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From the Labs: September’s Image of the Month features the soil-dwelling single-celled amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum (in red) interacting with Gram-negative bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae, courtesy of Dr. Adam Kuspa's lab. See two videos of the action in this week’s From the Labs post.

Kuspa Farewell: You are invited to attend a reception to honor and thank Dr. Adam Kuspa for his 26 years of service to Baylor at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in the Alkek DeBakey Lobby. The biochemistry professor, senior vice president and dean of research has accepted the position of president of the Welch Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funding sources for basic chemical research.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Sarah Elsea, professor of molecular & human genetics, has been elected to the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics Board of Directors for a five-year term. The ABMGG certifies individuals and accredits training programs in the field of human genetics with the goal of promoting lifelong learning and academic excellence.

Dr. Maria Mejia de Grubb, associate professor of family & community medicine, was selected to receive an award through the Loan Repayment Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. The program is designed to support early career investigators by repaying a portion of their student loans in return for a commitment to conduct research relevant to the NIH mission. Mejia de Grubb's work is in the area of medication-assisted therapy among women with opioid use disorder.

Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu, associate professor of medicine and surgery has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The designation. is awarded to members who have made a significant contribution to the clinical and research knowledge of liver and biliary diseases, and who are considered leaders in the field.

Dr. Rebecca Rico-Hesse, professor of virology & microbiology, has been invited to deliver the Frank Black Memorial Lecture at the Yale School of Public Health in spring 2020. The honor recognizes her contributions ot the field of Dengue pathogenesis, immunology and vaccinology as well as her leadership and mentorship as a woman in science.

Dr. Christopher Scott, Dalton Tomlin Chair of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is the Baylor lead on a new $1.6 milllion grant from the NIH to evaluate recent advances in human genome editing and develop recommendations for how to responsibly govern such research and technologies in the future. The research team includes ethicists from Arizona State University.

Dr. Felicia Skelton-Dudley, assistant professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation, is featured in the latest Growing up Baylor post. She completed medical school and a clincal fellowship at Baylor, which led to a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and her faculty position.

Eric Smith, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular & cellular biology working in the lab of Dr. Courtney Hodges, assistant professor in the Center for Precision Environmental Health, recently received the Dacso Award for Excellence in Research. The annual student award was created by Dr. Clifford Dacso, professor of molecular & cellular biology, in honor of his parents, Dr. Magda Rona and Dr. Michael Dacso, and was presented by Drs. Dacso and Hodges and Chancellor Bert O'Malley.

College Events

Matthew Carter Lecture: Dr. Sophia Banu, associate professor of psychiatry, delivers the annual lecture as part of the Compassion & the Art of Medicine series at noon Friday, Sept. 6, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. She has extensive experience working with torture survivors and refugees in Nepal, Bangladesh, Greece and the United States.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Kim-Anh Do, chair of biostatistics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses “Integrative Network Modeling Approaches to Precision Cancer Medicine: Back to the Future” at noon Monday, Sept. 9, at Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Women in Medicine: The American Medical Women's Association presents an expert panel and discussion on the experiences of women in medicine and medical education at noon Monday, Sept. 9, in Room M112, main Baylor. Panelists include Dr. Anita Rohra, assistant professor of emergency medicine, AMWA advisor and faculty senator, Dr. Andrea Stolar, dean of student affairs and medical director at the DeBakey VA Medical Center, Dr. Nadia Ismail, dean of medical school curriculum, and Dr. Meroe Bergman Morse, assistant professor of medicine.

DocTalk: “Pain Management in the Wake of the Opioid Crisis” is the topic of Dr. Krishna Shah’s presentation at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Cullen Auditorium. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points. Shah is assistant professor of anesthesiology.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Awards Director: The Office of the President seeks a Director of Faculty External Recognition to oversee the nomination process of faculty members for awards from a variety of national and international sources. Interested faculty at the rank of associate professor or professor within any mission area who have effective organizational and communication skills and experience as a mentor to students or faculty are encouraged to apply for this paid, part-time appointment. See Faculty Opportunities for the full job description and apply by Monday, Sept. 16.

APEX Course: The dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for a foundational sciences associate course director for the MS4 transition to internship course, Advanced Physician Experience (APEX). At this time, the course is scheduled for the first two weeks of March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highly motivated faculty members with an interest in innovative medical education and preferably experience with graduate medical education and simulation should read the job description and apply by Friday, Sept. 13.

