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Author, poet and activist Javier Zamora sits at a table in front of an auditorium while discussing his memoir, Solito. Zamora, wearing a dark suit and sporting a trim beard, is gesturing with his hands as the audience appears abosorbed in his story.

Caption: Diversity and Inclusion Week is an annual celebration of diversity, inclusion and equity at Baylor. The week features exhibits, speakers, interactive activities, service projects and other activities. Baylor will celebrate National Diversity and Inclusion Week 2022 with a particular focus on Hispanic health, transgender health and equity, and diversity, equity and inclusion in extramural research activities. Find the week's schedule of events and watch your colleagues say the Baylor mission in their native languages.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Scott LeMaire, professor of surgery and vice chair for research, was elected president-elect of the Texas Surgical Society. The term as the 108th president will occur in 2024. Baylor College of Medicine faculty who are past presidents of the society include Dr. George Jordan, Jr., Dr. Charles McCollum, Dr. Kenneth Mattox and Dr. Joseph Coselli.

Dr. Marisa Hilliard, associate professor of pediatrics – psychology, was awarded a $3.6 million R01 from National Institutes of Health/NIDDK and NIH/OBSSR to conduct a multisite, multimodal strengths-based behavioral intervention for children with type 1 diabetes. The goal of this intervention is to prevent the deterioration in medical and psychosocial outcomes often observed during adolescence. This award has the unique distinction of co-funding by NIH/OBSSR, which is reserved for the highest priority and most meritorious proposals.

Coming Up

Wellness Activities: The Claire Huckins Education Lectureship Series presents Dr. Kaushal Nanavati, assistant dean of wellness at Upstate Medical University, for two separate presentations. Nanavati is the author of "Core 4 of Wellness." At 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Nanavati will deliver "Professionalism From Me and Mine to Us and Ours" in Cullen Auditorium. At 8 a.m. Oct. 7, he will deliver "Health Promotion: System Wellness and Personal Well-Being" in Cullen Auditorium. Earn a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 100 BCM Life points for attending. To RSVP, email SrDeansOffice@bcm.edu or calling 713-798-7669.

Hematology/Oncology Lecture: At noon Oct. 10, The Department of Medicine – Hematology/Oncology will host Dr. Phillip Awadalla, executive scientific director at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, on "The Evolutionary Dynamics of Clonal Hematopoiesis, Cancer Risk, and Healthy Blood Aging." Join by Zoom; use meeting ID: 387 923 767 and password: 831242.

Cardiovascular Lecture: At 1 p.m. Oct. 12, the James T. Willerson, M.D. Cardiovascular Sciences Seminar will host Dr. Mark H. Drazner, clinical chief of cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in the McMillan Auditorium at main Baylor. Drazner will deliver "The Clinical Examination in Patients with Heart Failure: New Insights." Dr. Ajith Nair, assistant professor of medicine – cardiology, will host. The series is organized by the Texas Heart Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute at Baylor. CME is available.

Ombuds Day: The American Bar Association launched Ombuds Day in 2017 to recognize the ombuds profession, which has existed for years yet remains relatively unknown. This year's theme is "Ombuds: Resilience, Respect, Resolve." Between 8 and 10 a.m. Oct. 13, the Baylor Ombuds Office will host an open house. Drop by, meet the ombuds team and grab a Voodoo Doughnut and coffee.

Faculty Opportunities

Cures Act: Starting Oct. 6, the Cures Act will require all providers to share any patient-related data with patients upon their request. For more information, go to Corporate Compliance and Audit Services.

Primary Care Update Conference: On Oct. 15, The Department of Family and Community Medicine will host the annual Primary Care Update Conference. It is an in-person conference that will be held at main Baylor and will include seven hours of CME, plus one hour of ethics credit. It will be a full day of presentations and workshops with topics including Ethics in A.I., long Covid syndrome, atypical diabetes and more. Workshops on skills for using Point of Care Ultrasound and various procedures, like joint injections. View the agenda and register.

Volunteer opportunity: On Oct. 28, Baylor will host a volunteer opportunity to help sort and pack donated medical supplies to be sent to resource-limited countries for Project C.U.R.E. The in-person volunteer event will take place at the Project C.U.R.E. facilities at 8303 Kempwood Drive in Houston. The organization is the largest distributor of donated medical supplies equipment and services to doctors and nurses in more than 135 countries. If interested, fill out this sign-up form. For questions, contact Alex Alanis, communications community outreach associate.

Available services

Educator Workshop Series: The Center for Teaching and eLearning, under the Department of Education, Innovation and Technology, will host an educator workshop series, "Teaching with Innovative Learning Technologies." Topics include Engaging Learners Online with Zoom, Creating Online Exams and PowerPoint Advanced for Educators and Scientists. To learn more and register, visit the Center for Teaching and eLearning.

Studio One: The Center for Teaching and eLearning will offer a new video production resource, Studio One. Studio One is a fully equipped digital production studio that is both powerful and easy to use. This self-service studio features one-button recording, high-quality professional grade video and audio and professional lighting. No previous video production experience necessary. To learn more, visit Studio One.

BCM Shuttle Services: To reduce confusion, the Purple Shuttle will change to the Green Shuttle starting Oct. 10. The route and shuttle stops will remain the same, the only change is the color.

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