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A family of three sitting outside on a sunny day, in the process of transfering plants into larger planters.

Caption: Teaching children to garden not only provides nutritional benefits, but also promotes familial bonding while teaching children responsibility and structure. Alicia Beltran, a Baylor College of Medicine dietitian, details the importance of gardening with kids in Momentum, a part of the Baylor Blog Network.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Salma Musaad, associate professor of pediatrics – nutrition, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health AIM-AHEAD Fellowship Program in Leadership grant for her proposal, "Using Machine Learning to Investigate Intervention Effect Disparities and Digital Phenotypes Among Black Girls; Brain #67674-I."

Dr. H. Courtney Hodges, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology in the Center for Precision Environmental Health, was awarded two grants to study investigational drugs targeting the chromatin regulatory complex SWI/SNF in neuroblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia. An R01 award from the National Cancer Institute and a grant from the Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundation will together bring more than $3 million to improve epigenetic therapies against these cancers. Baylor collaborators include Dr. Eveline Barbieri, Dr. Ron Parchem, and Dr. Rachel Rau.

Dr. Michael Kauth, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was appointed to the new position of executive director of the LGBTQ+ Health Program in the Veterans Health Administration and was sworn in as a member of the senior executive staff by VA Chief of Staff Tanya Bradsher.

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.

The Summit Talks: At 5 p.m. Sept. 8, the Center for Professionalism will present a new series, The Summit Talks. Dr. Lee Poythress, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of medicine, will discuss, "An Aspect of Professionalism: The Difficult Conversation," examining how academic medicine incorporates health and wellness as it develops students and residents into physicians. Presented in person, room M112 in the DeBakey building at main Baylor, or by Zoom (Password: 366894). CME ethics credit available.

Voter registration: The League of Women Voters will be on campus for a voter registration event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in the E Hallway at main Baylor.Local and statewide elections will be Nov. 8. To be eligible to vote, you must be registered by Oct.11. Check your registration status .

OMG Lecture: On Sept. 13, Dr. Dipanjan Chowdhury, professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School, will deliver a lecture, "Expanding the scope of DNA repair factors – novel roles and applications." The virtual talk will be at 9 a.m. Register now.

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, staff, 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.

SlicerDicer and i2b2: SlicerDicer and i2b2 sessions will be held virtually at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 23. Sessions are worth one CME credit. SlicerDicer Self Service Data Query & Analytics Tools will be Sept. 16; i2b2 Self Service Data Query & Analytics Tools will be Sept. 23. Participants will learn to use both systems and databases to generate predictive, prescriptive data and research cohorts; improve core datasets with derived and additional data; identify strategies to refine searches, examine trends and drill down to line-level details.

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.

Patient Care Awards Workshop: On Sept. 29, learn tips and strategies for preparing a clinical portfolio as an introduction to the Patient Care Clinical Awards. Two virtual sessions are available from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register, email Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

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. 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.

DBS for OCD Workshop: On Oct. 14, Drs. Wayne Goodman, Eric Storch and Sameer Sheth, of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Neurosurgery, will host a one-day workshop focused on practical management of deep brain stimulation for OCD at the Intercontinental Hotel – Medical Center, 6750 Main St. In addition to morning sessions on history, candidacy, pre-surgical therapies and ethics, there will be longer case-based sessions in the afternoon focused on surgical targeting and device programming. Register now.

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