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Hurricane Harvey Ride-Out Team Appreciated: President Paul Klotman, Clinical Dean Jim McDeavitt and Chief Operating Officer Joe Doty gathered members of Facilities, Security, Center for Comparative Medicine, Environmental Safety, Information Technology and Radiology to thank them personally for serving as the College’s hurricane ride-out team. The crew was shut in behind the floodgates from Friday afternoon through Wednesday morning to ensure that research and buildings remained safe during the catastrophic weather event. Pictured: Dr. Klotman hugs CCM Director Cindy Buckmaster.


College Status: The College is back to routine business operations and all clinics are open today and Friday, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1. Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 4, is a College holiday.

Blood Drive: Help replenish the supply of whole blood and platelets available for our community at Baylor St. Luke’s blood drive between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. today, Aug. 31, at the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium on the lower level of the Texas Heart Institute (Green elevators).

BCM Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Make a gift to help Baylor students, faculty, employees and their families who have suffered loss during Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to donate online, please go to the BCM Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. To make a gift by check, make the check payable to Baylor College of Medicine, print and complete this gift form and mail both items to: Baylor College of Medicine Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, MSC #800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, Texas 77210.

Baylor Helping Baylor: Do you need a hand cleaning up your storm-damaged home or want to volunteer to help other Baylor community members? Fill out the appropriate form and we will match cleanup needs and services:

  • If you are a Baylor community member needing cleanup services, use this form.
  • If you are able to help clean, use this form.

Research and Innovation: The College was ranked No. 12 on a recently published list for research quality and influence on inventions. The Nature Index Top 200 by Lens score measures research quality by article count and weighted fractional count in the Nature Index. Also listed are an institution's natural science articles in InCites and the percentage of those included in the Nature Index.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Erik Antonsen, assistant professor of emergency medicine and of space medicine, received the NASA Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his work on advancing health in space to enable future human missions to Mars. Antonsen serves as an element scientist for exploration medical capabilities at NASA, conducting translational research to identify and advance medical systems and components that will expand astronaut operations.


imageDr. Anthony Maresso, associate professor of molecular virology and microbiology, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the department’s faculty on the Senate.


imageDr. Bijan Najafi, professor of surgery and director of clinical research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Qatar National Research Fund for a four-year study on the effectiveness of an innovative wearable technology for improving balance, quality of life and skin perfusion in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney failure. If validated, the device could be used as an adjunct therapy to reduce risk of foot problems and improve mobility in patients undergoing treatment.


College Events

Professionalism Concert: Guitar master Seamus Kelleher’s performance today, Aug. 31, has been canceled and will be rescheduled by the Center for Professionalism in Medicine.

Wellness Week: The BCM BeWell team and the Office of Student Services are sponsoring wellness events to kick off the school year:

  • The Health and Wellness Fair, featuring vendors, organizations and prizes, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.
  • Baylor Field Day showcases Camp Gladiator, yoga with the institute for Spirituality and Health and the Baylor Tae Kwon Do Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Baylor Courtyard, main Baylor.
  • Softball players have until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, to sign up for the co-ed softball tournament for Baylor employees and students on Oct. 21 at the Houston Sportsplex. BCM BeWell Vitality points will be awarded to participating players.

Physician Wellness: Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a renowned authority on physician burnout, will share his thoughts on physician well-being and its impact on patient care during two events sponsored by the Center for Professionalism and the Department of Medicine. Currently the director of the Mayo Clinic Program on Physician Well-Being, Shanafelt becomes the chief wellness officer at Stanford on Sept. 1. He speaks “Finding Meaning, Balance and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine” at 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in M112, main Baylor. RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu for the 4 p.m. session.

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 position involves advising students, facilitating small groups, assessing student performance, teaching in areas of expertise, mentoring student research, interviewing applicants for admission, engaging in scholarly activities, serving on college committees, and participating 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 Sept. 29.

Faculty Resources

Teaching Portfolio Workshop: The Norton Rose Fulbright Portfolio Preparation Workshop on Friday, Sept. 1, has been canceled and will be rescheduled by the Office of Faculty Development.

Photo Sessions: The free photo sessions scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 5-8, have been canceled and will be rescheduled by the Office of Communications.

TMC Library: The TMC Library building will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8., for a power supply upgrade and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept.11.

LCME Survey: Have you completed your LCME Faculty Survey? It asks four quick questions to gauge your awareness of and satisfaction with the Faculty Senate and the Institutional Policy Committee. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education has requested a status report for the College’s accreditation documentation. This link takes you to the survey.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Back-Up Care Program: Back-Up Care is available to you as an employee benefit if your family care arrangements have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Emergency Assistance: To apply for funds from the BCM Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, complete and submit Emergency Assistance Fund form.

BCM Federal Credit Union: Credit Union member requests for extension of payments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email April Comeaux indicating the reason for the extension request, the duration of the request, how often the payments are made and your contact information.

AT&T Free Msg: If you live in one of the select Texas counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you won't be charged for any data overages from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

Shelters: Listings for Red Cross and partner agency shelters are available here.

Lost Cars: Find your towed or abandoned vehicle here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: See the FEMA Hurricane Harvey resource webpage or download the app for recovery information.

Airbnb has waived fees for those displaced by weather.

TranStar has available a traffic map and traffic cameras to check your route before you get on the road.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Forum

Suicide Prevention: Dr. John Oldham, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the Barbara and Corbin Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders, is the activity director for this Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 2017 CME activity scheduled for Oct. 20 in Conference Rooms A & B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Register online by Oct. 15.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Forum

Building a Sustainable Research Program: The presentation by Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics, on Thursday, Aug. 31, has been canceled and will be rescheduled by the Career Development Center.

Research Resources

Laboratory Work: The following resources are available as you return to your lab:

  • The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) is operational. If you need assistance in caring for animals while under lower levels of staffing in your own lab or satellite areas, contact CCM for assistance.
  • The BCM receiving docks are open and Supply Chain Management is reaching out to major vendors and shippers for information on orders and deliveries. See its website for updates.
  • Until the Office for Environmental Safety (OES) is fully staffed, please have adequate waste containers, storage capacity and spill clean-up equipment to manage biological, chemical and radioactive waste before proceeding with your experiments. Expect delays in ordering restricted hazardous materials, biological agents and radioactive isotopes. Refer to the OES website for more information.

Advanced Technology Core Labs: We have had no reports of major damage to equipment and facilities in any of our cores to perform their support services. Core personnel will make every attempt to resume full operations as soon as possible. If you have concerns with an on-going project or a planned project interrupted by the storm you should contact the core director to get more information. See the ATC website for contact information and updates.

Office of Research: The Sponsored Programs Office, Baylor Licensing Group and the Office for Clinical Research are operational. Our sponsors and partners are reaching out to us and granting extensions on various reporting deadlines. These offices will continue to be the institutional primary point of contact for sponsors. Proposals for upcoming deadlines are the priority focus at present. The Office of Research is available to answer questions as they arise.

From the Labs: 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 September.

Questions or Comments?

Faculty Senate: Please contact your Senator for faculty-related questions or suggestions.

Institutional Policy Committee: Contact the Policy Committee to learn more about College policies and procedures.

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