether receiving nephrology care prior to developing end-stage renal disease helps patients remain employed after kidney failure.


imageKristina Marsack, assistant professor of surgery at Baylor and assistant director of surgical advanced practice providers at Texas Children's Hospital, was recognized as a distinguished fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. This recognizes her leadership in medical practice and education, professional involvement, community service and commitment to lifelong learning.


image imageDr. James McDeavitt and Dr. Faye Chiou Tan, professors of physical medicine & rehabilitation, will be honored by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at its Annual Assembly in October. McDeavitt, senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs, will receive the Distinguished Member Award and Tan will receive the Distinguished Clinical Award.


imageDr. Dongsu Park, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics and pathology & immunology, was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for his project, “Defining periosteal skeletal stem cells and novel migration mechanisms in bone regeneration and repair in vivo.”


imageDr. Cheryl Walker, professor of molecular & cellular biology, medicine and genetics and director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health, was awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute, the first R35 from the NCI to be awarded to a Baylor faculty member. The $4.2 million, seven-year grant supports "A New Target for Chromatin Remodeler Defects in Cancer." Walker recently discovered that chromatin remodelers have a second important function remodeling the cytoskeleton, which has opened the door for development of therapies with efficacy against certain cancers.


imageDr. Ming Zhou, who holds the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Professorship in Biochemistry, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the faculty in his department on the Senate.


College Events

Quality & Safety Speakers: The Albert & Margaret Alkek Department of Medicine Vice Chair Group for Quality Improvement and Innovations and the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety host two guest speakers:

  • Dr. Eric Coleman of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award for his work on transition of care and its impact on Medicare policy, speaks on "The Interface between Transitional and Primary Care" at noon Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Room N315, main Baylor.
  • Dr. Anne Sales of the University of Michigan School of Medicine presents "Implementation Science: How It Can Support Healthcare Research" at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in Room M112, main Baylor.

DocTalk: Dr. Kenneth Altman, professor of otolaryngology, and Charisse Wright, speech pathologist, discuss "Voice and Swallowing Disorders" at noon Thursday, Aug. 16, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Sign in before 12:15 p.m. to receive 100 BCM BeWell points.

Voter Registration: With the midterm elections quickly approaching, Baylor is hosting a voter registration drive in partnership with The League of Women Voters. Volunteers will be available to help register newcomers from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, outside the cafeteria at main Baylor. Further information on voter eligibility and required identification can be found online.

VA Quality Scholars: Dr. Anne Sales, University of Michigan School of Medicine, speaks on "Thinking about the Science of Improvement and Implementation" at the VA Quality Scholars 2018 Summer Institute, "VA Care in the Community: Ensure Quality and Value," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. The VA and BCM faculty and fellows' poster session precedes her talk at 2:30 p.m. in the Onstead foyer.

Faculty Opportunities

Alumni Awards: Nominations are open for the College’s Alumni Awards 2019. To nominate faculty and alumni and view past awardees, please see the alumni website. The recognition ceremony and dinner are set for May 2 at the St. Regis Houston. Nominations are due Sept. 28.

Faculty Resources

Education Technology Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers two workshops on integrating technology into medical education. RSVP to Deborah Fernandez to attend.

  • "The Basics" gives an overview of the technologies supported by the College and offers basic strategies to get connected and integrate these technologies into existing curricula, 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Room N317, main Baylor.
  • "Best Practices and Applications" is 3 – 5 p.m. Aug. 24, in Room N317, main Baylor.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: Dr. Laura Medford-Davis, assistant professor of emergency medicine, speaks on the "Role of Insurance in Achieving Health Equity" at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 in Room M321, main Baylor.

Education Grand Rounds: Dr. Paul Levy of the University of Akron speaks on “Feedback Orientation: What it is and Why it Matters for Clinician Educators” at noon Sept. 6 in Room M321, main Baylor.

For a Good Cause

Wellness 5K: It’s not too early to start planning for this student-led race/walk set for 8:30 a.m. Oct 13 in the Texas Medical Center. Child care, discounted parking and post-race activities will be available. Go online for more information and event registration

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Physician Mixer: Network with colleagues, meet new clinicians and promote internal referrals at the Find a Physician Networking Happy Hour, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in Conference Rooms A&B at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Food and beverages will be provided; free underground parking is available. Contact Hannah Munsey with any questions.

HIV Community Event: The College and Houston Health Department present the "Sharing Science Symposium: From Research to the Real World" on the latest HIV research, 12:30 – 6 p.m. Sept. 5. Free registration is available online or by calling (832) 393-5010.

Clinical Seminars

One Health Conference: The National School of Tropical Medicine, Harris County Public Health and Texas Children’s Hospital host the 2018 One Health Conference Sept. 14 – 15 at the Marriott Marquis Houston. This conference brings together animal and human healthcare professionals for interdisciplinary collaborations and continuing education with a variety of infectious disease and "one health" presentations from field experts. Online registration is now open.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Abstracts

Cancer Symposium: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center host the inaugural Hematologic Malignancies Symposium on Nov. 3. Abstracts in the categories of clinical and basic science acute myelogenous leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloma and lymphoma may be submitted before Oct. 1. For more information, contact Christina Velasquez. Register for the symposium online.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read how Dr. James Lupski, Cullen Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics and Pediatrics, and Dr. Chad Shaw, associate professor of genetics, are using big data, bench science and genome-wide diagnostics to predict genomic instability that can lead to disease in this blog post. You can receive weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" 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.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for August.

Questions or Comments?

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