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The Faculty Senate kicked off its FY2018 session with an orientation for new senators that introduced the officers and committees of the Senate, discussed principles of shared governance and described how the Senate works with Academic Council, the Institutional Policy Committee and executive leadership.

  • At the Aug. 10 meeting, the Senate discussed and voted to approve a proposal creating a non-voting delegate position for newly populated departments or centers and a recommendation that a delegate be elected to represent the Department of Emergency Medicine until June 2018, when the department will be included in Senate elections.
  • Provost Alicia Monroe described T-dollar allocation for FY2018 and the ongoing process to quantify and compensate education effort.
  • Chief Operating Officer Joe Doty discussed the 2020 Financial Improvement Plan and followed up on issues raised in the Administrative Operations Committee. Cell phone reimbursement was ended because it was inequitably allocated to only 1,000 employees and costs prohibit expanding to all. The Roth IRA option is not offered at this time because of costs involved in providing it to all faculty and staff and pending plan provider review. The option will be reviewed again later.
  • Clinical Affairs Dean James McDeavitt provided an update on the Faculty Group Practice compensation planning workgroup.
  • Policy Officer Megan Monroe offered a summary of the Mobile Device Management Policy for senators to share with constituents. The Senate endorsed the policy in July.
  • The Faculty Affairs and Benefits Committee reported on a health insurance question asked by faculty: the College does provide incentives for faculty and staff to use Baylor physicians. Information about the Baylor CHI St. Luke's Custom Network is available on the HR Benefits intranet site.

Academic Council:

  • At the Aug. 14 meeting, Provost Alicia Monroe said focus group input and other feedback on the faculty evaluation process have driven changes and improvements for the new cycle that begins Oct. 1. The role of the evaluator has been better defined and now requires a training session before the evaluator provides feedback to faculty members. Chairs and center directors should contact the provost’s office now for help preloading some departmental metrics in the system. All faculty goals must be entered before Oct. 1. The deadline for completing faculty evaluations is Dec. 31.
  • Dean Jennifer Christner provided an update on the School of Medicine that included new guidelines for observers and shadowers to limit liability and malpractice issues for physicians and a new process for posting and filling educational leadership roles.
  • Interim Dean Adam Kuspa reported that the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences strategic planning town halls have wrapped up and the next phase, forming five subcommittees with faculty members and senators, will kick off in September. He anticipates having a strategic plan for the GSBS by the end of the calendar year.
  • President Paul Klotman announced that the College’s Standard and Poor's credit rating has been reaffirmed with a bond credit rating of A and a stable outlook.
  • The Academic Council voted to endorse the Mobile Device Management Policy.

Seed Funding: COO Joe Doty and Research Dean Adam Kuspa recently explained the budgeting process to the Faculty Senate and Academic Council. Seed funding for FY2018 is based on strategic recruitment needs, documented commitments to faculty, discussion with chairs/center directors, individual needs based upon current external funding, past seed requests, significant one-time events such as equipment purchases, and the availability of funds. Going forward, the College is committed to continuing conversations with leadership and faculty and to further refining and reviewing the seed budget process.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Ashley Butler, assistant professor of pediatrics - psychology, was awarded a four-year $1.8 million DP3 grant from the National Institute on Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders to develop and evaluate a family- and community-based intervention to improve glycemic control among African American and Hispanic children with type 1 diabetes.


imageDr. Mary Dickinson, professor and Kyle and Josephine Morrow Endowed Chair of molecular physiology and biophysics, has been named associate dean of research at the College. As a liaison between the Office of the Dean of Research and the faculty in support of the research mission, she will serve as a mentor to faculty and trainees, support faculty in obtaining grants and contracts, define plans and drive implementation on key research initiatives and work with the Office of the Provost on College-wide efforts focused on faculty development. A member of the Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dickinson will maintain her research laboratory, which studies the regulation of genetic and mechanical mechanisms in cardiovascular development and congenital birth defects using mouse models. She also will continue to serve as academic director of the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core Lab. Dickinson was the inaugural chair of the Faculty Senate and is now its past chair.


imageDr. William Huang, associate professor of family and community medicine, has been appointed vice chair for education in the department. Huang, who has led student education efforts since 1988, will be working with department chair Dr. Roger Zoorob and the medical school dean to assure accreditation, supervising the elective director and course directors and partnering with Dr. Eric Warwick, the residency director, to assure the success of the GME effort in the department.


imageDr. Fareed Khan, associate professor of family and community medicine and a Faculty Senator, has been named assistant chief of staff for Ambulatory Care Services in the Harris Health System. He also will serve as vice chair for Community Health Programs in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Khan, who has served the underserved since 1998, will begin his additional responsibilities Nov. 13.


imageDr. Martha Mims, Dan L Duncan Professor and chief of medicine - hematology and oncology, Dr. Teresa Hayes, associate professor emeritus of medicine - hematology and oncology, and Dr. Jennifer Taylor, assistant professor of urology, co-edited Handbook of Prostate Cancer and Other Genitourinary Malignancies. Mims and Taylor are members of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The book was published in June by Demos Medical.


imageDr. Oluyinka Olutoye, professor of surgery and co-director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He became chair of the Faculty Senate on July 1.

imageDr. Jackie Powers, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, was appointed as the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology representative on the AABB Committee on Donor Iron Safety and Health, a national committee that is developing recommendations on iron replacement in blood donors to protect donor health and ensure an adequate and safe blood supply.

imageThe Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Edward M. Reece to the Josephine Abercrombie Endowed Professorship in Plastic Surgery Research. Reece is the Chief of Adult Plastic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. He specializes in surgery of the hand and in implementing telemedicine solutions to improve patient care in hospital settings. He is nationally recognized on technique and technology applied to plastic surgery and to technological innovation in health care.

imageDr. Amir Sharafkhaneh and Dr. Nicola Hanania, associate professors of medicine - pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and Dr. Mark Kunik, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are co-editors of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Chronic Respiratory Diseases. Springer recently published the book.