Evidence-Based Medicine: The medical school dean seeks nominations for a foundational sciences associate course director for the MS2 Evidence-Based Medicine course. At this time, the nine-session course is scheduled for March 12 to May 14. The nine sessions are on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Innovative faculty members with an interest in teaching evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the medical literature are encouraged to see the job description and apply by Friday, Sept. 13.

Call for Abstracts: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy is accepting abstracts relating to clinical ethics consultation for “Evolving Clinical Ethics: A Working UnConference” through Sunday, Sept. 15. See the website for more information.

Patient Safety: Physicians, residents and fellows, nurses and pharmacists are needed for a multi-institutional, inter-professional patient safety training event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Texas Medical Center. Organized by faculty from Baylor, Texas Woman’s University and The University of Houston College of Pharmacy, the evidence-based workshop brings together medical, nursing and pharmacy students to work through a near-miss patient safety case in small groups. The workshop needs 50 medical facilitators and a minimum of 25 nursing and 25 pharmacy facilitators. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Cara Lye or Dr. Sara Andrabi. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

Alumni Awards: Nominations are open for the College’s 2020 Alumni Awards. To nominate faculty and alumni and view past awardees, please see the alumni website. The recognition ceremony and dinner are set for April 25 at the Intercontinental Houston Medical Center. Nominations are due Sept. 27.

Faculty Resources

Educator Bootcamp: Learn the tools you need to succeed in your education role, applicable to any area. The Office of Faculty Development, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Academy of Distinguished Educators present two bootcamp sessions; register online for one or both:

  • Teaching the 21st Century Learner – align your teaching and assessment to best practices and cognitive science while engaging with experience educators, 2-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Room M321, main Baylor.
  • Strategies for Successful Teaching – optimize your large and small group teaching with active approaches and learn to provide effective feedback, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18, Room M323, main Baylor.

"Leonardo: Connecting Art & Anatomy" is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Kevin Petti, president emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Room N315, main Baylor. The Consulate General of Italy-Houston hosts this lecture in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Christopher Caldarone, professor and chief of congenital heart surgery, presents "How the Witch Changes the Lions into Seals: Insights into the Evolving Role of the Surgeon," 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom, meeting ID: 517 471 817.

Ethics Grand Rounds: "The Surrogate Decision-Maker: More than Just a Perfunctory Signature" is the topic of a presentation by Claire Horner, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. Access it on Zoom or call (281) 824-3734, meeting ID: 254109.

GI Review: Attend an intensive review for GI and Hepatology Board Certification or Re-Certification Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. This update on the latest diagnostics and therapeutics is CME-eligible. Register online to attend.

Advances in Critical Care: This CME-eligible course brings together all members of the multidisciplinary team caring for the critically ill patient to explore cutting edge tools, technologies and processes. Register online to hear Dr. E. Wesley Ely, professor of medicine – pulmonary and critical care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Distinguished Service Professor in Surgery, deliver keynote addresses Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at the Intercontinental Houston – Medical Center.

The Latino Health Summit, sponsored by the Hispanic Health Coalition, convenes Thursday, Sept. 19, at the TMCx Innovation Institute, McGovern Campus. The event brings together experts in the fields of health, education and policy to engage in a conversation about challenges and opportunities in the Latino community, with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of the 4.5 million Hispanics in the greater Houston area. Register online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Cancer Research: "Dr. Mendelsohn’s Legacy and the Future of Cancer Research" is the topic of a panel discussion led by Dr. Peter W.T. Pisters, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Baker Institute, Rice University. Admission is free but online registration is required.

CVRI: Dr. Hong Wang presents the first Cardiovascular Research Institute seminar of the academic year at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 201A, main Baylor. She is director of the Center for Metabolic Disease Research at Temple University.

Systems Biology: Baylor's Systems Biology Center, the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences co-sponsor the "Systems Biology for Clinical Infectious Disease Research Symposium" Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Moody Gardens, Galveston. Visiting speakers include Dr. Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Charles Chiu, UC San Francisco and Dr. Lynn Bry, Harvard University. Learn more and register online.

Surgical Research: The Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Surgery is accepting applications from M.D. surgical residents and Ph.D. post-doctoral fellows interested in academic careers in cardiovascular research through a highly structured, collaborative surgeon-scientist research experience. The program offers tracks in bioengineering & biodesign, basic & translational research and clinical & outcomes research and supports two trainees per year for two years. Applications are due Jan. 3.

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