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Lending a Healing Hand: Faculty and resident volunteers provided medical assistance to evacuees at shelters around Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Pictured are members of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Read more about the ways Baylor faculty, staff and trainees are helping the community recover from catastrophic flooding on our Harvey Heroes website.


Group Counseling: Dr. Bella Schanzer, associate professor of psychiatry, is offering opportunities for individuals to talk about how they are feeling and process what they have been through in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Any BCM community member is welcome to drop in to a session. See the dates and times below. For questions, please contact Karen Joseph.

  • Friday, Sept. 8: 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 0111 (next to Morrison’s cafeteria), main Baylor
  • Monday, Sept. 11: 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the 6th Floor Conference Center at Kirby Clinic; 4-5 p.m. in Room 0111 (next to Morrison’s cafeteria), main Baylor
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 0111 (next to Morrison’s cafeteria), main Baylor; 4:30-5:30 in 11th Floor Conference Room AB, Baylor Clinic

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 the 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.

Emergency Vacation Sharing: Any Baylor employee who has at least 48 hours of vacation time may donate one day (8 hours) of time to a designated pool for those who experienced a catastrophic event and have exhausted their available vacation, personal and floating time. To donate time, submit this form by Sept. 30. Those needing vacation time should fill out a request form by Sept. 30. See the website for more information on the program from the Office of Human Resources.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. O. Howard Frazier, professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support, has been honored with the 2018 ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant. The award recognizes his outstanding achievements and tireless dedication in the field of advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.


imageDr. Richard Gibbs, Wofford Cain Chair and professor of genetics and director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center, describes the difference between Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Harvey in terms of their effects on research at the College in this video.


imageDr. Neil Hanchard, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, has been elected the first early-career director on the board of the American Society of Human Genetics. He will serve a three-year term beginning in January. ASHG’s mission is to advance human genetics in science, health and society through excellence in research, education and advocacy.


imageDr. Clavia Wooton-Kee, instructor in molecular and cellular biology, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. She is an at-large senator representing the interests of the general faculty.


College Events

Compassion and the Art of Medicine: Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine and chief medical officer of the Baylor/CHI Physician Network, discusses his life’s work in “A Primary Care Career: The View from the Rearview Mirror,” at noon Friday, Sept. 8, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Eat or Be Eaten: Dr. David Berger, professor of surgery and senior vice president and COO at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, speaks on "Eat or Be Eaten: Why Surgeons Need to Be Hospital Leaders" at Surgery Grand Rounds, 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Diversity Video: What’s your identity? This year for Diversity Week (Oct. 2-6) we are showcasing the rich diversity and warm welcome of the BCM community. You can represent yourself in our video from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the DeBakey Library and Museum.

Compassionate Conversation: “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” will be the focus of two Compassionate Conversation sessions to be held Oct. 4. Receive a free copy of the book if you are among the first 50 people to sign up for a session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the DeBakey Library and Museum.

In the Path of Harvey: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy speaker series hosts a seminar on ethical issues in providing clinical care during a natural disaster from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Grappino di Nino. The seminar will explore how to approach uncertainty in a medical context when the doctor and patient disagree. Purchase a ticket online to attend.

Machine Learning and the Mind: The Partnership for BCM Luncheon Series presents Dr. Wayne Goodman, professor and D.C. and Irene Ellwood Chair in Psychiatry, and Dr. Andreas Tolias, associate professor and Brown Foundation Chair in Neuroscience, discussing current events and advances in mental health from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane. Register online to attend.

Education Grand Rounds: All students and faculty are welcome to attend “Incorporating Technology into the Classroom,” presented by Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, at noon Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Cullen Auditorium. The School of Allied Health Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development are sponsors of this inaugural grand rounds for education.

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

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

Softball: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, is the deadline 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.

Teaching Portfolio Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers two Norton Rose Fulbright Portfolio Preparation Workshops this month. To attend, RSVP at faced@bcm.edu.

Free Photo Sessions: Have your portrait taken for your bcm.edu bio when the Office of Communications hosts free sessions in various campus locations this month:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19: 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., DeBakey Library and Museum, main Baylor
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., First Floor Lobby, Children’s Nutrition Research Center
  • Friday, Sept. 22: 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m., First Floor Lobby, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, McNair Campus

Pathways to Promotion: Dr. Nancy Moreno, associate provost for faculty development and institutional research, leads a session on preparing for academic promotion at noon Sept. 26 in N311, main Baylor. For more information or to RSVP, contact faced@bcm.edu.

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

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

Baylor Helping Baylor: If you had damage to your home and need help in clean-up, we are matching volunteers from Baylor to the tasks needed within our Baylor community. Baylor Helping Baylor forms are available if you would like to volunteer or if you need some help. A new Housing and Material Goods listing is available. Go online to offer housing, furniture and services or to indicate a need.

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.

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

Ewing Sarcoma: The Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma International Conference is set for Sept. 27-28 at the BioScience Research Collaborative. Presented by Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, the conference will bring together leading investigators to foster meaningful research collaborations with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of patients affected by Ewing sarcoma. Registration is required but there is no registration fee for this event.

Research Resources

Genialis Platform: The Office of Research offers faculty a software license for Genialis Platform, an NGS data analytics solution that facilitates data and metadata management; bioinformatics pipeline development and automation; data visualization and exploration; and collaboration and dissemination. The software has been deployed on a computer cluster at the OIT Nabisco facility and is currently in beta test phase. If your lab generates NGS data, however big or small, and you would like to learn more about the available Genialis Platform tools, please contact bcm@genialis.com.

Mouse Metabolism Core: This Advanced Technology Core supports the application of state-of-the-art analysis of metabolic pathways and related physiological and biochemical parameters in mice and rats, as well as in isolated/cultured cells in vitro. Tests offered include the hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp (a gold standard for glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity/resistance at the whole body and organ level), oxygen consumption rate and extra cellular acidification rate measurements from cells in culture plates, and NMR-based magnetic resonance imaging system for body composition. Simultaneous measurements of food intake, energy expenditure, heat and real time body temperature and an activity monitoring system also are available. MMC directors provide consultation on selecting the appropriate tests and procedures and interpreting data. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Bert O’Malley, professor and Thomas C. Thompson Chair in Cell Biology, and Dr. Bokai Zhu, postdoctoral fellow, learned about genes that follow a 12-hour or circatidal cycle in this week’s issue. 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?

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

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