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Members of the Faculty Senate stand shoulder to shoulder.

Caption: In early August, an orientation was held to welcome Baylor College of Medicine's newly elected 2025 Term Faculty Senators. The Faculty Senate represents the interests of Baylor faculty across all departments, centers, affiliates and schools, and works to close gaps in faculty representation. The group's goal is to provide a formal opinion on issues or policies that originate from faculty constituents directly, Senate committees, senators, the administration, Institutional Policy Committee, Academic Council and the Board of Trustees. Read more in BCM Family.

Faculty Kudos

2022 Drs. Magda R. and Michael Dacso Award for Excellence in Research was presented this week to Peter Masschelin, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular and cellular biology and member of the lab of Dr. Sean Hartig. The lab focuses on the cellular contributions to obesity and type 2 diabetes. The Dacso Award, created by Dr. Clifford Dacso, professor of molecular and cellular biology, supports a medical, graduate or M.D./Ph.D. student in the molecular and cell biology graduate programs who has made a substantial impact in human health science and accomplishment.

Dr. María Jose Redondo, professor of pediatrics – diabetes and endocrinology, has a profile featured in the September issue of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology called "Rethinking type 1 diabetes."

Coming Up

Celebrating Dr. Peggy Smith: Join a reception at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor to honor Dr. Peggy Smith as she celebrates 50 years of service to Baylor College of Medicine. Smith is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and longtime leader of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic. Learn more about the Teen Health Clinic in BCM Family.

Development Workshop: On Sept. 8-9, the All of Us Evenings with Genetics Research Program will host "Entering Mentoring Training," a facilitator development workshop. Participants will learn effective facilitation skills, create and or/adapt context specific curricula and gain resources to support successful implementation and build a community of practice. Register by emailing allofuseveningswithgenetics@bcm.edu.

Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship: Celebrate your colleagues and trainees at noon Sept. 15 in Rayzor Lounge for the 2022 Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship, featuring scholarly projects by faculty, students and trainees. The event is sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.

McNair Symposium: The 10th annual McNair Symposium will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in Room N315 in the Alkek Building. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michelle Monje, professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford Medicine. Monje, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, will present "Synaptic integration of brain cancer into neural circuits: new frontiers for neuromodulation." The poster session for McNair Scholar labs and McNair M.D./Ph.D. Scholars will be at 9 a.m. in Alkek Lobby. Register here.

Faculty Opportunities

Career Advancement Series: The Career Advancement Series for early career and mid-career faculty is open for applications. Engage with peers and experienced Baylor faculty to develop skills and competencies that support your goals for advancement and leadership development. Several advancement tracks are available including Instructor Group, Assistant Professor Group, Associate Professor Group, Assistant/Associate Professor Minority Faculty Group and Assistant/Associate Professor Women Faculty Group. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Visit Career Advancement Series and apply.

Research Mentoring Foundations: Multiple workshops are available this fall for faculty who mentor students and trainees in the biomedical and clinical and translational sciences. On Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, there will be workshops for Research Mentoring Foundations in-person at main Baylor. Workshops consist of two 2.5-hour sessions, focused on effective communication and alignment of expectations in research mentoring relationships, as well as approaches to foster independence among mentees and creating a more equitable and inclusive environment. The workshop utilizes CIMER mentor training materials and qualifies as evidence-based mentor training for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation interests. Register and view the Workshop Calendar here.

Associate Course Director for IPBD Course: The School of Medicine is seeking an associate course director for the MS1 Immunologic and Pathologic Basis of Disease (IPBD) course. Currently, the course is scheduled in Term 3, typically during January and February. The goals of the course are to increase the knowledge of general (systemic) pathology and immunology concepts to prepare medical students on their educational journey. Teaching methods include lectures, case-based discussions and self-directed learning. Find more information and how to apply in Faculty Opportunities. View the Curriculum Education Leadership Role Application Form.

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