College Events

Compassion and the Art of Medicine: Dr. Claire Bocchini, assistant professor of pediatrics – infectious disease and a founding member and current co-president of Houston-based health equity group Doctors for Change, delivers the Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture at noon, Friday, Aug. 25, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Softball: The RIITE Rewards Program, BCM BeWell and the BCM Federal Credit Union will be co-hosting a softball tournament for Baylor employees and students on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Houston Sportsplex. The hosts are looking for team captains to recruit players and organize a co-ed team. If you are interested in serving as a team captain, please click here to submit the request by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. For additional information, please contact the hosts.

Shine the Light: The Office of Professionalism hosts renowned guitarist Seamus Kelleher performing and sharing meaningful stories about his personal journey of recovery through medical crisis at 12:15 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in M112, main Baylor. The sessions are sponsored by the Pete & Erin Huttlinger Series on Humanism in Medicine Foundation. RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu for the 4 p.m. session.

VA Quality Scholars' Summer Institute: Dr. Troyen Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health, speaks at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 17, at Onstead Auditorium, adjacent to the TMC Commons. The Houston VA Coordinating Center for the national VA Quality Scholars Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center hosts this year’s conference, “Demonstrating Value and Impact.”

Faculty Opportunities

PA Academic Faculty: The School of Allied Health Sciences seeks an academic faculty member for the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program. The faculty member will advise students, facilitate small groups, assess student performance, teach in areas of expertise, mentor student research, interview applicants for admission, engage in scholarly activities, serve on College committees and participate in periodic program self-assessment activities. Protected time will be provided for clinical practice. For academic and professional qualifications and additional information, please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet site.

Alumni Award Nominations: Faculty are invited to nominate prominent BCM alumni and faculty members for 2018 Alumni Awards. Categories for every school and every training program at the College include: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Young Alumnus Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, Distinguished Service Award, Humanitarian Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. See the alumni website for nomination forms and past recipients. Contact the alumni office for more information. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Sept. 29.

For a Good Cause

Balance Study: Investigators at the BCM Center for Hearing and Balance are looking for volunteers to participate in a study developing improved screening tests for vestibular (inner ear) and balance disorders. If you are 21 to 90 years old, in generally good health, with no history of ear surgery or a diagnosed vestibular disorder, then you may qualify. If so, please call (713) 798-5233 or e-mail Kayla Bishop to schedule an appointment or for more information. Your time will be compensated.

Blood Drive: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at the main Baylor campus. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win dinner for a year, a 60” flat screen TV or a Galveston cruise for two. Schedule your appointment online or by calling (713) 343-7288.

Kids' Book Drive: The Med-Peds Interest Group, in partnership with the BCM Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, is hosting a book drive through Sept. 3 to benefit the Harris Health MLK Clinic. The group accepts new and gently used books for ages 6-18, with books for teens and pre-teens as the greatest need. Donate your books in the Office of Communications, the Cafeteria or the Coffee Corner at main Baylor, or in the CNRC Lobby or at Bertner Café, Baylor St. Luke's. For more information or questions please email: onyewuen@bcm.edu or marcanto@bcm.edu.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Physician Happy Hour: Come network with your fellow Faculty Group Practice colleagues and meet the physicians that have recently joined at the Find a Physician Networking Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in Conference Rooms A and B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Food, beverages and free underground parking will be provided. This is a great way to build meaningful relationships and promote internal referrals. If you have any questions, please email Hannah Munsey.

Surgical Collaboration Day: Dr. Joseph Lamelas, associate chief of cardiothoracic surgery, will deliver the keynote speech, “Innovation in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery,” at the Department of Surgery Incubator event, which also includes quick-fire speakers, surgical speed dating and an exhibit space for new technologies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the TMC Innovation Institute. Register today.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Events

Building a Sustainable Research Program: Send your trainees to hear Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics, talk about building a sustainable research program at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The Career Development Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is sponsoring the event, which includes faculty-facilitated roundtable discussions to provide advice on the academic job search for students and postdocs from 5 to 7 p.m. Trainees may register online.

Research Resources

Bioengineering Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab designs and fabricates a broad range of custom devices to support biomedical research and clinical practice. The core is staffed by an experienced bioengineer and a machinist with access to state-of-the-art tools. Among the services offered are consultation with scientists and physicians to identify the best strategy addressing their engineering needs, custom instrumentation design and manufacture, custom electronics/optics design and manufacture, high precision mechanical manufacture, 3D design and printing, as well as laser cutting and engraving. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website or download the catalog.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Martin Matzuk, professor of pathology and immunology and director of the Center for Drug Discovery, and Dr. Diana Monsivais, postdoctoral fellow, investigated the mechanism involved in successful embryo implantation, an essential component of female fertility. Matzuk is a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Stuart A. Wallace Chair and the Robert L. Moody, Sr. Chair at the College. 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.

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

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