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Snacks for the Homeless: Diversity Week wrapped up with a well-attended service project: Making snack packs for the homeless from food generously donated by the BCM family. Volunteers from across the College, including undergraduate COE Scholars from the Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research, packed 1,000 bags in 26 minutes on Oct. 5. Pictured is Dr. Tamara Ortiz-Perez, assistant professor of radiology and a faculty senator, volunteering on the assembly line.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman reminded chairs and center directors that faculty self-reviews are due Wednesday, Oct. 17. His expectation is that every supervisor will have a one-on-one discussion with every faculty member about performance and career advancement every year. Associate Provost Bill Thomson reported that 5.4 percent of 2,900 faculty members completed the self-review phase of Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning, as of Oct. 8. The chair goal is 95 percent completion by department faculty and evaluators by Dec. 14.

  • Dr. Richard Gibbs, director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center, discussed the center’s role in the NIH All of Us Research Program. A consortium led by the HGSC will generate clinical grade genomic data with the Johns Hopkins Genomics Center for Inherited Disease Research and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health. The Baylor group is one of three involved in the program’s precision medicine research platform.
  • Jennifer Tessin, assistant vice president for SAP Reimplementation, provided an update on Concur, the travel and expense component that will be the first part of Project Mosaic to roll out to the College this fall. Concur establishes a single, streamlined process for employee reimbursement and P-card reconciliation. Pilot groups of departments and faculty senators are identifying issues and providing feedback on Concur prior to its Nov. 5 launch. A Project Mosaic Town Hall Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.
  • Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye reported on the success of the Lunch & Learn Legal 101 and reminded the council of the Faculty Senate Roadshow at Texas Children’s Hospital Oct. 9. The Faculty Senate meets this week.
  • Dr. Klotman shared highlights from his 2018 Annual Report to the Board of Trustees. The report will be available later this month.

Faculty Kudos

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has announced the program directors for the seven new interdepartmental graduate programs that will begin accepting students in August 2019. The new programs better align graduate programs with areas of research excellence in basic science and clinical departments and centers at Baylor, provide greater flexibility to students to identify research mentors, and enhance overall educational and career training opportunities. The new program directors bring decades of experience in leading multidisciplinary graduate programs and developing graduate student talents as well as vast research expertise and accomplishments.

Cancer & Cell Biology: Dr. David Nelson is the current director of the Graduate Program in Integrative Molecular & Biomedical Sciences and director of the T32 Training Program in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology: Dr. B.V. Venkatar Prasad is the current director of the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Development, Disease Models & Therapeutics: Dr. Andrew Groves serves as director of the Graduate Program in Developmental Biology.

Genetics & Genomics: Dr. Gad Shaulsky is the current director of the Graduate Program in Molecular & Human Genetics and director of the T32 Training Program in Human and Molecular Genetics.

Immunology & Microbiology: Dr. Christine Beeton is co-director of the Graduate Program in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and academic director of the Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core.

Neuroscience: Dr. Matthew Rasband is director of the current Graduate Program in Neuroscience and director of the T32 Program for Graduate Training in Neuroscience.

Quantitative & Computational Biosciences: Dr. Aleksandar Milosavljevic is director of the current Graduate Program in Quantitative Computational Biosciences and co-director of the Computational and Integrative Biomedical Research Center.

Existing GSBS students will remain enrolled in their current graduate programs until they graduate. The College welcomes the new graduate program directors, and thanks all the educational leaders of current and new programs for their outstanding contributions to training the next generation of biomedical scientists.

College Events

Education Lectures: The School of Medicine and Center for Professionalism host Dr. Aviad Haramati, founding director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, for three Claire Huckins Medical Education Lectures:

  • “Teaching Science in Medical School in the 21st Century” at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Cullen Auditorium, with a reception to follow in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor
  • “Educating the Educators through CENTILE: A Mandate for Every Medical Center” at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Cullen Auditorium
  • “Managing Stress, Building Resilience: The Imperative for Self-Care in the Training of Health Professionals” at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Cullen Auditorium

Huffington Symposium: The Huffington Center on Aging presents a scientific symposium and poster session as part of its 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 17. The day-long event features Dr. Shelley Berger of the University of Pennsylvania and other leading scientists in the fields of biology of aging, longevity and age-related diseases. It is followed by “Spotlight on Health," with renowned author Arianna Huffington speaking on “Thrive: How to Build a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, Wonder and Purpose – At Any Age." See details and register.

