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9/11 remembrance: To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Baylor's Roy and Lillie Cullen Building will be lighted red and blue. In addition, the Baylor community is invited to visit the main Baylor courtyard outside the E-hallway near the cafeteria on Sept. 9 – 10 to view American flags representing the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks, and for a moment of personal reflection.

Supporting Alzheimer's research: Chevron and Texaco stations are working with Baylor College of Medicine to help "fuel the end of Alzheimer's disease" through a fundraising campaign at select Chevron and Texaco stations in Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. Customers can make donations to support Baylor's Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Learn more.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Aimee Gardner, associate dean of the School of Health Professions, received the 2021 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator Award from the Association for Medical Education in Europe. The award highlighted her work in designing and implementing simulation training courses and her impact on admissions policies in healthcare, as well as her scholarly publications, collaboration and mentorship. She was recognized at an Aug. 28 virtual ceremony.

Dr. Rachel Arey, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and in the Center for Precision Environmental Health, received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the Whitehall Foundation Inc. for her project to better understand the ability to form long-term memories. She will use the C. elegans model system to learn more about mRNAs involved in this poorly understood process.

The Academy of Distinguished Educators has awarded Norton Rose Fulbright Educational Grants to five faculty members. Award winners will submit poster abstracts to the Academy's Showcase of Educational Scholarship in 2022. Recipients are:

  • Dr. Kyler Godwin, assistant professor of medicine, and Dr. Kelley Arredondo, health services researcher at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, for "Increasing Course Engagement through Enduring Educational Products."
  • Dr. M. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Dr. Adedoyin Adesina, assistant professor of emergency medicine, for "Utilization of Medical Interpreter Training to Enhance Communication with Patients."
  • Dr. Jennifer Taylor, assistant professor of rrology, for "Prevention of Burnout Among Urology Residents by Implementing a Formal Resilience Curriculum."

College Events

Thank a Postdoc: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a kudoboard for faculty, staff, students and postdocs to post messages and images of appreciation for research postdoctoral associates and fellows. The kudoboard is open for postings and will close on Sept. 21. The final kudoboard will be shared during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, which is Sept. 20 – 24.

Suicide prevention walk: Registration is open for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk to Fight Suicide. Be sure to sign up and join the Baylor College of Medicine Walk team. The walk is on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Burke Crenshaw Park in Pasadena. Donate to or join the Baylor College of Medicine team here.

Faculty Opportunities

Call for Alumni Nominations: Nominations for the annual Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Awards are open! Alumni Awards recognize alumni and faculty who have made significant contributions to their fields. Submit your nominations and to learn more. The nomination deadline is Oct. 8.

Call for Applications: Application materials (CV and letter of interest) for the position of Director of Clinical Sciences Curriculum are being accepted now until Thursday, Sept. 30. This position is an educational leadership role for the School of Medicine that will provide oversight for the clinical sciences curriculum under the direction of the associate dean of curriculum for undergraduate medical education. For the full job description, visit Faculty Opportunities and look under Education Opportunities>Director of Clinical Sciences Curriculum. Please submit application materials to Richelle Lopez Richelle.lopez@bcm.edu.

CME: BCM Family and Community Medicine is offering a free CME workshop for primary care providers to support substance use disorders prevention and treatment in their practice. The program will provide evidence-based strategies for primary care providers in detecting and treating substance use disorders. The workshop will be led by Dr. Sandra Gonzalez and Dr. Alicia Kowalchuk, both with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Get more information and register

Patient Care Award workshop: There is still time to sign up for the Patient Care Award workshop scheduled for Sept. 16, 2 - 4 p.m. The workshop will go over how to record your clinical, quality improvement and advocacy contributions as well as an overview of available awards, due dates and strategies to complete a successful portfolio. Please RSVP to faced@bcm.edu. For questions contact Debbie Fernandez at (713) 798-7285.

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