Wellness Lectures: The Center for Professionalism and Department of Medicine present Dr. Tait Shanafelt, chief wellness officer and associate dean at Stanford School of Medicine, on “Finding Meaning, Balance and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine” at 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. CME credit and BeWell points are available for attendees.

Compassion Series: Dr. Fareed Khan, associate professor of family & community medicine, speaks on “Tania’s Deafblind Journey toward Success and the Inspiration for Touchbase” as part of the Compassion & The Art of Medicine series at noon Friday, Oct. 19, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Faculty Resources

Benefits Enrollment: The 2019 Open Enrollment weeks are your opportunity to review health and life insurance benefits and to renew flexible savings accounts for healthcare and child care. Open Enrollment meetings and two Zoom sessions will be held Oct. 15-19; check the schedule for locations and times. Additionally, HR representatives will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday (Oct. 18-22) in Room 018D, main Baylor.

Flu shots are being offered by the Occupational Health Program across the Baylor campus this month. More dates and locations will be added; please check the OHP calendar for updates. You also may get your flu shot from your physician’s office or at a pharmacy or walk-in clinic. Wherever you get vaccinated, be sure to complete the online verification to show you complied with Baylor’s policy requiring flu vaccination for all employees and trainees.

  • Baylor College of Medicine: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Alkek Lobby, main Baylor
  • Ben Taub Hospital: 2 – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the fourth floor conference room

Faculty Reviews: The deadline for the Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning self-assessment is Wednesday, Oct. 17. All forms will be advanced to the evaluator review step on Oct. 18. If you have questions, please contact performancemanagement@bcm.edu.

Relationship Violence: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Baylor is showing support by encouraging all community members to participate in Wear Purple Day on Thursday, Oct. 18, to acknowledge the more than 100 Texans who lose their lives to relationship violence each year. Learn what you can do to help at the Houston Area Women's Center, the Texas Council on Family Violence or on Baylor's intimate partner violence webpage.

Dr. James Phillips: The Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity hosts a celebration of the remarkable career and contributions of Dr. James Phillips, senior associate dean for diversity and community outreach, at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Alkek Lobby, main Baylor. All are welcome at the reception.

For a Good Cause

Charity Runs: With fall in the air, Houston’s runners and walkers lace up their shoes and hit the charity circuit. Here’s a round up of autumnal events raising funds and awareness for health causes important to the BCM family:

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Think Tank: The Interdisciplinary Surgical Technology and Innovation Center presents Jim Havelka, CEO of InformAI, discussing "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Room 187A, main Baylor.

Pediatric Surgical Oncology: Learn what you need to know to help your pediatric patients and their families make the best surgical decisions throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Presented by the Texas Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery, “Advances in Pediatric Surgical Oncology for Oncologists and Pediatricians” begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at TCH Legacy Tower, Taussig Auditorium. CME credit available, register online.

Quality & Safety: The deadline has been extended to apply for QI Jumpstart, the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety program. This intermediate-level training course to is designed for healthcare providers with an introductory knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety but who would benefit from hands-on experience in applying the learned principles to improve their healthcare practice and to mentor trainees. There is no charge to attend the course but space is limited. Learn more and apply online by Sunday, Oct. 21.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Doris Duke Award: The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants of $150,000 to early-career physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers in a broad range of disease areas. The 2019 competition is accepting pre-proposals through Nov. 28; see the website for details.

From the Labs: Read what Research Dean Adam Kuspa and his colleagues discovered about the social amoeba’s surviving balancing act in this week’s post. You can receive twice-weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" 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 Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health.

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